I shovel well. I shovel very well
So Fatshark, long have I wished for the Ogryn’s Latrine Shovel buffs and long have I labored in Discord discussing its merits and defended it from its detractors (of which there are many). I’m about 100-200 hours deep on Shovel / Kickback as a weapon combination in Damnation and have seen it all. It is glorious in its wanton destruction of the heretics and I wish to plead my case to make it ever more glorious as befits the Emperor himself.
Right now the Shovel can be pitched quickly as “like the OG club, but worse”; yes, there’s finer details, but it’s a great summary. It has very similar traits but simply lower damage. It needs some love and it’s pretty universally viewed as one of the worst weapons available to the Ogryn.
The Shovel, bluntly, is pretty darn bad at hordes. It’s a weapon with a mix of Vanguard attacks and Relentless attacks and so conventional wisdom would suggest its going to be very good at control and reasonable at damage. It’s not.
The attack pattern quickly becomes L2 - L3 and L3 has a meagre cleave rating of 1.2, which I’ve reported earlier here. Even with Brutal Momentum the pattern is relatively weak and there is a priority to hitting bodies instead of heads, even when the attack pattern clearly suggests headstrikes on L3 due to its arc.
Right now the Shovel limps along in horde clear. It has maximum damage target caps of 3 on L1 & L2, and L3 as above has a messed up cleave rating. Crucially the damage drop off is savage for the Shovel; the second and third target become quickly woeful damage and are very disappoitning.
Can I please ask that you consider:
- “Fixing” L3 cleave and giving it headshot priority (for better BM uptime), and
- Buffing the damage drop off (cleave damage distribution). Or
- Or some other modest buff to horde clear, whatever you may see fit in your wisdom.
I don’t ask for this to be another Bull Butcher or similar; it has many great qualities of its own. I just ask if there could be a more middle ground for it so that it isn’t like pulling teeth in a horde.
Your Shovelling Ogryn Pal Auf