After running a few runs today, one of the things that perhaps frustrate me the post kept revealing themselves in the most unpleasant manner possible. Over the coarse of three runs…
- interrupted healing an ally on white health who promptly died when hit by Pyromancer’s Burning Head
- Downed before a horde arrived and immediately gutted with no opportunity to gain temp health, courtesy of burning head
- had a team wipe thanks to a patrol being pulled far ahead in the map by waywatcher drinking a concentration potion and mindlessly spamming F to get kills
- hit several times by pointless actives used on targets I was engaged in melee with
Perhaps this is more annoying to me, but when allies rely on these abilities, it is in my experience, at the cost of other players enjoyment. I am of the opinion that these abilities need to change, if not in behavior and pathfinding, then all together.
Behavior and pathfinding
While I do not play Sienna/Pyro or Kerillian/Waywatcher the most, it is clear to me from repeatedly experiencing the same things that these abilities do not function in a game with friendly fire. If there is a possibility of harming your allies, it should not be through something that is out of your control, which unfortunately right now it is.
They are erratic and random, I’ve seen arrows circle a single target before hitting me in the face. I’ve seen a burning head bounce in between walls, only to change angle in a second and head straight for me. I’ve been the first target to be hit, only for enemies surrounding me to die like flies, despite being engaged with me in melee.
Maybe I am alone in the camp that believes something needs to be done about these abilities, in any case I only see one remedy which is to remove friendly fire from these actives altogether. That, or rework them into something more interesting. ( I may be biased, but I find auto aim inherently uninteresting and design lazy, worse yet they encourage bad habits and behavior. )
In any case, what would you suggest to fix these abilities, if at all?