So having played around on legend for a while on waystalker and a little on handmaiden i have a bit of feedback i´d like to share.
So first up, due to horde density most elf weapons are straight up nonviable or even outright terrible, the second issue would be how good they are at dealing with special melee like stormvermin and chaos warrios which cause many weapons to just not do well.
Exceptions to this are as most probably know, Spear and Glaive.
Spear works well on hordes, its first heavy can hit a lot of targets and its block is powerful, as is its push-swipe, its downfall is shields and armor though…it feels just purely terrible to use against those, no matter how you try its almost impossible to deal 2 shieldvermin on the spear.
But you retain a great deal of mobility for it which is a +.
Glaive is weaker against hordes as it can only hit like 4-5 targets on each swing, but its 2nd heavy attack can oneshot stormvermin quite easily and it hurts chaos warriors badly too which helps.
Every other weapon the elf has simply doesnt do well with hordes at all or they are much too bad with armor, which means that despite there being 7 options you can in reality only choose 2 weapons, and out of those 2, you either become able to deal with hordes/groups or armor.
Honorable mention for the 1 handed sword, it has swiping attacks and its charged ones are actually surprisingly good, but it falls short because it hits too few, the push/swipe is weak and the range is bad.
I urgently request buffs to just about every weapon the elf has and probably weapons for the other heroes as well that most likely suffer the same fate.
As for career options…shade doesnt even work, at all, squishy melee vs horde in which the weakest can straight up 2 shot you and they have charging attacks? Doesnt work.
Handmaiden? You´d think the dash is good vs hordes but due to the weapons issue you constantly get screwed over in melee because of how many enemies there are of all types, you can clear all lesser ones and have 5 armored targets left…unless you play like a damn pro 1 of them will hit you and instantly down you…and thats ignoring all the specials like packmaster or leech,…,…those tend to kill my handmaiden the most.
If you bring a weapon to deal with armor you cant handle the many lesser enemies.
Waystalker thus ends up being the best by far, and i actually have a fondness for hagbane bow.
The ammo is currently on 25 for waystalker, its enough that you can often recharge enough not to run dry and your damage on hordes is massive, you can from a good spot solo an entire horde as long as the wrong specials dont show up.
Then when the “survivors” actually reach you the glaive can often easily finish them, or you can stand still, wait for enemies to finish their charging attack before pushing them back and switching to hagbane to finish the clustered bunch infront of you…works wonders on the skaven and kinda well on the rotbloods but with more effort needed.
Shortbow doesnt work on legend at all, the damage is faaar too low.
longbow is simply too slow and hits too few targets and is much too bad with shields and multiple targets.
Thus, in my very own personal opinion, there is only one actually good setup for waystalker elf, only a single combination that lets you compete with the bounty hunter or pyromancer, even if your F is worlds weaker than theirs.
Waystalker with hagbane+glaive…this setup and nothing else at all.
(Seriously though,Pyromancer and bounty hunter make everything look effortless, hordes? no problem, armor? not an issue, chaos warrior? Eat a special ability and be done…meanwhile elf F may or may not kill 2 storm vermin depending on its mood.)
@Fatshark_Hedge could you please share your thoughts? Am i just doing it all wrong or what´s up?