Maybe I am a weirdo, but power damage is boring to fight against for me.
It either hits you and you lose x health or it doesnt and you lose no health.
Conditions are far more intersting. You can dodge their application, cleanse them, or outright heal through them.
Long duration low damage condis add a fear of inevitability, short duration high damage ones add panic.
But both add extra tension that could greatly enhance pve.
Not to mention some classes have fun tools to play with condis. such a malyx rev and the entirety of necromancer.
I cannot fathom why we have so few condition focused fights.