The lancer's severe downside is that it's not actually hitscan like people think (if it was I would have a much better accuracy than 60%) and that you are very vulnerable to sniper fire while you charge up your shot. So much so that I'm usually doing counter sniper duty when my outfit does lancer camps. If you don't charge it up then it does pitiful damage along with having pitiful velocity and it's not even worth using. Furthermore, the Lancer only does damage if you hit where as you can flub 1-2 of a Strikers shots and adjust for the last ones to still do damage. The Phoenix only has a range of about 300m before becoming useless, and IIRC the Striker's range is still 500m which again puts it in the middle of the Phoenix and Lancers range. Seriously, asking for something like the old Striker back is like VS asking for the old ZOE back. They were both incredibly OP and it's not going to happen.