After hearing several complaints about BM bashing over the weeks, I feel it would be best to bring this topic forward.
While BM did get a slight boost to damage against mobs recently, this still didnt bring them much in par to other classes and they still frankly remain as a bad choice for bashing purposes. I will list why below.
- May not use a shield, thus no access to an SoA
I am not certain why this is, but frankly it is coded in that Blademasters are not allowed to wield a shield, as we get this message when we attempt to: 'True warriors have no need for shields.', which in itself is pretty false.
- Have low armor options
A blademaster may only wear up to ringmail, which alongside not having a shield would make one believe they should have some form of counter to the lack of defense with sublime damage, however that is not the case either.
- Have 0 utility
Battlerage aside, Blademasters have no form of utility to take advantage of in bashing in comparison to other classes. They have no form of speed boosts, no forms of heal, no forms of passive curing, nothing. This makes them highly lacking in higher tier bashing. The sad part is that the abilities are in fact -there-, but cant be used since they require Shin.
While Blademasters do have stances to try and switch it up, in their current vulnerable state most blademasters can either rely on Mir or Thyr. Thyr is frankly not much an option, since it reduces damage and you are still pretty vulnerable, thus we turn to Mir. Most blademasters will utilize Mir for bashing, since it gives more defense, however the trade-off is slower attacks in comparison. For high-tier bashing, it is near suicidal to -not- use Mir. This brings us to the last of usable stances, considered a near Taboo: Arash. Arash will give boosted speed and damage in exchange for a 20% increase in damage. This with an already squishy class is suicidal and thus why no one will touch Arash unless they are fighting some low-damaging mobs (and I mean really low mobs). In conclusion, it's Mir or bust
The battlerage for Blademasters gives them access to amnesia and weariness, which would likely be based on the assumption to try and reduce incoming damage for the squishy blademasters. Let us think of this in realistic bashing terms, we all know that a basher that is using rage for defensive purposes is then sacrificing damage, and this should generally be used against certain mobs (or groups of) that are deserving of this sacrifice of speed for defense. Thus, in the Blademaster's current state, it would be assumed they should utilize these defensive capabilities far far more often simply to stay alive, thus reducing their speed greatly. It is a far better option to focus on lower mobs and utilize full damage battlerage, rather than higher ones with slower bashing.
Some simple suggestions that I have made before:
* Allow Blademasters to build Shin while bashing. This alone would fix -a loooot- of the problems with their bashing. By giving them Shin, you give them access to use: Healthtrans, Bind, Manatrans and even Phoenix. This would not only saturate their bashing utility but also increase their effectiveness.
* If Shin is out of the question, then adding more damage may be the best answer to their lack of defense: Allow Sternum to be used on mobs? Allow Multislash to be used on mobs? These are general suggestions.