Do you still balance the game? Since swordmasters are very hard to build and survive and still are useless, their abilities need to be enhanced. The AI swordmasters have around 70 of pure m defence which is impossible to achive so the game must be rebalanced.
1) Ripost fatigue cost must be reduced at least to 15 since every hit and miss builds fatigue and takes away the dodge bonus defence too fast.
2) Ripost must give some additional m defence (10-15%) in combination with the duelist and sword spec perks.
3) Sword spec + duelist gives autoripost and -50% fatigue level on activation for the end of the game.