I’ve converted to Painwheel/Parasoul and I think it is one of the strongest teams in the game at this point.
I use Napalm Pillar for my assist and well, it’s stupid as most people probably know haha. There isn’t much the assist doesn’t do for Painwheel. The only assist that could be better is Double’s HK Hornet Bomber and I think this is a very debatable topic. Personally I pick pillar because of it’s vertical height, low pushback, relative safety when it comes out and super easy to confirm off of. I also think Parasoul is a better character alone or with a Painwheel assist than Double, even with Catellites taken into consideration.
Basically the team can absolutely dominate the neutral, one thing I haven’t faced with this team is Peacock, but I think she should be manageable and no assist is really going to make Peacock that much less annoying anyway. I should be able to tell for sure after Sunday when I will be encountering a good Peacock player haha.
Also, Painwheel BnB 2 meter DHC into Parasoul lvl 3 does STUPID damage haha. Also Bike Super is a safe DHC on a block DEATH CRAWL!!1!
I was running Valentine second, but I came to the conclusion that both Painwheel and Valentine were point characters (though Valentine is a decent solo as well). Neither really has a oppressive assist (I learned that Mortuary Drop is next to useless against a good player once they expect it. Seriously the only thing you can do with it is an attack, not attack “mixup” that isn’t actually a mixup because super or even chicken block will almost always beat it) and both build meter very well, not really NEEDING to use it themselves but can make good use of it if they wish.
Cerecopter could be a very useful assist for Painwheel as well, but Pillar/Hornet Bomber are probably a better option really.