Excited for the rework but I have to say that I’m also a bit worried for Symmetra since there are some parts that are questionable in my opinion.
1. The loss of her Photon Barrier
The lack of her shield will now make her a complete sitting duck in situations where she could potentially protect herself ( or her team ) from let’s say Dva ult, McCree flashbang, Widow’s line of sight, Pharah’s barrage, Reinhardt’s earthshatter etc. The list goes on. Also, since she is a close range hero, how will she get in close range without getting absolutely destroyed by the enemy when she has lost her old shield? Most defence heroes has some sort of ability to help them in tight situations such as Widow’s hook, Mei’s icewall or cryo-freeze, Junkrat’s bomb to gain mobility, Bastion’s self heal etc. Sym will be incredibly vulnerable in the scenarios I mentioned earlier. Is there no way to keep her shield as an ability in some way?
2. Alternate Fire Orb
Probably the one change I really don’t agree with. The changes to her orb feels like a complete nerf overall besides the speed buff. The fact that she could pierce through enemies and shields made her unique and also a solid counter to Orisa, Rein and Bastion behind a shield.
I don’t really see the point of the change to this ability when all it really needed was a speed buff. What exactly are the benefits of an orb that explodes on impact when it can’t even pass through the shield to hit the people standing behind it in the first place? I’d much rather have the old piercing version but with a speed buff.
3. The New Photon Barrier Ultimate
The new Ultimate seems cool but could potentially also feel very underwhelming and limited. A static shield will be hard to work with and especially on payload maps. I’m afraid that it will be easily worked around when people get used to this new ultimate since it’s just a static large shield.
( Besides, Symmetra will be even more crap now in deathmatch since she doesn’t have her shield gen anymore, she can’t protect herself with her old shield in 1v1 and her new Ult will be pretty much useless in this mode )
Please let her teammates be able to see her new teleporter through walls like hacked health packs. I think this is crucial that her teammates sees its location at all times since it will now only be online for a limited amount of time.
3 turrets ( with 30HP each ) instead of 6 does seem a bit drastic even though they are more powerful now individually. Maybe 4 could be a good option? Winston for example will still be able to pretty much sweep his weapon over the turret nest and kill one turret in 0,5 seconds.