Here we go again. I’ve spent a lot of my time already bringing up this issue, but it seems it’s somehow not on Fatshark’s list of priorities still.
The Brace of Pistols is absolutely, completely not viable on Legend on any of the three classes. It’s not only bad on its own, it’s also horrible when compared to any of the alternatives. The change that Fatshark made to this weapon has transformed it from a powerful skill-based weapon in VT1 to a gimmick in VT2.
The number of targets hit, the damage dropoff, the ridiculous ammo count, the amount of visual clutter after shooting, the higher numbers of enemies and bad synergy with passive abilities and even traits. This cannot continue. It takes 3-4 bullets to kill an elite on Legend with these things at 600 power, which is, on non-BH, around 20% of the entire ammo pool. For one enemy.
So, what do we have then? It’s bad at range, it’s bad vs hordes, it’s bad vs bosses (the mythical “large burst damage” is just that: a myth), it’s bad vs elites. It can deal with specials at close-mid range rather well, but literally any alternative does that better, faster and more reliably.
I’ve heard the opinion that the repeater pistol is supposed to replace BoP’s VT1 role, but that hasn’t happened. Instead, it’s still what it was in VT1: an instant low-risk high-threat enemy killer, and that’s fine, but this goes to show that BoP needs another rework.
For how long will this continue? Fatshark, you’ve had your fun trying out the new concept, and I find it wanting. It’s time to step your game up and finally fix this iconic weapon.