So i have been playing evolve since day 1 of release, and my objective was to play wraith. Why? Because I love sneaky assassin type characters. And yes I dealt with the constant “wraith is op” “lol no skill plays wraith” bs. I am sure we all did. But i love the playstyle, I never played the whole, run in and kill everyone lol gg thing. I played her how she was MEANT to be played, sneaking in the shadows, hiding in bushes, waiting for someone to come by all by themselves (or isolated for a grab) kill then then dash off again into the shadows leaving a shadowclone behind. They happen to catch me in a bubble? Clone, find a hiding spot and wait until the right moment, pop supernova and when they try to run off, nab them and pull them back into the bubble.
Recently I have been getting my shapely if not creepy tentacles handed to me without mercy. Its been frustrating, I know I’m not bad, but suddenly I have no chance, what gives? Then…I read the patch notes and realize just what happened. Lets go through this shall we?
Warp: Much slower, ya know, the thing that kept you from being hit because you’re so squishy. OH and btw we made it so there’s a trail now even if midair, sorry for not telling you guys that change. oopsy!
Abduction: unchanged, but STILL misses 3/4 of the time even if you hit someone dead on.
Supernova: Duration reduced by 50 percent…oh THATS why i never had it when someone ran away and i abduct them back into the middle of everything to keep trying to kill them. Gee guys, 4 seconds of having burst damage that mind you, for some reason never activates right away (since my first 2 attacks are always normal attacks for SOME reason when i pop supernova now) giving me a whopping 2 seconds of actually dealing damage to someone. A+
Decoy: increased cooldown by 2 seconds. okay that’s fair. i wont begrudge that, gotta use shadowclone carefu-THE FUCK?! becomes visible for a half second when taking damage. wait wait wait so if they happen to miss my clone and hit me (which they usually do) OOP THEY KNOW IM NOT THERE NOW guess this thing is totally useless now as both offense and defense since the moment you do ANYTHING the clone goes away.
Warp Blast: reduced speed by 40% okay less of a traversal skill, range no longer levels up, okay i get it, its not supposed to be a traversal, its a gap closer with some extra damage, gotcha. i mean its not like Goliath has his dash and leap which are both traversal skills, but hey she’s meant to be sneaky looks above oh…right…okay anyway so radius levels up instead and is a maximum of 30 meters traveled…interesting. i mean its a strong ability already its not like they are gonna…damage increased by 10% wait wait wait. so in other words she’s just a giant bomb?
Ooookay then now I don’t know about everyone else. Wraith has been called an assassin (makes sense cuz lets be honest here. Goliath=warrior Kraken=mage Wraith=assassin and Behomoth=Tank). But last i checked by general gaming nuances, assassins, do high single target damage, use their sneakyness to get the job done, get out and be hard to track. Pretty simple classification. Now, lets take a look at current wraith. Speed/sneakyness, gone/useless now. high single target damage gone due to loss of supernova’s heavy nerf.
Is wraith still viable to play as a monster. Yes. She is. Is she what she was SUPPOSED to be, an assassin. NO not in the SLIGHTEST. She is a character that simply waits for them to group up nicely, dashes in and explodes them all. GG. And yes, that IS what she is because i’ve watched a level 1 wraith with maxed warp blast down an ENTIRE TEAM with a single blast who just happened to be grouped up at the wrong time.
Wraith is NOT what she is supposed to be right now. And what i expect to see in the next patch? a nerf to warp blast of course. Why? because people have been crying about it in EVERY match I’ve been in since then. I was “meh” about evolve when it was developing, then i saw wraith and got legitimately excited because she looked like a TON of fun. Can I play her? Yes, of course i can. Will i? No, because this is NOT the way she is meant to be played. Guess I’ll be playing GTA-V until they decide to stop listening to crying 13 year olds and make this monster the way it SHOULD be made.
tl:dr waith is no longer an assassin, she just blows people up.