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Make THIEF the BIS in PVE/RAID DPS

Oldgrimm.8521Oldgrimm.8521 Member ✭✭
edited February 10, 2018 in Thief

make Thief the top DPS in PvE content,

this game is one or among of the few that thief/assassins/rouge archetype that is WEAK in a raiding/pve environment,

we do not offer alternative builds that is great in support while dishing out dps. Anet tried to give us support build via Dead Eye, but it does not cut what the group needs.

make us great in one thing, DPS

in that note, I offer/propose some changes:

  1. make executioner( DA 3 ) with its current iteration, an additional effect is in place. Vulnerability, Strictly PVE only, for every 5th stack of Vulnerability additional 2% damage modifier is added, so the final 25th stack will yield an additional 10% more damage.

  2. Potent Poison ( DA 1), change to Potent poison and Agony, in addition to its current effect, whenever you apply poison you apply torment,

  3. No Quarter ( CS 1 ) make it flat 300 ferocity

  4. Ferocious Strike ( CS GM minor ) remove the health threshold, because when the boss dips below 50% we lose dps because of its functionality now.

these are some idea(s) i had in mind to make Thief Great in PvE content,

Comments

  • Tails.9372Tails.9372 Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 10, 2018

    I agree, there is nothing wrong with a class / build that only specialises in one area but if the thing in question can't tank / support / provide AoE dmg then it should be top tier in the one category that's left: single target damage. Sadly thats not the case for thief since the damage ranges, depending on the weapon set, from mediocre to bad.

  • true,

    where every class has a 33k+ DPS minimum on their Power build with support,

    but thief has only 30k dps power on a selfish build

  • i got 32k+ with rifle on the golem without spending much time on it. so it can probably go up to 35k or more. I just wanted to try it on deimos and it was pretty good. I think it can also share boons and cc

    isn't condi dd still really good?

  • Crinn.7864Crinn.7864 Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 10, 2018

    @Oldgrimm.8521 said:
    where every class has a 33k+ DPS minimum on their Power build with support,

    power necro does barely 26k under ideal circumstances with zero support capabilities.

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  • Cobrakon.3108Cobrakon.3108 Member ✭✭✭

    @Tails.9372 said:
    I agree, there is nothing wrong with a class build that only specialises in one area but if the thing in question can't tank / support / provide AoE dmg then it should be top tier in the one category that's left: single target damage. Sadly thats not the case for thief since the damage ranges, depending on the weapon set, from mediocre to bad.

    I just think they hate thief. In fact I wouldnt categorize it as a thief/rogue/assassin.... It is a circus acrobat.

  • its just sad that the thief/assassin/rouge archetype is under performing to what it is expected to do, just to do damage,

    i hope this thread will create some traffic and attention from the developers

  • @Oldgrimm.8521 said:
    its just sad that the thief/assassin/rouge archetype is under performing to what it is expected to do, just to do damage,

    i hope this thread will create some traffic and attention from the developers

    Agreed. Most people pick thief thinking we're going to be a high damage single target executor, but nah apparently other classes get better single target and aoe. We're good at teleporting around though!

    Stay low. Move fast. Kill first. Die last.

  • Irokou.3215Irokou.3215 Member ✭✭
    edited February 12, 2018

    heres hoping for an assassin elite spec that really sells the idea of a melee single target executor.

  • Crinn.7864Crinn.7864 Member ✭✭✭

    @Irokou.3215 said:
    heres hoping for an assassin elite spec that really sells the idea of a melee single target executor.

    So basically you want D/P the Elite Spec?

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  • guys please do not bring PVP stuff in this thread, this is aimed for PvE content, since developers has the ability to split damage modifiers for PvE and sPvP/WvW.

    makeTHIEFgreatAGAIN PvE

  • Irokou.3215Irokou.3215 Member ✭✭
    edited February 13, 2018

    @Crinn.7864 said:

    @Irokou.3215 said:
    heres hoping for an assassin elite spec that really sells the idea of a melee single target executor.

    So basically you want D/P the Elite Spec?

    Maybe to some extent, but not quite. I am specifically referring to it being PVE oriented (the context of this thread) which D/P by nature is not.

  • @Irokou.3215 said:

    @Crinn.7864 said:

    @Irokou.3215 said:
    heres hoping for an assassin elite spec that really sells the idea of a melee single target executor.

    So basically you want D/P the Elite Spec?

    Maybe to some extent, but not quite. I am specifically referring to it being PVE oriented (the context of this thread) which D/P by nature is not.

    So basically you want D/D the Elite Spec?

    You sure that Sniper idea is as good as you thought it was gonna be?
    Because I think my original idea is better.

  • wow is >>>>> that way

  • Maybe devs care about open world feel of professions? I don't agree with that, balance should happen at the raid and maybe fractals level only. I'm saying this because deadeye rifle already felt op soloing in openworld vs what others can do before this patch. And with the substantial buffs after patch its even better. Maybe they take that into account because GW2 has a higher concentration of casual open world players compared to other mmos.

  • you can be overpowered in any class in open world PvE, even a full Nomads geared class is acceptable in open PvE.

    but when end game PvE, eg fractals and raids, meta is leaning towards other DPS classes, we are one of the last pick in establishing an end game PvE.

    even if we "thieves" initiate our group in raids and fractals, we are filled last, the last "we have no CHOICE" argument.

    Make THIEVES Great Again

  • @DeceiverX.8361 said:

    So basically you want D/D the Elite Spec?

    NOW WE'RE TALKIN

    Stay low. Move fast. Kill first. Die last.

  • Considering the thief does very little otherwise, I agree. Thieves suffer from the old school necromancer problem, in that all of their abilities don't translate well into PVE. I.E., you rarely have to chase your target or escape from your target.

    On occasion, I.E. the unbound guardian fixates on ch00by fr00by n00b, there are times where I find my DPS slowing to a crawl because enemies walk out of my AoEs and rooted attacks. Playing a thief, this isn't a problem. However, not playing a thief, it is rarely a problem.

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  • FrostDraco.8306FrostDraco.8306 Member ✭✭✭
    edited February 14, 2018

    Except theif does good damage in pve, has the ability to bring CC with no damage loss, and has 3 viable dps builds. This thread is literally complaining over nothing.

  • Aplier.7829Aplier.7829 Member ✭✭✭

    30k dps is already more than enough for any encounter. Above that is for showing off or trying to minmax the marginal gains on your speedruns.

    Putting raw benchmark numbers aside for a moment, I find thief to be one of the most consistent classes in actually performing it's dps. It is so naturally full of evades and repositioning that it literally dances around just about any melee mechanics without issue. Condi isn't too reliant on ground effects for it's dps (and power not at all) so even if the boss is running around the room a lot the thief's dps doesn't drop off much if at all (unlike, let's say, Weaver where most of the big hitting are skills are ground targetted aoe's).

    For utility thief comes with a strong amount of breakbar support on short CD pretty much baseline (basi venom, since we dont need our elite for the rotation). The new steal bundles are actually a relevant utility in most fights, and a bit of a dps buff for some of them too (looking at you magnetic bomb and soulstone venom). Power thief can easily spec into giving itself more self-healing than it could ever need at only a minor dps loss. They both even come with cleave damage baked into their abilities (though for condi adds will dilute venoms, but it's just 100% free dps for power). Power provides free vulnerability stacks (they still have to come from somewhere), and even has a pretty much free utility slot that in benchmarking is just used to squeeze out a couple hundred dps from conditions, but can easily be swapped into actual utility skills in a raid.

    If raid fights were just a target dummy then yes I'd also be complaining that other specs have it too good and should be brought down in strength. But they aren't, and thief still offers solid output coupled with a high amount of passive healing and evasion-based defenses, and some interesting and relevant utility options.

    (Though for the record, I do still believe that thief could use a small nudge upwards and some specs should be brought back down to earth, but no one deserves to "be bis in all raids just cause".)

  • Boulder.3589Boulder.3589 Member ✭✭
    edited February 14, 2018

    The 31.5k dps is very average in raids, maybe even a little low and requires kneeling (rooted) the whole time. And it's single target instead of the cleaves most specs get. Moving/switching targets to do raid mechanics causes more dps loss than any other class, at least it's somewhere near the top in that regard. Requires a good amount of skill and practise to keep that dps loss to a minimum while repositioning to do mechanics or else your dps drops a lot, remember you started with average dps. So a lot of effort just to not drop below average dps, and single target disadvantage. It should be high dps if you pull it off just right. I'm very happy with this patch's buffs , but just a little more, were so close.

  • Oldgrimm.8521Oldgrimm.8521 Member ✭✭
    edited February 15, 2018

    Now that SC has released the elusive DPS raid benchmark for high end PvE https://www.reddit.com/r/Guildwars2/comments/7xr60v/sc_updated_benchmarks_0602_patch/, they also acknowledge despite the buffs for DE, and the changes that alacrity, that affected in the slightest for DD condi, our damage is still lackluster compared to other Power DPS and Condi DPS,

    why bring a thief when other classes can do better in both damaging aspects, (this is a rhetorical question that does not need to be answered).

    are we not supposed to be one of the best damage/DPS dealers in game, in a game where our support is almost non existent.

    PS. According to SC's webpage they only included thieves and to an extent necromancer DPS because its their leaders main class' (sounds like they are taking pity on this two classes)

    Make Thieves Great Again In PvE

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