Thanks SlyGoat for that update on what’s happening behind the scenes. It’s much appreciated.
There’s one other thing I would like to add to the list of bugs, and that’s dodging on uneven surfaces, especially in a portion of the duel maps.
In lieu of a fix, I’ve been developing my timing and footwork to compensate for the buggy dodging, which has worked out tremendously for me so far. All the issues mentioned here coupled with feint used to really frustrate me before last night, which I spent all day practicing in duel mode. I was also one of the guys complaining about all the problems with the game, but since last night I’ve been dominating people and actively seek out duel servers with the highest skilled players available because anything less isn’t a challenge anymore. The only time I really die these days is usually due to some minor bugs mentioned here like ghosting and dodge bugs, or just a lucky hit. A note to you other guys out there who suffer the problems mentioned in this thread, work on your footwork and maneuvering/positioning and you’ll have far greater success. Go practice on a duel server and eventually you’ll greatly increase your battlefield prowess so long as you are mindful of your mistakes and correct them.
Now from my experience, dodge has some shortcomings due to the landscape. Sometimes you’ll dodge and you’ll see yourself move back then a half second later you’ll be right back where you were before the dodge, effectively ghosting. Can’t recall how many times this has happened to me and lead me to either my death, or some serious damage. Other times it tends to dodge in whatever direction about 1 foot, effectively wasting stamina and potentially getting yourself hit if you were actively dodging out of the way of a strike due to reach and follow-through from the opponent.
As for feints, they’re not as big of a problem for me anymore due to my footwork and timing training. If you know someone is a feint abuser (people who do nothing but feint feint feint to win), keep your distance and mind their own footwork, where they’re going. With the proper timing training you can either dodge out of the way (hopefully) or get an attack in while they’re feint spamming. Personally I rarely ever use feints. Instead I rely almost solely on footwork and evasion tactics, and remaining fluid with my timing. When my opponent expands, I contract. When my opponent contracts, I expand. That’s been my general philosophy of late and it’s helped me become a force to be reckoned with.
By developing this strategy last night, I’ll be immune to any forthcoming feint changes seeing as I rarely rely on them in my strategy. Most fights (90% maybe?) I don’t even use a single feint. As such, my ability to overwhelm an opponent will only get stronger as their reliance on feints to win becomes diminished. I find that those feint abuses (not everyone who uses feints) are generally less skilled than I am, so I look forward to seeing what they can offer in terms of a challenge once the dust settles.