Fundamentally, Legion is a Poorly Designed Killer
Hey, it's your friendly neighborhood frustrated Legion main here back at it again with another hot take about the state of Legion in Dead by Daylight as a whole. I've been playing the game as both a survivor and killer for a long time now and while I have only joined the forum recently, I've been reading the statements that the developers have made regarding Legion and I feel that there is a huge disconnect between what they say and what is actually going on in game with the Killer.
I've been playing Legion for a long time now as my killer of choice and I think I have a solid understanding of how games go and how their kit works as a whole in the ecosystem of the game. As such, I want this post to sort of serve as a laundry list of reasons why the killer we have now does not work in terms of the gameplay that BHVR has provided to us.
- Legion's ability, Feral Frenzy, has nothing to do with the lore of the Legion.
This might seem nitpicking to some, but what about the Legion says that their ability should be to run away like maniacs stabbing people and watching them bleed out? Out of the 5 paragraphs given about the Legion's lore, the only time they are stated to have killed someone was
- An impulsive decision made by Frank
- Seemingly their first time ever killing someone (minus Frank maybe) as when Frank drove the knife into the cleaner, "He rushed to her aid, knife in hand, and without hesitating, planted the blade into the cleaner's back.As the group stared at Frank in shock..." That seems a little odd to do if they have enough experience in killing to be labelled as "A band of merciless Killers" by the game. Joey was just doing as he was told, meanwhile Julie and Susie seem like they were forced into it.
Considering you can play as any of the members of the group, it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense that any of the members of the Legion would have this trait of bloodthirsty stabbing with of course the exception of maybe Frank. You can't even say that the group grew into it as while they were burying the body of the cleaner, they got scooped up by the Entity.
Looking at the lore you can imply a few things about the Legion,
- They are a band of thugs who bully, vandalize, and steal from their community. Are they criminals? Yes, of course. Are they feral murderers? No. Even if you include the one kill they all made, I wouldn't call them all murderers. I understand liberties have to be taken as this is a game about killing, but considering how they supposedly do the kills, this does not make sense.
- They work together
While I understand implementing all of the Legion to work as a unit can be tricky to do, as it stands right now, the Legion as a solo killer running around stabbing people does not fit the lore given and frankly I don't think any other killer fits more poorly flavorwise than they do.
Why is this a big deal you may ask? Well considering that many people who I talk to about Legion think they legit have multiple personality disorder akin to something like Diavolo in Vento Aureo, myself included for a while. They are a group of 4 people yet you only see one at a time, what's even the point of making them a group when the disorder idea sounds a lot better and makes sense considering what you're given in terms of context. Based solely off Legion's power it makes him out to seem like he's insane, an animal of sorts. Why would you ever assume they're a group unless you actively seek out the lore.
- Legion's ability is unenjoyable to use as a Killer and against as a Survivor
Let me start off by saying that early Legion was insane and completely broken. I understand that and I won't even attempt to argue that it was good, it wasn't. Games were ridiculously easy as Legion players and horribly unenjoyable as a Survivor. Nobody wants that Legion to come back under any circumstance. That being said, the problem doesn't seem to have been from the fact that Legion was strong at the beginning, but the fact that Legion's power just doesn't lead to good gameplay; evidence which comes from @Peanits who said earlier:
As for mending, previously it was too easy to get stuck in an endless loop of mending (with mending times of up to 20 seconds). This left people mending most of the time which isn't exactly thrilling gameplay. There's no interaction between the killer and survivor there.
This being in regards to the current iteration of Legion and why the nerfs were put in place to Deep Wounds. I think most if not all can admit that Legion is not a strong killer right now, in fact they're probably one of the worst in the game, even at their worst, Legion's ability leads to unfun and unrewarding gameplay, yet the devs are constantly trying to adjust it as if tweaking some numbers around is the way to go.
We've seen Legion at their strongest, and Legion at their weakest, nobody is having fun during Legion gameplay no matter what is done to them. When you're playing as Legion, your goal is to just smack people and waste their time with a status effect that barely succeeds at that goal, and when you play against Legion you just groan and think about how you're going to have so much fun holding down M1 for about 12 seconds when Legion comes rolling by. It is clear that no matter what iteration of Legion we're talking about, the gameplay is stale and uninteresting for either Killers, Survivors and even both sometimes, the stats are not the problem, Feral Frenzy as a whole is.
- The recent Legion buffs are irrelevant to the issues Legion is having
To sum it up quickly, the Legion received buffs to their movement speed and vault speeds while in Feral Frenzy and they received buffs to their addons with the pins being a highlight as they were useless garbage before.
Hopefully this essay has convinced you of this fact already but in case you as the reader haven't gotten the picture yet; Movement Speed, Vault Speeds and the Pins were not the reasons why Legion is bad. This "buffs" are nice Quality of Life improvements but they don't at all solve the glaring problems Legion has as a character. The fact that Feral Frenzy is tied to Deep Wounds, which essentially acts as another health state for survivors is garbage and is the main reason why Legion is in the state that they are in now. This very aspect is the problem and buffing or nerfing it is what significantly affects Legion's standings as a killer. You could make Legion move at lightning speed while in Feral Frenzy, they will still be an M1 Killer regardless.
- The recent Legion nerfs are idiotic and just punishing to people who still want to play the Killer.
The main nerf I'd like to discuss is the one that made Feral Frenzy attacks not count as basic attacks anymore. I understand completely why this is, BHVR want more consistency as to what is and isn't a basic attack and Legion just wasn't fitting the mold. That being said, doing this change has taken away Legion's synergy with Sloppy Butcher and Save the Best for Last, unarguably some of Legion's strongest perks and often key to builds involving those perks. If Legion wasn't an M1 Killer before, they most certainly are now. There is few if any unique things to do involving Legion's kit, Feral Frenzy is basically worthless in the eyes of any perk now.
The one thing Legion players had going for them was the inclusion of the perk, Nemesis, which was coming with Oni. That is until BHVR nerfed Deep Wounds so that it is no longer tied to a killer's Terror Radius anymore. That which meaning, Legion can no longer take advantage of any terror radius reducing perk or undetectable to assist with their objective. That only leaves me with one question,
What is the point of Feral Frenzy? It cannot stall, It cannot kill, and it barely functions as a way to find other survivors. What are Legion players supposed to do with Feral Frenzy? The devs can't just say "we'll see how it goes" when it comes to this killer, they have nerfed Legion into the ground, they need to come out and tell us what the point of the ability is because right now common consensus is that it has no purpose other than to be annoying and that is not fun for any side.
Fact of the matter is that Legion needs to be reworked, ideally one with flavor to actual lore but at least to a state that is enjoyable to players on both sides of the game. I personally don't have an answer, but guess what, BHVR has a forum FILLED with people offering suggestions and feedback on what can be done to Legion to improve them, here are a few examples.
My personal favorite because it has flavor to the teamwork of the Legion group:
and of course there are many, many more! Please just look at your own forums, take the hint, and just REWORK LEGION. Stop dragging everybody around changing meaningless numbers and actually put in the work to fix the Killer. They are not in a good spot right now and they will never be if you keep this garbage ability known as Feral Frenzy.