At the point that you decide to pull in the portal, his pull rate is equal to or better than the pull rate of any other hero save those that are featured in a particular portal. I am not talking about availability throughout the calendar year, but the pure chances of pulling from a portal.
Being available more often doesn’t impact the chance of pulling something.
I used to use him without Elradir, he just happens to work really well with him. But I still use him with Emilio as an anti Alfrike counter.
Its not minion damage, that is an exaggeration. It does close to 100 damage, and close to 150 damage when boosted. Towards the end of the game where ghosting is possible he has quite often been able to fire multiple times to finish off an opponent. But this is nitpicking, the damage is a tiny part of the special.
He fired exactly how many times he needed to, to win the match. Not more, not less. He was ready to go when he was needed. Versus other teams with other tanks he can fire off against the tank, then again vs flanks, etc. Here I just needed to hold him until JF fired. That was the strategy, and it worked. Therefore counting the number of tiles or the number of rounds of sitting charged is meaningless. It was all as it needed to be to get the win.
I’d agree he could do with a bit of a stat rebalance. Without emblems he is difficult to keep alive. With full emblems that problem goes away.
He gets a use in most wars. And he gets to play multiple raids per day - maybe 8? JF, C GM, GM, Vela, Bera, Clarissa, summer heroes, Alfrike, Frigg, Morel, Finley, Lady Locke - with some of those heroes it only takes one in defense, for some 2.
I value each and every one of the heroes that I used regularly in war. And if I am using him in every 3rd or 4th raid daily, too? Seems like it was worth the investment. Certainly more so than some other heroes I have maxed, e.g. Justice, Azlar, Tyr, Kadilen, Sartana, Lady Loki (who used to be great, but sadly doesn’t get a run any more), C Elkanen, Isarnia, Leonidas, Marjanna, Lianna #2,
A generic family bonus would be nice and would align him with other recent HOTM buffs