First, let me just say I main Trapper (<50 rank as Maggie) and I love the design/function of Crow’s abilities. I’ll be using him quite a bit when the monster/map calls for it. Since the reveal, everyone is shouting about how these new hunters aren’t balanced and are OP, even though no one has used them. In regards to Crow…let me logically show why he is not OP:
Gobi - You need to get lucky or have the monster make a mistake in order to get a spot on it. Even then, only Crow can see the wildlife meaning the Trapper will need to communicate. If you play with randoms…turn your damn mic on!
Kinetic Long Rifle - Everyone is saying how this isn’t fair for the monster due to ignoring armor on charge-up shots. Let me explain why that is not true. The charge up shot is high risk/high reward…as in there is a fair chance you’ll miss the shot and now have wasted several seconds worth of damage. The weapon itself does not deal a lot of damage. Also, the gun’s charge-up shot is only worth using when the monster has armor, which is usually only for a short period of time if playing with a good group of hunters. Lastly, a Trapper should only be dealing damage as a last resort. Containing and CCing the monster is a Trapper’s most important role and what they should be doing 90% of the time.
Stasis Gun - This is the reason the Kinetic Long Rifle wont be OP as any competent Crow should be using this much more frequently so as to help the team. Once again, it is a high risk/high reward weapon. Should you risk a long charge up and miss, the monster isn’t going to be slowed and you failed your team.
My Opinion/Conclusion: Crow is a nice mix of Maggie, Griffin, and Abe. He’s just under Maggie in terms of tracking, close to Griffin in terms of monster slowing, and not as good as Abe in terms of damage. I would rate him as a “jack-of-all-trades, but a master of none” Trapper that rewards good aim.