Now Before I give my input on the situation ever since the beta there has been a few characters flying under the radar that I always wanted to talk about but always had more pressing issues to speak on. Today I finally want to get to talking about the Battleborn character Thorn, and with that said her overall balance in the current BB. With the current nerfs of Battleborns more jarring issues and characters we can now get into tuning other characters either better adjusting with buffs or nerfs.
Thorn In my opinion kinda fails her role objectively and mechanically as a Sniper she is more of what i call “the black mage on the battlefield”. Constantly thorn rarely is sniping at all, but traversing the map with great speeds jumping around like a bunny with a huge health bar, while nuking you doing insane amounts of damage. I would say there is counterplay to thorn truly but as i played her in the beta and the more and more i see now there is very little of that. She can clear waves VERY well and sap exp, he is by no means squishy she has great agility and jumping to even greater heights make her a much harder target. From afar she is dangerous because she has almost unrivaled power in the sniping department- what makes it worse with this game and both snipers excluding toby. Is you are dramatically punished for closing in on a sniper and flanking them. Thorns ability to deal aoe bursts of damage with her spells just make her insanely potent at bursting at close ranges her damage is almost up to orendi while having more control of the grounds she blights. Speaking of blight it does a hefty bit of damage especially since it can be applied to her spells.
Whenever I use thorn im usually just blasting people away and having tons of fun doing it, which led me to slow down my use of her, now I constantly play against her and it is somewhat insane how she can outburst most of anyone in short bursts and simply retreats to do it all over again. Punishing thorn is nearly impossible without CC wagoning her which once again is not the remedy to anything in competitive gameplay as a reasonable excuse. If you don’t believe how insane she can become just get hit by her ult and then aoe bomb it can easily take 2k n less than 3 or so seconds and if your not instantly killed from that her next spell or blight passive will finish the job. Personally I feel no sniper should benefit from any controller like effects unless they tradeoff some significant power via the helix.
Idk I could go into more detail but i’d love to hear some feedback on Thorn. I doubt many share my ideal of her being a tab bit strong and in need of tuning but I’d rather hear anything and see what people actually think of her, as well as what counterplay options they’d take up against one or they face when using Thorn themselves.