What I plan on doing is making individual threads pertaining to each character that I feel has had the biggest impact on the game. So, I thought to start off with my boy Crow. These are purely my opinions and my thoughts on Crow. I do not say these are facts nor do I say anyone else’s opinions are wrong.
TL;DR Crow is a little too powerful.
From the 22 games I got to play as Crow last night, I feel that I can safely express my opinion. I thought, before the patch, that he’d be rather lack luster but easier to use. The ladder still stands. He’s a lot easier to play now. Landing shots with the stasis shot is really easy and there isn’t as much decision making when using the tool. The charged shots don’t last as long but the single shot makes up for this in a big way. I’m no longer just spamming charged shots and am actually shooting single shots between my rotations.
The KLR is also in the same boat. It has almost no recoil now, making it incredibly easy to land headshots. Even with the changes to the zoom on the weapon, I still feel no need to. With that single change to recoil, hipfire has become vastly more useful.
Now with the “big” stuff. With all that being said above, I find it a lot easier to play Crow and play him effectively. Even though the charged stasis time decreased, I find it a lot easier to do my rotations. Eight seconds was a lot of time before, six seconds is still a lot. I might have to be quicker on my rotations, but I find it a lot easier to keep the Monster in stasis while doing damage.
The main reason behind this has to be the radius of the stasis shot. Increasing it to size it is now makes it so easy to land shots. In all the matches I played, I totaled over 3mins and 30seconds on each match, with each match lasting about 10-14 minutes. That’s almost 1/3 to 1/4 of the entire game time that the Monster is slowed. That’s absolutely huge.
It’s a lot easier to do damage too. Before the patch, I could average 8,000 to 9,000 damage in an average match, 16-20mins, now I’m doing that much damage in half the time. I had a match yesterday where I did 2 and 1/3 health bars of damage, through armor, to a stage one Goliath. That’s a lot of damage.
So in conclusion, I feel that Crow got vastly better from both a pro and “noob” standpoint. His shots are easier to land, making it easier to be effective with him. There’s a lot less decision making when using the stasis gun and the KLR accuracy buff made it a lot easier to do damage.