i havent used caldy much recently - the minion buffs means he’s too squishy for wave clear late game (the ai doesnt miss all that much more when youre double jumping), and the slows, especially the heavy slows are quite a nerf now, as it is very easy for others to burst him down while he’s barely moving.
in my connection, skills are never a good escape because by the time my latency activates it, itll be too late, plus im among those who find gravitic rush getting caught on odds and ends, so offensively is pretty much the only way to use it. ive had minions kill me waaaay up in the air in my ult before (and i dont hang around, i always dive imediately unless im just surveying because im in no danger), so thats no good unless im just fighting melees.
im in the camp that thinks cal should just have his thrusters slowed rather than removed - i believe removing them was the easy way out for gearbox if there was a bug with his lateral thrusters helix (i actually go lifesteal, again, i use his burst and melee offensively, or did, i need to reevaluate since the minion buff, but why would i buff his thrusters in a match where theyre inactive half the game?). otherwise he seems like too big of a risk to me when i can go deande and have occassional assassinations on top of harassment. shrug