I’ve played him as much as I can in the last few days and I think that he is almost there in terms of balance and playability. No, he’s not the Laz we knew and loved at his core concept, but I can see through the changes the decisions being made. He goes down quicker than a sack of potatoes if he’s focused, but the same can be said of Val and she doesn’t have pre-mitigation abilities like cloak.
That said, he does feel a bit too squishy compared to how other medics operate. Caira is obviously more tanky when healing herself, Rogue Val has an amazing self-sustain burst but also continues to heal all other hunters while being focused. Emet heals anyone within buoy range and Slim can generally up his tankiness with practice through shooting the monster focusing him.
Val gets more healing off in between focus too, so the reality with Laz is any monster worth their salt knows that a focused and downed laz is a destroyed team.
I’ve enjoyed playing him right now specifically because I’m utilising “stay outside the dome” tactics, and monsters aren’t focusing me so much, which I know will change!
I think in time we may need to see laz getting something, be it a passive or a stat boost provided during cloak. Right now I don’t think he needs it, but I feel he will need it in the not too distant future.
His damage changes since the last patch are fine, he was doing too much before and it felt like too much (see: Wasteland Maggie before damage nerf).
The revivifier taking longer to act is so annoying, but I understand its purpose, I just wish that the reload time on it wasn’t so long as well. Several times now I’ve had to revive someone and then wait for 10-15 seconds to revive someone else because the monster has bolted. It feels unintuitive to have to wait once the monster has already decided to move 100m away.
There’s also the side issue of body camping that, while improved from Legacy, still feels like too much of an easy route for the monsters to take.
So overall, right now, I feel Laz is probably in about a good spot, but I think in time we’ll see his inherent squishiness and the slow uselessness of his cloak against half the monsters come to the fore.