This post has been a long time coming. I do think Zane has the worst collection of Legendary COMs of all the character. I am talking more so from an Impact standpoint and a build diversity standpoint. I think his lack of impactful class mods has fed into his perception as a bad VH.
I want to clarify, that I’m not trying to make whole new COM unless the Mod is close to unusable.
Just a reminder of what the current COMs do for those that do not know. Below I’ll explain what is wrong, and how to fix if any is needed.
The Legendary Cold Warrior
The Legendary Cold Warrior is a BAD com. It was slightly better thanks to the recent patch where Trick of the light was changed from Shock to Cryo. Making it the only Cryo related skill on a cryo COM(notice how before it had no cryo skill buffs). Additionally, a status effect on frozen enemies does not do significant damage on Zane, a character who has ZERO elemental affinity outside of Cryo. A fire dot on a M4 Mob is basically friendly tickling. Not even aggressive tickling!
How to Fix:
I would change the skills. First, Everything but Trick of the light will be replaced with Brain Freeze, and Refreshment. Easier to freeze and gaining lifesteal off of frozen targets. Additionally, I would make it so Zane does BONUS(i.e. Multiplicative) Cryo damage to Frozen targets .
The Legendary Executor
Not much except for the fact that this mod once again buffs Status Effect Chance and Status Effect Damage on a character that doesn’t do status effect dots good in the first place. Other than that, basically one of Zane’s better mods.
How to Fix:
Id take off the status effect chance and status effect damage buffs. To replace this nerf, I will add a passive that Zane does increased damage to enemies under 35-50%(either or) health/armor/shield. If a boss has all 3 bars, then at the 35%/50% point of that specific bar, Zane will do increased damage. This is in line with the theme behind “Executing your targets”.
The Legendary Infiltrator
This mod gives up ALOT(Shields) for what I think is mediocre buffs. I just think it can be tuned up slightly. Other than that, This is Zane’s BEST MOD by far.
How to Fix
Mod is in a good place. Might need a slight tune up but not needed. I think if the skill “Like a Ghost” was buffed, it’d help alot.
The Legendary Shockerator
The shock Nova is too weak. That’s it. But I have an idea to make this synergize better in general.
How to Fix:
The Shock nova should be changed to a cryo nova with a chance to freeze. It should keep the ability to stagger and buff the damage drastically on the nova. This is Zane’s grenade COM and it should be EXPLOSIONS?!?!?!?!. I also think a neat idea is that a passive be added that allows Zane to throw the Clone as a grenade lob. That way I’m not risking death to position the clone to get melee’d.
The Legendary Techspert
The mod is poorly thought out and badly executed. I believe it is in contention for the worse Legendary COM in the game. Even if it was buffed with a higher chance to proc the refund, Zane has MANY ways of keeping his Drone going(which by the way has the longest duration anyhow). Not only that, All the skills it buffs are Barrier tree skills. Why is it a drone related passive then?
Hot To Fix
I think all the Skills needs to be changed out of the Barrier tree. It needs to be a better Drone mod. Cold Bore, Salvation, Cool Hands, Death Follows Close, Good Misfourtune, and Borrowed Time are all skills I’d consider in any make up to replace what was there. Also an Increase to the recharge proc chance SIGNIFICANTLY
Special EDIT: I had a different idea up but posters below gave WAAAYYYYY better ideas and I agree with them regarding this mod. I changed my OP post to reflect my new position. Special Thanks to @kabflash @acpn22 and @jbow2020 and @bvhjdbvkjf.unhacked
Last but not least, The new COM from the takedown DLC. I will try to leave my personal opinion out of it because I actually hate the CONCEPT of this mod. I will focus on improvement of what the Developers intended.*
The Legendary Antifreeze Mod
This mod doesn’t do what it says it does. It does not make you immune to being slowed. The biggest offense. I’d also say that the 25% damage reduction on slide is inconsequential. Finally, 40% damage increase while jumping doesn’t make up in the lost of speed when jumping. You are losing the speed and damage multiplier at the start of the jump only to gain some of it back at the end of the jump. Really the mod only shines when free falling
How to Fix:
Make the passive 100% immune to slow. This will allow Zane’s to use Elemental Projector Effects with Cryo without Drawbacks. Other than that, Never make a meme mod again. We are done with Sliding and Jumping.
This is all. Long Post. I’d like some feedback because it took me awhile to draw this all up