Instead of Kevlin, he might as well just be named Sublimate. This is basically all you’re really doing as Kelvin aside from spamming Chomp on every minion in sight. His Ice Wall is really good and admittedly satisfying to land when you do land it, but it is on a lengthy cooldown. Same for sublimate, but its very much understandable why those abilities have the cooldowns they have. They’re very powerful control abilities. So why does Kelvin feel unsatisfactory to play?
Probably because he has nothing else going for him outside of those. He feels slow and his Point of View UI honestly feels obstructed by his jaws. It is a really neat touch, but in practice it feels…constricting, I guess? Enclosing. Something along those lines. Basically I feel cramped when playing him which is really odd and I should have no reason for feeling so, but it honestly does and I feel its because of those jaws obstructing parts of the screen. Which in turn, feeling that way, impacts my enjoyment of the character.
But also just his gameplay in general. Aside form feeling slow, he has just simple melee attacks which in all honestly feel and look just as slow as he moves. I guess if you wanted Kelvin players to feel sluggish in multiple ways, then my hat is off to you. You succeeded. His melee combo feels slow, his off hand melee attack feels slow, and his Alternate fire attack feels slow.
I feel slow as Montana, but I also feel powerful. His Minigun does wonders to do that. I don’t get that same feeling for Kelvin, all I feel is slow and sluggish. No power at all. In fact, I often feel vulnerable and naked when Sublimate is off cooldown. I feel like I’m always at risk of death even though I’m a tank. I don’t feel like I can jump into the front line and do what I want because I’m melee. I don’t have the damage or speed to really hound anyone when Sublimate and Ice wall are on cooldown. I have Chomp, but that’s practically reserved for chomping minions to increase my health pool more and more.
Maybe I’m just rambling and speaking for myself, but I can’t say I ever really enjoyed playing Kelvin as a whole. His Ice wall and sublimate feels good, but then everything else feels bad. I only ever play Kelvin when I see a Miko, just to help that Miko player on the off chance they still need to complete their lore challenge of playing with a Kelvin on the same team.
How does everyone else feel about Kelvin? Anyone actually fans of using him?