No posts please like go with current axe/mace builds, hate dat shit, that's why I ask here.
It wasn't terribly efficient before the patch, and it'll be even less so after. Burst Mastery damage is nerfed, hammer damage is nerfed, and Longbow's Combustive Shot got a nerf to its raw damage (which is more important than the condition damage for this build). Armored Attack (Defense's 25 trait) got a buff, but it's not going to make up for the losses. I know you don't want to hear "go with the meta build", but if you're asking about the viability of a build that's not really viable... what more can one say? I mean, based on my post above you should know that I WISH this build wasn't nerfed for PVE, but the devs considered it too strong for PVP. So... now a build that would have gotten you thrown out of most groups anyway is now even worse.