For those asking for fixes, and those offering solutions for problems that plague this class. I offer a quick reminder. I won't delve into the entire history of this class, as I have done that before. It just seems like people have forgotten some things about this class.
First. The elementalist class isn't even a complete class anymore. Hasn't been since HoT. Core elementalist actually lost functionality with the release of HoT. Lost you say? What sort of witchery do you speak? Oh, I dunno. It seems like Karl waited to work on tempest until the night before it was due, like a college student with a 20 page essay. Originally auras were on SIGNETS. They were stripped from core elementalist and added to shouts. Then resold back as the new tempest spec.
Basically since HoT, core ele has been an incomplete class. Tempest was released with auras on shouts, and fairly decent damage on overloads (which has since been nerfed into the ground, like so many other aspects of this class).
Not sure why anyone is begging for fixes or balance passes for this class anymore. I just started using my engineer (had it to 80, and unlocked all the specs, just never used it - as in...AT ALL). I can do more with 3 skills on my engineer, than I can do with my ele using 10 skills plus utilities. I barely even look at the utilities on my engineer, I don't need them for pve at all. I might even take it into wvw soon, because it looks like it would be hilarious. I mean, with a few thousand hours of practice on my ele, i'm alright. People even want me around in wvw on my ele...I'm just kinda thinking if I take any other class into wvw, I would probably be a monster. Which is sad. Really, REALLY, sad. Maybe just a little bit pathetic (on anet's part).
I shouldn't be able to take classes that I've had less than two hours played on (EVER), and do so much (oh God, so much more) than I can do on a class that i've played literally thousands of hours on. I mean, I dusted of my ranger. I ran through using core, druid, and soulbeast. Its crazy. I mean, really crazy. And NO. I'm not asking for, implying, or even remotely wanting nerfs to either of those classes (because they are so much fun - and this is just in pve). Requesting nerfs just makes everyone angry, and if it happens, it kinda ruins other people's fun. I don't want that. But I do envy what those classes can do using so little though.
Even our class mechanic kinda sucks. Since elements provide next to ZERO actual condition damage related to each element...whats the point? I mean, effectively we have a cooldown on top of cooldowns...and this justifies ele not having weapon swap? We have the lowest health pool. The lowest armor. Cooldowns on top of cooldowns. Pretty much the longest cast and after casts on any major skills (which really hurts staff now that some act of stupid decided that meteor storm can ONLY hit five people and the damage keeps getting reduced).
Honestly, when looking at what is happening at this class, as much as I love it, it just feels (I have a lot of things to fill in this statement, but i'll probably get in trouble - and I do want people to see this and understand why this class is really starting to feel a bit hopeless and lost) like its lost more than just its place in the meta. It feels like whoever is working on this class is lost or doesn't have the resources, or just doesn't have the confidence (in self, or of superiors) to fix, adjust, balance (take your pick) this class.
I apologize for this running on. I didn't expect to pour this much into a post.
Jsk, you used to argue with me about the direction that ele was headed. I have noticed your position has changed quite a lot. I'm actually kinda unhappy that we're seeing a lot closer to eye to eye on this class now.