Don’t get me wrong I love playing Hammond, he’s super fun but I feel like he’s just so bad, anything Hammond tries to do a Winston or D.Va could do better, and I know the meta right now doesn’t really leave him with a good spot, but lets face it even if this wasn’t such a harsh meta for him, nothing would really change.
Here is why I think Hammond is bad and how I think it could be fixed:
- He still practically stuns himself with Adaptive Shields, the ability that’s already on a 15 second cooldown, the ability that’s already only useful when you’re near 3 enemies meaning they’ll eat right through it in less than a second, and just when it couldn’t get any worse, it completely takes him out of Ball Form, putting his Grappling Claw on cooldown since you were most likely already trying to enter/escape with it and he loses all momentum so he’s stuck there like a sitting duck while he awaits his death.
- His Ammo is a joke, he needs more than 80 bullets, anyone who knows how to strafe is going to end your life way faster than you end theirs considering you’re a gigantic target that spends half their time reloading which might I say feels like the LONGEST time ever. I feel like the only person Hammond can reliably kill is a Zenyatta if he’s not being pocketed, anyone else will either Stun him, Outgun him, or Outrun him leaving you to either run away achieving nothing but feeding the enemy Support ultimates since you didn’t secure the kill, or you’re just dead.
Adaptive Shields should not force Hammond out of Ball Form plain and simple.
Give Hammond at least 100 bullets or shorten his reload animation.