It’s the best Cunning right now, hands down… Yes, it is about as perfect a counter to Fierce as you’re likely going to get. It’s a considerably more reliable counter to Thor & Mortem than Spyx–even with distraction, Spyx is put comfortably into swap range by a set-up Mortem. Bax is not. That’s huge value that cannot be understated in a chomp-and-swap meta. Bax gets destroyed by some Resilients. Not all. Bax fares considerably better against most Resilients than pretty much every other Cunning, except maybe the brand-new Compsocaulus. It hard shuts down Fierce, and even among Cunnings, it’s only beaten by a very small handful.
As I said, it seems fine now because it’s being compared to Hadros, Mortem, and Magnus, who are all on another level entirely, but that doesn’t mean Bax isn’t and won’t be an issue. Bax plays very strongly into the rock-paper-scissors aspect of the class system (which I don’t think many people will say is a good thing), except it’s a pair of scissors that beats quite a few rocks and most other scissors as well. It does to the Fierce class what Resilients do to Cunnings right now, and yes, that is a problem. Fierce should not be completely helpless just because you played a Bax. That’s bad game design and is what has been plaguing Cunning since 2.0 dropped with Resilients, and it sucks. That being said, I don’t think Bax is nearly as much of an issue as the other three, which is why I said that it needs the smallest nerf (or even a rebalance, as I discussed with Qiew), mainly targeted at its resistances so that it doesn’t completely and totally shut down Fierce statuses (which is important since Cautious Impact pretty much shuts down any standard Fierce attack, so Rending & Bleeds will help alleviate that punishment slightly) and so that it can be punished with stuns, which largely helps out Resilients but helps a few Cunnings as well.