First off: I’m not asking how I can. I’m suggesting how we can make Slim a bit more viable in the actual fight.
Slim has a very low ability to survive which is awkward and extremely unfitting. He’s suppose to be beside the monster. He only has one ranged heal and it’s a bug to focuses healing. The bug dies whenever ANYTHING touches it. So his better form of healing is his rapid heal burst. Sure, that’s cool and all but what about keeping himself alive?
Now I’ve been playing a bit more Slim of late. (I stopped after the newest changes to him a few months back) I was trying to figure out why Slim wasn’t a viable medic. Now I think I’ve figured out a bit of the problem: his self-healing. Now I know that’s a problem for most medics (perhaps save for Caira and Emet) but it’s a serious problem for Slim.
I was playing a match to test out how many healing bursts it took to heal myself from very low health to full health. Seven. It took Seven healing bursts to get me from dangerously low to full health. I mean, his outward healing is nice. I was able to keep my team alive for a good portion of time as long as I focused on them. So I’m not complaining about that. I’m not complaining about the bug. I’m not complaining about the Spore Cloud. Heck, I’ll even say that those are pretty good. However, his self-sustainability is lacking.
So my suggestion on making him a tad better is to up his self-healing. It shouldn’t take seven heal bursts to recover from reaver and blitz leopard attacks. Once I died from repeated leopard attacks because my team was not only spread out but I needed to heal myself. It was like an unfunny parody of a paradox. I’d heal burst by killing a few Reavers/a leopard. Then I’d get pounced and lose MORE health than I healed. Yet Val can top herself off with roughly two healing bursts. Laz can turn invis whenever he gets hurt. Caira can healing-grenade herself. Emet can healing-buoy himself. What can Slim do? A weak heal burst. Sure he can Spore Cloud, but when you’re in danger it is insane trying to use the leech gun to get your heal burst back more quickly and the Spore Cloud to confuse the monster at the same time.