So back in Beta we all felt that Gali was incredibly broken and was often seen as the top slayer on a team. This was partially do to the fact that she was OP enough that they nerfed her back in the beta but even then she seemed a bit OP. I feel like this has got to do with a couple things.
- We didn’t know much about the game and our feel for it was rather limited.
- She had to many invincibility frames.
- We didn’t know about the true potential of a few characters clearly designed to deal with her. (Deande)
In the beta we had to rely on the fact that either they won’t have Gali on there team, or we had a Gali or at least a Phoebe of our own. In the beta I had unlocked every character but didn’t play with enough of them in depth enough for a lasting impression.
So I did this for Deande. I decided to give her another chance after mastering Phoebe. I am so glad I did. Deande was clearly designed to deal with Characters like Gali that are a headache to deal with normally. Within early game of Deande shes a little annoying to use but once you start unlocking Mutations. She becomes slightly broken. at level 5 Deande unlocks her second mutation for her Helix. When you start a game just get Deande to level 3 and she can royally screw a team over. We all hate Raths ground slam that throws you up in the air, Silences you, and slows you to almost a stun. Well Deande at level 3 after her CR 5 Helix unlock can do the same thing but Chain them. Even when Gali has her Shield up the uppercut that Deande has breaks her defense and sends her in the air and you go with them maintaining damage the entire time.
It can make quick work of any character in the game even the most annoying ones. I have often found with the right release of techniques you can disperse and entire team. I often start with the AoE Deande can gain at level 1 to disperse the crowd a bit then send out the clone to fight so i can get behind them and then i trap them in the uppercuts. I don’t ever really use the Ulti except for PvE and occasionally for a game if they run away since Deande is rather slow in speed but not attacks.
Deande is actually a pretty balanced character as she cannot take a lot of hits, but if you know how to use her she can often feel like it if your on the wrong end of her assault. It has happened more than once that I have been called a noob or received hate mail for using Deande. But its also happened that some have sent me mail asking how I can use such a bad character. I feel like Deande and Boldur are some of those Heroes that people never give much attention to other than saying they are not good.
So heads up for Deande fans you have a real treat for you if you even put in a little effort.