Until now there was no counterpick assault against Krakens. Markov and Hyde is a not counterpick but all-rounder assault, which means fine at any monsters. it is versatile guys, but not specialized against Krakens. But since R Abe appeared, Krakens finally starts suffer at assault.
Krakens can float, so they can neutralize some assault’s weapon which is not good at airfight. Even Markov and Hyde affected by that. Cuz Toxic Granade and Mine is not good at airfight. But R Abe’s all weapons are viable at airfight. Though hitting granade at air is hard a bit.
And Krakens have a weakness, they have no charge skills and traversal is slower than other monsters. R abe snipes this weakness exactly cuz dots works a while even monster is not hit by weapons. other monster also suffer by dots after dome fight, but it is tolerable they can use fast traversal and charge skills, eat wildlife, and prevents dots. Krakens cant do this rapidly.
So it is good after Grounder perk patch Kraken had a lot of benefit, and there was no risk picking Kraken.
Now R Abe makes a risk when you consider pick Kraken. That is good and natural phenomenon.