Finally spent some solid time playing with the new patch. I am not as adamantly opposed as so many people but there are a few problems to be sure.
As with everyone else, I agree archers were unnecessarily buffed. I love what you did with the javelins, but the bows and crossbows don’t need to be this good - there’s just too many archers on the battlefield now. I do however, rather like the Vanguard’s sprint upgrade, it feels like there’s actually a point to using it now. Might help if it worked a little more fluidly though, looks kinda warp-ish right now.
I still like the MAA dodge nerf, despite the complaints he’s not competitive anymore. Perhaps a tiny movement bonus to him is in order instead.
On the whole, the new stamina system is appealing. It puts an end to the deadlocks of bashing one another’s parries for so long and rewards the player who doesn’t go about feinting and parrying and windmilling like crazy. That said, I think it’s currently too severe and could stand a bit of a step back from the current drain levels - A few parries, a few misses, and my vanguard shouldn’t already be panting.
I don’t like the new bubble thing around players made to stop facehugging. I dunno, maybe it would work if it were a bit smaller, but I feel like it’s just plain impossible to use daggers now. I agree it is a problem that needs addressing though.
On individual weapons, the balance seems better than it’s ever been, but will always need more work. I feel like the Brandistock is now a bit OP compared to other spears, and the bastard/great swords still need work, but I think it’s closer to where we want it. I still need more practice on that end though.
One last question - Why on earth does using a bastard sword in one hand have ANY advantage over using it in two hands? I mean, having a shield is certainly a tradeoff more than an advantage, but using it in one hand and keeping your off hand empty should never have any advantage over using the same weapon with both hands. It’s illogical and unnecessary, you’re going to be faster and hit harder using both hands.