You should definitely be able to interrupt a pounce if you are looking at and attacking the monster. Nothing is more anti-climatic than having the monster pounce the last hunter, who can still put up a fight.
Lazarus was turned into a regular medic because people found him toxic to play against, but round ending pouncing is still a thing because raisins.
Before people claim you can shoot the monster off mid pounce, that is only on a theory level, it works if everyone is on a LAN network, but in a real game the monster get the host right and the pounce detection is done on the monster client, not the server/pounce target client which the result of any delay from just leaving your router, which is why it might work in TRS’s internal testing, but not even for neighbors because that little boost in ping is all it takes.
To prove this, all you need to do is to pick Markov and shoot the monster who is pouncing you. You will see that the monster will succeed in pouncing you, but you will be freed after a quarter of a second because of the delay of the lightning gun.
Obviously, pouncing should not be changed when it comes to ambushing, heck it could be buffed.
Just not in combat.
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