I'm kinda starting to dislike soulbeast because of how OP and easy it is to get good results with (wvw roaming) despite the fact that I've been maining the class for years.
Obviously this isn't only soulbeast, it's the game balance as a whole. Too much sustain, too much dmg. Health as a ranger is hardly relevant as long as you don't get low enough to risk getting downed in a single hit. Always have heals, blocks, evades, dmg immunity, stealth, stunbreakers, stab, condi cleanse or gap openers available.
For a while now I've felt as though I'm good at playing ranger/soulbeast (and druid before pof), and I do still believe i am ( never afraid of fighting other soulbeasts, always assuming I'm going to win a 1v1) but recently I've started to occasionally question whether I'm actually that good or I'm just being carried by my build. It just feels so easy to get really good results. Like it's not supposed to be THAT easy. The only time I ever get in trouble is if there's 3+ people. If not, I can sustain/get away unless they are thief or mesmers.
The low cooldowns on everything is just making it so spammable. This has been an issue for a while obviously.
Used block at the wrong time? Np just swoop into smokefield, lb#4, #2,#3 and now it's ready again. Used heal even tho your hp was 100%, just for boons? Np. Use the same combo I just mentioned and heal will be ready again except you also have a 3s block as well unless you also screwing that up.
See what I mean? You can screw up so much and still have LOTS of options to come back on top. There's hardly any punishment for mistakes. I didn't even mention merge skills that can improve sustain like smoke assault evade, siamoth dmg immunity.
Obviously, fighting a really good holo or warrior will limit your options. But even then, everything is too spammable.
About 2 months ago I dueled a guildmate holo who is currently top 15 on EU leaderboard. Obviously I couldn't win. But the amount of sustain my build has despite not having all too much toughness or healing power is just crazy. Holo is ofc also spammy in the same way but.. the point of this post is that we as ranger mains need to acknowledge our soulbeasts are pretty busted and spammy.
Keep in mind, this is mostly an issue in wvw balance.
TLDR, SOULBEAST LIKE OTHER ELITE SPECS SHOULD BE NERFED ALONG WITH OTHER SPECS.