I consider myself a MAX enthusiast. I've spent over 100 hours in my MAX, unlocked every single weapon for the MAX, and have invested over 5,000 certs into the MAX. As we all know, the scatmax got a huge nerf recently, which degraded the performance of just about every single aspect of the weapon. We now have to put up with a slower rate of fire, a shorter clip size, a smaller ammo reserve pool, slower projectile velocity, longer reloads, smaller extended magazines, and lesser effective range. Some may claim that "nothing has changed", but in my honest opinion this nerf has really hurt the performance of the scattercannon. The only good thing about this nerf is that it brings MAX vs MAX encounters into a more balanced territory, seeing as the NC MAX now has to reload before it can kill an enemy MAX. Watching the TR and VS eagerly jump into any thread that mentions the post-nerf scatters and post dumb "crybaby.jpg" pictures and generally laugh in the face of any NC who doesn't like the nerf just because they are NC and just because they are talking about the scattercannon, I've given up any hope at having a serious conversation with anyone about this nerf. Anyone who tries to argue that the scattercannon wasn't nearly as powerful as people were trying to make them out to be, was met with responses like "You're an idiot. The Scattercannons were ridiculously overpowered, and a giant crutch for all NC who had them. Try playing as the TR or VS MAX, and then come back and try again." So you know what? I did. Oh my god. WHAT? I'll just say it now. The Mercy is far superior to the current scattercannons in almost every imaginable way. That was my first time using the TR MAX, and indeed the first time playing any faction other than the NC, and yet I was immediately able to outperform my NC MAX (which I've spent over 5000 certs upgrading) with a stock TR MAX w/ Mercies. Within my short 30 minute run with the Mercy, I killed over 60 people and earned over 90 certs. I'd now like to address all the arguments the TR and VS use to justify the scatmax nerf. 1) "It instagibs infantry! Who cares if it only works <10m, that's the only range where fighting actually takes place!" Well, no it's not the only range. Most of my fighting is done 15m - 25m away (the range at which Mercies completely dominate), and the 0m - 10m range is only actually relevant in small rooms inside buildings. Yes, it is true that the scatmax "instagibs" infantry, but you know what? SO DOES THE MERCY. Really, the TTK with the Mercy within the range that the scatmax is most effective (the only range in which it is effective) is so short it might as well be instagib. In my time using it, my targets had no time to react when I attacked at scatmax range. I just looked at them and they died instantly, just like with my scatmax, except the difference was the Mercy still had 44 bullets left in the clip after the kill, so I didn't have to just run away and reload immediately after like I'm forced to do with the scatmax. 2) "The Mercy is inaccurate and underperforms LMGs at range, and has terrible damage! A single Mercy is less effective than an LMG, you need two just to equal it! A Heavy could easily outgun the MAX!" What a joke. The Mercy is way more accurate at range than an LMG could ever hope to be, and I was able to outgun heavies effortlessly. The fact that it doesn't suffer from CoF bloom or huge recoil makes it 1,000% more effective than an LMG, regardless of what damage values you decide to quote. 3) "The SCATMAX was overpowered in MAX vs MAX battles, with it you could instagib an enemy MAX who had engineer support!" That is true, and as I've said many times before, it was the only thing truly overpowered about the scatmax. Before the nerf, I had instantly killed countless enemy MAXes just by walking up to them. It was stupidly overpowered and something needed to be done about it. However, now the scatmax performs on level ground with enemy MAXes at CQC, but does that make it balanced? No. The scatmax uses shotguns. If shotguns are going toe-to-toe with miniguns in CQC, there's something wrong. I don't care what you say, a shotgun should beat a minigun at close ranges, which is no longer the case. -- I have only one thing to say to the TR/VS: Get over yourselves.