The changes that have already been implemented on ptr have been a mixture of good, and very, VERY bad.
The uppercut change is good. It increases skill cap for doom and removes scenarios where you can just punish someone for standing near a ledge with just uppercut if they dont have mobility.
The slam change though…
This change is going to ruin his ability to engage in all scenarios, thus making the character useless outside of fighting 3-3 comps head on.
The damage being reduced is one thing. One thing that is fine and should stay in the form of a horizontal damage buildup nerf, but not the distance reduction. He can’t reach his targets now.
You now have to waste punch to get to every target in any situation, and then you can’t get out even if you secure a kill.
He’s literally going to be a 1:1 kill and then die hero outside of fighting tank comps. He is going to be a trash tier punching bot that just trades his life to get a kill. You’re now gonna have to play him in like… the most idiotic ways to get anything out of the hero and then you can’t survive at all.
He’s only going to be good against tanky comps, and even then, with brig getting sledgehammer nerfed too, he’s just going to drop out of the meta and right back into the bottom of the trash tier because the very thing making him meta is no longer meta.
He doesn’t need this distance nerf. He just doesn’t.
And yet, now there are even more nerfs coming… stop please, he’s already dead with this slam distance change if it stays in
The removal of the movement lock on seismic slam is… okay: it also ups his skill ceiling a bit, fine with that, and the meteor change is good and bad, I think it means that ana’s and zens are going to complain more about well placed meteors because of the extra half meter in the center. Pretty sure it means that if meteor gets placed directly on you now you can’t get out without help or mobility.
Back to the seismic slam travel distance nerf though;
Why in the hell are we sledgehammer nerfing doom? Seriously. Why? Do you guys on the balance team understand that this change is absolutely going to kill his viability?
Here’s a vod from brandito with him testing the changes extensively. It’s very important to realize just how much this slam nerf matters. Testing goes until about 42 minutes in, he then leaves ptr and goes into competitive.
(Here’s a few highlights that primarily define what is wrong about the change to doom’s seismic slam, what is good and bad, and where doom will end up if the slam change goes through)