I haven’t seen any improvement but I did try using a pike.
Because you don’t have to stand so close to use the pike you can use it more then once before you are blocked from striking.
I don’t like the visual appearance of using the pike because it’s so uninteresting but it does mow down the bad guys with ease.
I went and cleared the pirate ship and the camp north of it with ease and hardly got out of breath.
I’d still like to see combat with the sword and axe work better but between my Ancient Bow and my Ancient Pike it can kind of mow them down.
While the bow isn’t as effective as it used to be when 2 shots would put a NPC down, I can still take out two attacking fighters without shields before they get to me.
If they get past the bow the pike finishes them off.
Now I’m feeling like it’s too easy. LOL
Now my problem is that I can’t farm brimstone, I whack it, it breaks up, but nothing appears in my inventory.
It’s been that way for 3 days now, at least I have a couple of thousand steel bars made, but I’ll have to take care of them until it starts working again.
I"m level 53 now, so I’m closing in on max level, I’m starting to really think about what I spend my points on.