So I've gotten back into GW2 and am exploring fractals with an Engineer and a Necro. I've settled on Holo and Scourge for these characters' Fractal roles, as Scrapper Healer seems underwhelming and Reaper puts me to sleep. I've gotten up to high T2 on both.
The benefit of the Holo to the group is obvious: burst damage to down enemies and push phases. But I find that running a healing scourge in groups really helps smooth out the group's play in tougher encounters. Online sites geared towards speed clears obviously push damage for both fractals and raids, but what is the utility vs damage tradeoff like in real groups? Is losing 10-15% group damage worth it if you're getting suitability? I'm mostly talking about PUGs of random composition here for fractals, as I'm not running with an organized group yet. Since I'm resource constrained in pursuing Ascended gear I wanted feedback from the community now before I get to T4/raids and run into problems.
Condi scourge would be really fun to run, but it appears to be subpar for Fractal content where you have to shove a lot of damage into a broken bar or boss phase.