Soilder.3607 Posted February 27, 2021 Share Posted February 27, 2021 Hello. In terms of large groups and zergs, Druid has been underused in comparison to other elite specializations. Most prominently, Firebrand and Scrapper are more preferred supportive specs when compared to the Druid. The reasons for this are varying. The Firebrand offers superior boon output and can grant the highly useful Stability and Protection, while the Druid cannot share Stability with teammates and has limited means of sharing Protection. Though the Druid can offer more raw healing than the Firebrand, the Firebrand's numerous sources of condition cleansing, boon sharing, and respectable healing output nullifies this advantage.The Scrapper cannot unconditionally share boons as frequently as the Firebrand may, but offers some of the highest condition cleansing output in the game that also doubles as a way to convert conditions into boons. On top of this, the Scrapper packs easy access to utilities such as group superspeed and stealth while also being able to sustain powerful and constant healing.The suggestions below are put forth in an attempt to improve the Druid's ability to support groups by improving some of their more selfish traits as well as improving some underperforming skills.Druidic ClarityInstead of clearing all conditions from the Druid, this trait should remove 3 conditions from the Druid and 3 more conditions from up to 5 allies around the Druid, with an AoE radius of 300. This change would shift the power of this skill away from supporting solely the Druid to supporting himself and his teammates, thereby making the Druid more vulnerable to conditions yet enhancing his ability to cleanse his allies.Seed of LifeThe radius of this skill should be increased to 240. Correspondingly, the blind duration will be reduced to 3 seconds. This radius increase is significant enough to make Seed of Life a much more reliable tool for cleansing allies, as the prior radius of 180 is limited. It is now much more likely to affect its total potential of 5 targets.Lingering LightWhen entering Celestial Avatar mode, instead of your next attack blinding your foe and healing yourself, up to 5 enemies near you are immediately blinded for 4 seconds at a radius of 300. The 50% increase in healing to allies would remain the same. This trait has a design flaw in that entering Celestial Avatar mode removes much of your ability to attack enemies by replacing your skill bar with Celestial Avatar skills. The Lingering Light effect as it is now only lasts for 5 seconds, during which time it is likely that the Druid will spend most of his time healing and not attacking foes, wasting some potential of the trait.Celestial ShadowThis trait will no longer grant stealth. Instead, superspeed will be granted to the Druid and his allies when he both enters and leaves Celestial Avatar form. This change will allow the druid to more frequently grant superspeed to his allies. Though the loss of stealth may be impactful on roamers, in large fights it is less of a consequence where the ability to grant superspeed is more beneficial.Cosmic RayInstead of being a ground targeted skill, this skill will now always land directly on the Druid. Its radius will be increased from 120 to 240, and consequently it should see a healing reduction of 20%. This change greatly increases the usability of Cosmic Ray as the prior radius is extremely difficult to heal allies with. The PBAoE nature was chosen to make it consistent with other healing "auto-attacks" such as Med Blaster and Desert Bloom.Astral WispThis skill will be redesigned. The new version will retain the same range, cooldown, and casting time with an improved radius of 240. Instead of summoning an astral wisp to circle your foe and heal allies periodically, the skill will now immediately cause an astral explosion on your target that heals allies with a healing power scaling of 550(0.5) and a target cap of 5. Enemies in the blast range will be blinded for 3 seconds but take no damage.I do not anticipate Druid replacing the current staples of Firebrand and Scrapper; these suggestions are merely an attempt to push the specialization in the right direction. Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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