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So... what if Phantom had a shotgun?
OK, OK, put the pitchforks down!
Seriously though, Phantom's biggest problem is that his health and speed don't compensate for his playstyle. He's not fast enough to stab someone and then get out (especially against higher health pool mercs), he doesn't have the health to fight someone 1v1 with the heavy pistols, and he doesn't have the resources to fight someone with SMGs.
If he had a shotgun, he'd be able to fight people easier up close, without necessarily having to get into melee range, and wouldn't have to rely on the... well unreliable hand-cannons. While I don't think Phantom should ever be without the katana, this new shotgun Phantom probably wouldn't have it. That would be a little too much burst damage, imo. He probably would switch to the normal pistols, too. Wouldn't need the hand-cannons. There would need to be a decloaking sound and duration, so that way he doesn't just delete someone's head when they try to defuse, or something.
Just an idea.