Well, damage is what you pick Abe for. If his damage is nerfed, there would be little reason to pick him over another trapper, considering the unreliability of his stasis and tracking dart.
Speaking of stasis, that’s my only issue with him. It has questionable strength against most of the monsters, since it can’t cover everything and the monster can “patch” the slow with traversals most of the time. This is an acceptable weakness in light of his damage.
But things change when up against Goliath/Meaty, and maybe Wraith. Since they are so melee-attack dependent, which requires movespeed more than a series of jumps, a constant, very strong slow in the area the hunters are roaching is a huge pain. It’s possibly even the best control tool a trapper can have. Add to that Goliath is already weak to roaching, and presents a very good target for shotguns… Then Abe seems kinda balanced against most monsters, but completely overpowering against the Goliaths. Something like pre-change Slim against Behemoth level.
I don’t know how, but I think he should be brought down, but only, only, against the Goliaths. (But hooow??)
Oh, and Waggie doesn’t actually deal that little damage. From what I hear, the fire DoTs are not reflected in the end-of-game screen, so her actual damage output is more than what you see.