THE BARDICHE HAS ARRIVED:
FlyingSquirrel here with a brief primer on why lookdown overheads with the bardiche is legit.
First off I’ve been playing exclusively with the bardiche since I was a rank 4, when I found out how many kills I got with it over every other weapon I knew it was the one. I stuck with it even now at rank 40. So I know a little something about the BAR “muthafuckin” Diche. I will tell you why the Bardiche requires skill and deligence to kill those rank 40 SOW knights.
Few things, the bardiche is primarily a two hit kill weapon against all classes, so don’t drink the hatorade cause you got 2 hit comboed and died, thats normal and should be normal. The problem most people have is the instant overhead lookdowns, the fact they they feel helpless if it does happen.
The bardiche is a great weapon for noobs because of its ability to deal damage, and lack of ability to miss. Most people don’t even do a lookdown overhead correctly, nor do they know really how to exploit them at low levels simply because they don’t understand distance, nor because they understand timing. At higher levels if you just look down at someone elses feet, thats called telegraphing, they know for sure your going to pull off some dumb lookdown instant. It won’t work if anyone has any experience with the bardiche because it has a long windup, and if they see that wind up they will block. Try this against any level 40-50 MAA or KNIGHT during duels. You WILL LOSE.
You need additional skills to equal those knights and MAA, having the two hit capability is not enough. You need to be clever and deceptive. You need make them go on the defensive when they DON’T have the ability to block by either use of feints or footwork. Without the lookdown overhead, you no longer have the ability to actually attack anyone who knows what they are doing because they lack the option of a fast enough attack to take advantage of a poor block, judgement or feint. Instead your so slow that you will just get blocked and blocked and blocked and blocked. Who wants that? This makes the Bardiche pretty useless.
Some say that the bardiche is overpowered because it is a extra long weapon that 2 hits knights, and also comes out so fast because of the instant overhead. People forget that it is played BY A VANGUARD, the vanguard is the easily the least played class in any serious clan match because it is made of twigs and doesn’t have the speed/dodge of a MAA nor does it have the health pool of the knight. Without the versatility of instant overheads of the bardiche, you make the vanguard even more of a rarity.
The solution is to just play more against vangaurds who instant overhead because ONCE YOU ACTUALLY LEARN THAT YOU CAN BLOCK AN INSTANT OVERHEAD, there is almost nothing a vangaurd can rely on doing except run away, duck, matrix and block the next hit. This is because the bardiche has such a god damn long wind up. Trust me, I tried attacking again after being blocked, and an instant overhead is not fast enough (it would be OP if it was, too bad instant overheads are TOO SLOW).
If all this technical talk is not convincing enough for you consider the following:
People play the game to win, there are clans that play the game to win, there are people want to win duels using every exploit in the game. Why are most people knights with SOW instead of getting diving into duels like a flyingsquirrel with instant overheads and sweeping tournaments? Its cause its too DAMN SLOW, and everyone knows the bardiche is not their “style.” Until you find some n00b killing level 50 knights with instant overheads in tournaments it is fine the way that it is. Granted I feel the animation for the overhead could be a little bit better (Isn’t that true for any weapon?)
For those that say nobody who actually uses a bardiche in real life would overhead so close and hit with the handle:
Check out dat kick at 14 seconds too
Here you can see me BARDOUCHEING.
Now if you excuse me, back to my mead.
What seems to be the profficer? DISCOOOOOOO…Im not a crook, I’m a parakeet!