The attack is so annoying. Brutes continue to be a pain(literally) in the ass even when you’re fully loaded in heavy survivor padded with leather and kevlar. The only real reliable counter to it is the Uncanny Dodge CBM. I would rather like some other way to resist the effect, like blocking with a strong shield which reduces knockback, negates pain, damage, and negates being knocked down. And I find the recharge to be a little strong. It knocks you back 10 or something tiles, which you now have to close the distance, and the special attack recharges in 20 turns or something. So now you only have 10 turns to attack in melee before being knocked back again, this time you’re slower because of pain.
Of course, I’m not meleeing hulks or juggernauts, just brutes to try to conserve ammo. And it hurts.
Also, even with Judo, I still get thrown around. Is it supposed to be like this?