New-ish player to gw2 (played ele back in 2013 for a few months and just came back as a ranger) and while I understand the mechanics of combo fields and finishers, and have had success setting them up and triggering combos in my solo pve play, I wonder is the effort really worth it as a ranger or even in general?
In looking over this info,
All the really cool stuff seems tied to Blast Finishers, which this level 65 ranger doesn't seem to have any of and the vast majority of finishers I do have as a Ranger are Projectile finishers which generally result in inflicting a 1 or 2 sec condition, which seems inconsequential. Yet this combo mechanic seems like it was intended to be a fairly significant and important part of your combat effectiveness.
So what am I missing?
Can I personally trigger multiple combo finishes off the same combo field? With the same skill? For example, if my pet murellow does its poison breath attack (a 4 sec combo field), can I cast Ricochet multiple times at affected targeta in that 4 sec window and, assuming I'm extremely lucky with procs, get multiple finisher affects to those targets? According to the wiki the combo finisher effect is a 2s poison condition, does that even stack with each other or the original AOE effect? Or at least extend the duration?
The way this mechanic is described makes it sound like at most one finish effect will ever trigger on any field instance. Like if I drop a field effect, and joe random attacking the same npc reacts faster with a finisher, he will get the only finish benefit, it will happen just the 1 time, and I can only hope that it helps me somehow?