From the Alban Festival Update notes:
Fixed an issue where Quick Brutal Flurry is activated after Bobbing"
"Issue" This was not a damn issue at all. I'll address this in two parts, PvE and PvP.
Word wall incoming, I'll do my best to format this properly.
In raids, Quick Brutal Flurry was used to quickly recover stamina and inflict decent damage to bosses when you have no attack resistance(Focus Stimulant, Freeze, Lugh Tathlum buff, DK Fissure).
You could be running, right click to use Bobbing dash, and left click to enter Quick Brutal Flurry in half a second to regain your stamina in 2 seconds, without having to stop attacking the boss or use a stamina potion.
Now, with this change you can only enter the Quick Brutal Flurry after using Bobbing Dash twice. You cannot change direction with the second Bobbing Dash, which means you can overshoot the boss. This reduces the stamina gain and makes me not want to bother using it because it slows my playstyle down. It is no longer convenient nor efficient to bobbing dash twice to use quick brutal flurry for the main reasons it is used.
My playstyle as cestus is generally as follows:
1.Get my buffs going, speed first, followed by crit buff then damage buff
2. Build SP to use Raging Volcano to activate Cataclysm buff, which means my cestus blasts twice in one shot, doing double damage(up to 4x damage with Clean Hit)
3. Use Cataclysm until 5 seconds remaining, use Gigantic Strength buff to refresh buffs and give myself fully charged Blast Gauge, and then Big Bang(and do up to 65k damage generally) when the boss isn't moving sporadically.
4. Use Quick Brutal Flurry to deal damage while waiting for Blast Cooldown to end, so I can charge my Blast Gauge and keep my guaranteed criticals going.
5. Repeat from step 2.
This change means I have to resort to alternate ways of regaining stamina, all of which require downtime from doing damage.
Stamina potion or walking away until stamina refills.
Now, you might ask what happens when you try to use the old way of Quick Flurry? You get the basic version of Brutal Flurry, which is significantly slower and of course does less damage due to being slower.
Cestus Karok can be extremely strong in the right hands and this unnecessary change just slows me down and punishes my hyper aggressive playstyle, despite that being the nature of Cestus Karok, to be relentlessly in-your-face dealing damage.
I'll be honest, Quick Brutal Flurry is absurd in PVP and I never saw a way to balance it other than increasing stamina cost(It's already high if you aren't hitting anything).
I am conflicted on my feeling towards the nerf in PvP because on one hand, It's so damn effective to gain an advantage against nearly any character(Except Hurk. Screw Hurks.) There is the aspect of being able to infinitely juggle someone with this and kill them quickly provided your attack and speed are high enough(or in the case of Siege Match, juggling an enemy to fall off the edge and die).
Some people have argued this fixed Cestus juggling and I simply reminded them that HALF of Cestus smashes will lift an enemy, especially Bolo Punch(LR, the uppercut)
and that Quick Brutal Flurry can still be used, it is now just incredibly inconvenient and inefficient as well as reduces the surprise element.
I can still LR spam someone to death, or I can LR -> LLLLR blast and do half of your health. And I can still Quick Flurry juggle stunlock you to death.
Unfortunately, I don't have any solutions to balance this, so I'll just reiterate: Trash change.
TLDR: Slows down cestus gameplay, makes Cestus players use Flurry less, reduces fun, and is a damned pointless change. It doesn't benefit anyone. It doesn't balance Cestus in PVP. I have to work to do damage in raids, I earn my 1st-4th place with trash stats.
- Should Quick Dempsey/Brutal Flurry be reverted to its previous version?22 votes
Yeah dawg, I'm tryin to quick flurry people to death in corners in FFA 41% (9 votes)
No way, I am a victim of the merciless stunlock 59% (13 votes)