I can agree to a certain point that Slim’s Spore Clouds need changing, but to me it seems like your suggestion would only further amplify the common complaint most people have with them.
They’re disorienting, not fun and their effectiveness heavily depends on the Monster player, pick, playstyle and even monitor size, brightness etc.
The gripe I have with your suggestion is that:
…that’s exactly how it is NOW, and how it will NOT be with your change because you said it doesn’t matter where that Hunter goes afterwards.
If that is true, the Spore Cloud particles would be completely useless information that in no way indicate the spored Hunters’ current location.
As much as I disagree with @10shredder00’s bias beyond reasoning towards Slim, I agree with him in the sense that trying to balance the current version of Spore Clouds is just fruitless.
Well, of course it is subjective. Some people have more trouble with it, some people have less trouble with it. Problem is that the degree of effectiveness is not dependent on your skill or tactic but on your biological limitations.
I agree that it would be best to replace the Spore Cloud. But I can imagine that that isn’t something TRS can do in the near future. So I suggested a change to the Spore Cloud.
No, as of now a large area, where all the hunters can easily be in, is obscured. With my suggestion, only the health bar of one or two hunters would be gone. And Slim would actually have to aim for that.
The particles wouldn’t exist in my suggestion.
I can only guess what problem others have with Slim but my problem is that the whole hunter team is cloaked in a large area.
If Slim can either cloak himself with a grenade at his feet or shoot it at somebody else, that’s only one hunter. If all the hunters stand in one place to be all in the small radius of the grenade, you just Leap Smash (or whatever) into that crowd.
I’m quite suprised that you are so massively against it. You don’t think it would be better than the current state?
Btw, I just hate the use of ability spamming in Evolve. Behemoth’s Roll to damage hunters, Wraith’s/Gorgon’s melee spam and Slim’s Spore Cloud.
It’s not like the opponent is like “Wow, yeah, he absolutely nailed that Spore Cloud. He bested me there.” or “Wow, that Wraith can clearly aim its melee attacks. Great play.”. No, it’s just spamming buttons with not very much thinking about when to do it or where to aim it. Those things need to be removed.
honestly id rather the spore cloud blinding thing just be removed. Instead the cloud could just provide a flat damage reduction or healing over time or something. They could just change the reload speed to make it so the benefits of having a better utility skill than questionable blinding spores of variable effect.
I think it’d be interesting if it was changed to allow the HUD to appear as it normally does in combat, but the health bar and name have much lower opacity so it’s possible to be followed but could maybe be lost in the heat of battle. In exchange for being able to follow that part of the HUD, sound is dulled to slightly hinder using voice commands and such to follow the target (i.e. Hank’s yelling). I’d describe this as the spores attacking the monster’s senses.
I’m not a monster player, though, so I don’t know how decent or horrible this thought process is. It kind of just popped into my head yesterday, and was probably already tossed around in Slim discussion threads before.
Replacing the ability sounds like adaptation territory and a singular target cloak it’s exactly what it needs not full on cloak but what it does now.
Say you hit the hunter and it lasts 10-15 seconds with a cooldown of 12 seconds instead of utterly “blinding” a monster it should allow for temporary unseen getaway or revive being used in not such a hurtful way to the monsters play style but instead ushering in a new Slim play style. (Cooldown doesn’t start till the effect wears off) then again this whole ordeal would kind of make it a bit more situational than overall useful in a fight now as is.
Edit: I shouldn’t have to say but I personally don’t want to see a character changing change be brought upon someone about to get nerfed anyways but if enough people feel it needs to be changed this is the way to go it’s just not a cancerous ability like everyone sees it now I guess.