So, I've spent hours testing combat test 8c, and I found one very major problem that people haven't been addressing much.
Here's a simple situation that I get in way too often (I sadly do get in this situation just about every time I'm in the nether). You have iron armor/tools/weapons, you're in the nether, you punch a zombified piglin. You are then swarmed.
- An iron hoe works well enough, it has good reach, though it is a little low on DPS.
- An iron sword is a very good choice.
- An iron axe is completely useless in this situation.
Seriously, why use an axe? It has less DPS and less reach! Give me one reason why I should use it in pve. Admittedly, in pvp it does disable shields. But other than that, it is completely underpowered. Here is my solution: Buff axes to deal 4 more damage than swords. They currently deal 1 more damage. This will result in axes actually having a use, having slightly more DPS than swords.
Need one more reason as to why axes are underpowered? Ever tried using a netherite pickaxe in pve? It works better than a netherite axe! Sure, it has one less DPS, but that is very little less. It's actually better in most scenarios because it's higher speed allows it more knockback and makes it easier to use!
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