First off, I didn’t want to start another thread for this, but as the general outline doesn’t have to do with balance, nor should discussion load to what is “OP or UP” This seemed like the way to go.
Also, a disclaimer, I am not a medic player, I was primarily monster and assault in the big alpha.
So, after watching Caira and getting to really know her abilities, I was thinking of the medics and how they are tiered in terms of play.
I know exactly why Laz was put into tier 2 as his play style is very different from “normal” medic play. I was holding off judgement on Val until after we saw the 3rd medic, but now I’d like to have a discussion on the medic tiers.
So, the devs say that the tiers were made in regards to how the chars play and specializations. I’m fine with Laz where he is, but its my opinion that Caira and Val should be switched.
Looking at Caira, she seems like a great char, very different from our first two medics, and thats awesome. However, she seems more straightforward. I think her skill set is actually quite easy for people to pick up. While somewhat nontraditional, her heal grenades are pretty straightforward, shoot to heal in a nice burst area. They are easy to spam, and yes it’ll take a few matches to get the fire arc down, I don’t see it taking more than a few matches. She also can easily heal herself with both her grenades and medic burst. Her napalm grenades are the same way. Nice simple direct damage, nothing extra to worry about. Her speed boost is good, but probably won’t see a lot of use in combat. Of course it’ll have its uses, but it seems more of an out of combat, utility ability. This all means in combat, Caira needs to switch just through heal and napalm grenades, switching between reloads. Sure I’m simplifying things, but to me she doesn’t seem that complicated.
Now look at Val. I’m not going into too many details because the medics have been discussed so much on these forums, but the one thing everyone can agree on, is that a good Val needs to constantly be cycling through all of her skills, each one doing it own unique use. Her damage isn’t even direct, it requires teamwork, the weakpoints and tranqs are more debuffs, direct damage is simple. She also is the medic in the most direct danger. Aside from medic burst, she doesn’t have a way to heal herself, nor escape from danger. Also her heal beam is a nice big green arrow that says to the monster “I AM RIGHT HERE”.
I could go on but it’d be nitpicking at that point. So I like Laz at tier two, but Caira should be one because of her straightforward playstule and ability to selfheal more effectively. Val should be the third tier medic due to how much more she needs to focus on in terms of battle, and lower survivability.
I’d like to see what the community and devs have to say about this.