I think what makes Gali stand out is her ability to perform multiple roles at the highest level. She can wave clear, push the sentry, disrupt enemy lines, disable strong targets, take Thralls, 100-0 squishies, shut down healers, catch mobile characters, tank through huge damage, self-sustain, etc. It makes her amazing in Meltdown because you can stick Gali in a lane and you’ve got so much covered.
Now, this doesn’t make her invincible or all-damaging or anything like that. It just means that, in a game that forces you to pick five characters and pick them carefully, she’s always going to be first choice. Always. I can’t imagine a competitive team comp that doesn’t make room for Galilea. She’s even monstrous in Capture and Face Off.
So while I don’t find her to be an immortal one-woman army, I also completely understand complaints that she has a disproportionate presence in this game.
I guess that’s also kind of my issue though: Desecrate just lands those effects on everyone around her with a tap of the button. It kinda bypasses any creative aspect of how these CCs might be applied.
Keep in mind, Desecrate wasn’t originally designed to work this way, and I think its original incarnation (while wildly OP) had a lot more character. The effects applied upon entering the Desecrate field, not just upon the cast. This played to Gali’s territorial style and spoke to her nature: this corrupted ground is mine.
Since its change, however, it’s much less OP, but it also feels like the temporary fix it is. Desecrate has very little personality now. It’s just a quick cast debuff.
For contrast, Mellka also has a slightly-overloaded skill, Spike: a small radius AE that applies her CC-class efffects (slow, venom, and potentially wound), drops a damage pool, and gets her moving again. But because two of these features are classic Mellka - venom and bouncy mobility - and because she’s the only person to leave a melee-range damage pool, it feels characteristic and distinctive. (Edit: mental lapse, Spike does not apply wound except on poisoned targets)
I don’t want to make Gali more bland. I want her to feel like the shadowy guardian of the chokepoint she is!