Rhialto,axe was meant already for some time also for chopping down stuff like doors as in the future new weather conditions (for example poisonous gas) might come forcing you to get into the building for a shelter tho,it can become uneffective if doors are opened,chopped down or Windows are broken. altho,speaking of this game not being a s.t.a.l.k.e.r. game,you have truth,tho only partially,as the game is s.t.a.l.k.e.r. themed maybe also because vostok games staff was once gsc gaming world äor hows the studio called),which are behind s.t.a.l.k.e.r. series itself.
Not a good idea,they already had to remove an announcement of player using the rope,aka "aim the rope and shoot him down.NOW!" althogh,what they can do is to deploy them wolves (for example once all other areas are red) forcing players to move.players on the rope are already in dissadvantages such as:their movement is Quite fixed and predictable and "all" can see them going up,while they most of the time they cant see where exactly is the guy shooting at them,most of the time they can only guess because fog etc isnt only for them but also against them.not mentioning "bushmen". xD
Since Netheos posted info of upcoming update an idea got growing in me.Introduce shovel as an usable item.Making it work similar to counter-strike´s defuse kit.without it it will take longer to dug the treasure chest (or what are the maps for) out of a dirt mould,mould dirt or how its called."charge metter" same as during extraction can be used here.also,just like axe,shovel could be usable for close combat fighting (here i got inspired by postal 2). xD
Looks Great speaking of axe chopping i kinda hoped that even regular doors would be able to chop down,tho what you have in plan is also Great.But speaking of the usage of axe,would be also nice to be able to throw it like lets say at the start of the match if you are unable to find a weapon,only axe and yet meet a player completely unarmed trying to get away.To throw it kinda like Thor threw Stormbreaker towards Thanos. xD
Quite an idea,in quake champions for example bots takes remining space when there are only few ppl missing but once more ppl gets in bots are de-factio replaced by the live players.Tho,in those matches its a fixed number of characters able to play the match,so even if bots wont get replaced by real players,they can stay,tho not being able to cheeki breeki.