I had two other decent players, one friend and a random. We just had a spawn with like half a dozen or more Mulchers when we started over because the Pilot wasn’t using the Hammer skill… and then of course the first Dropshot would only spawn halfway through the hive and not be one of the first ones you fight.
I would probably use Blademaster on this hive more if it wasn’t for the Mulcher Scions and their stupid insta freeze kill melee. Brawler can make short work of one Scion by itself though, unless it’s an Ice Scion where you don’t have cover to hide from its beam to not get frozen(or before you have Inner Fire, providing you use it). At least, a single Mulcher seems to be stunned from a tackle long enough to roll back and hit it again before it starts firing. Dropshot Scions can be handled in numbers if you avoid their shots well enough.
I’ve found usually the Scions start moving up behind you once the lethal venom reaches them but sometimes they start moving earlier than that which can lead to an unwelcome surprise if you’re the only one to pay attention to/hear that Ice or Mulcher Scion coming up behind you. I’ve come to the habit of putting a few shots into them if it’s not Dropshots shielded by the barrier near the supply room on the right from the starting point, to ensure they die off in the venom. If you don’t go left to the room with the EMBAR, Markza and Longshot, well… those are liable to come from behind.
If at least they did it when you alerted them but often they’re not and still move to where you are.