As anyone who may have dueled me so far would know, I like using the Katana weaponry. Whether it be the Uchigatana, Iato, Washing Pole, or Chaos Blade. (I try to avoid using the Chaos Blade in duels to keep myself from having a disadvantage.)
Over the time I have used this, I have realized something that I actually knew before. But I have become more aware of it as time goes by. These weapons just don't do enough damage. In fights against people who hit you for about 20-30 percent of your health each time, 4 hits and you are dead. Yet it takes me anywhere from 10-20 hits to achieve the same thing.
I know, I could use another weapon and that katana are meant for being fast weapons that you counter other people with. Believe me, I fully know what katana are best at. But it's somewhat sad that I have to outperform my opponent so greatly in order to beat them. When I fought Roanispe yesterday in the matches I won I had to hit him so many times it wasn't even funny. And yet he only had to hit me a few times. He did clearly beat me, and I accept all of my losses happily. The fact that I was at such a disadvantage and still managed to beat him, (I think twice.) made me proud of those victories. I just hope that I can get good enough to make up for the small damage my weapon choice does.
The next part of this. Sorcery. Not Pyro or Miracles, Sorcery. Sorcery is such a screwed up ability online. I wish I could show you all of the times I get killed by spells. I've never once beat a spellcaster online. It isn't because I can't dodge their spells either. I'll dodge the projectile by miles and still get hit. It's lag, and it's brutal. I was running through Anor Londo to get my Red Soapstone so I could duel, and I was invaded by a spellcaster.
He/She was armed with Dusk Crown, probably a Bellowing Dragoncrest Ring, and She/He had a Tin Crystallization Catalyst. That tells you right there she had TONS of damage potential. She fired off a CSS at me first thing. I dodged it, and by a stroke of luck didn't get hit. Then she fired another one. She missed me, she wasn't even locked on apparently. And it hit me somehow anyway. The CSS didn't even come close to hitting me on my screen.
Now, I'd like to explain something. I was s-lvl 120 and have a little over 1300 hp. I also was wearing Thorn Armor, Giants Gauntlets, and Giants Leggings. All of this fully upgraded. I ALSO had my fully upgraded Grass Crest Shield up to block any attacks. She brought me down to about 300 hp in that one single hit. That was 1k damage through my shield and armor. That damage is absolutely absurd.
So, knowing that she was only going to spam spells at this point. (She was doing her best to stay away from me.) I panicked (foolish mistake) and pinned her against a wall. Using my trust Chaos Blade (horrible idea for a weapon with 300 hp.) I went to town on her. She blocked it all, didn't stagger a bit, and finished me off with a quick BSS +5 Lightning R1. She did bow after, an act that made me respect her at least some, but it doesn't change a simple fact.
Every time I go up against Sorcery, no matter how fair it is for them to use it. I feel cheated. The damage they do is just totally out of this world. Shields don't work, dodging doesn't work (thanks to lag). People say I could simply 'close the gap and hit them while they cast'. But when I encounter a spellcaster, they are always at max distance. That is enough time to get off at least one CSS. And thanks to lag, that's all they need to put me in critical danger for my health. I'm beginning to think about carrying around Havels Shield. (Dear god it weighs in at like 26 on the weight index.) But that shield blocks 90 percent of spell damage if I remember right. If I bring that with me, I should be able to stomp out a mage. I guess we'll see.
Okay I'm done. I just wanted to vent a little.
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