The rapier feels so incredibly underwhelming compared to other weapons, which is a shame, because I really love the idea behind it. All it brings to the table is mediocre horde clear, which isn’t really needed in semi-coordinated groups, but it really doesn’t do anything against armor or even northland shelds, let alone storm shields or bigger threats.
I tried a full attack speed and crit chance build on WHC, but the headshot crits aren’t reliable enough on enemies that matter. I even tried to hit some break points with chaos and infantry for the charged attack, but than it’s just way too slow. I’ve also tried Zealot, but IMO he doesn’t bring anything substantial to the table with rapier.
I’m trying to get headshots to the best of my ability and it works okay vs skaven and zombie hordes, but as soon as I get a couple of shield guys in there it stops me dead in my tracks.
It can work on BH because you have your infinite crit ammo to fall back on, but I try to avoid that career, because it feels too imbalanced atm. Other than that I see no reason why to bring rapier when you have the Falchion which does horde clear well enough and everything else a lot better.
Finally the pistol fire attack is probably the most situational thing in the whole game and usually not even worth using unless you’re the host.
Sure it’s “playable”, but it doesn’t really fulfil any important role and I usually feel like I’m the weakest link in the team because of it.