I would certainly say that Blademaster is NOT the worst class. That title could easily go to most of the promotional classes, unfortunately.
With that said, I’ll admit that Blademaster has been my personal least favorite CQC class (not counting promos again although I do really like Protector). I’ve been having a lot of trouble finding something that I like with this class. To me, a lot of the cards are too situational and require too many things to combo in order to work well.
I’m not a big fan of the Venom cards in most Escape maps. While pretty popular and yes, it is a strong build, I find it counter-intuitive to have to constantly wait when the whole idea is to keep pushing forward. Especially with an otherwise aggressive class. In Horde, these same cards are instead perks, which frees up card slots AND doesn’t involve waiting around for them to work.
However, the worst thing for me is how squishy the class feels. Gets downed way too easily, and the passive resistance is too small by itself to even be able to tank extra Juvie hits. Any extra resistance requires you to be in Venom, then start bleeding things, which requires at least 3 cards in Escape alone. Then, the deflection cards are 2 separate very limited ranges which is so dumb and redundant IMO when Nomad has Nomad Armor as a SINGLE card that protects from ballistics from 0-15 meters. Instead of 0-5 for 1 card and 5-10 for another if you use Blademaster. So wish these deflection cards would be condensed and/or buffed.
Then, the Thrill of the Hunt nerf has been absolutely AWFUL for survivability now compared to how it used to be. The delay in it triggering combined with the VERY limiting 2.5 meter requirement makes it hard to tell it is working half the time. In the past, Blademaster as Lahni could facetank the Warren Juvies with ease. Now, they will still just down you pretty fast regardless. The new passive helps a little but really only when stacked with other things, although healing on kill is excellent.
None of this means that the class is necessarily bad though. It is definitely a pretty devastating and good class in the right hands with the right build. Unfortunately the above are the reasons that it doesn’t work for me.
As a CQC class enthusiast, I know very welk how to dip, duck, and dodge while carefully prioritizing targets. Blademaster just doesn’t fit my playstyle as much as the others, I guess.
However, gotta say, been trying out max Nimble lately, and that might be my secret to starting to like it now, if only because cross-room sliding everywhere is so much fun lol.