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No poise? Ha! I've used the Pursuer's Ultra Greatsword with about 95 poise for hundreds of fights, and I can tell you that poise is bloody useful.
A very good percentage of my hits are due to poising through the enemy's strikes, and when I fight a turtle, I often poise through every swing they make. Poise is extremely useful to me, possibly due to my using a weapon that takes advantage of it.
Also, if heavy armour is useless, I'd have to wonder why it's the current meta. Heavy armour can more than halve incoming physical damage, and with high VIT, it barely impedes you. I have 52% weight at SL150 with Looking Glass legs and arms, a Gyrm Greathelm and 24.0 weight of weaponry.
I really don't get how that's useless.
Previously corrected a lot, now in-sig; I'm not a he. Official Pursuer's Ultra Greatsword of GameFAQs. PSN ID: MillipedeBrain