Slim has seen a huge jump in popularity since his most recent buff, to the point where every game of 2.0 I play has him, and most games I watch via twitch.
One of the problems with Slim is it often feels like the game is decided in character select with him - he’s devastating against poor Bob and MG, great against OG, EKraken, and Gorgon, and pretty bad against Kraken and Wraith.
Him being a counter can be good for tournament play, but it’s bad for blindpick - super strong counters seem to be something TRS has tried to cut back on, like when Markov would wreck Kraken’s mines. I’m guessing the reasoning for this is just simply that all characters ought to be at least sorta viable against all characters, and while one could argue Bob is “sorta viable” against Slim, it really doesn’t feel like a fair matchup. Same with Kraken and Slim, just in the opposite direction.
His automatic shotgun works the same as Abe’s - shoot a lot, spread goes higher, time your shots, less spread. Against Bob, spread doesn’t matter; he’s way too big for you to miss. Against Kraken, far away in the sky, spread matters a lot; Slim players either have to spam and hope or time their shots, and eother way lose a ridiculous amount of healing potential.
I figure there’s two ways to deal with this - change the way he heals, or change the way his shotgun works.
On the one hand, you could reduce the cooldown of his healburst and make leeches worth less. This would blur the lines between good Slims and great Slims, and lower his skill ceiling, which I know a lot of people generally don’t like. But it would very much normalize his strength versus different characters and make him more consistent.
Another way would be to reduce the spread on his shotgun, making him more likely to hit harder targets consistently while not really changing how he is against easy targets all that much. Maybe reduce overall healing or make the leeches worth less to compensate.
Anyways, that’s my thoughts. I’m not a huge Slim player, but I hate going for him and seeing a Kraken in my game; and I hate choosing Goliath or Bob and seeing him on the other side. I just want him to be more middle ground, and less bell-curve-y.
TL;DR Slim good against fat Monsters, bad against skinny ones.