Don’t linger on the Laz comparison, it was just a way to kick off the post. It doesn’t matter that it’s fragile, the point is that the monster has to waste a whole ability on it to destroy it in a relatively low amount of time, which spares the hunters from taking that damage instead. That is what I meant when I said it almost counts as another hunter, cause usually the monster saves it’s abilities for them, not a single deployable. If the monster doesn’t do that, then the drone will provide its big shielding, so in every case the monster loses damage and the hunters gain time to heal. And it can be replaced in a very short time.
So basically it’s either you ignore the drone, and then good hecking luck downing anyone, or destroy it and waste an ability that could have been used on the hunters instead, or melee it (which no reasonable monster will ever do unless forced to) and give the hunters even more time to heal. It’s a win win for the hunters.
That’s the true strength of the drone. No matter what, the monster has something to lose. The rest of her kit is indeed just as good. The booster is incredibly effective and her nukes do good damage. She’s just THE top Support.