Hey, I use alt melee all the time… for that sweet flying elbow finisher. I love getting kills with that thing, and it’s beast for critting Varelsi in Face Off!
One of the problems Mell has isn’t just that some of her helixes are bad, but some are so strong it’s actually hard to think of plausible alternatives. For example, Refined Canister - are we ever not going to take this? It’s just such a huge DPS increase. Parting Gift - how can anyone ever pass up such amazing wave clear at level 2, when it is crucial to our levelling pace? Eldrid Rhythm - max health is the strongest stat in the game for her, we get an amazing 300 of it, and this is her only passive defensive skill… so what could possibly compete?
Take Adrenaline Rush. It’s not hard to see ways to buff it: it gives less hps than a freaking grey syringe, and it has stupid pre-conditions that could easily be halved (don’t require venom, or don’t require melee - one or the other is fine.) But Eldrid Rhythm gives a superior stat, especially because regen is reduced by Wound, so you’re never going to make Adrenaline Rush a better choice.
When I think about her broken helixes, I try to come at it from a perspective of what she lacks… and most of the things she lacks would make her OP if she had them. Like I love the idea of putting CC effects on venom, but silence on venom would be craaazy good. (Yeah, I know Beatrix will likely be spreading silence like nobody’s business, but I don’t aspire to compete with broken tier stuff, haha.) A stun would be too powerful as well, because she could just crit that Blade Launcher and never miss a kill.
I realize that I’m probably way too “honorable” when I say these things, because stuff like Hawkeye and Blink Storm and Pillar Storm exists, and giving Mell a silence or a stun doesn’t even compare. But we both know she’s good. I’d love some variety, I’d love venom to be a more dynamic and creative mechanic. The trick is giving her variety without it either being OP on one hand, or a gimmick that she sacrifices her present best helixes to gain access to…
Either way, I really enjoy reading your ideas!