I’d like to preface this by saying :D! I love this character! I found my new main. I love supports, I love waterbenders, mermaids are ok too I guess, so Alani is like my dream character! I am the last person who wants to see her nerfed. And yet…
She does way too much damage for a healer. The big offenders are Geyser and Emergence. Geyser can be spec’d to apply 30% bonus damage to enemies inside. To put that in perspective, Reyna’s marked target only take 16% more damage. 30% is a death sentence to anyone in the bubble. Emergence does a ton of damage on its own and needs to be dialed back a bit. She also has ridiculously good self-heals, better than Miko before the patch.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the good parts! Alani is super fun to play! Her burst heal requires constant engagement with the enemy to be effective. Playing Alani is unlike any other character I’ve played. I was obsessed with keeping my Osmosis stacks up and healing teammates at just the right moment. Pushing an enemy into a Geyser is super satisfying. I love everything about her! An average Miko can outheal an average Alani, but a great Alani can’t be beat. Besides being a little OP, the two things that frustrate and confuse me are how slow she moves and how hard her lore challenges are. I had a few allies die on me because they were just out of range of my heal and I couldn’t run to them in time. As for the challenges, I have yet to hit 5 players with a single use of Riptide, and I have to do that 50 times, and killing an enemy Ambra 25 times is going to take more luck than skill.
Besides a few gripes and some OP abilities, I really like Alani. I hope she gets fine tuned soon and I can’t wait to get Master of Alani!
EDIT: after getting in more play time with my #1 support, I’m gonna redact what I said about Alani being slightly OP. She requires proper timing and skill to land her attacks. Geyser and Emergence are skill shots, and even Riptide can miss. Players need to constantly think about Osmosis stacks. Should I use a 2-stack heal or try for 3? If I heal now, how can I get more stacks? Self-heal or heal a teammate? I will say I think Alani is above-average, but not OP.