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Hillbilly is a Brainless Killer

I'm not necessarily calling for nerfs in this post, but I'd just like to express my general distaste for Billy as a killer. The other top-tier killers in this game require large amounts of skill to use their powers effectively. Though the Nurse is technically busted, her base movement speed is slower than survivors and she suffers a stun that wastes time on whiffed attacks. In order to get results with her, you need to have a good amount of technical proficiency and experience with her power so you can know where to go to cut off loops and catch survivors with their pants down. With the Huntress, you have a reduced movement speed as well and you have to land your hatchets properly in order to be effective. You need to know when to go for a throw and when not to, and you have to worry about survivors juking your very predictable timings. You also can't just spam hatchets unless you want to waste a bunch of time reloading from lockers. With the Hag, you once again move slower than normal because you exert a larger degree of map pressure, but you need to be good with positioning and trap placement to cut off access to key areas or close off a loop mid-chase. These killers all require you to think in order to use them and their powers effectively.

The Hillbilly does none of that.

His power is free crazy-good map pressure. He can be almost anywhere extremely quickly, which requires literally no skill to take advantage of. On top of this, his power affords him an ability to deal with pallets faster and a free instadown. He gets to use this power an unlimited amount of times and with no cooldown whatsoever. If you're feeling greedy for that chainsaw down, there's literally nothing stopping you from going for it over and over again. It obviously takes some technical skill to be able to actually hit someone, but it's really not all that much compared to the risk-reward factor for other killers in this game. The important thing is that on top of the fact that Billy has one of the most powerful traversal abilities in the game that has multiple other benefits is that he still moves at 115% movement speed. Excuse me what the actual [BAD WORD] Behaviour? Billy's power is better than the Spirit's in almost every way and in the same applicable categories, and he gets to be a standard M1 killer if he wants to? This just strikes me as comical. While DBD is a very skill-based game, the Hillbilly requires the least skill for the most reward in my opinion. Thanks for listening. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

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  • CrizpenCrizpen Member Posts: 129

    I'd disagree for the simple fact that Billy is highly effective in a limited number of maps, without a decent amount of skill.

    In the Corn Fields, sure, he's incredible at applying pressure anywhere he wants and jumping all over the map with no hesitation or worry. In most other maps, this isn't the case. Lery's is obviously the worst, since there are almost no straight lines that don't have all sorts of crap filling them, but the resort, The Game, Family Residence, etc... aren't all that much better. And good survivors know how to loop small objects, such as trees, to make using the chainsaw a waste of time for Billy.

    Learning how and when to use the chainsaw makes Billy one of the harder killers to learn to be effective with in the red ranks, since nearly every survivor knows how to take advantage of an inexperienced or unskilled one. Like the Nurse, Billy has to be able to predict where the survivors will move when they hear the chainsaw behind them, since it is relatively easy to juke.

    On the other hand, Spirit is able to travel much of the map extremely quickly, and between her ability and her animations, makes mind gaming her almost impossible. She requires two hits to down, but they aren't exceptionally difficult hits to land. Or, she can throw on Prayer Beads and grab survivors off generators without ever needing to swing her sword. And, she works on every map.

    Legion, who can down with 3 strikes with Frank's Mix Tape and Stab Wound Study, or 2 with Cold Dirt and Joey's Mix Tape, and has almost no counter-play, as he's able to completely ignore pallets and windows. He requires less skill to make his kills than does Billy, and doesn't suffer from stuns or even a cooldown if he misses a swing while in Frenzy. And, he works on every map.

    So, while I'd generally agree that Billy is very powerful, I would disagree with the idea that he doesn't require a deal of practice to be effective with in the red ranks, unless you have enough map offerings to always get the fields.

  • PoweasPoweas Member Posts: 5,873
    edited January 2019

    Were you that Feng who thought I wanted to farm after I downed a Laurie? Then I chainsawed you and nodded at you for ages? Then you D/C'd and Laurie did? I let ur other 2 teammates go btw. If you were that was funny as hell.

    If you're not then my bad but...

    Why would you nerf the most balanced killer?

  • PoweasPoweas Member Posts: 5,873

    @Crizpen said:
    I'd disagree for the simple fact that Billy is highly effective in a limited number of maps, without a decent amount of skill.

    In the Corn Fields, sure, he's incredible at applying pressure anywhere he wants and jumping all over the map with no hesitation or worry. In most other maps, this isn't the case. Lery's is obviously the worst, since there are almost no straight lines that don't have all sorts of crap filling them, but the resort, The Game, Family Residence, etc... aren't all that much better. And good survivors know how to loop small objects, such as trees, to make using the chainsaw a waste of time for Billy.

    Learning how and when to use the chainsaw makes Billy one of the harder killers to learn to be effective with in the red ranks, since nearly every survivor knows how to take advantage of an inexperienced or unskilled one. Like the Nurse, Billy has to be able to predict where the survivors will move when they hear the chainsaw behind them, since it is relatively easy to juke.

    On the other hand, Spirit is able to travel much of the map extremely quickly, and between her ability and her animations, makes mind gaming her almost impossible. She requires two hits to down, but they aren't exceptionally difficult hits to land. Or, she can throw on Prayer Beads and grab survivors off generators without ever needing to swing her sword. And, she works on every map.

    Legion, who can down with 3 strikes with Frank's Mix Tape and Stab Wound Study, or 2 with Cold Dirt and Joey's Mix Tape, and has almost no counter-play, as he's able to completely ignore pallets and windows. He requires less skill to make his kills than does Billy, and doesn't suffer from stuns or even a cooldown if he misses a swing while in Frenzy. And, he works on every map.

    So, while I'd generally agree that Billy is very powerful, I would disagree with the idea that he doesn't require a deal of practice to be effective with in the red ranks, unless you have enough map offerings to always get the fields.

    Lol you think Spirit is easy.

  • DemonDaddyDemonDaddy Member Posts: 1,491
    And yet there are still people that have no issues wasting his time and surviving. 
  • Mrrgle_the_MediocreMrrgle_the_Mediocre Member Posts: 346

    @Crizpen said:
    I'd disagree for the simple fact that Billy is highly effective in a limited number of maps, without a decent amount of skill.

    In the Corn Fields, sure, he's incredible at applying pressure anywhere he wants and jumping all over the map with no hesitation or worry. In most other maps, this isn't the case. Lery's is obviously the worst, since there are almost no straight lines that don't have all sorts of crap filling them, but the resort, The Game, Family Residence, etc... aren't all that much better. And good survivors know how to loop small objects, such as trees, to make using the chainsaw a waste of time for Billy.

    Learning how and when to use the chainsaw makes Billy one of the harder killers to learn to be effective with in the red ranks, since nearly every survivor knows how to take advantage of an inexperienced or unskilled one. Like the Nurse, Billy has to be able to predict where the survivors will move when they hear the chainsaw behind them, since it is relatively easy to juke.

    On the other hand, Spirit is able to travel much of the map extremely quickly, and between her ability and her animations, makes mind gaming her almost impossible. She requires two hits to down, but they aren't exceptionally difficult hits to land. Or, she can throw on Prayer Beads and grab survivors off generators without ever needing to swing her sword. And, she works on every map.

    Legion, who can down with 3 strikes with Frank's Mix Tape and Stab Wound Study, or 2 with Cold Dirt and Joey's Mix Tape, and has almost no counter-play, as he's able to completely ignore pallets and windows. He requires less skill to make his kills than does Billy, and doesn't suffer from stuns or even a cooldown if he misses a swing while in Frenzy. And, he works on every map.

    So, while I'd generally agree that Billy is very powerful, I would disagree with the idea that he doesn't require a deal of practice to be effective with in the red ranks, unless you have enough map offerings to always get the fields.

    Spot the Billy main!

    Look, I play Clown and Trapper so I know what's hard to play and what isn't, and once you learn that turning is slow on Billy you've learnt the whole character and are free to rocket around. I'll agree with you on Lery's and The Game, MAYBE Haddonfield but Haddonfield is hard for every killer, but otherwise, EZ character.

  • Condorloco_26Condorloco_26 Member Posts: 1,714

    @ThatDidact said:

    Thanks for listening. I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

    PS4 player here. Nurse is busted on consoles. That leaves Billy as probably the only killer able to consistently compete with 4 man squads at R1 (in some maps). I play Myers, Trapper, LF, Huntress, Spirit, Clown, Piggy, even some Wraith here and there. It's all fun and games until 4 people pop at the same time in my lobby. At that point it's Billy Time.

    The other option is dodging, but that's just a chicken move.

  • White_OwlWhite_Owl Member Posts: 2,823
    edited January 2019

    I agree, he doesn't need much skill to be used and he's basically Leatherface on steroids, but he's balanced by the fact that he is loopable just as any other killer.
    Funnily enough, I find his chainsaw way more menacing at close range than LF's because it has a big hitbox, it's fast and while revving it he doesn't loose ground, not counting that bumping into objects is not so punishing. Against Bubba you just need to hug a tree or a rock and he's done for, with HB if he's right behind you you're dead unless he [BAD WORD] up.

  • SkeletalEliteSkeletalElite Member Posts: 1,000

    Eh, he isn't the worst offender for low skill killers. Legion is far more brainless than billy. At least you gotta put a little thought and skill into sawing and your movement with billy.

  • inkedsoulzinkedsoulz Member Posts: 93

    @Mrrgle_the_Mediocre said:

    @Crizpen said:
    I'd disagree for the simple fact that Billy is highly effective in a limited number of maps, without a decent amount of skill.

    In the Corn Fields, sure, he's incredible at applying pressure anywhere he wants and jumping all over the map with no hesitation or worry. In most other maps, this isn't the case. Lery's is obviously the worst, since there are almost no straight lines that don't have all sorts of crap filling them, but the resort, The Game, Family Residence, etc... aren't all that much better. And good survivors know how to loop small objects, such as trees, to make using the chainsaw a waste of time for Billy.

    Learning how and when to use the chainsaw makes Billy one of the harder killers to learn to be effective with in the red ranks, since nearly every survivor knows how to take advantage of an inexperienced or unskilled one. Like the Nurse, Billy has to be able to predict where the survivors will move when they hear the chainsaw behind them, since it is relatively easy to juke.

    On the other hand, Spirit is able to travel much of the map extremely quickly, and between her ability and her animations, makes mind gaming her almost impossible. She requires two hits to down, but they aren't exceptionally difficult hits to land. Or, she can throw on Prayer Beads and grab survivors off generators without ever needing to swing her sword. And, she works on every map.

    Legion, who can down with 3 strikes with Frank's Mix Tape and Stab Wound Study, or 2 with Cold Dirt and Joey's Mix Tape, and has almost no counter-play, as he's able to completely ignore pallets and windows. He requires less skill to make his kills than does Billy, and doesn't suffer from stuns or even a cooldown if he misses a swing while in Frenzy. And, he works on every map.

    So, while I'd generally agree that Billy is very powerful, I would disagree with the idea that he doesn't require a deal of practice to be effective with in the red ranks, unless you have enough map offerings to always get the fields.

    Spot the Billy main!

    Look, I play Clown and Trapper so I know what's hard to play and what isn't, and once you learn that turning is slow on Billy you've learnt the whole character and are free to rocket around. I'll agree with you on Lery's and The Game, MAYBE Haddonfield but Haddonfield is hard for every killer, but otherwise, EZ character.

    Billy is just Leatherface, but with the ability to move from point A to point B fast on some maps(not all of them) learn how to loop him and he is just another M1 killer that runs at 115% speed.

    Btw if you break a pallet with the chainsaw(without charge addons), it takes the same amount of time that if you break it normally.

  • OnionthingOnionthing Member Posts: 469

    Dont go judgin Hilbilly fer his edu-kay-shun ... Momma and Daddeh really didunt let him lern no better...

  • MegMain98MegMain98 Member Posts: 2,582

    Billy is pretty balanced. He is very powerful but he is the second best killer in the game, what do you expect? If I want to compete with SWF groups I only have about three choices and those are Nurse, Billy, and Spirit. Since I play on console, Nurse is a no-go. Billy is one of the only killers that really deal damage to SWF groups. Although I’m not the best with him so I use Spirit.

  • Doc_W__HOLLIDAYDoc_W__HOLLIDAY Member Posts: 2,347
    If you don't think Billy requires any skill, maybe you should watch my most recent video then come back.
  • RaptorrotasRaptorrotas Member Posts: 2,111
    Unlike legion or spirit he has reduced freedom of movement, to get that "godlike" map pressure you require a lot of experience, luck and ... le gasp... skill.
    Also he does get slowed by revving the chainsaw, which somehow most people against him in this thread simply seemed to miss.



    God beware all those older killers arent as redtricted with their abilities as are the newer ones. Hillbilly stilll has cooldowns (which are longer than the animation and block BOTH ability and melee attack)
    Cannot wait till devs make some basic scratchmarks or vision perk only....  /rant
  • GraviteaUKGraviteaUK Member Posts: 464
    edited January 2019

    @Crizpen said:
    I'd disagree for the simple fact that Billy is highly effective in a limited number of maps, without a decent amount of skill.

    That's pretty much every killer ever though, Every killer has maps they are strong and weak on that's not really an argument in a discussion about balance.

    Personally i just hate how easy it is to walk up behind someone and hold RC for an instant down and even if not, his 115 MS and long lunge are more than enough to make up for it.

    Unlike The Huntress if he gets a map the chainsaw is limited you can still run him LC, Huntress gets a bad map (Poor visibility or lots of objects with invisible barriers) (Lerys, Coldwind Farm) and she will be lucky if she gets 1 kill.

    I wouldn't say he's "Brainless" but i do call him "Noskillbilly" for fun ^^

    And yes im a killer main. Hag Trapper are my goto, but i played a low level Doc game last night and with perks i think i might deffo find him fun to play.

  • RyuhiRyuhi Member Posts: 1,123

    Billy can still get looped easily. TBH the biggest thing he gets is when that one potato survivor throws every pallet the second they see him, then there are none left for the rest of the match. Even then, windows can be used to force him to m1 a lot of the time, which when paired with a good dead hard can make loops pretty annoying and time consuming for him.

    Its not to say that every saw down is the players fault, but they're pretty avoidable unless you led yourself into an area where you robbed yourself of obstacles.

  • Mister_HoldoutMister_Holdout Member Posts: 2,499

    This post couldn't be further from the truth. Billy in my opinion is one of the most difficult killers to play effectively.

    And let me emphasize that word: effectively

    If you're only interested in playing Billy at a mediocre level, then yes, he's not that hard to play.

    But if you want to play Billy at a high level (which means being able to compete with skilled survivors), then that will require a significant amount of skill and experience.

    The reason for this is because Billy requires quite a bit of mechanical skill. If you want to beat good survivors, then you will have to pull off some difficult chainsaws.

    You'll need to know how to chainsaw at loops, such as the killer shack. Map knowledge pretty much ties in with this.

    You'll also need to know how to land chainsaws against survivors that 360. This is also can be very difficult depending on the survivor. And of course, some survivors are just good at faking out the saw in general.

    Q and E (which is what I use) can make these tasks easier, but even still, those controls take a long time to master.

    This whole idea that Billy is an easy killer is simply false. Try playing Billy against survivors like Noob3 or Vooshy and watch what happens. I'm willing to bet most Billy players get wrecked.

  • Mrrgle_the_MediocreMrrgle_the_Mediocre Member Posts: 346

    I think the bottom line is the entry level on Billy is very low. While there is some interesting stuff you can do, to play him effectively vs. playing someone like Nurse, Huntress, Trapper, he takes a lot less knowledge. You just zoom. Being bad on a map doesn't balance a killer because it is a small chance for it to be that map. It's 1/26 for it to be Lery's. 3.85%. That's assuming no one takes an offering, because it's very rare survivors WANT to go to Lery's. He's the go-to beginner killer, more-so than Wraith.

    Plus, the highest his skill ceiling goes is learning that chainsaw almost always beats window, don't chainsaw at every pallet because that gets you looped more, and you can turn. Though this part is a lot more opinionated which is why I put it in italics.

  • anarchy753anarchy753 Member Posts: 2,737

    @Mrrgle_the_Mediocre said:
    once you learn that turning is slow on Billy you've learnt the whole character and are free to rocket around. I'll agree with you on Lery's and The Game, MAYBE Haddonfield but Haddonfield is hard for every killer, but otherwise, EZ character.

    I feel like this is pretty accurate. People really love to blow out of proportion how hard it is to learn to chainsaw. All killers have a learning curve to some degree, and Billy's is nowhere near that of Nurse or Spirit.

  • CrizpenCrizpen Member Posts: 129

    @Mister_Holdout said:
    This post couldn't be further from the truth. Billy in my opinion is one of the most difficult killers to play effectively.

    And let me emphasize that word: effectively

    If you're only interested in playing Billy at a mediocre level, then yes, he's not that hard to play.

    But if you want to play Billy at a high level (which means being able to compete with skilled survivors), then that will require a significant amount of skill and experience.

    The reason for this is because Billy requires quite a bit of mechanical skill. If you want to beat good survivors, then you will have to pull off some difficult chainsaws.

    You'll need to know how to chainsaw at loops, such as the killer shack. Map knowledge pretty much ties in with this.

    You'll also need to know how to land chainsaws against survivors that 360. This is also can be very difficult depending on the survivor. And of course, some survivors are just good at faking out the saw in general.

    Q and E (which is what I use) can make these tasks easier, but even still, those controls take a long time to master.

    This whole idea that Billy is an easy killer is simply false. Try playing Billy against survivors like Noob3 or Vooshy and watch what happens. I'm willing to bet most Billy players get wrecked.

    I would agree with everything here. Playing billy at rank 15 is very different from playing him at rank 1, and it's not without a significant amount of skill.

    You can say Legion is brainless, since he can bypass all survivor defenses without much skill. But not Billy, who still has to deal with windows and pallets before he lands a hit. Regardless of rank, he's good at map pressure, but that means little if you can't seal the deal and earn hooks.

    Take the survivor who dodges and weaves every time you prep your chainsaw: an unskilled player will wiff every time. A skilled Billy will be able to track and anticipate their movements for the down. Saving a few seconds, maybe, but earning incredible pressure in the meantime.

    For the record, I avoid playing Billy whenever I can: it's sad how bad I am with him as compared with Nurse and Spirit, who I have practiced significantly and am at least mediocre at playing. I have no problem admitting I'm a weak Billy killer. By the same token, I would strongly deny he's a brainless killer, or one needed to make kills without significant practice when you're talking about the red ranks.

  • GraviteaUKGraviteaUK Member Posts: 464
    edited January 2019

    @Crizpen said:

    @Mister_Holdout said:
    This post couldn't be further from the truth. Billy in my opinion is one of the most difficult killers to play effectively.

    And let me emphasize that word: effectively

    If you're only interested in playing Billy at a mediocre level, then yes, he's not that hard to play.

    But if you want to play Billy at a high level (which means being able to compete with skilled survivors), then that will require a significant amount of skill and experience.

    The reason for this is because Billy requires quite a bit of mechanical skill. If you want to beat good survivors, then you will have to pull off some difficult chainsaws.

    You'll need to know how to chainsaw at loops, such as the killer shack. Map knowledge pretty much ties in with this.

    You'll also need to know how to land chainsaws against survivors that 360. This is also can be very difficult depending on the survivor. And of course, some survivors are just good at faking out the saw in general.

    Q and E (which is what I use) can make these tasks easier, but even still, those controls take a long time to master.

    This whole idea that Billy is an easy killer is simply false. Try playing Billy against survivors like Noob3 or Vooshy and watch what happens. I'm willing to bet most Billy players get wrecked.

    I would agree with everything here. Playing billy at rank 15 is very different from playing him at rank 1, and it's not without a significant amount of skill.

    You can say Legion is brainless, since he can bypass all survivor defenses without much skill. But not Billy, who still has to deal with windows and pallets before he lands a hit. Regardless of rank, he's good at map pressure, but that means little if you can't seal the deal and earn hooks.

    Take the survivor who dodges and weaves every time you prep your chainsaw: an unskilled player will wiff every time. A skilled Billy will be able to track and anticipate their movements for the down. Saving a few seconds, maybe, but earning incredible pressure in the meantime.

    For the record, I avoid playing Billy whenever I can: it's sad how bad I am with him as compared with Nurse and Spirit, who I have practiced significantly and am at least mediocre at playing. I have no problem admitting I'm a weak Billy killer. By the same token, I would strongly deny he's a brainless killer, or one needed to make kills without significant practice when you're talking about the red ranks.

    This can apply to many killers though.

    Playing many killers to their maximum potential takes time.

    My biggest gripe with Billy is simply one of sound.

    Even without addons you can have 7.1 and it doesn't matter if he's 10 meters away or 100 the chainsaw still sounds the same until it's too late to do anything about it.

    If they added some sort of depth to it i would be happy.

    The Huntress humm you can pinpoint almost but a chainsaw you can't?

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  • LaakeriLaakeri Member Posts: 833

    Billy is most fun killer to face against. Strong killer that punishes survivor from misplaying while still gets pallet looped like any other m1 killer.

  • The_TrapperThe_Trapper Member Posts: 186

    @White_Owl said:
    I agree, he doesn't need much skill to be used and he's basically Leatherface on steroids, but he's balanced by the fact that he is loopable just as any other killer.
    Funnily enough, I find his chainsaw way more menacing at close range than LF's because it has a big hitbox, it's fast and while revving it he doesn't loose ground, not counting that bumping into objects is not so punishing. Against Bubba you just need to hug a tree or a rock and he's done for, with HB if he's right behind you you're dead unless he [BAD WORD] up.

    I would say you have those killers mixed up. I would rather 360 a HB than a LF because LF doesn't go charge of. It depends on the killer, survivor and where the two are at close range. Could be opinion I suppose.

  • White_OwlWhite_Owl Member Posts: 2,823
    edited January 2019

    @The_Trapper said:

    @White_Owl said:
    I agree, he doesn't need much skill to be used and he's basically Leatherface on steroids, but he's balanced by the fact that he is loopable just as any other killer.
    Funnily enough, I find his chainsaw way more menacing at close range than LF's because it has a big hitbox, it's fast and while revving it he doesn't loose ground, not counting that bumping into objects is not so punishing. Against Bubba you just need to hug a tree or a rock and he's done for, with HB if he's right behind you you're dead unless he [BAD WORD] up.

    I would say you have those killers mixed up. I would rather 360 a HB than a LF because LF doesn't go charge of. It depends on the killer, survivor and where the two are at close range. Could be opinion I suppose.

    With LF you just need to hug an obstacle and run in a circle, he will inevitably get the stun or if he's smart he'll give up and use m1. If the Hillbilly is exierienced that and 360s won't work.

  • LateralLateral Member Posts: 77

    Killer starts out as easy-mode by default, Billy is easy-mode on top of that default easy-mode. End of.

    But hey every game needs an easy-mode right? not quite sure how that's supposed to work in a multiplayer game but hey can't deprive the people of their right to have it easier than everyone else!

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