Updated meta: April 2021
Here's what it would take to create near perfect build diversity across Core Engineer, Scrapper, and Holosmith in PvP primarily, but also keeping other game modes in mind.
Disclaimer, these are the changes I think are necessary to individually bring each choice to life - multiple changes together may not be balanced and aren't necessarily intended to work together.
This thread is a no power creep zone, that specifically means not raising the current meta PvP builds past their current limit.
General Changes: Friendly Projectile changes: Thrown Elixirs, Med Kits, these are now ALL unblockable.
1.) Pistol #1: Fragmentation shot: Is now an explosion. Fragmentation Shot now also applies bleeds on the 120 radius explosion in addition to the projectile. Decreased aftercast so an attack roughly fires every .5s.
2.) Pistol #2: Poison Dart Volley Is now piercing. Reduced cast time from 1.75s to 1.25s.
3.) Rifle #3: Added ammunition, maximum 2 ammo, 2s ICD between ammo use.
4.) Rifle #4: Instead of self knockback, Engineer will execute 300 distance retreat.
1.) Toolkit #1: Damage combo increased 15%. Thwack reduced from 1s to .75s.
1.) Toolkit #2. Box of Nails increased Radius from 240 to 300. Cripple increases from 2s to 3s per pulse. Cast time reduced from 3/4s to 1/2s
2.) Toolkit #3: Pry Bar Damage increased by 15%.
3.) Elixir Gun #2: Increased number of bounces by 1.
4.) Elixir Gun #3: Poison duration increased from 2 to 4 seconds. No longer tracks targets, rather fires in a frontal cone.
5.) Flamethrower #1: Reduced amount of strikes over the cast from 10 to 3. Each strike causes burning, like how the 10th hit previously did. Increased burning from 4s to 5s.
6.) Flamethrower #4: Napalm, increased burning from 3s to 5s.
7.) Flamethrower toolbelt: Incendiary Ammo cooldown decreased from 50s to 30s to be more in line with push toward slow, ramping damage changes.
8.) Flamethrower #5: Smoke vent, this skill has two ammunition. (2s ICD between charges.)
9.) Med Kit #2: Bandage blast, projectiles now track to allies in the area of effect.
10.) Bomb Kit #2: Fire Bomb's first pulse applies 2 burning instead of one in PvP and WvW
11.) Bomb Kit #5: All Glue Bomb pulses will immobilize enemies, not just the initial pulse - however, each target may only be affected by the immobilize once. Cripple condition changed into slow.
12.) Bomb Kit Toolbelt: Big Ol' Bomb now unblockable, suggestion by Zex Anthon.8673.
13.) Mortar Toolbelt: **This skill has been re-worked, Orbital Strike: Empower your next Mortar Shot to leave behind a lesser Timed Charge at it's location. 8s CD. (half damage & half burn **
Turret Related Changes:
1.) General Turret changes:
2.) Experimental Turrets: Rocket Turret's Retaliation increased from 3 to 5 seconds. Healing Turret Vigor increased from 3 to 5 seconds. Flame Turret's might stacks increased from 3 to 5 stacks. In addition to its current effects, if a turret reaches the end of its 10s lifespan, the turret performs a second overcharged attack as a parting gift. Reflective shields activate simultaneously with the turret being placed, but are reduced from 3s to 2s duration.
1.) Personal Battering Ram: Currently: Launches foe, 130 range. New: Target limit increased to 5, and range of Ram attack extended to 450. No longer tracks targets, rather fires in a frontal cone.
2.) Slick Shoes: Currently: Spray oil, knocking enemies down for 2 seconds, affects once per target. New: Given two ammunition, ammunition recharge, 20 seconds. 2s ICD between using ammunition. (Note: Each use of Slick Shoes still only affects an enemy once.)
3.) Mine Field: Currently: Plant 5 mines around yourself. New: Instead, place a 300 radius field on the ground that lasts for 5 seconds. At every 1 second interval where a foe within the field is moving, a mine explodes on their position. Maximum 2 explosions per second. (Note: The mine's damage, radius, and boon remove effects are the same as the current Mine Field mines.)
4.) Utility Goggles: No longer removes blind. Now, ability cooldown is reduced by 2s for every condition present on the Engineer upon use.
1.) Elixir X: New: Drink Elixir X to become a monstrous alchemical being. (Bar icon mouseover: Test Subject X). Transform looks like a potion/alchemy re-skinned version of: https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/File:Subject_Alpha.jpg . Engineers while transformed into Test Subject X gain 2,000 toughness and vitality, a similar durability compared to Rampage. Stability x2, 3s, boon interval: 3s.
1.) Bandage Self: New: Cast time reduced to .75s to be consistent with other heals.
Core Engineer Traits
1.) Shrapnel: Increased bleeding from one stack to two, but duration reduced from 6s to 4s. (This will create a greater Synergy with Sanguine Array.)
1.) Juggernaut: Currently: Gain might and stability while wielding a flamethrower. New: Effect extended to Bomb Kit. (This is appropriate given bomb kit's similar risky positioning requirement and lack of defense.)
2.) Serrated Steel: Currently: Bleeding duration increased by 15%. New: In addition to its previous effects, inflicting Bleeding on a Target will also inflict torment (2s) (1s ICD).
3.) Incendiary Powder: Has been partially reworked. Now, in addition to increasing burn duration, every strike from Rifle and Pistol skills will burn the target for 1s.
1.) Automated Medical Response: Currently: Heal skills recharged when you're struck below 25% health. New: Instead of current effects, when reviving an ally, grant protection to nearby allies for 4 seconds. 180 radius. 20s ICD. Affects allies in the downed state.
2.) Autodefense Bomb Dispenser: Currently: Drop a smoke bomb when disabled. In addition to its previous effects, all Smoke Bomb effects empowered to grant 3 seconds of stealth to up to 5 allies on the first pulse.
3.) Energy Amplifier: Currently: When you are under the effects of Regeneration, gain +250 healing. New: In addition to its previous effects, your healing to allies is increased by 5/10/15% for each 25/50/75% target's health missing.
4.) Bunker down removed, now Bionic throwing-arm New: Bombs can now be thrown up to 300 distance units away as projectiles. Increased the range of Grenades, mines, and thrown Elixirs by 300.
1.) Backpack Regenerator: Currently: Recover health each second while in an Engineering kit. New: Healing reduced to 80 per second, down from 117. Using a skill in a kit grants a stacking buff for 5 seconds, one stack per unique kit. Regeneration effect stacks up to 3 times.
1.) Takedown Round: Currently: Striking a target above the health threshold places a delayed explosive charge on them. New: Instead of it's previous effects, launching a foe does devastating damage. 250 (1.2coeff) (Overcharged Shot, Big Ol' Bomb, Thumper Turret, Personal Battering Ram, Tornado, Booby Trap, Blast Gyro, Holographic Shockwave, Prime Light Beam.)
1.) Medic Gyro: Reconstruction Field instant to return to consistency with Defense Field.
2.) Shredder Gyro: No longer creates whirl finishers. Now, each strike from shredder gyro removes the protection boon from enemies, and applies 2 vulnerability for 6s
3.) **Spare Capacitor: Dazes over the 4 pulses, daze duration reduced from 2s to .5s.
1.) Damage Dampener - Currently: Delays 20% incoming damage by 2 seconds. New: Instead of its current effects, Scrapper's Gyro effects reduce damage taken by 10% on those affected.
2.) Expert Examination - changed to "on disable" rather than on daze or stun.
Corona Burst: Quickness no longer incorrectly speeds up the "charge up" time after the actual cast.
Heat Therapy: Healing reduced in PvP from 39 to 20.
1.) Coolant Blast - Always grants additional small heal over time. New above high heat threshold effect: Vents 25 heat. No longer chills or applies frost aura.
2.) Flash Spark - Instead of granting light aura when over the heat threshold, grant stability for 3s.
1.) Solar Focusing Lens: Currently: First few attacks after entering Photon Forge or Overheating do 10% more damage and burn. New: In addition to its current effects, prevents the Engineer from suffering from the self damage over time component of overheating. (Note: This trait combined with Photonic Blasting Module will allow you to take no negative effects from Overheating.)
2.) New Suggestion for Crystal Configuration: Storm:
**Crystal Configuration: Storm: - New: Photon Forge skill #1 deals 15% increased damage, is an explosion, and increases range by 60, to 300.
3.) Photonic Blasting Module: New: In addition to its current effects, PBM allows use of Toolbelt skills while overheated - while overheated, all heat % bonuses are energized to the highest tier available.
Immediately vent at 10 heat per second.
Forum Lord Chaith