There’s a granade annointment that gives you a granade on action skill start, so technically that’s already a thing. All of IB’s splash damage weapons proc MoD so using him can refill all of your granades sometimes. Granade launcher augment lock and speedload works best with this i’ve noticed. And does ok-ish damage with blast master COM. About 4k per hit (8k on crit) with my gear and it shots 5 of them per use. I dual-wield these so that’s 10x granades that can proc MoD on each pull.
I have 28% splash damage roll on my class mods so i’m boosting my IB’s damage by 28% extra and i could throw on a 33% Area-of-effect relic to boost it futher.
I’m torn wether or not IB should have more damage. I could see them buffing some of his augments so there are more options when you have negative modifiers. His salamander weapon and augments doesn’t seem to do splash damage, if they did that would’ve been a option to switch to when you get -50% normal damage modifier.
With the rockteer class mod, you can make autobear last for a while, maybe 30-45 seconds but it’s so situational and it’s a 20% damage increase of you have an auto bear annointment otherwise it’s a big nerf to your damage because it gives IB a much longer cooldown. This mod needs a buff imo. Perhaps remove the penalty to non-refundable cooldown. It would allow for re-positioning him aswell.
What absolutely needs to be improved is his durability. Somehow, i’m not sure how honestly. It hard when he essentially gives moze a third HP bar. Perhaps give him 50% damage reduction as a baseline, maybe more. It would help with scaling dificulty i’m guessing and wouldn’t be to OP at lower difficulty levels, if that’s even a issue. Say, on Mayhem 0 you take 5k hit, it’s now 2.5k While at Mayhem 3 a 10k hit would be 5k. Etc etc.
If the did a balance pass on her class mods, improved IB’s augments to give more options in mayhem and did someting to make him actually feel like a tank and not someting you use as an escape tool, he’d be much better. Maybe give moze more annointments that is active while inside of IB rather than start when you exit too.