I am making this post to bring attention to why Pyro is suffering in the current iteration of the game. It’s still not a terrible career. It’s much better than Engi, for instance, but Pyro went from being one of the strongest careers in the game to one of the weakest without ever being directly nerfed. I am just bringing up a few past changes and explaining how they’ve combined to make Pyro one of the weakest careers in the game.
Reducing CD Regeneration from Ranged Attacks: This change was made largely in response to hagbane’s interactions on Shade and Waystalker. However, unless you are regularly finding specials to kill, Pyro can no longer maintain thp without meleeing when shooting her staves into hordes. This means that, in the times in which you’re supposed to be filling your career’s role, you’re either stuck in melee or you’re losing hp.
Removing Flinch on Crit for Elites: Before this change, Pyro could use weapons like the Dagger (which has a high finesse multiplier and fast attack) to chain stun elites with light attacks. Although the interaction was janky and I’m personally glad it’s gone, it is one of the mechanics in the game that made pyro a strong melee career. Without the Flinch interaction, Pyro’s low hp pool, lack of DR, poor melee weapon selection, make her a mediocre (not bad) melee career.
FIreball Animation Change: The change to explosions animations made it much more difficult to see when explosions are going off immediately in front of your character. Thus, Pyro strongest ranged weapon (Fireball Staff) now effectively blinds your frontline. Although something like this won’t be reflected on the score screen, it will be reflected in the pick rate of a career. No one wants to play with the fireball guy.
Having said all of this, I want to make it clear I think the first two changes are good. The fireball change is… not good. However, the main point of the post is to explain what happened to Pyro, so maybe it could be easier to find a solution going forward. Pyro has been pretty much the same career for all of WoM, so it can make it hard to pinpoint why she feels so bad now. Hopefully this post helps rectify that apparent contradiction.