Making axtinguisher viable again, nerfing degreaser, making pyro balanced for skill.
Backstabbing is a joke. Who won't turn around when you set them on fire? Why not just m1 and deal reliable damage instead of going for trickstabs? The new axtinguisher goes straight to the garbage bin. How to save it? Here is what I've got after doing some math.
Lock afterburn damage per tick for degreaser to 3, same as stock. Reduce the afterburn time to 10 (5 secs, total 30 dmg) ticks for degreaser, 15 (7.5 secs, total 45 dmg) ticks for flamethrower.
Make axtinguisher deal 30 base +3 x remaining afterburn
Make flare gun deal 36 base + 2x remaining afterburn
Some math examples.
degreaser flame, airblast, flare combo
Losing 1 tick of afterburn over the airblast and switch duration. 36 base +2 X 27 afterburn remaining, 90 total provided you are fast. If you take your sweet time, the damage you can deal ticks down at a rate of 6 per second.
Degreaser axtinguisher combo
Provided you are at a wall you don't lose ticks. base 30 + 3 x 30 = 120
not as bad as current 90 for it to be useless, not as good as to ♥♥♥♥ soldiers with one hit. Damage ticks down at 9 per second.
flare axtinguisher with degreaser
You don't lose ticks on switch if you're fast. base 30+3x flaregun's 60 = 210. Tough, but requires weapon proficiency. Damage ticks down at 9 per second.
flare w/o degreaser axtinguisher
Requires weapon proficiency. You lose 2 ticks over the switch. 36 base + 3x 54 = 192. Pretty close to what it used to do.
Damage ticks down at 9 per second.
flamethrower airblast flare
You lose 2 ticks over the switch. 36+2x39
bams, If you're fast, you deal 114 damage. Of course aiming is harder, because You need to switch for longer so the enemy has time to react. Flares finally viable with stock
Heavy takedown combo (degreaser flame + flare+ axtinguisher)
90+210. Just enough to catch a heavy if he's with his pants off, requires expert weapon proficiency.
Why would this help:
In high level play, axtinguisher never was OP. In high level play, pyros are fast. This would put the axtinguisher and flares around where they used to be in competitive play, except for the degreaser combo dealing significantly less damage if you don't use your secondary with it, and reward you with a bit more if you do. Encourages using flares without airblast for takedown combos. Greater skill ceiling.
In pub level play, degreaser with axtinguisher could be cheap when it just crit. This change woulld make it take more than just degreaser into axe to deal tough damage on people who are bad.