The new combat system has been out for quite a while now, and with the potential redevelopment of it in future updates I would like to share my ideas. This thread will focus on improving the sweep attack that swords have.
I've seen a number of ideas that want the attack to be disabled for tamed mobs, and I think that should be taken further: either
1) Disable sweeping attack unless player is sneaking
2) Disable sweeping attack unless player is either pressing 'a' or 'd'
3) Disable sweeping attack unless sword is enchanted with Sweeping Edge (adding an extra level to the enchantment. This is my favourite solution.)
One of these would be nice, because you can currently accidentally hit pets, villagers you want to trade with (hitting villagers makes their prices go up) or even hitting zombie pigmen which never ends well.
Either one of the options above or another system to control when you sweep the sword would be really helpful so I don't accidentally hurt things I don't want to hurt.
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