For those of you unaware, Moze is the worst Vault Hunter. After maining her since the game launched and having over 16 days on her, I am still frustrated with the lack of attention she gets from Gearbox.
While I highly appreciate the changes she got on the past like Life Steal, Scrappy gun damage, and more, I still feel like she needs better.
Before the Guardian Takedown update, Moze was doing very good damage and was just as good as the other VHs since pairing the 300/90 anoint with the Mind Sweeper would give her really good DPS.
BUT OF COURSE, Gearbox nerfed the 300/90 anoint making it and Moze very underwhelming. She is back to doing disappointing damage unless you’re using the top weapons like the Sandhawk, Monarch, Backburner, etc.
Gearbox could improve her very easily by doing 2 things:
- REWORK/FIX HER COUNTERINTUITIVE SKILLS -
While Moze’s blue tree is fairly balanced, her green and especially red tree have badly designed skills that need to be addressed.
- GREEN TREE -
The focus of this skill tree is to give Moze ammo regen and to keep her mag full at mostly all times. Skills like Cloud of Lead, Matched Set, Redistribution, The Iron Bank, Some for The Road, and Forge all contribute to her ammo regen.
The problem here is: Click Click, The best gun damage skill in the tree only applies depending on how empty your magazine is, which means that the fuller your mag the less damage you do. This is extremely counterintuitive since if a player goes down this tree they will most likely be trying an infinite ammo build where their mags rarely go down.
Simply making Click Click’s damage apply the fuller the mag would solve this problem.
- RED TREE -
Similar to the green tree, Moze’s red tree has a very specific function: Keeping her shield up by increasing its capacity, delay, and everything else.
Skills like Thin Red Line, Vladof Ingenuity, Behind the Iron Curtain, Forced Feedback, and Phalanx Doctrine all contribute to Moze having the THICKEST shield around. Playing with this setup means that your shield will rarely go down especially when combining it with a Deathless artifact and Life Steal.
The problem here is: The capstone of this tree (which is supposed to be the strongest skill), Tenacious Defense, only activates once your shield breaks??? WHAT IS THE POINT OF INVESTING SO MUCH INTO KEEPING YOUR SHIELD UP IF THE CAPSTONE’S DAMAGE ONLY APPLIES WHEN IT BREAKS.
I am not really sure of what to do with Tenacious Defense but I feel like it could work similarly to Armored Infantry: Moze gets gun damage when her shield is up. Also, bump that 40% up to 50% and keep the Shield Restored perk… It’s only fair.
- MAKE SKILLS WORTH 5 POINTS -
Do you know Amara? Yeah yeah her. She has a tier 1 skill called Personal Space that gives her 36% damage depending on how close she is to an enemy. It only costs 3 skill points to achieve that 36% damage.
Moze has similar skills that require specific actions like being close to an enemy: Dealing splash damage gives her 15% fire damage (Fire In The Skag), After reloading she loses health and gains 15% fire damage (Selfless Vengence), While shield is active gain 15% dmg (Armored infantry), and etc.
Wanna know the problem tho? You need to invest 5 points into each of these skills to get that full 15% bonus. Since fire is only viable against flesh, that 15% fire dmg won’t even matter against 2/3s of the health bars you encounter.
- MAKE THESE SKILLS WORTH IT -
These bonuses are way too small for skills that need 5 points. Especially Fire in the Skag, Moze is supposed to be the best with splash and she is literally the worst at this point.
SIDE NOTE: Why buff the all class splash anoint to 200% and leave Moze’s at 160%? considering Amara and Fl4k can literally keep that bonus up 100% of the time do us a favor and buff Moze’s too.
- IN CONCLUSION -
Moze is my favorite character and she will continue to be. Her state right now is very sad since other characters have such an easy time doing the Guardian Takedown while Moze mains are forced to use the strength of op weapons.
Please Gearbox, spend a little more time with her because I’m sure you guys will make her fun and viable again.
Buff her underwhelming skills, Adjust the counterintuitive ones, and give her a way to benefit from ASE anoints.
TLDR: Fix Click Click and Tenacious Defense by making them not counterintuitive, Increase her fire and gun bonuses while making them worth 5 points, and please give better anoints.