Chaos Warriors are glorified punching bags that are meaninglessly spammed at players. There are many ways to 1 to 2 shot them on Cata and many ways to stagger them. They are easier for low stagger high mobility builds to fight than massed SV because of how slow their attacks are. The only thing CWs test is how much superarmour dps a team has.
The most recent addition to the list of ways to bully Chaos Warriors is UC’s Unstable Strength being made to also effect stagger strength. This lets UC with the Flaming Flails first heavy stagger lock multiple CWs out of their overheads, which is absurd.
To stagger one CW out of their overhead, it requires 3 stacks of Unstable Strength, 10% Chaos and EP (Enhanced Power). Staggering multiple CWs out of their overheads requires 6 stacks of Unstable Strength, Oppourtunist, 20% Chaos and EP.
FK with a shield bash requires Staggering Force, EP, Comrades in Arms, 20% Chaos & 10% Armour to stagger a single CWs out of their overhead with a shield bash. Unlike UC FK will deal low overall damage with such a specialised build and be less safe to play as a result.
It’s safety like this that lets a career trivialise content like Chaos patrols (making CWs effectively high health Stormvermin).
- Decrease the superarmour penetration of some weapons and ultimates e.g. Rapier full charge crit, Blessed Blade etc.
- Decrease the stagger strength of the Flaming Flail’s first heavy.
- Tweak Abandon so that UC can’t generate an entire bar of ult from nothing when overheating before they explode (I think having to be at 25% ult full would be fair) or increase the amount of health lost from the process.
- Make CWs better/quicker at pushing through other enemies to reach players.
- Slightly decrease the amount of CWs found on Cata (slightly less in ambient and horde spawns, replace 2 in the Norscan patrol with 4 Maulers).
- Make CW attacks deal more damage than other elites. Not so much more that it leads to 1 shot breakpoints, but simply more than the other elites.
Hopefully these changes would help make CWs more of a serious threat and solidify them as the 2nd tier elite instead of the punching bag they are now.
What are everyone’s thoughts?