I really have a hard time dealing with the bad reputation among my favorite characters, so I’m going to talk about three of my favorite characters to play or used to be my favorites in some cases. Rath, Benedict and Kleese. I hope that you can understand why they don’t entirely deserve all the crap that they get.
First let’s talk about Benedict. I played Benedict before he got buffed with more health, damage and hawkeye duration. Let me tell you it was difficult to play him. He had great damage output if you could take the time to learn how to play him and could get out of a bad situation pretty effectively. He was still countered pretty hard by snipers because when he’s flying through the sky he’s a pretty easy target with low health but I was okay with that. Characters have counters that’s a fact of life and I’m okay with it. So he was underrated because of how difficult he was to play and only a few people took the time to truly master him. Let me tell you, Benedict was one of the few characters where if you saw the master skin on him it actually meant that that player was a god damn beast with him. I personally know only four people that took the time to learn how to play him (myself included). So I took pride in my master of Benedict title. It felt like I had actually accomplished something that only few others had. And then I read the patch notes about his buff… Increased health, increased damage, and an extra 1 second on hawkeye. I knew that Benedict would become one of the strongest characters in the game and everyone would start playing him. I was right, he was broken, and the community started to hate every single Benedict player out there. So now every time I see some comment on the forums saying something like “Benedict requires no skill to use” it just feels like another stab at my pride. The thing about those comments is that they are true now. Compared to how it was with him to now, even with the damage being reverted, it’s true. All the time I spent playing him feels like it was wasted. To this day, with my 1000th match of PvP just last week he is still my 5th most played character and I haven’t played a single game with him since he got his major buff months ago.
Now let’s move on to Kleese. Kleese before he got his health buff was a high risk/high reward character. I loved playing him because he can control an entire area of a battlefield with his rifts and needs to be focused by several people to be flushed out of wherever he decides to set up his rifts. And when I figured out how much damage I could actually do with energy mortars, let me tell you I was having a blast. I could out damage nearly every ultimate in the game with a skill that has a ten second cool down. But this came at a risk. He had the lowest health pool in the game. Every time I pressed R1 I risked revealing that fragile health pool. It felt like every character with a gun was a threat to me if I was outside of my rift network. If for whatever reason, someone actually chose shield penetration in gear or helix, I was in danger from that person. That is the only way I could justify his rifts dealing over 500 damage every two seconds at end game and energy mortars being able to one shot anything that isn’t a tank. Now with the 88% increase to max health I feel like I just have no threats other than a really, really good Whiskey Foxtrot at end game. I sometimes feel like I can just sit down and have a nice snack mid game and just press L2 whenever someone gets close to me and I’ll hover away with more than half my health and another kill. It just feels like the risk of playing him was removed and with it a lot of the fun as well. I’ve barely played him since his health was buffed and he is still my 4 most played character.
On to Rath, my most played character. So at this point everyone knows that Rath can ambush you with Catalytic Smash, hit you with Crossblade, and then whip out Dreadwind and destroy you with one of the highest DPS abilities in the game while you are slowed and silenced. This has been the death of many new players and the cause of many “Rath is OP” conversations. I’m going to tell everyone out there that thinks this is true how to counter Rath. Teamwork. I know, shocking isn’t it? This combo is easily punished by your team because it’s so obvious. I’ve seen many Rath players interrupted during this because when you see a Rath use Catalytic Smash you should always be aware of the possibility of Dreadwind coming up next. Now, there’s not much you can do if you are the one being hit with this but you have to remember THIS IS A TEAM GAME. Rath’s ult is the second easiest in the game to interrupt as half the CCs in the game will cancel it and the other half will still give someone a chance to escape. So if you get caught by yourself against Rath, chances are he will kill you and there is little you can do about it. Is that a reason to complain about him? No. He’s an assassin. He’s supposed to be able to chase down people and inflict massive bursts of damage and CC. I won’t complain when Ernest is clearing waves or when Miko is healing because that is what they are meant to do, so why do people complain about Rath being able do his job? Because so few people understand how to deal with him, there are a lot of misconceptions about how strong he actually is.
I also see a lot of people talk about how a good Rath player will just have more kills than deaths. They say that it’s okay if you died 12 times so long as you get at least 13 kills. Those people think that he is only good for killing players and I just want to take a moment to say that they are wrong. Rath is probably the best disrupter in the game. Catalytic Smash can interrupt almost anything in the game. If there is an ISIC on the enemy team I make my job that he is never in Omega strike for more than ten seconds. If a teammate gets pulled in by Gali, Ghalt, or Shayne, I make sure that Gali, Ghalt or Shayne doesn’t get to hurt them before they start running. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve saved a friend being chased by someone by knocking up their chaser and slowing them. The point is that Rath is an incredible character that few people give credit to.
I’m not sure what I meant to accomplish with this thread. Maybe I wanted to change the way someone views some of my favorites, maybe I just wanted to vent.
What do you think about Kleese, Benedict and Rath?