For all of the overhyped drama about the OP monsters, nobody is talking about how two of the strongest hunters were basically left untouched. People are losing more because of experimentation, but once they realize the old favorites still work their attitudes will slingshot back.
Starting with Parnell, his chasing is as toxic as ever. The Super Soldier ability does very little self inflicted damage, making the risk of using it extremely low. High level hunters, silver Destroyer and up, use this in conjunction with Sunny to boost Parnell, Parnell activates super soldier and launches volleys of rockets to prevent feeding. The “counter” is to sneak away, but some monsters have such slow sneaking speeds or Maggie is used so sneaking is nullified so there’s little counter play to be had from the monsters side. The damage nerf to rockets was justified, but it still doesn’t tone down parnells insane harassment ability. In addition to his strong chasing skills, he’s still a very strong dome and arena fighter, making him the best overall assaults in the game. Acxording to recent telemetry he has the highest damage output in the game.
Sunny is still the top support despite getting reworked, her jet pack boost has too much utility, just like Parnell, on the chase and in the dome. Combine sunny with an assault with extra chase ability, like Parnell or Lennox, and it makes it very hard to eat and stage up or even get just a bit of breathing room. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if sunny was let so strong at both the chase and in dome fighting. The jet pack boost is very good in the dome making abilities very difficult to land.
Her drone is still overpowered and is a constant nuisance. Kill it and it goes right back up again. Leaving it there isn’t an option if the hunters are doing well; it’s impossible to focus down a hunter and depending on the monster “spreading out the damage” is not the viable option.
Sunny and Parnell both continue to sit in tier S, and hunters don’t seem to mind. Especially the ones farming wins with them.
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