So, many of you know me. I'm a very controversial figure in MB2. However, I think most of us can agree that the game is in a very poor state. The community is dying, quite simply, and I find the patch is the main culprit. Now this isn't to call out Stassin, or start any sort of drama, because frankly I don't give a shit about any of that at this point. This is about a discussion regarding what is best for MB2's future. I have, for a while, been working with Tempest on his build, for... probably a year now. It has gone through many, MANY iterations, some good, some bad. This recent build Tempest has been working on, in my opinion, is potentially the best build we've had for a while, and if all goes well, could surpass my beloved 1.3. So, I'm sure you don't want to see me faff about, so I'll get to the nitty gritty details of what (last time I worked on it with him) was planned. - Tempest's most recent build, focuses upon taking the best aspects of 1.3, and the 1.4 series, and improving upon them. - Having improved 1.3 PB zones for more consistent PBing that also helps against yaws. - Having higher damages than 1.4, but not having the insane 80 BP damage interrupts from 1.5. - Making timing matter more, but not discouraging the other facets of MB2 sabering such as footwork, or offense. - Bringing back unique and balanced perks, as well as differentiating the styles further based on stats. - Making special attacks matter, but not dominate. - Bringing back swing restrictions and the great transitions that offered so much variety from 1.3. - Removing the weird disparities of damage between comboing/not comboing/swingblocking/not swingblocking. - and many other discussed possibilities, even including making heavy/light style disparities, and turning mblock into a timed/quadrant based parry, while reworking how parry itself functions. Over all making the sabering feel better, really. It isn't finished, but it is close. I'd give specifics on the perk ideas/how the styles themselves played, but since it is still being balanced/worked on, it wouldn't do much justice. Think of it as 1.4.9 with higher damages and the best of 1.3 added, and improved. However, if Tempest's build is something you want to see, or don't want to see, then I welcome any discourse here. This could very well be the future of MB2 at stake, and I hope we can see Tempest's build make it to light.