Not so Fast! Returning hybrid beast warrior here, and I have something to say.
After getting back into the game last week (and accidentally switching to Neko subrace 'cause of a misclick), I found out how insanely fun (and somewhat broken) a bleed-build neko party is. Allow me to explain:
Ok, a little story first. After logging in for the first time since 2 years, my first act was visitting the Void to see if my skill had gotten rusty. Met the Void Queen and won despite being a sitting duck, chucking health potions constanly in SO armor and landing almost no hits on the final phase of the boss (bless your soul, my dear neko pet and guest, your stun lock saved me from utter defeat). Returner's luck, I know. Because the next 10 tries resulted in me dying, repeatedly, with the Void Queen getting over 500 bonus Dex (something that I didn't even notice during our first encounter)
And so, I visited many posts on the forum to see how to power up, and updated my inventory with various goodies (purple rain, essence orb) as well as training as a werewolf in order to get the most out of the purple rain's usage. At first, things were going well, stacking effects at the beginning of the battle was a bit tedious, but effective (I still lost to the Void Queen though). However...
...I visited the Neko's dojo... and didn't think twice before accepting the gift of the Neko. 2 hours spent training to be the top dog went down the drain, and worst of all, I only found posts on the forum praising Neko for "bleed and burn" build, which sounded slow and tedious. Well, I was wrong, Dead Wrong!
It was insanely Fun! I stacked around 120 charges for my Sol Neko armor, preparing my Neko pet and guest for the slaughter, and utterly Annihilate the Queen! Purple rain the first round, double damage for pet and guess using 40 charges and the 2 followers went down immediately. I spent the rest of the short fight stacking bleed attack with my fellow cats, and realize the Massive potential of this build: it is defenitely slower compared to pure damage ones, but it has a clear edge against tricky foes (for example, the ones that could halve your damage like bun-bit or Kibbles can be bled to death) due to its use of pet and guest as a damage dealing factor or status applier (once again, without the stun that my cats provided, I wouldn't have made it)
This build, it's fun, and I like it! There will be changes in the future, but saying that "Beast builds are dead" is just not right. It's harder, but defenitely still a super valid option.
Here's my char's page, in case anyone wants to see my inventory of pets and spells to summon guest: https://guardian.battleon.com/Build30/charview.asp?temp=84252653