u/AeonianCollective, are you afraid of God?" -Mirage
"No, but I'm afraid of you."
For the Tenno who joined following Update 20, allow me to fill you in. The Synoid Simulor was, up until that point, a menace to the community. The weapon alone was great, high AOE damage distributed in an energy-ball fusion that could create goddamn vortexes. It facilitated a unique playstyle from the player, and was a blast to toy around with, setting up traps for enemies and dishing out beautiful explosions. It was also my absolute favorite weapon in the game. You couldn't bring up the Synoid Simulor without bringing up Mirage, however, as these two together were the bane of my and many others' existence. Paired with Mirage's first ability, Hall of Mirrors, the Synoid Simulor was an instrument of death to both every enemy of the Tenno and every poor Tenno's monitor who happened to be in their squad. It was a bad combination for the well being of the game, and it was clear that the interaction between the two should have been changed for the sake of our collective eyes; hell, I was totally okay if DE wanted to nerf the gun a little as well, it was a little strong and, along with the tonkor, was utilized to an immense degree.
DE decided with Update 20 (a bittersweet update, as it also introduced my favorite warframe, Octavia, to the game), however, not to change the interaction between Mirage and the Simulor AT ALL and instead nerf the Simulor (the Synoid variant and the base version as well for some reason) into the ground and effectively make the Synoid the worst syndicate weapon in the game, in the words of Cephalon Suda herself, "more debris to ignore"
To top it off, people STILL ran with Mirage/Synoid Simulor and it continues to drop my frames to this day.
Back to present day now, the Simulor series is still pretty terrible. However, with the most recent mainline, DE somehow made it even WORSE. Self stagger was recently introduced, replacing self damage for all explosion based weapons, a pretty solid change that, while buggy (how the hell can you 'escape' the knockdown, the window to jump out is like a frame), has proved to be far less annoying than dying when you shoot your Zarr into a passing teammate. Along with this, DE also introduced damage falloff for explosive weapons, which caused the AOE damage of explosions to decrease linearly away from the center of the explosion.
I think you can see where I am going with all this
The Simulor received both the self-stagger and a 60% damage falloff! What does this mean, exactly? Well, the Zarr, for instance, which has an immediate explosion and follow up bomblets, allowing you to effectively coat an entire section of a tile in explosions, has a 50% falloff, while the built up explosions of the far less area-destructive Simulor has 60% falloff (Note: while yes, the Zarr's listed range is shorter at 4.90m than the Simulor's 5.00m, when comparing their ability to spread AOE damage across an area, its no contest that the zarr can do this far more effectively in a wider area). Thus, I am left asking: why DE? The Synoid Simulor shaped hole in my heart had finally healed, and you tore open the wound just slightly enough to make it hurt enough for me to write this pointless rant.
Well, I know why. It keeps things consistent among the AOE weapons, it makes sense. It just hurts to see it suffer again.
While I doubt I will ever get over my disdain for Mirage, I hold no actual ill will against DE. This mainline update was incredible and did so many great things for Warframe! But if anyone at DE happens to read this, and cared for the Simulor like I did, pass the good word on, and maybe Suda's bubble-shooting curiosity-satisfier can become truly genius worthy once again.
Tl;dr: The Synoid Simulor, once a uniquely powerful weapon, was reduced to waste back in Update 20, and was somehow made even worse in the most recent mainline update. This makes me sad.
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