Killer too oppressive, or just a lack of counterplay knowledge?
I’ve been seeing a few opinions floating around the forums regarding Skull Merchant. I saw a good few posts about Sadako a while ago as well.
I don’t play survivor often, but my knowledge playing both of the above Killers helps me a lot. I know tape management is important, so I keep an eye on my stacks and when TV’s become active. When to wait to dispose of it and what TV’s are active/where they are.
For Skull Merchant, I know no movement prevents you from being tracked. Briefly stopping when moving through active drones renders them useless, whereas before, being in the radius was uncountable and you WOULD get exposed and revealed if you were in it long enough.
I’m seeing people say that she can still 3-gen. Yes, she can, and so can many other Killers. The key point is that she CAN’T 3-gen as effectively as she used to, and her power now has solid counters.
I even went against someone who had no idea that her drone beams apply a claw trap + injury and slow on following scans. A part of me thinks that these Killers are not as oppressive as people make them out to be, it’s just that they haven’t learned all of the quirks that make these Killers tick. They’re oppressive because you don’t verse them the way you’d verse many other Killers. You don’t play against Pinhead like you would Pig, or Leatherface. You can’t ignore the box, you need to know when it’s right to solve the box, and his chase power requires accuracy and timing.
To me, truly oppressive Killers were old Skull Merchant, original Legion, a god Nurse, or a god Blight with blighted crow and alchemist ring, but that’s a different discussion.
I’ve had my backside handed to me as both of these Killers, by Survivors that knew how to manage the Killer’s powers. I think solo queue is the biggest risk factor against Killers like these, because you kind of need at least 3 people to know what they’re doing. One person not managing tapes or drones properly could bring down the whole team if the Killer capitalises on it.