At this time I cannot say WHC is any more powerful than Kruber Merc.
Frankly the two are equal in power. Dead even, kind of mirror images of each other with different approaches. And its good they are actually balanced against each other so well.
So I’ll go into the Beta specific changes I’ve used at this point. Falchion and Volley Crossbow.
I took these out for a spin.
Falchion: The increase in body AP value on normal strikes is pretty pitiful, but then again it doesn’t hold as much weight anymore with Flense now a talent. In general its still not as good as the Rapier. What this really needed was the old values against Super Armor on light strikes.
Rapier’s downside is against CWs, because you can’t kill with instant crit. This change doesn’t really make up for it because you can do dual headshots with Axe/Falch. So if you want to do Armor you’d still take Axe/Falch. If you want to do anything else… well its still Rapier.
I do detect though, that it might make Storm Vermin a little easier since you don’t need headshots.
But I still can’t say I would pick this over either Axe/Falch or Rapier on WHC. If it had AP on light strikes on Super Armor though… that would be a different story.
Volley Crossbow: This is actually fun to use now. With the increase in Penetration for horde clear you wipe out entire waves with it. Its back to what it used to be. Not quite as good against specials as the Brace of Pistols, but i’d say equal to them against Mini-Bosses. There’s only one problem… They may have added too much Ammo to it. Maybe add about half that.
Reason: The advantages of Bounty Hunter over WHC is that you can use the charged shots on the ranged weapons to get your ammo back with scrounger on BH guaranteed crit every 10 seconds… but with the additional Ammo, you also never run out on WHC even using a lot of charged shots. I like the added penetration as its just what BH needed to make this weapon shine again… but you may have added too much ammo which makes it a little overdone on WHC.
Still at the end of the day when I used it on WHC, I really could not say which was better to use… Brace of Pistols or Volley.