Been playing around more with Kerillian lately and have noticed dual daggers seem imbalanced. The weapon’s power level is quite high and I’m not sure why you’d run a different weapon on any of Kerillian’s careers (in terms of effectiveness).
With elf talents and some +power you can hit the light breakpoints to one-shot headshot fanatics and below, and the charged breakpoints to one-shot marauders, SV, berserkers, and packmasters, two-shot maulers, and three-shot chaos warriors. Plus you get what seems to be the best anti-boss melee weapon in the game, coupled with great block speed (for parry), dodge count, and dodge distance. Charge 1 is easily spammed with block cancelling.
You can compare it to dual axes (an amazing but career restricted weapon) and it has remarkably similar performance, all the same breakpoints but not berserker one-shots. I wanted to test specifically the boss damage and went to the modded realm to try out both weapons on slayer (no leap/pots/SS). Slayer dual axes solo killed a rat ogre about 50% slower than slayer dual daggers. ~60s vs ~40s. Get this, WS only using dual daggers solo kills a rat ogre faster than Slayer with dual axes, at 51s.
Then you start comparing dual daggers to other, non-restricted, weapons like 1h axe. It’s not even a contest, dual daggers blows them out of the water. Then every Kerillian career can take them. Imagine if you could take dual axes on RV or IB.
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact problem with the weapon. It could be the charged attack damage, or the speed/mobility, or the high headshot multiplier. My idea to tone the weapon back would be to restrict it to shade (fitting her role as anti-elite/boss) and retain it’s power level, mirroring slayer and dual axes. Buffing other weapons to compensate doesn’t seem plausible given the high power level of dual daggers. Nerfing the damage down and causing it to lose some breakpoints seems feasible, even if I’m not sure what those changes would be.
What do other players think about this weapon? If it was changed, what elements would you want to keep?