I want to preface this by saying that Zane is BY FAR my favorite character.
I think Zane’s fundamental weakness is that he doesn’t do anything better than what any other hunter can do. I see there is a potential focus on Cryo in Zane’s design scheme but Zane doesn’t do anything DAMAGE wise to capitalize on that synergy. He’s good at freezing but what damage potential does freezing provide that Zane benefits from? 3x Melee Damage?
For example, Why does Amara want things to be caught in her elements? Because her elemental damage is higher than the other vault hunters. Why does Moze want to do splash damage. Because her splash damage is higher than the other vault hunters, Why does Flak want to do crit damage? Because his crit damage is higher than the other vault hunters. Why does Zane want to do cryo damage? Because it makes his weak action skills last longer?
3 out of 4 vault hunters has a simple 2 fold design.
–Make it easy to apply their class damage.
–Make their class damage hit harder
Zane only has the first step. Cryo freezing is easy to apply…
Zane needs more abilities like Refreshment. He gains life Steal off of Frozen Enemies. That’s great(very far down the tree for no reason but still). He gets NO damage benefit to freezing enemies at all. Capitalizing on frozen targets is what zane should be doing. Why doesn’t he have the ability to do more damage to frozen enemies. Why can’t he apply a unique cryo damage over time? One that is stronger than what other VH’s can do. He has a class mod that applies a status effect on enemies frozen. That would be great if his status effects actually hurt like Amara’s does. Why does he have a class mod that makes him a far less effective version of Amara??? Grenade Zane right? Moze can do grenades better than Zane.
Cryo based Zane does no more damage with cryo than any other character(amara comparison)
kill skill zane does no more damage with kill skill than anythother character(flak comparison)
Grenade Zane does no more damage with splash damage than anyother character(moze comparison)
Electric Zane is a joke
Melee Zane is a Gimmick
The master of none design scheme has gone too far.
I’ll be honest I don’t see why Clone Zane isn’t just a direct copy of zane damage wise. The AI alone would balance the clone. The Drone needs stronger augments. It’s radiation and electric augments tickle. The shield tree needs to give a damage benefit to freezing enemies. cooldown refreshing isn’t enough.