Alright few things to start off, I have played both closed and opn beta of the game so I got to experience all levels of the rapier. Additionally, phone posting so apologies it there is some derp spelling.
Alright so the rapier, by far my favorite flayvor weapon but after it’s nerf got put on the shelf, while I do think the nerf was needed, not to the extent it go. So in it’s place I took the flachion and never looked back. I discovered the falcion did everything the rapier could but better, it had head shot bonus, it was a fast swing, hell it even cleaves and goes through aromor all around better, especially with Swift slaying. Recently I have the rapier a go against for shiggles. I upped it and got Swift slaying on it. After using it for a little I discovered a few things. One being it’s amazing at clearing hordes of clan rats, when the Swift slaying procs you attack so fast the enemies can’t even get a swing off because they stagger so much.
But here comes the problem, armor and shields. The rapier does gak all where the falcion just chops through them. The aspect of the rapier that should be dealing with shields and armor is the pistol, but because of it’s massive short ranges and damage drop off, it’s horrible to use. After playing with the numbers and comparing them I think I found a really good compromise to bring the rapier and pistol onto par with the falchion. Make it so that the max pistol damage is the same for point blank as it is for a backwards Dodge from the enemy. IE if I do 50 damage with the pistol at point blank, a backwards Dodge and fire should deliver the same damage, not less then half.of that which it currently is. The draw back to this is using the pistol leaves you open for an attack.
I really wanna like the rapier but u til that pistol is buffed to deal with armor and shields it’s just out classed every time by the falcion.