Really, I feel that Markov, Hyde, Val, and Caira are all underpowered. Markov is simply outclassed, and brings nothing useful to the team since the glowing-red aura from his mines ruin any ambush usage, which is their only viable use imho. Aside from that his lightning gun is pretty strong, but not being able to benefit from Val or Lazarus’s targets is a major blow to his dps.
I feel like Hyde just doesn’t put out enough damage, with a poison cloud up constantly while shooting minions in the face with his flamethrower it felt like it took AGES to do anything to them; his kit looks amazing on paper, but in effect it feels extremely underwhelming. Like Markov, his flamethrower can’t benefit from targets, which means its potential dps drops significantly. His poison grenades are pitifully weak for an assault weapon.
Parnell can proc multiple targets at once with super soldier + shotgun and he absolutely SHREDS the monster in close quarters, so much more than Markov or hide that he’s the top-tier assault right now imo.
Val is just monster bait, and like Hyde and Markov, she’s just outclassed.
Lazarus can load the monster up with targets making anyone with rapid fire and/or spread-based weapons hit incredibly high cough Parnell cough, making his weapon just plain better, and being able to get your whole team off strike free, even from death, is incredible compared to the monster-bait beam.
Caira… is probably the most useful of the underpowered. Really, her healing is harder to trace, and hits in an AoE, but it’s a pitifully small heal, and if your team mates are close enough together to get healed more than one at a time, they’re close enough together to get rofl stomped by a monster ability. Her acceleration field is great, but its in-combat usefulness is lacking because her allies don’t benefit from it unless they’re relatively close to her, and being able to move faster doesn’t really help unless you’re winning. She also offers significantly less to her team’s dps than Laz or even Val.
Lazarus is the top-tier medic imho.