LucianTheAngelic.7054 Posted May 29, 2018 Share Posted May 29, 2018 The following will be a few easy to implement suggestions to bring Power Herald, & more specifically Glint, up to par with other low end DPS specs (around 30k-31k on small hitbox), but first I'd like to answer why 30-31k? The answer to that question is that I believe that ALL elite specializations should have a 30k+ DPS spec bare minimum and/or be a SIGNIFICANT support specialization (i.e. Druid). At the moment, Herald has neither of those. From a revenant's perspective it's really sad to see that Chronomancer, the best support specialization in the game, period, has a powerful DPS spec alongside its fantastic support spec. Additionally it also has an alternative DPS spec in Mirage for anyone who doesn't like Chrono. That's HUGE variety and this is the same sort of variety that should, more or less be given to all other existing classes. The easiest way to do this is to have a baseline DPS threshold that each elite specialization should meet. This gives people more options and revenant is in need of more viable options, specifically for Herald. But why give Herald 30k?! I thought it was supposed to be a defensive support spec?" Regardless of what it's been claimed to be I think it's important to look at what it actually is: a boon centric power class that is not good at DPSing and is not great at supporting. In fact its cousin Renegade, an "offensive support spec" is BETTER at meaningful support, healing, and DPS than Glint or Herald, so this "defensive support spec" classification is NOT a viable reason for making an entire elite specialization pretty much useless in organized PvE. Additionally, taking a look at Glint herself, you see a mix of passive support utilities which provide both offensive and defensive boons (which are still underwhelming when compared to almost any other support class, so again, not a reason to give Herald poor dps) mixed with several offensive active abilities. This to me is not a "defensive support." Glint is also lower dps than Jalis, the "Tank" spec which to me is just completely unacceptable considering his utilities are even less offensive based than Glint's. Even from a lore standpoint it makes zero sense as Glint is clearly more powerful than Jalis in GW1, yet in game she doesn't outdps him at all as can be seen in the following table: Legends DPS contribution to power herald (using realistic buffs, swapping legends, and only using autoattack + listed skill):Autoattack: 19kShiro w/ Impossible Odds = 4.5k increase (23.5k)Jalis w/ Vengeful Hammers = 2.5k increase (21.5k)Glint w/ Facet of Elements & no passive facets on = 500dps increase (19.5k)Glint w/ Facet of Elements & 4 passive facets on = 1.2k increase (20.2k)Glint w/ only Burst of Strength + autos = .3k loss (18.7k)Easy fixes to make Glint & Power Herald DPS acceptable (30k) PVE ONLY changes1. Elder's ForceIncreased % damage increase from 2% per boon to 3% per boonReasoning: The boon centric elite specialization should be rewarded for having boons on it. The lack of other damage modifiers in the Herald specialization means adding a flat damage increase here makes the most sense as a damage modifier on a different Herald trait could lead to pvp/wvw issues. Additionally, this would only effect the Herald elite specialization and therefore a "proper" revenant power dps spec (which would likely be stronger anyway) won't be impacted by a buff here. 2. Forceful PersistenceIncrease Herald Upkeep Skill % damage increase from 2% to 5% per upkeepReasoning: Facets are the core mechanic of Glint and Herald yet they don't bring any support to a raid or fractal group that isn't more easily and better supplied by most of the other classes. They also don't bring any significant extra damage for the revenant making them mostly useless in group pve. Glint should be compensated in pve with extra personal damage for having her facets active and supporting her allies. This change would also largely only effect Glint and help her catch up to Jalis. 3. Burst of StrengthIncrease Burst of Strength damage by 75%+Reasoning: Currently Burst of Strength is worse than just autoattacking in group pve. The skill SHOULD be powerful and Glint SHOULD be rewarded for activating her facets, but currently that isn't the case in high end pve. Burst of Strength needs a large damage increase to make it a worthwhile addition to the rotation and to help Glint be as strong or stronger than Jalis. Greater than 75% could be needed. 4. Elemental BlastIncrease Elemental Blast damage by 50%Reasoning: While Elemental Blast currently is a dps increase over just autoattacking it still isn't much of one and needs a large damage increase. Both Burst of Strength and Elemental Blast need Shackling Wave/Deathstrike level numbers to make Glint competitive with Jalis. If these two skills are not given massive PvE damage adjustments Glint will always be worse than the Tank Legend.It should be noted that solo Herald can only do around 10-11k dps power damage, regardless of legend combination, so all of the above changes wouldn't make it overpowered in solo play, especially when condi renegade can easily outpace it with 15k+ dps. TL, DR Herald hasn't been viable or even acceptable for over 1 & 1/2 years in group play. All elite specializations should have bare minimum usefulness as "low dps" characters around 30k or have great support specs (i.e. druid) in an effort to allow for greater class diversity. Power Herald makes sense thematically and Glint should be usable in it's own elite specialization for dps over "the tank" Jalis. Lastly Here are 4 easy number tweaks to put Power Herald near the bottom of Snowcrows DPS pile and make Glint and her facets actually usable in group play. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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