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  • steki.1478steki.1478 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @MyPuppy.8970 said:
    I wish they just decreased MS radius to 180 instead of the diminishing return damage.

    Would make it worthless in WvW.

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  • MyPuppy.8970MyPuppy.8970 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @steki.1478 said:

    @MyPuppy.8970 said:
    I wish they just decreased MS radius to 180 instead of the diminishing return damage.

    Would make it worthless in WvW.

    Sure. I just find the damage spatially too diluted. You hardly get hit more than one or two meteors.

  • As a new player playing elementalist, I feel very very squish. Yes i know Ele does like big dmg but if you get hit once by a monster 1/3 of your health is gone. imagine if you have like 3 on you. You are dead. I find the healing abilities with the water attunement very underwhelming. It gives very low health. I find the lack of versatility of different weapons while leveling bad. Im basically stuck with dagger dagger as leveling because thats the only option im able to use for decent survivability and dmg. This is a light armor class while mesmer and necro can output alot of dmg and take zero dmg. Mesmer has all the clones and stuff and necro is even tankier than a kitten guardian. I very much enjoy the complex gameplay of elementalist because I never get bored of it. I played ranger and man does it bore me to death. Please. Alot of new players just don't wanna play ele or try it out even tho its super fun. I have fallen to the same catogery to in the beginning. I saw this class, was thinking it was like a cool kitten mage played it died by the hands of every monster. Then I quit elementalist. Now after a long time of not looking at ele I started to try it again and push through the lack of survivability. I mean it doesn't even do that much dmg to compensate it. I see myself going into water attunement when im low to heal and after I use all my spells I didn't even heal for 25% of my health?? Its a fun class and I am gonna keep playing it but improving the abilities overall and especially for leveling will be huge!

  • @atih.8109 said:
    As a new player playing elementalist, I feel very very squish. Yes i know Ele does like big dmg but if you get hit once by a monster 1/3 of your health is gone. imagine if you have like 3 on you. You are dead. I find the healing abilities with the water attunement very underwhelming. It gives very low health. I find the lack of versatility of different weapons while leveling bad. Im basically stuck with dagger dagger as leveling because thats the only option im able to use for decent survivability and dmg. This is a light armor class while mesmer and necro can output alot of dmg and take zero dmg. Mesmer has all the clones and stuff and necro is even tankier than a kitten guardian. I very much enjoy the complex gameplay of elementalist because I never get bored of it. I played ranger and man does it bore me to death. Please. Alot of new players just don't wanna play ele or try it out even tho its super fun. I have fallen to the same catogery to in the beginning. I saw this class, was thinking it was like a cool kitten mage played it died by the hands of every monster. Then I quit elementalist. Now after a long time of not looking at ele I started to try it again and push through the lack of survivability. I mean it doesn't even do that much dmg to compensate it. I see myself going into water attunement when im low to heal and after I use all my spells I didn't even heal for 25% of my health?? Its a fun class and I am gonna keep playing it but improving the abilities overall and especially for leveling will be huge!

    Yeah, we are very squishy, but it's part of the fun and it gives intense satisfaction compared to most brainless professions.
    Dagger / dagger is more fun but not better than staff. I can control crowd better with staff with air 3 5 water 4 and earth 4 5. Proper chaining these skills along with damaging skills allow you to kill many foes without getting hit while putting high aoe damage. Issues come with ranged foes where you only have earth 3, in this situation earth shield can help a lot.
    As for heal, it's weak without healing power beside glyph. The later is very good.

  • steki.1478steki.1478 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Blood Red Arachnid.2493 said:
    So I got myself a nearly full set of marauder gear and went into WvW. I've only been there a few hours, but I have noticed a couple of issues that sort of irk me.

    (1): As I mentioned long ago, I hate how the defensive abilities of the ele are tied to heals. The extra healing from Marshal's blows the extra 5k health from marauder out of the water. Aside from particular sets, this means that the ele is ultimately divided against itself. It needs to sacrifice raw stats for defenses, which is the worst kind of tradeoff because it costs money. What I would like to see is the base healing increased while the scale healing is decreased. That way, peak performance doesn't change, but water attunement isn't so useless for non marshal/celestial builds.

    (2): This one is a bit of a round trip. See, though I am fairly new to weaver in WvW, I've played many hours on pre-nerf herald. Because I'm only so rich, I used a hybrid of my PVE gear with marauder trinkets, and just used my traits and utilities to build myself defensively. The results were great. I figured that, for ele, I would just do the same thing of having offensive gear + defensive traits. The results have been... less than stellar. Granted, I'm not the best player. I can't see what is happening most of the time, so I just chain DPS and invulnerability skills alternating to try and burst enemies down. However, something I noticed is that I hit like a wet noodle.

    I guess it was never really talked about, but it is a bit weird. Elementalists have low power modifiers for a lot of their skills. 2,382 power, 219% crit damage, and I'm whacking people for 1k on crits. Where elementalists get all of their damage from trait boosts, for which there are many. Superior Elements, Swift Revenge, Elements of Rage, Ferocious Winds, Raging Storm, Aeromancer's Training, Pyromancer's Training, Power Overwhelming, all of these are used together on the meta PVE build to get 35k DPS. But, for a WvW build, taking Cellodrag's setup leaves you with almost none of these, and the damage drops dramatically.

    On the one hand, from a PVE buildcraft perspective it feels good to be able to take a whole bunch of offensive traits. On the other hand, I can't help but think that the class is just unbalanced if you have to do this. It would be better to have higher base damages on all of the weapon skills, and less stat boosts speckled throughout the trait lines. This would let Ele's become more well balanced overall.

    Yep, all of these have been discussed in this, as well as other threads.

    You say that ele has low power modifiers on their skills (I guess you meant coefficients), but they actually have pretty good ones. The problem is achieving that power because, as you mentioned, ele can only buff itself through damage modifiers, while the stat gains contradict with each other (or straight up don't exist). The only reason why ele has been top tier dps in pve is because it's getting those extra power and precision from allies and because it has quite a lot of damage modifiers, but without extra power, those modifiers have much lower value.

    Fire gives you a lot of power under some circumstances that cant be achieved easily without changing your gear (aka in order to get a lot of might, you lose the runes/sigils/skills or even traits otherwise used in meta builds) making the dps gain not even that relevant because you lose dps and fluidity to gain dps. A lot of other classes get might with a single button press and some even by just being in combat and doing normal stuff.

    Then you have air which has potential to give quite a lot of ferocity, but half of that is temporary and makes you lose almost all power gained from fire spec. Not to mention that you can't even grant yourself a decent fury uptime without losing ferocity.

    Air and fire seem a bit counter-productive since they are trying to achieve the same thing, but you can never get both benefits even if you have both specs. I know that they addressed some part of it in the last patch, which made ele more fluid, but those conditions need to be removed completely, especially on minor traits because those should be relevant all the time, not work 50% of the time at best.

    Other classes don't have these issues because they don't have as many damage modifiers so they can buff themself easier, with both offensive boons and some defense (at the same time) while having quite higher base damage values on skills making them less reliant on allies and defensive stats. Oh right, and their traits work all the time (exceptions are maybe revealed thief and necro in shroud, but even those aren't close to 1/4 attunement dependency).

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  • juno.1840juno.1840 Member ✭✭✭
    edited August 24, 2019

    @Blood Red Arachnid.2493 said:
    (1): As I mentioned long ago, I hate how the defensive abilities of the ele are tied to heals. The extra healing from Marshal's blows the extra 5k health from marauder out of the water. Aside from particular sets, this means that the ele is ultimately divided against itself. It needs to sacrifice raw stats for defenses, which is the worst kind of tradeoff because it costs money. What I would like to see is the base healing increased while the scale healing is decreased. That way, peak performance doesn't change, but water attunement isn't so useless for non marshal/celestial builds.

    I'm confused on this because it sounds like balance having to trade healing vs. damage. I would think all professions should have this trade. Otherwise everyone just runs around in zerker with no risk.

    Healing will always out-last health, especially in WvW where you can get one-hit for 5k health easily. Damage mitigation is another form of healing and will also out-last pure health increases. This is why some professions seem really tanky without a ton of healing -- they have frequent blocks, evades, blinds, and boons.

    So taking Marauder stats isn't going to do much at all in WvW for "staying alive". Especially if you have no other mitigation.

    Also I'd hate to see scaled healing decreased because it diminishes the value of having the Healing Power stat. Choices need consequences, and reducing the effectiveness of a stat is eliminating a choice and associated consequence.

  • Arkaile.5604Arkaile.5604 Member ✭✭✭

    @juno.1840 said:

    @Blood Red Arachnid.2493 said:
    (1): As I mentioned long ago, I hate how the defensive abilities of the ele are tied to heals. The extra healing from Marshal's blows the extra 5k health from marauder out of the water. Aside from particular sets, this means that the ele is ultimately divided against itself. It needs to sacrifice raw stats for defenses, which is the worst kind of tradeoff because it costs money. What I would like to see is the base healing increased while the scale healing is decreased. That way, peak performance doesn't change, but water attunement isn't so useless for non marshal/celestial builds.

    I'm confused on this because it sounds like balance having to trade healing vs. damage. I would think all professions should have this trade. Otherwise everyone just runs around in zerker with no risk.

    Healing will always out-last health, especially in WvW where you can get one-hit for 5k health easily. Damage mitigation is another form of healing and will also out-last pure health increases. This is why some professions seem really tanky without a ton of healing -- they have frequent blocks, evades, blinds, and boons.

    So taking Marauder stats isn't going to do much at all in WvW for "staying alive". Especially if you have no other mitigation.

    Also I'd hate to see scaled healing decreased because it diminishes the value of having the Healing Power stat. Choices need consequences, and reducing the effectiveness of a stat is eliminating a choice and associated consequence.

    The fact ele has to make sacrifices in its stats is indeed good design, and how every single profession should function. I recall bringing that up a while ago and people weren't all that happy with me. It's just a bit funny seeing how this has remained the case with ele, yet I can say that just about every other class has traits or some nonsense skills which allow them to excel in multiple areas without crippling themselves.

    Boy, I sure hope ANet puts out a huge balance update which nerfs the other classes so that they have to make significant sacrifices, like ele, instead of one day getting frustrated and putting out a much smaller update which makes ele into another monster class that does everything.

    SHINIES!

  • Blood Red Arachnid.2493Blood Red Arachnid.2493 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 24, 2019

    @juno.1840 said:

    @Blood Red Arachnid.2493 said:
    (1): As I mentioned long ago, I hate how the defensive abilities of the ele are tied to heals. The extra healing from Marshal's blows the extra 5k health from marauder out of the water. Aside from particular sets, this means that the ele is ultimately divided against itself. It needs to sacrifice raw stats for defenses, which is the worst kind of tradeoff because it costs money. What I would like to see is the base healing increased while the scale healing is decreased. That way, peak performance doesn't change, but water attunement isn't so useless for non marshal/celestial builds.

    I'm confused on this because it sounds like balance having to trade healing vs. damage. I would think all professions should have this trade. Otherwise everyone just runs around in zerker with no risk.

    Healing will always out-last health, especially in WvW where you can get one-hit for 5k health easily. Damage mitigation is another form of healing and will also out-last pure health increases. This is why some professions seem really tanky without a ton of healing -- they have frequent blocks, evades, blinds, and boons.

    So taking Marauder stats isn't going to do much at all in WvW for "staying alive". Especially if you have no other mitigation.

    Also I'd hate to see scaled healing decreased because it diminishes the value of having the Healing Power stat. Choices need consequences, and reducing the effectiveness of a stat is eliminating a choice and associated consequence.

    Its a problem because it means that ele is incompetent by design. No other profession has defenses that don't work unless you spec into them, and the solution to this isn't to bring down every other profession in the game.

    There's only two options to fix this. You can raise the damage in water attunement, which wouldn't fix the lack of defenses issue but would make water attunement less useless. Or, you can change the base and scaling so you heal somewhat effectively with zero investment.

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  • juno.1840juno.1840 Member ✭✭✭

    Water attunement is not worthless at all. I think your suggestions would ruin the class.

  • Arkaile.5604Arkaile.5604 Member ✭✭✭

    @Blood Red Arachnid.2493 said:
    Its a problem because it means that ele is incompetent by design. No other profession has defenses that don't work unless you spec into them, and the solution to this isn't to bring down every other profession in the game.

    There's only two options to fix this. You can raise the damage in water attunement, which wouldn't fix the lack of defenses issue but would make water attunement less useless. Or, you can change the base and scaling so you heal somewhat effectively with zero investment.

    And this is exactly what I was getting at with ANet potentially getting frustrated one day and just making ele into a monster class that does everything. As unrealistic as it is, ANet has to put out a huge balance pass which forces all the other classes to make stat, trait, weapon, and utility sacrifices just as ele does because that is good design and, if done right, would encourage people to toy around with builds depending on what is more effective for the given scenario instead of flocking to the same one or two cookie cutter builds each class has at the moment. And no, I do not count "hey, I switched out one utility or trait" as an entirely different build.

    Let's look at option one, simply raising the damage of water attunement. ANet has already done this, ineffectually, by changing some traits around. Moreover, as long as cast and aftercast times exist, damage buffs to water skills mean nothing unless the damage of water attunement begins to rival that of fire or air and at that point it just becomes fire/air + healing with a little less condi damage (who builds for that as an ele anyway?) and less access to cc, respectively. It could work, but it takes away some of the water line's identity by homogenizing it with other attunements. Earth attunement says hello, btw.

    Then there's option two, raising base healing and scaling. This is likely the better option, but only if it's done right. If the base values are too high, eles no longer have any reason to use the healing stat because it would be a waste if their base healing is already enough. If this is the end goal of the general game design, why even have healing power as a stat? Increasing scaling too much means any ele who builds for healing essentially makes itself and any allies it's supporting borderline immortal outside of the enemy executing organized bursts against individual targets at key moments. That is why the healing from water attunement keeps getting nerfed: some very vocal people find its mediocre healing output to be too much and cry and scream in pixels until something is done about it.

    Ultimately, the thing I'd like people to take away from my stupid, drunken rambling at midnight is that the issues we're dealing with here are not just related to ele. The issues are tied to poor and sometimes knee-jerk balancing that has gone on for years, to power creep that has been unevenly distributed among the different class' capabilities, and the balance team's incapability in effectively addressing those long standing issues introduced by power creep. There is no easy, long-term fix to any of this.

    SHINIES!

  • Strider.7849Strider.7849 Member ✭✭✭

    Dagger off hands ride the lightning should be returned to its 20 second cooldown and distance travelled. That one change would help immensely with build variety, we'd also see a return of elementalist roaming builds in WvW. I'd be careful with its damage as it's already able to attack while defending.

  • Change the "Meteor Shower" into "Meteor Descent"

    Description : No more random fire projectiles that rains on a specific area but One and only big meteor that covers the entire area in one big hit (same has dragon tooth we could say) and that leaves a fire combo field after it. Lowers the damage and apply a Knockdown (to fit the RP behind it)
    The end of the cast right when the meteor hits the ground for more stylish plays.

    The CD of 60 sec seems fine to me. and then I'm happy for staff ... for a while.

  • ProtoGunner.4953ProtoGunner.4953 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited August 28, 2019

    @Nath Forge Tempete.1645 said:
    Change the "Meteor Shower" into "Meteor Descent"

    Description : No more random fire projectiles that rains on a specific area but One and only big meteor that covers the entire area in one big hit (same has dragon tooth we could say) and that leaves a fire combo field after it. Lowers the damage and apply a Knockdown (to fit the RP behind it)
    The end of the cast right when the meteor hits the ground for more stylish plays.

    The CD of 60 sec seems fine to me. and then I'm happy for staff ... for a while.

    Actually in GW1 there was an Ele skill called 'Meteor' with the function: One hit, high damage and knockdown, as it was used by the hydras in GW1 and this made it into GW2 too.

    https://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Meteor

  • @ProtoGunner.4953 said:

    @Nath Forge Tempete.1645 said:
    Change the "Meteor Shower" into "Meteor Descent"

    Description : No more random fire projectiles that rains on a specific area but One and only big meteor that covers the entire area in one big hit (same has dragon tooth we could say) and that leaves a fire combo field after it. Lowers the damage and apply a Knockdown (to fit the RP behind it)
    The end of the cast right when the meteor hits the ground for more stylish plays.

    The CD of 60 sec seems fine to me. and then I'm happy for staff ... for a while.

    Actually in GW1 there was an Ele skill called 'Meteor' with the function: One hit, high damage and knockdown, as it was used by the hydras in GW1 and this made it into GW2 too.

    https://wiki.guildwars.com/wiki/Meteor

    yep I remember ! cause exhaust but has a tiny Area of effect (compared to the GW2 one)

  • supreme.3602supreme.3602 Member ✭✭✭

    @Nath Forge Tempete.1645 said:
    Change the "Meteor Shower" into "Meteor Descent"

    Description : No more random fire projectiles that rains on a specific area but One and only big meteor that covers the entire area in one big hit (same has dragon tooth we could say) and that leaves a fire combo field after it. Lowers the damage and apply a Knockdown (to fit the RP behind it)
    The end of the cast right when the meteor hits the ground for more stylish plays.

    The CD of 60 sec seems fine to me. and then I'm happy for staff ... for a while.

    60 seconds lol stop dreaming thanks

    For that amount of time, I expect the skill to have a 500% damage increase

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  • Auburner.6945Auburner.6945 Member ✭✭✭

    I don't think 60s is justified for one big meteor with less damage and knockdown. The thing is; in WvW the amount Stability spam, stun breaks and AoE stun break is insane that one hard CC is nothing, it can be multipe big meteors, this way the damage is no more as random and the CC of 4-5 pulses would be great. Still 60s is a lot as a FB F1 third skill has a 6ish seconds cd with lovely CC, so I expect the same cooldown as of now's MS with the same or slightly less damage depending on how it will be implemented.

  • juno.1840juno.1840 Member ✭✭✭

    @Strider.7849 said:
    Dagger off hands ride the lightning should be returned to its 20 second cooldown and distance travelled. That one change would help immensely with build variety, we'd also see a return of elementalist roaming builds in WvW. I'd be careful with its damage as it's already able to attack while defending.

    I see Sw/D weavers roaming all the time in WvW.

  • Auburner.6945Auburner.6945 Member ✭✭✭

    This thread is probably the biggest "Jebaited" in the history. Literally over a year and not even a response. That's lovely!

    Ayy!! and guess what? The class is not as fun anymore the more I play.

    WvW barely struggles to get a blob now, everyone is hiding or running away, even commanders rq which is lovely for a staff weaver to play in a 10v10 scale... a joke!! Let's just slam doors 24/7, even PvE OW would put a better challenge than zerg-festing a lord 5am in the morning then sleep during prime.

    Tempest?!! Oh that's at the bottom of what a commander needs, it's a Weaver's best friend at that bottom... wait a sec, they both have the same roots OMEGALUL

    Sword Weaver; the same gameplay for 2 years, not even a single change. Even theory-crafting is nothing but more damage or more sustain. Not like a new playstyle, not at all, not... one... bit.

    Class? Squishy
    Problems? Everywhere
    Thread? Joke
    ... you know the forth.

    What's the point of profession sub-forums? Like I no longer want any implementation of suggested ideas nor a discussion, I only want an answer to if they actually turn to these threads that were made as an initiative to a better gameplay and better patches.

  • steki.1478steki.1478 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Auburner.6945 said:
    This thread is probably the biggest "Jebaited" in the history. Literally over a year and not even a response. That's lovely!

    Ayy!! and guess what? The class is not as fun anymore the more I play.

    WvW barely struggles to get a blob now, everyone is hiding or running away, even commanders rq which is lovely for a staff weaver to play in a 10v10 scale... a joke!! Let's just slam doors 24/7, even PvE OW would put a better challenge than zerg-festing a lord 5am in the morning then sleep during prime.

    Tempest?!! Oh that's at the bottom of what a commander needs, it's a Weaver's best friend at that bottom... wait a sec, they both have the same roots OMEGALUL

    Sword Weaver; the same gameplay for 2 years, not even a single change. Even theory-crafting is nothing but more damage or more sustain. Not like a new playstyle, not at all, not... one... bit.

    Class? Squishy
    Problems? Everywhere
    Thread? Joke
    ... you know the forth.

    What's the point of profession sub-forums? Like I no longer want any implementation of suggested ideas nor a discussion, I only want an answer to if they actually turn to these threads that were made as an initiative to a better gameplay and better patches.

    To be honest they did address a lot of ele's issues in the latest balance patch. It remains to be a very balanced class and they are still adding tradeoffs to elite specs that dont have any.

    Sure it could use some more tuning and buffing underpowered stuff like earth spec and daggers, but every class has useless weapons, traits and skills.

    Considering that there arent many people that are good on ele says that it's l2p issues, not a class issue. It's good to have something more skill based rather than a brainless OP class.

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  • SLOTH.5231SLOTH.5231 Member ✭✭✭

    Two years later still posting and no changes 😂

  • @SLOTH.5231 said:
    Two years later still posting and no changes 😂

    There were changes, and Ele is fine if you understand how to play and spec.

  • Megametzler.5729Megametzler.5729 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @CombatEvolve.9238 said:

    @SLOTH.5231 said:
    Two years later still posting and no changes 😂

    There were changes, and Ele is fine if you understand how to play and spec.

    PVP perspective here:

    The only significant change was the cleansing in fire. Which is good, but Tempest is still much worse than firebrand. Core builds are still nowhere close to being viable. FA ele is still a one-trick pony. Sword weavers can still only work sides.

    Don't get me wrong, I still like ele. It is just, it is still worse than many other classes. There are better team fighters, there are better +1s, there are also better side noders (depending a little on the composition). There are better hybrids too. Ele is still more or less viable, but the meta builds - basically the same since PoF dropped - are still dominant.

    And they hardly worked on the issues that were presented here. Or even started an actual discussion.

  • Jski.6180Jski.6180 Member ✭✭✭✭

    So is transmutation going to get more effects then just fire line its a massive cost for an effect but out as much pay off. In a lot of ways it now gets in the way. Anet could at least add in more traits that work with transmutation.

    See ELE forms and you will get my views.

  • PvE tempest heal

    I wish Superior Rune of Radiance upgraded their 6-bonus from 33% to 50% (not a massive improve but 5 seconds something is just awkward) and also the vitality bonus was replaced with a healing bonus or have somewhere in the water line a conversion from vit to healing power or something, considering that usually we do use some Magi stuff (and there's no enhancement that does that conversion). I just wish we could break away from monk runes being the defacto healing runes on tempest heal or any other healer really.

    Wild idea: Make "Eye of The Storm!" give quickness (10sec), and Speedy Conduit give 4sec on overloads, in addition to the existing swiftness. In raid you would trait Tempestuous Aria to get the shout to 10 people covering quickness (like an alac renegade would do with the Righteous Rebel trait).

  • MyPuppy.8970MyPuppy.8970 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Ele rework inc Soon™

  • @MyPuppy.8970 said:
    Ele rework inc Soon™

    Identify "soon"

  • Stallic.2397Stallic.2397 Member ✭✭✭

    @MyPuppy.8970 said:
    Ele rework inc Soon™

    Was there an announcement? Some insider rumor? Is the patch notes actually hiding the fact that ele is about to get a big change?

  • @MyPuppy.8970 said:
    Ele rework inc Soon™

    A "man" can dream

  • supreme.3602supreme.3602 Member ✭✭✭

    Let's hope for a nice balance patch guys(!)

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  • MyPuppy.8970MyPuppy.8970 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @Stallic.2397 said:

    @MyPuppy.8970 said:
    Ele rework inc Soon™

    Was there an announcement? Some insider rumor? Is the patch notes actually hiding the fact that ele is about to get a big change?

    THIS!

    Also, pure speculation disillusioned hope.

  • Ele is not at all rewarding for a playstyle that requires a hell of a lot of effort. The damage is meh outside incredibly contrived situations, the HP is laughable, the armor is nonexistent and there seems to be no change in sight.

  • primatos.5413primatos.5413 Member ✭✭✭

    Anet will let this game just slowly bleed out .. grab some money as long as they can, then maybe start over something new ... trying archeage unchained and still hoping camelot unchained or crowfall will do better then gw2 ^^

  • I do so love my elementalists, but my biggest problem is that I am exhausted from smashing a thousand buttons in very precise patterns in an ever shifting fast paced environment; Meanwhile at the same time, having to an entirely different order of button mashing only to die to someone who roll dodged through it all and was able to do enough damage through any defense we can muster with less effort than it took to actually to prepare the defense. Engineers are a very close second, but they have the ability to escape FAR greater than we do in nearly every build they muster.

    I consider the elementalist as a lost design philosophy. It's escaped and loose and I have been in the acceptance stage of grief for years now. I find the question of balance exhausting. Shaving percents of a second until there's nothing left. As buff dispensers were decent, but so very easily thwarted.

    I'm also kinda exhausted of the fact that other professions get some really nifty and new takes on their roles, and we get Tempest (a line that pretty much gives a little extra edge as an auramancer) and then we get Weaver, which to me just seemed like someone dared to ask the question: "But, what would happen if a Tempest moved to the front line instead of the mid line?"

    Or we can sit on our staffs and be absolutely bored.

  • It really makes no sense that Mesmers and Necromancer has such high health pools while eles are so low while the mesmers and necromancers have such good sustain. mesmer also has stealth and clones while necros have shroud. Maybe a long time ago when elementalist could actually sustain themselves with healing and regen but now that those mechanics have been nerfed to oblivion goodluck surviving. I'm probably going to just swap classes, most likely necro for it's sustain and ability to rip boons and transfer conditions. why fight the meta, ill go with whats number 1 . Elementalist used to be fun :/. wish they'd give ele some sustain or do away with the health differentials. Its been a couple years since i was a hardcore gw2 player, coming back, ele feels like a glass butter knife compared to the other classes. The game has also become a stun and condi dump. which sucks because the 2 ele abilities that would have helped them against this situation got nerfed.

  • ollbirtan.2915ollbirtan.2915 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I won't comment on core as I don't play it, but both weaver and tempest definitely do not lack sustain. You've got access to tons of barrier, auras, evades, stunbreaks, hard and soft CC, condi application, cleanses.... so if you are struggling to survive, maybe you should tweak your build. Yes, all of the above was toned down in the big patch, but so the nerfs were across all classes, so it's fair. The only thing that I would personally like to have - is a more access to stabilit, which after the patch is very limited, "Rework" of focus 5 was also terrible but still we can live with it.
    Also, necros have high HP because they have almost nothing of the above - stunbreaks are very little and stab access is even lower. Mesmers don't have massive HP - they are in the middle range, and actually now that mirage has 1 dodge, and chrono is unplayable anywhere outside of raids, I wouldn't call the class OP.

  • Jski.6180Jski.6180 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @ollbirtan.2915 said:
    I won't comment on core as I don't play it, but both weaver and tempest definitely do not lack sustain. You've got access to tons of barrier, auras, evades, stunbreaks, hard and soft CC, condi application, cleanses.... so if you are struggling to survive, maybe you should tweak your build. Yes, all of the above was toned down in the big patch, but so the nerfs were across all classes, so it's fair. The only thing that I would personally like to have - is a more access to stabilit, which after the patch is very limited, "Rework" of focus 5 was also terrible but still we can live with it.
    Also, necros have high HP because they have almost nothing of the above - stunbreaks are very little and stab access is even lower. Mesmers don't have massive HP - they are in the middle range, and actually now that mirage has 1 dodge, and chrono is unplayable anywhere outside of raids, I wouldn't call the class OP.

    Few things only weaver has good barrier and evasion tempest at best has good side support for it self best not to lump them together or you lose out on a lot of missing effects. Ele core got hit hard in the nerf it gets hard in every update to feed the elite spec. there a good reason why you never played the core ele class.

    Necros have better stab then ele (if you lump the elite spec and core all into one lol) Mesmer has stealth that alone is a massive buff to its staying power if your going that type of build (agen if you lump the elite spec together).

    My point core ele is super neglected and keeps getting nerfed to make its elite spec. balanced. Most ppl who talk about these things lump the classes together to fill there logic and its just not a good way of looking at the game.

    See ELE forms and you will get my views.

  • ollbirtan.2915ollbirtan.2915 Member ✭✭✭✭

    You missing my point entirely. I already said that I only speak about Tempest and Weaver - the only 2 eSpecs I play. I do not play core, so I can't comment on that. Also, guardian is probably one of the few truly 'viable' core professions, so it's not like ele is unique in being subpar without an eSpec.

  • ScottBroChill.3254ScottBroChill.3254 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 2, 2020

    ele can build for survivability for sure and do just fine not dying, but the problem is that ele has to invest fully in dps to do any damage. Their combat and access to special abilities is abysmal compared to other classes. They don't bring unique buffs like spotter or assassins presence, their personal might generation is mainly through blasting fire fields, their condition damage relies soley on fire which is only in 1/4 of their skills. To top it off their best weapon sets are all close range which puts ele in a tough position since they don't have a lot of access to protection or stability unless they take the worst traitline, earth. Sword and weaver is a good example of how they had to make the weapon full of evades because ele just can't hang in melee, yet both weaver and tempest are melee or close to melee specializations. They keep trying to shoehorn ele into being this pbaoe machine, but its the most paper thin class and doesn't have the spike damage of an assassin nor the in-and-out capabilities of the thief.

    But seriously, why are all elite specs and half of the weapon choices for ele close range.

  • Mini Crinny.6190Mini Crinny.6190 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @ScottBroChill.3254 said:

    But seriously, why are all elite specs and half of the weapon choices for ele close range.

    Because HoT spec was meant to be Sword but ran out of time so changed to Warhorn because that was the quickest and easiest way to get it done on time, then Sword obviously for PoF (who doesn't want a mage with sword?) Hopefully next elite spec will be a long range weapon.. I'd prefer Longbow as that is the weapon that fits Ele the best imo

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @ScottBroChill.3254 said:
    ele can build for survivability for sure and do just fine not dying, but the problem is that ele has to invest fully in dps to do any damage. Their combat and access to special abilities is abysmal compared to other classes. They don't bring unique buffs like spotter or assassins presence, their personal might generation is mainly through blasting fire fields, their condition damage relies soley on fire which is only in 1/4 of their skills. To top it off their best weapon sets are all close range which puts ele in a tough position since they don't have a lot of access to protection or stability unless they take the worst traitline, earth. Sword and weaver is a good example of how they had to make the weapon full of evades because ele just can't hang in melee, yet both weaver and tempest are melee or close to melee specializations. They keep trying to shoehorn ele into being this pbaoe machine, but its the most paper thin class and doesn't have the spike damage of an assassin nor the in-and-out capabilities of the thief.

    But seriously, why are all elite specs and half of the weapon choices for ele close range.

    Fire weaver is a bit better off because they don't have to commit fully to a single element. This means you can access most of your toolkit without actually fully leaving fire attunement.

  • Jski.6180Jski.6180 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I must say i do like the fire GM updates they are very imaginative i would love to see boon lost effect pushed to the other atument traits. Water you lose reg for a powerful heal or resistance air lose fury for quickness or lost swiftness for super speed for earth lost protection for stab maybe even an arcain one though i have no ideal how it would work.

    See ELE forms and you will get my views.

  • JohnWater.5760JohnWater.5760 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 2, 2020

    Elementalist is the most complicated class that needs a rework and I can prove it.

    And a point that I think it is super strange. The magician uses magic, he has staffs, scepters, orbs and attacks from afar. But in this game, the magicians' strongest weapon is a dagger or sword and you have to attack closely. The same thing for the Rangers, as the name says. But the strongest build is with a melee Greatsword.

    Ok let's start.
    We all know that his damage / might boon is done by Fire, try another element and fail miserably.
    Other Classes: A weapon for Power build or Condi Build.
    Elementalist: Power, Healing, Condi and a miserable CC in every weapon.
    Note: If you want to do a high dps, better be friend of a Druid, Chrono or Firebrand.

    Other Classes: They swap weapons to achieve greater damage or for a different attack strategy, Melee to Ranged.
    Elementalist: They Swap elements to survive a situation, thus giving up damage to heal or defend itself.
    Note: Let's compare it to Revenant, which is similar and at the same time opposite to Elementalist.
    Revenants change legendaries and their utilities skills change, elementalists change elements and their weapon skills change.
    Revenants can swap legendaries and weapons, none of them you will need to abstain from the damage.

    Other Classes: 1 Healing skill, incredible healing/life steal traitline.
    Elementalist: A lot of horrible healing skills, horrible healing traitline.
    Note: To do a decent healing, smash your keyboard with healing skills and better you use the combo fields.

    Engineer: Can't swap weapon because they have Kits and Belt, It's ok because they do their job. You can equip a kit whenever you want.
    Elementalist: Can't swap weapon because they have Attunements and Conjures, Conjures you have a long CD and this was done for standing battles, with you're running in open world your weapon will stay back and I'm so sorry for the long CD. Attunements, again,Real Damage, Healing, Low Damage, Low defense and low Condi.
    Note: Here it became such a mess that it is much better to rework than to try to improve it.

    Traitline

    Other Classes: Divide into Power, Condi, Survival, Healing, Protection...
    Elementalist: Divide into nothing, such a mess.
    Fire has survival, Power damage, Condi Damage, Fire Aura, Critical agains burning, might boon, fire field while downed.
    Water has Healing ofc, Damage on Vulnerability, Aura Share, Cleanse, regen boon, damage to low heath enemies.
    Air has Precision, Power damage, CC damage, Ferocity, Air fresh, fury boon, move faster, glyphs.
    Earth Condi damage, Cleanse, Protection boon, aura improvement,
    Arcane has Power, Survival, Ferocity, Condi damage, improve crit hits, all boons from above. Auras
    Tempest has auras, damage and boons.
    Weaver has Vitality, condi, power, vigor, miserable barrier and swiftness, a lot of swiftness.
    Not even Revenant and Engineer has this messy traitlines.
    Engineers doesn't have a traitline for each Kit.
    Revenants doesn't have a traitline for each legendary.

  • MarzAttakz.9608MarzAttakz.9608 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 3, 2020

    @JohnWater.5760 said:
    Elementalist is the most complicated class that needs a rework and I can prove it.

    And a point that I think it is super strange. The magician uses magic, he has staffs, scepters, orbs and attacks from afar. But in this game, the magicians' strongest weapon is a dagger or sword and you have to attack closely. The same thing for the Rangers, as the name says. But the strongest build is with a melee Greatsword.

    Ok let's start.
    We all know that his damage / might boon is done by Fire, try another element and fail miserably.
    Other Classes: A weapon for Power build or Condi Build.
    Elementalist: Power, Healing, Condi and a miserable CC in every weapon.
    Note: If you want to do a high dps, better be friend of a Druid, Chrono or Firebrand.

    Other Classes: They swap weapons to achieve greater damage or for a different attack strategy, Melee to Ranged.
    Elementalist: They Swap elements to survive a situation, thus giving up damage to heal or defend itself.
    Note: Let's compare it to Revenant, which is similar and at the same time opposite to Elementalist.
    Revenants change legendaries and their utilities skills change, elementalists change elements and their weapon skills change.
    Revenants can swap legendaries and weapons, none of them you will need to abstain from the damage.

    Other Classes: 1 Healing skill, incredible healing/life steal traitline.
    Elementalist: A lot of horrible healing skills, horrible healing traitline.
    Note: To do a decent healing, smash your keyboard with healing skills and better you use the combo fields.

    Engineer: Can't swap weapon because they have Kits and Belt, It's ok because they do their job. You can equip a kit whenever you want.
    Elementalist: Can't swap weapon because they have Attunements and Conjures, Conjures you have a long CD and this was done for standing battles, with you're running in open world your weapon will stay back and I'm so sorry for the long CD. Attunements, again,Real Damage, Healing, Low Damage, Low defense and low Condi.
    Note: Here it became such a mess that it is much better to rework than to try to improve it.

    Traitline

    Other Classes: Divide into Power, Condi, Survival, Healing, Protection...
    Elementalist: Divide into nothing, such a mess.
    Fire has survival, Power damage, Condi Damage, Fire Aura, Critical agains burning, might boon, fire field while downed.
    Water has Healing ofc, Damage on Vulnerability, Aura Share, Cleanse, regen boon, damage to low heath enemies.
    Air has Precision, Power damage, CC damage, Ferocity, Air fresh, fury boon, move faster, glyphs.
    Earth Condi damage, Cleanse, Protection boon, aura improvement,
    Arcane has Power, Survival, Ferocity, Condi damage, improve crit hits, all boons from above. Auras
    Tempest has auras, damage and boons.
    Weaver has Vitality, condi, power, vigor, miserable barrier and swiftness, a lot of swiftness.
    Not even Revenant and Engineer has this messy traitlines.
    Engineers doesn't have a traitline for each Kit.
    Revenants doesn't have a traitline for each legendary.

    Originally (Beta and the first few months after release), what you're mentioning very accurately, describes the price we paid for flexibility. Add to that the cost of lowest health and lowest armor and it seemed fair at the time. Fast forward a good number of years and literally everything we did well, were even the best at, has been given to other classes for almost free, yet nothing has been adjusted or given back proportionally in my opinion.

    At this point I can only think of three possible things, which to be honest I'm not going to spend too much effort fleshing out since nothing in the old, or these newer forums ever made a difference.

    1) Give us in combat weapon swap, everything we have comes pre-nerfed already. Or allow conjures to become the weapon swap, based on charges/ammo
    2) Remove Arcane trait line and merge into core class mechanics
    3) Rework every professions base stats from a finite pool: high armor = low something, high hp = low something, opposite applies too.

    You know, it isn't healthy to be so upset by changes, I can't help it though. Ele has been my most loved class in any game I've played. They caused me to quit, they caused me to come back, it really has become a toxic relationship sadly.

    Deso since 2012. Elementalist for life.
    [EXG][TAG]

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @JohnWater.5760 said:
    Elementalist is the most complicated class that needs a rework and I can prove it.

    Other Classes: 1 Healing skill, incredible healing/life steal traitline.
    Elementalist: A lot of horrible healing skills, horrible healing traitline.
    Note: To do a decent healing, smash your keyboard with healing skills and better you use the combo fields.

    LoL

    Ele heals:

    Other classes:

    Can you find your 6 key?

  • JohnWater.5760JohnWater.5760 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 3, 2020

    @AliamRationem.5172 said:

    @JohnWater.5760 said:
    Elementalist is the most complicated class that needs a rework and I can prove it.

    Other Classes: 1 Healing skill, incredible healing/life steal traitline.
    Elementalist: A lot of horrible healing skills, horrible healing traitline.
    Note: To do a decent healing, smash your keyboard with healing skills and better you use the combo fields.

    LoL

    Ele heals:

    Other classes:

    Can you find your 6 key?

    As I said, a lot of skills and using combo field. Thanks to prove what I said.
    Revenant can do that with 1 or 2 skills, Daredevil same, Guardian same, Engineer same.
    And yes, I can. It's right on the Q key.

  • JohnWater.5760JohnWater.5760 Member ✭✭✭
    edited July 3, 2020

    @MarzAttakz.9608 said:

    @JohnWater.5760 said:
    Elementalist is the most complicated class that needs a rework and I can prove it.

    And a point that I think it is super strange. The magician uses magic, he has staffs, scepters, orbs and attacks from afar. But in this game, the magicians' strongest weapon is a dagger or sword and you have to attack closely. The same thing for the Rangers, as the name says. But the strongest build is with a melee Greatsword.

    Ok let's start.
    We all know that his damage / might boon is done by Fire, try another element and fail miserably.
    Other Classes: A weapon for Power build or Condi Build.
    Elementalist: Power, Healing, Condi and a miserable CC in every weapon.
    Note: If you want to do a high dps, better be friend of a Druid, Chrono or Firebrand.

    Other Classes: They swap weapons to achieve greater damage or for a different attack strategy, Melee to Ranged.
    Elementalist: They Swap elements to survive a situation, thus giving up damage to heal or defend itself.
    Note: Let's compare it to Revenant, which is similar and at the same time opposite to Elementalist.
    Revenants change legendaries and their utilities skills change, elementalists change elements and their weapon skills change.
    Revenants can swap legendaries and weapons, none of them you will need to abstain from the damage.

    Other Classes: 1 Healing skill, incredible healing/life steal traitline.
    Elementalist: A lot of horrible healing skills, horrible healing traitline.
    Note: To do a decent healing, smash your keyboard with healing skills and better you use the combo fields.

    Engineer: Can't swap weapon because they have Kits and Belt, It's ok because they do their job. You can equip a kit whenever you want.
    Elementalist: Can't swap weapon because they have Attunements and Conjures, Conjures you have a long CD and this was done for standing battles, with you're running in open world your weapon will stay back and I'm so sorry for the long CD. Attunements, again,Real Damage, Healing, Low Damage, Low defense and low Condi.
    Note: Here it became such a mess that it is much better to rework than to try to improve it.

    Traitline

    Other Classes: Divide into Power, Condi, Survival, Healing, Protection...
    Elementalist: Divide into nothing, such a mess.
    Fire has survival, Power damage, Condi Damage, Fire Aura, Critical agains burning, might boon, fire field while downed.
    Water has Healing ofc, Damage on Vulnerability, Aura Share, Cleanse, regen boon, damage to low heath enemies.
    Air has Precision, Power damage, CC damage, Ferocity, Air fresh, fury boon, move faster, glyphs.
    Earth Condi damage, Cleanse, Protection boon, aura improvement,
    Arcane has Power, Survival, Ferocity, Condi damage, improve crit hits, all boons from above. Auras
    Tempest has auras, damage and boons.
    Weaver has Vitality, condi, power, vigor, miserable barrier and swiftness, a lot of swiftness.
    Not even Revenant and Engineer has this messy traitlines.
    Engineers doesn't have a traitline for each Kit.
    Revenants doesn't have a traitline for each legendary.

    Originally (Beta and the first few months after release), what you're mentioning very accurately, describes the price we paid for flexibility. Add to that the cost of lowest health and lowest armor and it seemed fair at the time. Fast forward a good number of years and literally everything we did well, were even the best at, has been given to other classes for almost free, yet nothing has been adjusted or given back proportionally in my opinion.

    At this point I can only think of three possible things, which to be honest I'm not going to spend too much effort fleshing out since nothing in the old, or these newer forums ever made a difference.
    1) Give us in combat weapon swap, everything we have comes pre-nerfed already. Or allow conjures to become the weapon swap, based on charges/ammo
    2) Remove Arcane trait line and merge into core class mechanics
    3) Rework every professions base stats from a finite pool: high armor = low something, high hp = low something, opposite applies too.

    >
    Good point, 1 and 2 it's definitely my favorite.

    You know, it isn't healthy to be so upset by changes, I can't help it though. Ele has been my most loved class in any game I've played. They caused me to quit, they caused me to come back, it really has become a toxic relationship sadly.

    I think this is the same for me. I really like Elementalist but sometimes it make me quit and play with Dragonhunter

  • AliamRationem.5172AliamRationem.5172 Member ✭✭✭✭

    @JohnWater.5760 said:

    @AliamRationem.5172 said:

    @JohnWater.5760 said:
    Elementalist is the most complicated class that needs a rework and I can prove it.

    Other Classes: 1 Healing skill, incredible healing/life steal traitline.
    Elementalist: A lot of horrible healing skills, horrible healing traitline.
    Note: To do a decent healing, smash your keyboard with healing skills and better you use the combo fields.

    LoL

    Ele heals:

    Other classes:

    Can you find your 6 key?

    As I said, a lot of skills and using combo field. Thanks to prove what I said.
    Revenant can do that with 1 or 2 skills, Daredevil same, Guardian same, Engineer same.
    And yes, I can. It's right on the Q key.

    Yeah, I know. I was agreeing with you and illustrating the point!

    I love the complexity of ele, but you're right. You have to work a lot harder to make that magic happen for some of the things we do! And there are other issues besides. I love it anyway, but it would be nice if they would err on the side of leaving this class in better-than-average shape since so few players seem capable with it (or willing to put up with it!) as it is. Feeling like you have to pull off a sleight of hand while others can accomplish something similar at the push of a button does tend to feel a little unrewarding!

  • MyPuppy.8970MyPuppy.8970 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Upon seeing upcoming changes i was about to exhume this thread, but i see someone was ahead of me. Anyway, playing mostly Core in sPvP, I'm a little sad yet not surprised to see one of our last ways to generate fury gone. I've stopped playing for a few months now and I'm not really excited about coming back. Everything has been said by now yet nothing has really changed, except things no one asked.