($#!% that ended up being a lot longer than I thought)
I mean, I’ll be perfectly honest, half the time I’m just playing devil’s advocate because I feel like someone needs to (that, and I just like
arguing “debating” :P). There’s no point to a discussion forum without an actual discussion, and if everyone just agrees on one side, then “reality” starts to get skewed for the exact reason as stated above. Opinions and misleads start to become facts that are taken for granted if no one says “well what about…” When all is said and done, I do sympathize with where you’re coming from a lot.
This thread in particular is tough for me to argue against, which is why I just jumped straight into replying to random comments. The video’s right. Mercy’s skill ceiling is indeed lower and obviously her fun suffers from the lesser challenge, as would happen with any mechanic in any game. Half the fun comes from the challenge of doing so.
I really like how this person put it, actually:
The best part about every competitive game is making those plays that you can write home about. The ones where you hope to god the video saved properly just so you can go back and rewatch it over and over again and feel “Damn, I did that. I’m that good.”
And in a game with so many diverse heroes, with each one attracting different players to main them specifically, they all deserve to at least get the chance to make those plays rewatchable plays. But Mercy simply doesn’t.
And this isn’t just a case of “well doing your job as a healer means giving someone else the spotlight” either. I’m not talking about PotG, I’m strictly talking about doing your job and feeling rewarded about it. Zen and Moira can both heal and get kills. Ana can do her job by landing amazing shots on enemies and teammates alike, and shut down ults with her sleep and nade. Lucio? Boop! Even Brig can both shut down ults and set them up with her stuns, as well as just being a general monster on the point if left unchecked.
That’s her big play. E. Then someone else takes over. If you want to make one of those “look what I did” moments, you pretty much have to go Battle Mercy, and by then you’re not even playing Mercy anymore. Yes, there’s Valk for impact, but again, I’m talking about those “skill plays”, which sky-boxing + auto-chaining doesn’t really count towards.
Do I still think that Mercy is enjoyable? Yes, and always will.
That is until her GA and beam juggling are butchered, but let’s not give Blizzard any ideas.
Would I be happy if Mercy were reverted? Insanely. I just don’t think it’s realistic to ever expect it, which is why you typically see me being so negative. If people put at least as much effort into giving ideas on how to actually improve the current Mercy as they do with just saying “revert and slap a few nerfs on her” then Blizzard would probably start taking us, as a whole, much more seriously.
Anyways, now with this I realized I’ve started to ramble again (funny how such a small little comment can prompt this much). It was nice to say all that though, so thanks. Hope you have a nice day!