So… if the enemy Celeste doesn’t make a mistake, you can’t do anything? You become useless? Why would you use a hero you can leave useless so easily?
Making it so he doesn’t hit ranged heroes is not what I would call “small nerf”.
That’s not true. Even a Vox versus Vox can dodge all the bounces. Considering he gets outranged by most other carries, they can do it too. He could do it even before the first ranged buffs (in the AA) he got when he had the shortest basic attack range. Hint: at 4.5 range he used to have, you could still dodge it (the range buff in bounces was only done to the overdrive).
It would leave him dead, there is no point in using a damage dealer that can’t deal damage. He already needs minions close to the enemy.
Otherwise he would just be melee?? His range combined isn’t even the highest a mage has. Dodging the bounces, even when overdriven isn’t hard, if you are getting damaged by them constantly it’s your fault.
He becomes viable.
But it was in the past. It has been proven that a shorter range Vox is worth less than a minion.
In your last paragraph there are some things I feel I need to correct:
The range buff wasn’t what made him op, it wasn’t until they gave him higher crystal ratio on the AAs when he became op. Range alone made him viable, yet he was still not truly meta.
Magnus gets to bounce late game each 2s, 6-7s simply is not possible because the mark doesn’t last as long. Another advantage Magnus has is higher cc, and being able to hit from afar, the range combined from Magnus is 20 (12 from the A + 8 from the bounce) and being able to bounce to all enemies.
Magnus can split fire as much as he can A, having a 3s cooldown B is not even close to fair compared to Vox. The B is a stun, a ranged AoE stun that allows Magnus to trigger the passive twice. Magnus also has a much stronger ult in both damage, range, and bounces potential.
That’s not what Vox will do. Vox still has less base damage, less scaling, less range, less bounces. Vox needs to be in basic attack range to deal the damage, the rest of the mages can maintain their range.