I got pretty good with every weapon in MH3U and Tri. Always enjoyed the GS most. And now they nerfed the "hit and run" crit draw + focus strategy that's worked forever, and it's another chain-combo weapon (i.e. boring).
Zinogre shield HBG + damage boosts just makes hunts dead easy. I can churn out massive damage while half asleep and never get hit, and still pull off better runs than my best "try hard" GS efforts. Also, given the atrocious state of decoration RNG + farming in this game, I can't say I blame people for going full-cheese with sticky or spread HBG builds.