Since the announcement of the Cantha expansion, but even before, players have shared many of their Elite Specialization ideas with enthusiasm here; It's impossible to miss them. Some are liked very much, some less so. Some have mixed opinions. Of course we'd all love to see elite specs that have the weapons, theme, playstyle or strengths that we want, but that's not what this post is about.
What is it you respect about Elite Spec design, disregarding personal bias? When do you call it good, even if it happens not to be your taste?
-Is it giving access to things the class lacked?
-Is it providing an interesting new theme?
-Is it having synergies with other skills and traits?
-Should elite specializations move away from the core, or make you re-explore it by providing a new lense?
-How big an impact should they be on your build compared to core traitlines?
-Can it even be generalized, or the case is always different? Is there any objectivity to this at all?
What are some good or bad examples of this in your experience, and why?
I'd love to hear all your thoughts on this, maybe anet can refer to these general preferences too, no matter what they have in store for us.