Hello. I have been playing since early in the closed beta and I have seen Pyromancer’s Homing Firespear go through a few changes, both mechanically and visually. I am writing this post to inquire about the appearance of her ability, and if there are any plans to change it.
In the beta, Pyromancer’s ability was called “Homing Firespear”. Aside from the mechanical differences, the biggest difference between it and what we have now was the ability’s appearance. Instead of the glowing fireball we have now, the ability resembled a fiery skull.
I thought the appearance was pretty neat, even though it didn’t really look like a spear of fire. Soon after, however, the ability was reskinned to appear as a ball of flame. Along with this reskin, the ability was renamed to “The Burning Head”. I find it strange that the name of the ability was changed to better fit the earlier appearance, but the appearance itself was also changed.
Some of Pyromancer’s lines she says when using the ability also strikes me as a bit odd for the ability’s current look. She speaking, she addresses her ball of fire directly, and her voice lines often give personality and character to the ball of fire:
“Ride the wind, little one!”
“Find new friends, meet new creatures little one.”
“Head’s up!” <- Here, her pun even refers to it being a head.
It seems to me like these lines would make a lot more sense if the ability still looked like the skull, but something else is also missing. She also remarks about how comical it is:
“Yes, it’s funny, isn’t it?”
“Spread joy, little one!”
“Laughter’s contagious, isn’t it.”
My guess here is that at some point in development, the ability was going to deploy a fiery laughing skull. I honestly would very much enjoy watching a fiery skull bounce between my enemies as it let out a ghostly or sinister laugh. If this was the original intent with the ability, I dearly hope and beg that at some point you continue work on it, or at least bring back the skull appearance. Thank you very much for all the work you have done.