I wasn’t going to post anything but seeing as how Mellka continues to be irrelevant for another week, I thought I would make a few suggestions about her character screen.
Things start well, she is described as ‘Agile’. It is hard to argue with that… unless Beatrix is around of course, so maybe just add an asterisk here.
The character screen then goes on to describe her as an ‘Assassin’… OK, this seems a little inaccurate now. Mellka wasn’t exactly a power house before, particularly early in games but now she is positively anaemic. I think that you could go one of two ways here…
Option one would be to emphasise Mellka’s need for early game kill steals and inability to meaningfully contribute any kind of damage, so ‘Opportunist’ might work. I think that this is a little negative though… There is more than enough negativity in the world today and people want to feel better about things…
Which brings me to option two, you could instead emphasise her entertainment value. Marvel as she swoops through the air! Watch in awe as she escapes certain death! Chuckle as she tries to run after you in the hope of causing any kind of melee damage! Cry with laughter as she gets silenced/stunned/stuck on geometry etc. and instantly killed! (Mellka fans and particularly players may wish to omit the laughter part here). So, I think it would be best if you replaced ‘Assassin’ with ‘Entertainer’. This would also give you the opportunity to release a clown themed skin for Mellka complete with big flappy clown shoes (Which, conveniently, would go some way as to explain why she runs so slowly.)
This brings me to the last entry on her character screen. She is apparently ‘Easy’ to play as… I thought about this for a little while and a phrase sprang to mind that I often see kids today use. The phrase is ‘hard as balls’. I don’t know what these balls are, or why they are so hard but it seems strangely appropriate. You start out slow, squishy with little ability to wave clear or cause any kind of damage to other players. Sure, experienced Mellka players can still survive even if they can’t contribute to the team in the way ‘proper’ (i.e. almost everyone else) characters can but may (insert deity here) help any new players who mistakenly select her while under the misapprehension that they are about to go on a kill streak.
In view of these other suggestions, the ‘Eldrid Attacker’ title now seems a little serious. While still correct, if someone comes up to you in the street and covers you with harmless green goop, it is technically an attack. However, I think most would consider this more of a prank rather than an attack. So perhaps this could be changed to ‘Eldrid Prankster’?
While you are considering Mellka’s character screen, if you could also have a quick look at Orendi and the various obscene buffed legendary load outs that are currently going around and dominating games, that would be great. It would be really nice not to have to use all my gear slots for extra health etc. just to avoid spending entire games getting one shot. Oh and it might be nice if you could look at the chain stuns too but only if you have time. But hey, at least you have solved the Mellka issue, I always used to dread seeing a Mellka in the opposing line up. She had that nasty hard stun… wait, that was someone else?.. and she could one shot you with her ult… couldn’t she? Any she was nigh on unkillable with the amount of damage she could tank… someone else again? It is at last safe to play and not be in constant fear of all the Mellkas out there. I used to see them in my sleep.