The downstate mechanic is too casual friendly and completely kills any type of competitive aspect this game could have. Now its even more problematic with power creeped builds from elite specs than before because theres alot more defensive abilities and after downing a player and they get ressed, they get all their cooldowns back and you have to do the same thing all over again. it just promotes careless and unskillful game play when you know you have that second chance.
Speaking of second chance theres no punishment for going in the downstate you can get downed and get ressed again, technically having an infinite amount of chances. Theres also the fact that the downstate has too much health and has interupt abilities making it way too diffuclt to succefully 1vX which makes this game cater to casuals because numbers win over skill. Not to mention some classes are harder to kill in the downstate than when they are alive which is really dumb. A necro for example, has very high health and regen in the downstate and is almost a free kill when not in the downstate. Same with rangers aswell that can interupt you 3 times + have a self heal in the downstate.
Why do you think people go afk so much in games when they are getting dominated? The downstate mechanic is so one sided and so anti carry, once your team loses one fight theres no chance of coming back, even if you as a player that can down 2 people it dosent matter they will just get ressed by the rest of the team. Basically turning the game in a 1v5 if your team is weaker than enemy team theres no hope.
However if downstate didint exist you could literally rush 3 players by yourself and pick 1-2 kills then disengage and make a difference for the team. For those saying the downstate increases build diversity because otherwise everyone would be one shot, you are wrong. Downstate actually limits build diversity, you are forced to play a high dmg AoE cleaver or else you are totally useless , even more so in solo Q. It also forces people to run at least 1 support that can res people if they go down.
Why do you think double herald is a thing? Sure rev is " OP" but honestly if there was no downstate you wouldnt need to run 2 revs anymore, just run anything that can kill people, but instead we need high dmg AoE cleave to be able to finish the downs otherwise theres not enough dmg. So yes that just proves how limiting and casual friendly the downstate mechanic is and its totally killing solo Q and the competitve aspect of the game or anything thats left of it rather since the majority of players quit long time ago.
They should really make a no downstate event in PvP like the did in wvw for 1-3 months and gather information from the playerbase and the top tier players and decide if they want to keep it or not because no other competitive game has this poor mechanic. Team BRs do have a downstate but its so weak compared to gw2, you just need 1 bullet to finsih the downed player and it usually takes a very long time to res someone, almost 10 secs unlike 2-3 secs in gw2, and downed players cannot attack you back but in gw2 they can obvsiously. I understand this game is a casual game but pvp isint supposed to be casual and is already dead anyways, they would not lose anything from removing the downstate now, we cant go lower than what we have now in terms of playerbase so might aswell try no downstate because you have nothing to lose anet.