So we have access to three new weaponskills on the test server: Hand-to-hand, club and staff. I played a few with them. They are obtainable with 10 merits after doing the last genkai quest. Each merit upgrades damage. Can merit a maximum of three weaponskills to the max, or 15 weaponskills at level 1. Upgrading one WS to lv5 costs 100 merit points.
(english version is buggy, so I used french version so I dont have the names):
-hand-to hand: 5 fold attack with add plague effect. Help text says DEX modified, but help message on the weaponskill says plague varies with TP so it should not be crit weaponskill. Did a few tries on EP bunny @ vollbow outpost with veretragan 95 and spharai 95, with TP gear:
veretragna: asuranfists 1400~1600, victory smite 1800~2000, NewWS= 1800~2000
spharai: asuran ~1700 NewWS~2200.
Ok the new H2H WS is not crap at all. Looks comparable to Victory smite, so spharai 99 + NewWS should be = to empy 99 with victory smite. Of course there is goign to be a lot of comparison in the next days once Modfifiers are known and WS gear sets are optimized.
Also I did 1.5k damage with the staff ws (earth staff), and the club WS is a 7 hit one, I did 1k dmg with a DMG1 club lol.