Say what you want about what it does good, it does far more bad than good.
With the new bow buff you can get off almost 3 bow shots before you can reload and fire the musket one single time with almost the same range, 1v1 you can pretty much get off two shots then the reload cycle is So long you can’t do anything. The only way to run musket is 50 con as well otherwise your damage is completely insignificant meaning one pen shot is hitting you for almost 4K hp with full emeralds , it’s like putting an uzi or a tech9 (the bow) up against a single shot long rifle
Even the best competitive fps shooters in the world could make the musket look underwhelming compared to the bow or being a mage not to mention that this class is useless vs several other classes as a musket you will not be able to do anything but run from the ss/hammer/bb combo. They can just block all your musket shots run in and then one shot you off of one single stun , if there is a healer nearby all of your damage gets mitigated, focusing healers isn’t as useful as you would expect, most healers have 4-5 pieces of resil or the full sagacious set majority of the time when I’m focusing healers they will just hide behind a rock cast one spell and be full hp again so I’ve found that the best people to focus as a musket are bows/mages the occasional person in a clump fight whom all have way more firepower than you do if they’re in range . Bow people run more hp do just as much damage as a musket have more aoe And have similar range not to mention as a musket you have to stand still shoot reload for 20 seconds as a bow you just spazz out back and forth sidestepping launching as many arrows as you can in your opponent’s direction
I dare the new world devs to try running musket if you’re not insanely mechanically inclined you are borderline useless or just an annoyance .
Summary: every other weapon in the game surpasses the musket you have to be incredibly skilled to be good with it it’s too clunky the Reload time is Way too long to compete with other ranged classes and even running full glass cannon your damage is still underwhelming mostly because of the reload time there is nothing more annoying then trying to kite with a musket and your reload gets canceled 15 times