As someone who pre-ordered the original Deathwing game and stuck with the game through thick and thin, I always enjoyed using the Mace of Corswain even when the single player librarian would prefer to use the Force Axe for skill cooldown reduction. All the same though, I preferred the Mace of Corswain simply because its such a well designed weapon from a appearance level.
With multiplayer now on the rise in Deathwing I find myself no longer needing to play single player and have switched 100% to multiplayer and this has created a dynamic involving a problem I overlooked in Single player, and that was weapons stats optimized / being effective for their own purpose, which was a factor i could disregard in singleplayer. In the perspective of multiplayer however, the stats on the Mace of Corswain are garbage, I cannot understate this enough or be more frank about it. There is literally no competitive edge between using the Mace of Corswain compared to using say the Powerfist. I use the Powerfist as a reference because both are universally found weapons spread throughout many of the classes that use melee as a off hand primary weapon rather a main weapon.
If you compare the Powerfist stats and the stats of the Mace of Corswain, the Powerfist outperforms the Mace of Corswain in every department by a night and day difference. The Powerfist offers far greater damage, armor penetration, explosion radius, and is only a minute less in speed. Mace of Corswain literally brings nothing to the table what so ever, at the very least the Mace of Corswain should obliterate a Powerfist in in the competition of speed but the two are hardly different. I can understand if the Powerfist should be superior in raw damage and explosion radius but I am of the opinion that in order to make the Mace of Corswain viable it would need improvements done to its armor-penetration damage, since after all it literally is a mace with axe heads forged inside of it (you don't get more armor pen than that), and speed needs to be vastly superior to a Powerfist because of obvious reasons.
In a multiplayer match I do not want to be the guy who is holding the group back because I am using a gimped weapon, plain and simple and this is exactly what the Mace of Corswain is in its current standing. I understand this is a pre-order weapon not available (to my knowledge) to the general public, but it is a weapon I do poses and one I paid for when I pre-ordered the game; so naturally I would like to make use of it. Thus I would like to request the Dev team to reassess the weapons viability and put it up to multiplayer standards so it can compete with other universally used off-hand melee weapons such as the Powerfist.
Thank you for your time and for the Enhanced Edition, this has been a great addition to the game and am glad to see many new people finally picking up Space hulk: Death, allowing the game to get the attention I believe it has deserved since its release date (the attention to detail in the maps and the audio has set a standard for me to all other similar genre of video games). At least three of my personal gaming friends who never considered getting Deathwing previously due to a rough game release have already bought Deathwing Enhanced Editionand I am expecting several more friend to be picking it up in the next following weeks.
Thanks again for your time and I do hope you take into consideration my request and suggestion regarding the Mace of Corswain.