It could be a thing PA. I don't feel like a dog chasing after a bone the whole time against classes that have evasive attacks, movements with invincibilities that take them out of combat or having to wait for them to unload on me before I can attack them because they have a lot of super armors. There are classes that just pretty much non stop spam attacks and when I spam attacks back I get owned. And it's because you're a gladiator you can't dive head first. You got to wait for the right time Yada Yada yada. That means you got to learn all 20 classes attacks and abilities. Which ones have super armor which ones don't. Which ones are evasive attacks that you're walking into a trap. Hence why piercing spear has become my go to with its flow. I would suggest improving its speed or chaining it to other actions. I'm using it after charging thrust but it's slow in transition. And pretty much classes that have the same range attack get theirs off before mine and im knocked down. I do not press the shield button but it does become active with shield charge flow. There are sometimes where you have to play the waiting game during their attack to get yours in.