After joining the Apex Legends roster, Crypto has fallen deeply short of expectations. Consistently ranking at the bottom of tier lists everywhere, there is a reason you aren't running into many in-game. His abilities, on paper, are exciting, but his practicality in the meta of the game just isn't there. It is not that Crypto isn't useful, it's that he isn't viable.
In a fast paced game with Pathfinders and Wraiths weaving through the map dizzying opponents, there simply is not enough time to slow down enough for Crypto to set up, do recon in the area, and then have your squad perfectly time their attack with Crypto's EMP. Even if your squad is fast enough to communicate through this all effectively, will the enemies you're attacking stay in one spot long enough? Probably not.
Crypto Needs This Specific Change in Apex Legends
This discussion took to Reddit with the picture below and the comments took off and started offering suggestion after suggestion. For the uninitiated, Crypto's passive "Neurolink" allows Crypto and his teammates to see the position of enemies detected within 30 meters of his Surveillance Drone. Crypto's tactical ability allows him to take flight with the drone and see the surrounding area. It is a little weird that when Crypto is controlling the drone, he has to ping enemies and their location rather than the drone itself revealing them.
Others think that Crypto's hacking background needs to take more of a role in his kit to make him a little more useful. For example, a user suggested Crypto should be able to use respawn beacons that have already been used, or that he can hack doors to lock them making enemies slow down their chase to break them.
The biggest issue with Crypto that I see that has been mentioned by countless players is his obvious lack of defense. In a fast-paced game like Apex Legends with constant battles, most characters need a lot of ways to deal damage or escape it. Sure, Crypto can fill the role of a niche, utility pick, but he needs to have some way to defend himself. Pathfinder can grapple away, Wraith can go invisible and speed out, Gibraltar has a seemingly infinite amount of shields. Even Mirage, who most people think is an equally bad character has ways to throw enemies off his trail.
At the end of the day, Crypto is a great concept that hasn't found his way into becoming a viable option and the fix is an updated ability scheme. Whether that means slotting his passive into his tactical ability, or revamping his drone to carry a pistol (only half-joking), Crypto need a little more love and attention.