Noble_Cactus Posted October 24, 2014 Share Posted October 24, 2014 (edited) I've gotta say, I was a little disappointed seeing all of the offerings that came with this update when it came to the skill augmentations. Some frames got nice new tools to play with, others got straight upgrades (looking at Mirage). And still others got useless tweaks, like Banshee's Savage Silence. I can't see this augment being useful for even people who play stealth. So I thought about how we could give Banshee a true sidegrade. After two minutes of standing around in the shower, I came up with this: Sonic Shriek:- Banshee stands in place and lets out a piercing shriek in front of her, visually represented by energy-colored distortion.- This spell is a PBAoE cone that damages and staggers enemies in front of her during the cast, which takes a second or two to finish.- After the spell finishes, enemies that are still alive are put into the "headache" animation that enemies do when they are stunned by Blind or Prism.- Sonic Scream has a longer range than Sonic Boom, but it also has a narrower AoE. It has a bit of a slower startup animation than SB as well.- For reference, see the Siren's scream from Killing Floor: Though I am imagining a more mechanical-sounding screech rather than an organic scream to fit in with the rest of the WF abilities's sound design. What this does for Banshee and her team:- While SB knocks down enemies in a line, SS exposes them to headshots for Banshee and her teammates. It is slower to cast, but potentially more effective than SB in tight corridors or narrow spaces. - In addition to the above, SS meshes a bit better with Sonar because it keeps enemies standing, thus better exposing the glowing weak spots. Again, the tradeoff is that SS keeps Banshee locked into place longer. It's a little less versatile and spammable than Sonic Boom, but it does a better job of locking down enemies for cooperative play. I might have forgotten to list something important to the ability's design, so I may update this later. If you have any constructive criticism, please post. I'd like to see this ability refined with the help of the WF community so DE might take notice and ultimately add more true sidegrade augments to the game. EDIT: Renamed "Sonic Shriek" because I feel it's more fitting for Banshee. Edited October 25, 2014 by Noble_Cactus Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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