Not gonna lie, Svings doesn’t know what he’s talking about here. That sounds harsh, but hear me out.Anyways, I just watched this video:
I do share his concern that Abigail is so strong that it renders all other pre-Hardmode summons useless. Leinfors, have you done tests to see if a pre-Hardmode, "maxed out" Abigail outperforms things like pre-Hardmode, "maxxed out" Vampire Frog Staff, Hornet Staff, and Imp Staff (By "maxxed out," I mean using all the available summoner gear/slots that you can get pre-Hardmode)? It'd be weird for something that you can easily get before fighting any boss could outperform items you aren't supposed to get until well into the game.
And yes, the uploader acknowledged that this video was made right before Abigail was nerfed in 18.104.22.168, but he doesn't think that Abigail has been nerfed hard enough.
Since her release, Bame’s server has tried Abigail in pretty much every situation up until and including Plantera… and no, she doesn’t “outclass every other minion”. In the scope of prehardmode bosses, she does decently at the same bosses Vampire Frog does well at, so she acts like a weaker but more readily available Vampire Frog. An Obsidian Armor build on Skeletron with her for example got around a minute and a half, while summon builds with imps and frogs got around 1:10. Her biggest role prehardmode is a stepping stone to Flinx and an easy option for small clusters.
In Hardmode, Abigail does well at Dreadnautilus and Queen Slime, making her a stepping stone to Summoner’s next good minions that Spider doesn’t really act as considering they’re ground limited, but she’s not stronger than either. She got around the same as Optic Staff against the Destroyer, and seemed to struggle to catch up with Prime (though did well on Twins). She also did decently on Plantera, but noticeably not any better than Sanguine would do.
I think her “outclassing every other minion” is a hasty conclusion on Svings’ part that assumes she does everything just because of the way she scales without realising that at no point is her strength *too* high (especially now that she can’t cheese tight clusters) and is really more of a fix to Summoner’s gaping progression gaps.