(tl;dr on the botton. Section "What To do" in the middle, on bold.)
- The Whining
I am all in for defending your thoughts without being toxic, I'm a defender for it on the brazilian community, I would say, but I MUST state here that I am STRONGLY struggling to maintain my sanity as I fight for this champion, one of my favorite to play. Actually, lvl 79 with the champion, 1006 matches, that's 214h 52m played with him. Yes. I like Buck.
As changelog tells us (https://paladins.gamepedia.com/Buck), he has been nerfed over and over, taking his last shot on July 18, 2018. I am very sure that we are all awered that ONE BULLET doesn't fix what has been made to Buck, right?! I am pretty sure that we all can confirm this, right?! Actually, allow me to go further on this: that felt very lame (couldn't find any other proper word for it).
Buck, a flanker, is larger then most tanks (and I like him been like this, if he has support on his kit for it), has a weapon that shots VERY slow, with a large spread that can only be used properly on close range. His escape/engage hability has a LONG cooldown that even champions from damage class have better escapes then him, as flanker! (I had to hold myself on this one... took a deep breath.)
He desperately need attention, and not only now! Not only because I wrote it here! He's been in need FOR AGES! he isn't a decent pick on competitive scenario FOR AGES!! I just don't get it!
Some champions felt like untouchable, and you begun changing it now, touching Cassie and Lian. You can be sure that most of the community felt like we wouldn't live longer to see it happening, but we are glad we did it. It may sound hard for you to read it, but that's true, we felt like this.
I would like to mention Pip here, The Better Buck. Most of what Buck does, Pip does better, and excels on it, mostly. Should it be like this? Is is designed to be like this? The healer excels over the flanker, buddies.
I must be true and say that I am writing it here, but I've tried to give voice for Buck in every channel you have (FOR NO ONE PLAYS HIM, SO NO ONE CARES FOR TGIS CHAMPION), being JayFlare the guy on AoC I've made myself listened most on his videos from AoC Meetings. I pretty sure he may remember me like "that Buck guy again"... Unfortunately. I must say that I started it much like ok, but hope is fading, as days goes by and Hi-Rez tells us "Buck is OK to us", as we see patches after patches coming and nothing been touched on him for this to change.
- What To Do Then?
Pointing issues is useless if we don't suggest any changes, so I felt like I should.
I feel like no one cares about it and, truth be told, and I don't feel like the person who need to read this will ever read it, but I am leaving it here, as a log, for no one to say that I did nothing to help Buck.
Weapon: working it's Accuracy and Fire Rate would do something to it, maybe Fire Rate at 0,9 or 0,8 should do. Also, a staggering effect, like Willo's weapon seems suitable on a shotgun.
Recovery: has a too long animation. Pip has an INSTANT and better healing, been possible to heal even allies when needed/wanted.
Net Shot: Pip can do the same, but on AoE. Since Buck can do this the only one champion, should a silence effect be a thing in it? A opponent having his movement skill null under the Net Shot effect seems reasonable.
Bounce House: add back the second charge on it.
Ultimate (Buck Wild): actually, when you ult, feels like a death sentence to yourself. Due to his kit, I do not ult that often for it feels like I am dead. Adding some DR and/or Speed on his ult may be interesting.
Loadouts: suggestions?! Maybe extending DR durations, since he's a bulcky champion? Idk
Those are only suggestions. Some of them may or may not be reasonable, make him overpowered, what I do not want! I want him to be balanced, playable on competitive scenarios again, not only for fun, in casuals.
I am OK with him been a large guy, actually I like it, but, if we state it, be must sustain himself properly. Recovery does NOTHING on late game, extending his DR times, all to 4s, and working on his recovery animation should do.
This is a starting point, I hope, nothing more. Something has to be made.
Feel free to add your thoughts, if you want to.
I feel like I may not ask for any excuses for anything I said here if I got a little salty on any point, for I've been on this journey forever, and NEVER got anything for him but... one bullet.
ONE BULLET DOES NOT FIX WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO BUCK! I'm pretty sure you know it.
Stop pretending Buck is OK. The Better Meta website is here to prove he is not.
tl;dr: are there any plans on balancing this meme, I mean, champion?
EDIT: You did a VERY good job on Barik, take him as inspiration.