This new sword is absolute garbage. It is completely not viable in combat. The stun reduction basically means I can slash someone twice and they just jump away, usually off their ship. Or I slash twice and they just pull out their blunderbuss and one shot. It takes 6 complete sword slashes to kill someone, not counting healing and with the reduction of sword range I feel like I am alway just chasing someone like an idiot with the sword while they just shoot me which funnily enough being shot cancels any animations so if I am slashing them it stops me while they can just whip out a gun while getting slashed and blast me back.
Double gun has become the new META which is terrible in a Pirate game. With a few more button presses DG is just as fast as it used to be.
Lastly the one shot ability of the blunderbuss has needed a nerf for a long time. You guys “claimed” to have removed DG because the ability to kill enemies hand to hand so easily was never the intent yet here we are for the last 9 months blunderbuss has been one shotting people all over the place.