You might be, yeah.
Veteren’s Grenades are powerful AoE clears. Can literally save someone getting reamed by killing smaller mobs and staggering larger ones. They get infinite, free Grenades on a cooldown in addition to being able to pick them up.
His Special allows him to annhilate multiuple Elites in the time it takes Brain Burst to fire off once. In addition to seeing them through walls and shooting them through walls with Plasma Guns! Why can random Guardsmen literally see through walls but the Psyker cannot?
Ogryn Bull Rush is clutch as hell, a powerful engagement tool as well as an effective escape option.
The Box is straight up more single target damage than Brain Burst and is instant. Brain Burst deals around 900 - 1100 damage to a Reaper on Malice, requiring 2 to 3 hits to kill it. The box deals 2500 and instantly deletes it.
You can even use Feats to mod the box to also explode, dealing even more damage!
Zealot charge is mobility, Defense and killing potential all in one button. It can also be modified via Feats to provide bonuses to allies.
Stun Grenades have an absurd AoE range and an immensely long duration stun. Effective at engaging and also getting yourself out of a sticky situation.
Compare this to Psykinetics Wrath. No, not that one. The special ability one!
A literal fart in the wind. Lightly staggers and sometimes knockdowns weak enemies in a small PbAoE around you.
Brain Burst, 2 or 2.5 second cast time. Fixed damage. Not one single Feat that directly improves its damage or usability outside of the final Feat, in which we get … 10 seconds of slightly faster BB casting after using our long cooldown Psykinetics Wrath, no not that one! The other one!
Not to mention getting penalized with Peril everyone someone killsteals your target.
You say BB is a “Specialized tool”, yet in every single feat tier the Psyker has a Brain Burst related pick
You could, feasibly look at that and think maybe the devs want you to be Brain Bursting often. Not so much a “specialized tool” but somet hing you should regularly be doing.
First row, First pick. Large Toughness regeneration on gaining a Warp Charge. How do you get Warp Charges? You Brain Burst.
Congrats, Your survival now depends on Brain Bursting.
Second row, Third pick. Killing an Elite with BB causes an AoE Soulflame proc. Now you WANT to be using BB on every Elite to stack up the Soulflame.
Third row, Second and Third picks.
Second pick offers team benefits and synergises perfectly with the previous tier.
Third pick is a massive boon to the group (But not you, if you’re using Force Weapons) in killing power on anything you cant one shot.
Fourth row, Second pick. Now you’re even more reliant on regular BB kills to maintain stacks as they now come with damage reduction that synergizes really well with all previous tiers.
Fifth row, All picks.
First offers greater damage bonuses and damage reduction for regularly using BB to keep stacks high.
Second pick allows you catch Elites on fire when you gain excess Warp Charges. Further reinforcing the notion of regular BB use.
Third pick just straight up autocasts a free BB for you, great! Now you’re getting all the benefits of the previous tiers even when not actively casting a BB!
Final row, All picks again.
To take advantage of the first, you need to be gaining Warp charges regularly. How do you do that? Oh yeah, BB!
To use the second, you also need Warp Charges. Oh, fancy that. Making kills with BB is how that happens.
The third pick … Do i even need to explain this one? Game is literally telling you to use more BB after casting Psykinetics Wrath! No, not that one, the other one!
And notice how a bunch of those Feats specify Elite kills with BB to trigger?
Now actually play Malice+. Your team will snipe the majority of Elites out from under you by killing the target of your BB before it can finish.
And even if it does land, it’s unlikely to actually make the kill which most of the Feats rely upon to trigger thier effects with your teammate picking up the kill right after your BB lands and before you can charge up a new one.
Leaving you to trigger the remaining non-Elite specific BB Feats on Poxwalkers and Dregs if you want to utilize them.
Lets also note that the Psyker is the only class whose Toughness Feat line in the first row requires the use of Brain Burst or a Force Weapon. Yes, Even the third one for Quelling Peril. How do you get Peril? Thats right, BB and Force Weapons!
Every other class can use whichever weapons or gear they want to trigger their Toughness Feats.
None of them have weapon or gear specific requirements.
Sorry for the long write-up here. I just really wanted to point out how heavily Fatshark wants the Psyker to engage with Brain Burst but at the same time, made it so ineffectual in practice during actual missions that it is entirely possible for your team to accidentally prevent you from utilizing your entire build just by playing the game.
If we can build our Feats to prioritize an aspect of the Class, I damn well expect Fatshark to make that aspect of the Class actually good at all points of the game, not just in Sedition.
Psyker as a Class is fundamentally in a bad place. It needs a rework to make it feel like a proper Psyker.
The point of these Psyker threads is that it is a class feels smoother and more rewarding for ignoring entire sections of its kit. That needs to change. Brain Burst is just the most visible thing to latch onto because of how fast the game outscales it.