Marquis’s extreme damage combined with his extreme range means he can remain at full effectiveness while being so far out of harms way that he may as well be invincible. He can chunk enemies down very fast with even some mediocre attack speed or reload speed items without fearing any retaliation, unless facing another marquis. Range has no negative effect on him, because his rifle is hit scan (or extremely close to it) yet also suffers little to no damage falloff at high range. The only way that most of the roster can deal with/kill marquis is to hope they get overconfident and move out of position. Even diving their team doesn’t work, since he has a large AOE slow/haste, and a very fast, spammable knockback. No other character can remain so removed from the fight, yet still doing full damage.
I realize not every character should be countered by every other character, as this is a team game. Marquis has no counter besides another, better marquis. No one else can get in range of him without getting killed by him or his team.
Worse, people have realized this. There has literally been 1 single game in the past 15 that didn’t have a marquis. No surprise, that 1 game was the most fun game I had in recent memory. Obviously it’s made Incursion basically unplayable, but other game modes suffer as well. Only capture has remained mostly free of Marquis. My desire to play the game has spiked sharply downwards in the past few days to the point where “hey, want to play some battleborn” is met with a sigh and “I guess I’ll do one or two matches, maybe it’ll be better” instead of the “Hell yeah” it was a week ago. The maps have gone from planning ambushes and chokepoints to “where can I not get shot by marquis?” Loading into a map just makes me wonder if their team will have a marquis, a Galilea/miko combo, or both.
He either needs a damage decrease, a projectile speed decrease, or a range decrease. In his current state he sucks the fun out of a game. I’d consider dodging matches when I’m against a marquis (since there’s still no penalty for that) but I’d end up never playing a game again.