With the Chrono nerf and everything still up in the air and FB + Rev Combo getting talked about a whole lot more often I was thinking about a change to the Quickfire Trait of Firebrand that would only affect PvE in order to avoid any further buffing of FB in PvP and WvW where FB are already considered strong.
Just so its clear.
This is a PVE ONLY change.
Currently the Grandmaster traits on FB are sorely lacking when it comes to support options.
Stoic Demeanour - Inflict slow on foes you disable or immobilize
Basically does nothing for a support class.
Quickfire - Granting Quickness to an ally also grants Ashes of the Just
While you apply a lot of quickness your condi damage is abysmal so this trait is quite bad in terms of improving damage output
Loremaster - Tome skills gain reduced recharge. Retain Virtues passives while they are on cooldown
As far as I know this is the trait most (if not all) FB builds take as its simple the most useful.
What I'd like to suggest is a change to Quickfire that would make FB more competitive as a support option when it comes to groups that use condition classes.
Quickfire : Granting Quickness to an ally also grants Ashes of the Just
Mantras now hit 10 targets.
Ashes of the Just uses the affected player condition damage.
I feel like this would allow a FB / Rev combo to outperform Chrono / Druid on bosses that heavily favour condition damage as they get extra burning damage from the support Firebrand that is pumping out quickness as well as the Signet of Wrath + Perfect Inscriptions that will boost players condition damage by 216.
Do you feel a change to Quickfire would give Support FB an edge?
Is there any negative affects a change like this would incur?