except for the lack of spammable bind, which is really only helpful in leves.
And the spammable bind isn't even all that helpful, since the mob will continue to run away the second it wears off. I chased a fleeing mob for about five minutes, managed to cut ahead of it and spam binding attacks, and the instant I didn't have it rooted... it was gone.
Lancer looks to be, as others have said, a melee buffer/debuffer, but it's hard to say how it will play out later in the game. Early on it seems to be the most frustrating class to both level (because of accuracy issues) and gear (because no low-level gear has LNC on it).