So, I watched quite a few videos and felt like having a discussion on Lazarus. First off, I read a few topics about his rez, and its a little fast, but it seems this is being worked on.
This topic isn’t about that. If anything, I think he is woefully underpowered, and may be in need of significant buffs or even a complete rework.
Right now, he’s doing great as a solid char, I see more vids with him than with Val. I believe this is going to change once the game goes public. I don’t know anything about the new medic so I can’t say this with certainty, but I’ll outline some reasons I think Val with be preferred over Lazarus.
Once the game goes open and players really test the balance more, we’ll see different strategies evolve. Lazarus is great in theory, but he has major flaws. Compare the two. Both sniper rifles are good, and are fine with their differences. The problem is their healing and 4th ability. Lazarus’s rez is great, the no penalty is a great mechanic. The thing is, someone has to die first before it can come into play. This makes it a reactionary ability, rather than a preventive one. When someone goes down, the smart player will cloak an wait for an opportunity to run in and save his teammate. A smart monster will try to do everything to camp the body to prevent this. While this is happening, there are effectively two chars taken out of the immediate battle. The personal cloak is good, as it improves his chances, but its not great for a medic as it does nothing to help the team, with by buffing them, or hurting the monster.
Look at Val, she’s a much more “active” participant. The tranq gun both slows and tags the monster, it is a great supporting weapon. The big deal is the heal gun. it is an active item to prolong the fight, and an active weapon to use. A good solid team will want to prolong the fight, and keep pressure on the monster. Keeping everyone up, I believe, is what is really going to be the more solid choice.
I think in general PUBs, and casual fun play it won’t matter as much between the two, but in competitive and focused teams, Val will be preferred. An active and preventative char will see more play over a passive and reactionary style.