One gun not being the best thing since sliced bread for a build doesn’t mean it’s a bad build or a bad gun. It just means other guns are performing better than that one in that build. When you spec around the abilities of certain weapons that’s only to be expected.
Most people are not driving a Ferrari either, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t trade their Honda Civic for one in a heartbeat if offered the chance.
Popularity is just not indicative of quality or performance.
I know, it’s a Maliwan SMG, I’m not thinking of the wrong gun. The Vladoff AR thing was just an example of how the devs have traded off speed/mobility for greater accuracy/handling with monotonous regularity is all.
I’ll deal with stuff in more depth this way:
With the Faisor and more than one other gun (not all legendary by any means) you can just run around like a lunatic blasting stuff and have a whale of a time and also get more than one type of content done faster than playing the game as if it’s a tactical shooter.
DPS just isn’t the same as TTK once you move past an individual target with no resistance which is why I used Radiation on both guns for the run against Maliwan troops. In TVHM, Radiation gets +50% bonus damage against shields and suffers no penalty against Flesh. On Athenas the only place there’s Armour (which gives rad a -30% damage penalty) is on NOGs and Dogs and it’s not a lot on either. There’s not a Heavyweight that has Rad resistance either. It’s not until you start running into Maliwan robots and hardened troops with armour that Rad has any real troubles.
That means Athenas gives a pretty fair performance comparison based solely on gun stats interacting with skill and gear buffs by using Radiation. I think you can agree that with the kill rate I was getting switching weapons to get access to different damage types would just take more time than it saved.
This is all pretty clear cut stuff for anyone with a history in the Borderlands franchise used to considering the web of mechanics it offers.
And hey, don’t take any of this the wrong way. This wouldn’t be the first time I’ve made a video to clear these kinds of things up, I find it’s a lot easier to not appear antagonistic this way. In the end you’d either like to learn or you just want to be right even when you’re wrong. I have all the time in the world for the former, no time for the latter.
Up to you bud.