I think Torvald was the most balanced assault before the patch. There are many variables that go into someone being an effective Torvald player and that goes for every character in the game. The 11% mortar nerf; (though it was a nerf that didn’t need to happen) wasn’t entirely game changing, but what nerfed him the most in this most recent patch is the importance or getting health damage or killing the monster before stage 3.
Now that monsters have the ability to insta-kill at stage 3 – Kelder I am staring at you – There is no reason to use this defensive assault. You almost need to have Parnell in the game with you for the chase of stage 1-2 because pressure is a must have.
Now that we are in an offensive comp. meta Torvald is still useful, just not nearly as. Cabot/Kala does not have good synergy with Torvald, you occasionally get the amp on the monster with mortars, but most of the time not, because if the monster is smart cabot will be getting focused/juggled.
So, good job… You nerfed Torvald…