In my personal experience Paladin Parnell is too strong currently. In any given situation it is better to have a Paladin Parnell than anyone else. for the following reasons.
- He is THE most tanky medic out there…attempting to focus fire him will result in frustration especially if he has a competent support player on his team (for example a hank or sunny). The unhealthy thing about his kit is that he combines what makes rogue val unique with the self heal and the cooldown refreshing of Slim. This combined with the fact that he is essentially getting a lesser defense matrix makes for far too much resources invested in bringing him down.
- Alright you might be saying…sure he’s hard to bring down…then why not focus his support or other teammates. An excellent idea I’d say…if it weren’t for the area of effect long range healing rockets, you can have another teammate pinned against a wall…and he can simply fire nearby the wall and effectively gimp your burst combos on the target.
- His damage. Parnell is rewarded for playing aggressively…however unlike slim he puts the hurt on the monster…and sacrifices no real safety to do so.
From what I’ve experienced on both sides of that coin it makes for an extremely unhealthy experience where the monster folds his hands and prays that the hunters grossly misplay and the raw power of the Paladin will be reduced, or that they perhaps have very poor communication or grouping skills. From how I assume this game was intended playing well as the monster would mean you have the advantage…(as per stage 3) not…you have a slightly better chance.
Now for my suggestions, I’d recommend some sort of resource or debuff that our paladin has to juggle. If he had some sort of drawback for overhealing himself or perhaps lower capacity to heal his teammates then I’d say he’d be a well balanced character. Perhaps he’d have his movement and attack speed greatly lowered after he uses righteous fury as part of a “Power now in exchange for weakness later” initiative he has to think about.
I apologise for the spacing and if the tone offended anyone. It wasn’t my intention and I was just trying to voice some concerns.