I thought of the best solution to nerfing thorn without actually nerfing it! Think of a regular match with modifiers! Every time you start a match, 2 completely random modifiers activate. This gives purpose to the trials rewards as well as making people use different weapons for different situations. Imagine a void burn crucible match or brawler. Or that one that allows you to do more damage in the air. What do you guys think? Obviously small arms should probably never be in the list of available modifiers.
Honestly, i think brawler wouldnt work with warlocks melee hitting you from far away