Hey, thanks for contributing. I agree that the Gunslinger can put out some quality damage if managed properly, which is one of the reasons I was so disappointed by the way Gamma Burst affects their non-Command attacks.
With Gamma Burst, the Gunslinger’s SMG, and Frenzy, there is the potential for a pet that does noteworthy sustained damage while also buffing Fl4k’s damage to a reasonable degree, but… it doesn’t work. Gamma Burst destroys the jabber AI for some reason.
Pets are useless vs anointed mobs and most bosses, yeah. In that situation, I’m okay with Master falling a bit behind the other specs… that’s always been the weakness of pet classes in Borderlands, they’re best at mobbing and second class at boss fights. Which isn’t a crippling weakness, a lot of specs have that limitation and are perfectly viable.
In that scenario, I’m fine with the Master role falling back to rely on its superior survivability… except the pets die instantly to AoE damage and have no way of avoiding it. So if it’s the explosion-spamming kind of anointed… yeah, you’re done. Don’t even bother rezzing the pet because it’s just going to wipe again five seconds later.
Same for heavy elemental damage. They’re not programmed to dodge ground damage effects and Fl4k has no way to command them to withdraw, so they eat all the damage, having zero resistance to it, and again keel right over.