Hi everyone! Relatively new-ish player here being heavily overwhelmed by the imminent balance update and overall status of the game in general. Having played a few different professions up to 80, I decided to settle on Mesmer as my main and I've been enjoying core Mesmer quite a bit on the road to 80, but now that I'm there and have begun thinking on Elite specs I keep running into a ton of outdated information and possible knee-jerk reactions to the latest balance update which have left me very confused as to the current state of both specs. My focus lies exclusively in PvE, starting with Open World for now but gradually moving into dungeons and, hopefully, fractals and raids before too long. I won't be touching PvP with a 10-foot pole, I'd just like to focus on a profession that would be welcome in any kind of PvE content and a friend is already playing a Soulbeast/Druid.
Basically, I'd appreciate it if anyone could shed some light on the current Mesmer status between its elite specs and, especially, compared to other professions in the game; would it still be a good idea to work towards gearing a support Chrono following the metabattle/snowcrows builds as a baseline or would it be better to go for a power chrono build? And would a condi DPS Axe/torch or Staff Mirage still the best overall go-to build for that spec? I understand that the latest balance update is scheduled to go live sometime today, but I figure knowledgeable players would have more or less an idea as to how these changes will impact the profession as a whole, which is what I'm looking for.
Thanks in advance for any replies!