Why did Rapier block animation change? And

…why is it vertical, when it clearly is horizontal from a third person perspective and for other players?

What was wrong with ye old block?

Probably because the current 1st-person animation is far closer to how one actually defends with a (historical) rapier. You don’t block, you parry. I for one welcomed the change, especially as it doesn’t affect mechanics at all. Would’ve loved to see something more sensible-looking for the 2-h swords, too. As for 3rd-person view, it’s hard to make animations that look good, and in this case, noticeable. I figure it would’ve been changed too if they could’ve figured out how to make it easily seen.

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