Yeah, and MNTS cannon is the “Fix Zane” action skill. Use it with seein red and there’s practically no reason to run seein dead. With where he’s at currently, I feel that seein dead is only particularly helpful for bossing, which it definitely shines at. But that’s not really something to complain about because Flak is the same way with bounty hunter.
Frankly, most of Zane’s coms are totally viable now. Executor, antifreeze, infiltrator, conductor, and even hustler are all perfectly usable. You just have to build around them. For example, I’ve been doing a dome/clone build with the infiltrator and an ASA nova burner for a while now and it destroys at mobbing; I can wipe rooms in an instant and I actually want my AS to end sometimes. Of course Techspert, Shockerator, and especially cold warrior are still dogshit, but look at the other characters; they all have a few coms that just aren’t very good.
Yes, as a character, Zane is fundamentally reliant on his action skills, an absurd amount of kill skills, and various other conditional effects. Seein dead “solves” that by making it easy to keep these things active all the time, but it’s not the only way. Need your action skills to stay up indefinitely? Spec CCC and brain freeze, or Good Misfortune and Borrowed Time. Need kill skills to keep going? Literally spend 11 points to get seein red and use cannon. Can’t rely on salvation for healing? Use dome. Have trouble getting out of FFYL? Use clone with old u, or ya know, stay in the dome. Worst comes to worst, all your stuff runs out and ya can’t do damage or stay alive, so what do ya do? How bout wait a couple seconds for your cooldowns and start the loop over again. Problems solved. Sure it sucks that they’re problems in the first place, but seein dead is not the only solution.
Moral of the story is, yeah Seein Dead is still top tier because it’s easy to use and great for bossing, but it is far from necessary. Zane has a lot of solid options now. And I’d be willing to bet that people who think otherwise just haven’t tried them yet.