Okay so I'm partly doing this so that everyone doesn't get mad at me for going on about Phantom in discord....
How Phantom is at the moment, he just isn't quite there to be a viable choice. I'm not saying he isn't good and I'm not saying he's far off. He's difficult to play atm, but I think it is good like that. The only problem is that the reward for playing him isn't very- or maybe just not as high as it should be.
When I play DB I pretty much only play Phantom as it is what keeps me with this game.
So... Considering the obsidians and the updates and new mercs, isn't it about time the Phantom stain got cleaned up? I would like to hear people's opinions on what could make Phantom actually viable considering his current playstyle and why previous nerfs were made. As in... Phantom probably shouldn't be much (if any) harder to detect than his is now. I'm a phantom main and I know I'd hate that and tbh it probably wouldn't even change the fact that he isn't that good atm. Phantom doesn't need to be made easier to play, just the rewards for playing him well imo need to be higher.
Take Vasili for example. If you're a bad Vasili you are of no use, but a good Vasili can really help. A good Phantom can help also, but not to the same degree.
Personally, I think Phantom could do with 3 throwing knives as an ability on a cool down similar to Fletcher's which could be thrown while cloaked, only mildly disrupting the cloak (as if sprinting)(for counterplay). For me that works perfectly as it compliments Phantoms current harasser playstyle and also just allows Phantom to further exploit the fact that he can deal damage without being attacked back and save decloaking for the perfect moment. The only other thing I can think of that would actually make phantom viable would be some form of spotting ability, but I honestly don't think it would fit into how he plays at the moment and sacrificing his currently playstyle imo wouldn't be a good idea.
I'm happy to hear anyone's suggestions regarding what could be done because I think its quite a difficult one, but I wouldn't like to think that Phantom just can't be made viable.