Hi there, been playing the dlc few days and the PvE exp is good. New items are nice. The latest balance patches are semi nice. If you think is it worth getting the dlc? Yes. It got me back in the game and the upcoming episodes will keep me in the game. For me it has always been about PvP so the exploring had to do room for vading. Can´t find the host. Blue comes to assist. GG. Can´t find the host. Whiting out. Getting bored, need fights. Heide ruins with randoms. Insta summoned and jumped and fighting lv350+ lv500+ and max level hosts stacking buffs or a red like that who dominates the world and the host happily keeps hosting. Seems like 5-15% of opponents are lv 150. I should try NA hours, I bet its better, has to be.
However when you realise its a souls game, an improvement from the original not as good as the pioneer but getting warmer. Understand that random PvP is not competitive then you can enjoy the game and play it, like you like.
That being said, I got fed up with heide. Headed to arena. 4 fights and man this is even more gay. No more estus, meh passive cunts everywhere, boring careful high lv opponents taking the game way too seriously.
Don´t mistake this as a rant. I´ve been intoxicated playing cheek in tongue with lv 150 expecting everything.
Despite it all the PvP is good, not a dull moment. Some enjoyable fights and time flies by.Dexterity
This time I avoided dex. Dual kats was my bread and butter in des. Estoc, nooblij etc. The class/weapon tournies and dex was always victorious. In the simple dks 2H chaos blade dominated cause it was fast, canceling backstabs and dealing dmg, bleeding and it was the hardest weapon in game to rollbs making it a viable weapon for attacking !
However dex called me once again and even the first exp was that dex is one of the best builds in the game with many options.
24 str 42 dex build was the thing for me. Very versatile. I favour rich weapon setup and therefore playing without any buffs. I dislike how powerful backstabs are. How easy it is to parry and the SM system in PvP.Yet I play my style, win with my style and lose with my style.
Dex is even better than ever. Puzzling stone sword and drakeblood gs add even more verstatility and flynn´s ring make certain setups even more deadly and rewards fashion souls.24 str 42 dex
This build is now str as much as you need and prefer and 40 dex. (I recommend 24 str as it gives the most versatile setup)
Darkdrift makes room for puzzling stone sword. With warped in MH both weapons deal 25 poise dmg. Like DD, PSS can´t combo WD L1 to warped R1. You need to let the opponent to roll and time your R1 and then you can combo to PS L1. PSS is also a very good in MH as a backup weapon. Special moveset is annoying and effective, paired with hyper ring and very good. I like to use it as a backup when starting with drakeblood gs.
I play fashion souls in heavy armor and using a weapon in every slot so my setup is stone (always with whips and DW), blades and soldier´s. The most competitive would be a simple weapon setup with life instead of soldier´s and losing some mitigation.
What has changed is that I like the look of new armor more. Weapon setup is more powerful then before and that´s about it
So if you like dw and setups with pincer atk e.g warped main whatever offhand then you want poise and mitigation and life. To spell it out almost all PS setups based on aggression are better with vitality. A man at arms.Flynn´s
10 vit + 3rd dragon is the max power. 11 vit and you lose 1 AR. Worth checking the correct vit for your weapon setup. Losing 7 AR from flynn´s to use a setup like PS helix halberds is a good trade.
I recommend using setups that allows you to use range and stun.
Helix halberds. No need for poise nor mitigation. Good range, fast and good dmg. Simple L1. Just wait for roll and L1 rince and repeat.
2H CB. Easy to space, stuns good and offers decent range and fast swings.
PS Katanas. DW CB the most deadly option. No need for poise all about spacing. If you can get the opponent to roll then you can punish with L1 to a combo. Patience is the key with all PS setups.
Then is dagger stab spam and if you try it 6 times you get a guaranteed vacstab. Worst case scenario.
GS can do well too.
Poison is still good imo, hard but fun to try.
Faith is very good and mage, spell spam still works.