It's been 10 months since ele has had any spot in the meta. From having temporary sage builds in the beginning of PoF (to condi ele being nerfed... (while in the same patch condi mes was buffed)) to temporary 1 shot berserk fresh air weavers (that was already very weak compared to guardian and mesmer, but it was nerfed unlike those two anyway, causing it to be non-existent in the meta now, unlike those two) to this trash menders weaver build (whose only claim to fame is the fact that it's a good side noder, when in reality all it does well is bunker when there are other classes that bunker orders of magnitude better, like firebrand and spellbreaker. The most charming aspect of menders weaver is the most mundane aspect of firebrand. Not to mention ele does worse than spellbreaker due to ele being so vulnerable to good +1 classes unlike spellbreaker, and it doing exponentially less damage than spellbreaker in general.). Let's examine why.
Ele has mediocre mobility and damage, making it a horrid +1. The fact of its mediocre damage and terrible multi-target damage (or aoe) makes it a non-existent team fighter. It has no support capability so it cannot fit in a support role, and if you go tempest you are much more vulnerable than a firebrand and you do less heals anyway. It has horrid condi damage so it cannot counter classes with low condition cleanse. It has no ranged potential, so it cannot counter classes who are weak to ranged attacks nor can it make crucial ranged attack plays. It has no stealth. The ONLY way to naturally get quickness (I use naturally to mean using only the class mechanics, no external runes/sigils or condition conversion) is by using Lightning Leap on Conjure Lightning Hammer, so the cleave is terrible (it's also terrible due to weak AoE damage). It has no natural way to gain alacrity, No natural way to gain resistance. No natural way to gain aegis. And no way to gain and maintain large amounts of might like: Warrior, Engineer, Necromancer, Revenant, Ranger. No way to gain and maintain large amount of vulnerability like: Mesmer, Necromancer, Revenant. All in all, it's the jack of one trade, bunkering, and the master of none.
Before any more interesting and 'creative' changes to classes like was most recently done with focus on guardian and sword offhand on revenant, and changes that revitalized certain builds like condition engineer and buffed already strong builds like marksmanship soulbeast, please take a moment to realize that there has been one class who has consistently been under-performing AT LEAST since the launch of PoF, having no meta builds at all (and if you take into account the fact it's the only class who hasn't had a meta role that is focused on damage (like engineer/spellbreaker tier roamer or guardian/mesmer tier +1) since the launch of HoT, that's also a mistake) maybe it's time to give ele REAL buffs. It has been nerfed every major patch, and has been consistently trash tier and complained about for all this time. Maybe it's time to look at the Fire specialization and wonder why it's been so many years since it's seen any play. Maybe it's time to look at the Earth specialization and understand that out of twelve traits that can be chosen, only three are actually any good and 2 of those three can't be used at the same time.
For the love of god, just make elementalist not terrible FOR ONCE. There are sooooooooooo many elementalist mains I know personally (myself included) who absolutely hate playing the class against other players now.