Xyonon.3987 Posted August 13, 2022 Share Posted August 13, 2022 (edited) Hello everyone! Quote The previous update's Mechanist-only damage reduction to Aim-Assisted Rocket left us with room to add damage to the core trait Big Boomer, bringing up the damage output of Holosmiths and Scrappers. That's not enough to close the gap on its own, so we're also making specialization-specific damage increases to Scrapper and Holosmith on sword, hammer, and Blast Gyro–which, in addition to more damage, will now stun enemies rather than knocking them away. Power Holosmith is a build ANet want to see viable, which is to no surprise. However the presented changes to both core Engineer and Holosmith are insufficient to make Holosmith compete with the alternatives on both different and the same class. The following changes affect Holosmith: Big Boomer: (PvE only) Damage increase changed from 10% to 15%. Refraction Cutter: (PvE only) Damage multiplier increased from 1 to 1.4. Radiant Arc: (PvE only) Damage multiplier increased from 1.5 to 1.8. (this skill is a DPS loss over auto attacking) Throw Mine: (All game modes) The animation aftercast before another skill may be used has been reduced by 0.5 seconds. Damage multiplier increased from 2 to 3. Currently Holosmith is in a very bad spot. Like all the other power classes it suffered a lot from the removal of banners, however the crit chance we recieved to compensate doesn't affect an Engineer in full bereserk gear, as we are well over 100% crit chance. At the moment Holosmith benches around 32k DPS with a burst that is a shadow of what it once was. Power Mechanist at the moment is at 36.5k and will be at 37.5k post patch due to Big Boomer affecting it to 55%. Ironically, base core power Engineer is also 31k, so the Holosmith trait line is not even a real DPS increase at the moment! The buffs mentioned above affect Holosmith approximately by these numbers: Big Boomer: +1250 DPS Refraction Cutter: +500 DPS (sword only) Throw Mine: +750 DPS (probably sword only) That being said we're gonna end up with about 2500 more DPS putting us at 33500 DPS, over 10% behind power Mechanist and over 20% behind the current top power DPS (Bladesworn). Therefore I believe it is necessary to buff Holosmith specific traits such as Laser's Edge and/or rework Solar Focusing Lens (a horrible to work with trait right now) for us to close the gap on this otherwise wonderful class. Thank you for reading, I hope it gets views. - Xyonon Edited August 14, 2022 by Xyonon.3987 10 3 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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