- Fri Oct 01, 2021 8:49 pm
My first playthrough I was using spitleaf+avelyn and was getting a decent amount of wins in arena duels. But I kept asking myself, "is this how I should be playing the game? Cleaving healthbars via a combo that has decentnrange on the startup hit?"
At first, I thought yes. I play smash ultimate, and these kinds of combos are commonplace in that setting(ex. Samus charge shot confirms, Terry jab cancels, Rob gyro tech, Luigi in general). Unfortunately, after a few hours of playing, i realized most other players only had a true combo that consisted of two R1s. Beyond that, everything was about calling out their reaction.
And that's how Dark Souls duels are. If you can call out your opponent, you can continue and press your advantage. This is why so many hate daggers- it's insanely easy to press this advantage by walking forward and then R1ing again. However, the Spitleaf tosses away the need for these reads by just killing you outright, arguably making it the worst weapon in the game in terms of helping someone get good at PVP. I don't want to call it a crutch, as some skilled players(namely chase) utilize this out of crits to rollcatch and finish a target off. However, this should not be your primary weapon, as it sets most skill aside in favor of R1-L2-R1.
Yes, once you're skilled at the game, feel free to nab this, but otherwise, please try to use an alternative option. I don't care that people hate this weapon because it kills THEM, I dislike it because it hurts a player's ability to learn the ins and outs of PVP. For one's first run I always say the same: try a greatsword out. They're arguably the most balanced class.
TL:DR Spitleaf makes it difficult to learn the ins and outs of pvp and harms new players more than it helps them when it comes to the process of learning combat, as it gives massive damage of one hit that has relatively good speed.