Hello! I’m loving all the chances so far! But since you guys are already touching Handmaiden talents i would like to talk about Willow Stance.
For me, Willow Stance feels horrible to use, and it’s one of the main reasons i avoid playing handmaiden, specially because the talent is so good that picking something else is just lost potential, the new talent seems to be a good alternative but it suffers from the same problem.
The main reason for this is that you need to dodge to get the attack speed, i cannot stress how annoying it is to spam the dodge button every single fight, it throws your aim off and it tires me out for trying to keep track of my aim and the enemy’s attacks. You’re also wasting a defensive mechanic (dodge count) to gain dps, which in theory sounds good but it is simply too frustrating to keep up, and if you’re not keeping it up you’re simply loosing potential and might aswell have picked other talent. The fact that it has 3 stacks, meaning that you need to dodge 3 times in a row to gain it’s maximum effectiveness, and that it has a 6 second duration makes it way worse.
I’m now going to give some suggestions i thought of, but please don’t take it in a bad way, i know i’m not a game designer and i’m sure there’s problems with my suggestions, but still i feel they’re interesting enough to post here.
Replace Willow Stance with a talent that when you’re holding block, a counter starts charging to 100 (would take like 3 seconds or so), and when you reach 100, your next hit will cause you to gain a attack speed buff and drain the stacks over 8 seconds or so (proportional to the amount of charge accumulated), you could block again to stop the attack speed and stop the counter from going down, making your next charging faster.
Replace Willow Stance with a talent that allows handmaiden to press her “Special Action” button, to start converting stamina to attack speed (or instantly convert a specific amount), up to probably a limit of 6 stamina (the minimum she can have) or all of them. This is less intrusive than the other suggestion, it sacrefices a defensive option for more damage, and also puts Handmaiden’s rediculous Stamina Regen to even more use.
The problem with these suggestions is that it probably is too good, and would make the other talents in that row never picked, meaning either the others would have to be changed, or just shuffing the talents around, but to be fair, no one picked anything else that wasnt willow stance unless they hated using willow stance (like me). And with no offense, a QoL talent (Wraith-Walk) should not be on the same row as a DPS talent. However i feel you guys already learned that since the Grail knight talents and the new ones you’ve been making follow that.