i dont think you have that much to worry about.
back when 1hd was the way to go, bst had the same skill level, same weaponskill, and same equipment as war, and they had a pet. yet they never took wars place in parties...
Not to derail the thread but BST also did not have snarl as such they would have to sub /nin. No DA or Zerk, and lets not even get into merits...
BST can be a good DD, but the comparison of Bst to War and Mnk to Pup is not a good comparison.
Pup when properly played is already powerful.
It's the animation. All Drakesbane does is poke a mob and make lights appear. Ukko's Fury smashes a hole through existence itself to damage an opponent.