I find it amusing on how long this discussion went after I made my decision on which Medic was best.
I find Emet good because he has a hell of a lot of flexibility.
If the Emet is smart s/he will place the Buoys in somewhat decent spaced out and hidden spots then Emet can just focus on dealing extra damage and adjust his Buoys as he sees fit.
You can even take the time to constantly heal from across the map if your team is fighting in the range of the Buoys.
Now in all fairness the team shouldn’t have to fight around the Buoys but more so Emet needs to make sure he puts them down where he feels they will be the most helpful which might on occasion require constant replacement in the heat of battle.
Back to the whole “across the map” thing. Emet can still provide heals as he runs off to place a Beacon.
If the Buoys get destroyed by the Monster it should only be for the reason of either the Monster really wanted that Buoy gone or it was badly placed.
Buoys are good distractions to provide extra healing while the Monster turns around to destroy one of the Buoys there.
When a Teammate goes down I usually place a Buoy above the teammate and then place the other two on either side of him/her to where the Monster can see them.
The Monster will be so focused on trying to kill the Downed Player and the two obvious Buoys that they will not see the third one doing its job. Or at least it will be too late anyway before he does notice.
Of course a majority of this experience is from Legacy but it still holds true in Stage 2 in most cases.
I’ve fought against top tier Monsters and survived as Emet because I had a solid Support helping me and I was on point with my jukes and dodges.
All I had to do was just keep on dodging and my Buoys kept me alive. I also had two strikes at the time due to bad early engagements but at the end of the game when the Monster was “ready” he never killed me.
He got hella close at one point but we ended up killing him.
Emet is by no means a bad Medic and can pull his weight for the team like any other Medic.
Just because a Medic is “harder to utilize” does not make him a bad medic.
It just means you need to be smarter in order to use him.
The moment you come across a smart Emet you’ll notice a difference in how hard it is to kill him and his team.
I will say there are pros and cons to him but lets be honest… that’s the same for every character in the game.
In some cases Emet can literally throw his Healing Burst thru the air and heal a teammate that way. His Buoy is practically a healing grenade if used as such since it doesn’t need to be deployed in order to activate the HB.
Sure some other Medics have some wonky range on their HBs but Emets come back faster and Caira aint saving nobody who’s in the air regardless of her versions.
If you’re fighting a Wraith who is either Stage 1 or 2 vs Slim well then you’re probably screwed. If Slim can’t hit the target because said Wraith is smart and all over the place then that teammate will not be getting enough heals to save their life.
Lazarus shouldn’t even be remotely discussed in the healing department and we all know why.
Val does have strong heals… on one person… if she’s not being focused…
Emet can consistently keep himself alive longer than any other Medic, even Lazarus in most cases because one Fire Breath or Acid or whatever and his Cloak is useless. His Cloak also doesn’t last long enough for him to get back any decent amount of Health should he become seriously injured.
Emet is like the energizer bunny. He can just keep going and going and going long after said Cloak would have run out.
Emet can also revive himself depending on where you get downed and where you placed your Buoy. You might not get back up but you’ll last longer as your team punishes the Monster than any other medic without question.
You can disagree as much as you want.
Emet is far from trash tier when it comes to other medics.
He has his own special place on the team.
That is why I main him or Lazarus (sometimes PaPa on occasion) because I have my own personal reasons as to why I like them.
Same with Electro Griffin.
Same with my other choices in the Poll.
I have my own reasons as to why I consider them good, if not the best.