I know fatshark wants to rework or increase huntsman’s pickrate, and they tried it previous BBB by adding sure shot, but i think they should abandon that idea all together.
Sure shot is not needed on huntsman, its almost impossible to run out of ammo on huntsman, the unreliableness of headshots are not an issue, as huntsman already has plenty of ways to negate ammo loss (e.g: ultimate, shot crafter, passive, traits, keep it coming). Also the obvious plenty of ammo on maps + ranger veteran support if available.
The argument that its unreliable to trigger talents or passive (conservative) such as; thrill of the hunt or making it look easy, due to it requiring headshots and pathing being weird sometimes doesn’t really matter in practice. Even with blunderbuss headshotting is not difficult. (very hard to miss at close range) You also have all those safety nets already to negate ammo loss.
The only issue where huntsman can lack is on bosses and areas where its impossible to headshot a certain boss, which can drop huntsman boss dps alot on certain weapons.
There is currently plenty of freedom in build choices.
Also huntsman has great power in melee combat and has the option to go hybrid or literally range 24/7 (e.g; bluntsman, while also being kinda broken).
So i would suggest to fatshark, that next BBB they take a look at Burst of enthousiasm and maybe increase thrill of the hunt a bit (also replace movement speed with dodge range, pretty please xD ). But don’t try to add any fancy reworks, as that will only lead to balance issues on a career which doesnt really need it. (only some little tweaks here and there).
Reason that huntsman has low pickrate
My proof that i am knowledgeable: I am bluntsman main on cata and i have friends that use the inferior bow weapon on him.
Just some thoughts to fatshark for the next BBB!
I know alot liked sure shot in BBB, so pls don’t hurt me.