Posted 20 September 2012 - 04:10 PM
Oh come on people, I will be the first to tell you the Hammer will never touch the Greatsword in terms of damage, ever, but the use of the Hammer abilities that "root" you isn't going to kill you.
The Hammer, unlike other weapons I have tried such as MH Sword, requires the moves be used in combinations to negate some of the drawbacks inherent in the weapon, and there are many, many combinations. Their use is very situational, you have to think fast. You also have to pick the right Traits sometimes.
For example, a simple and effective combination is the Burst, followed by #4. It doesn't matter if you're stuck in place for 1 second if they are stunned in place for 2. You might not always want to use this combination, but say you're fighting over a point and you're trying to knock some of their guys off of it.
But but but but in PVP of any kind they'll break the stun you astutely point out. Yes they will, but since you follow it up immediately, they don't have time to start their dodge roll or whatever and they're going to get hit. And they're going to get a Confusion condition for their trouble because you took Distracting Strikes.
They get knocked off the point or they take a condition, that's the kind of situations the Hammer creates. It's a control weapon; you are going to do what I want or you are going to be penalized.
The #3 root isn't a problem because you're going to take Leg Specialist and root everyone in that 600 range cone too. They'll be stuck in place the same amount of time you are!
Practice with it some and you'll see what I mean.
Now I'm not saying it's the best weapon or anything, I like playing with it but the way it is now I'm sincerely debating if it's worth losing the things other weapons can offer, not to mention it consumes a lot of resources in terms of Traits to be effective. I do feel like people using the GS or Axe hit far fewer buttons for more benefit sometimes, but the grass is always greener.