Hey all, not the best at making post but here goes nothing.
In the recent patches we’ve seen some fixes and buff for various weapons. Sadly, not much has happened to the Elven Spear to deal with its current issue, its near uselessness in the higher two difficulties due to an over abundance of armor. What is generally considered a puncturing/penetrating weapon, lack any armor penatration at all. The glaive in comparison just mulches armor and has an easy headshotting charge attack that deals absurd damage compared to the rest of its attacks. To put that headshot damage in prespective of the two weapons, the easy to use downward headshotting charge attack of the Glaive does around 50% more damage than the precision stab of the spear charge attack. As I’m sure many will agree, the Glaive is by far the superior choice for most late/endgame content, even for the Handmaiden, whose poster and lore weapon is the elven spear.
Where am I going with this you may ask. Well I humbly request that the Handmaiden recieve a passive buff for the spear, in the form of all the thrust/stabbing attacks with the spear have some degree of armor penatration and possibly a headshot damage buff for a stabbing charge attack. I feel it’d be ideal for light attacks to have a 50-75% armor penatration due to the easy of spamability and already lowered damage. As for the charged stab, complete armor penatration would be preferred, especially if it gets a slight bump in headshot damage.
As it stands, without a buff, there are quite a few situations and missions where a spear wielding HM either has to use a longbow or go sit in a corner and play add lookout for the rest of the team, even more so with the recent longbow ammo nerf.
Armor penatration on all attacks
Insane and easy headshot damage
Decent cleave, great on block swing
Decent attack speed
Clunky attack speed, though mostly remedied
with properties/talents and/or traits.
2 shields, properties and talents fix the issue.
Slightly under average dodge, theres a talent for that.
Poor preformance against armor
Precision required for average headshot
Not saying lets turn Handmaiden into a blender like waystalker/shade, but a little skill based buff to the weapon FS claims to be her signature weapon would be appreciated.