I honestly have no idea why people think the AP drain is good. It really isn't. Disrupt and Block rates are too high to merit spending a whopping 50 AP on something that fails most of the time. You also get no AP back if your target dies, runs out of AP or it gets cleansed. The only time to use it is in a 1v1 scenario. Not to mention you have no time to do anything but group healing and maybe Ere We Go for morale pump. Picking a target with low resists isn't really something you get to do in RVR with 10 fps.bloodi wrote:If all you do is spam group heal in a warband, yeah, you may have a point.
In a group comp where you can ap drain and be on the move? Hell no. Shaman in on top.
HoTs but no flash heals is just worse. When someone gets focused (and in organized play they will), HoTs are completely and absolutely useless. If a WH or WL is in my face, HoTs do absolutely nothing. I know that Shaman's niche is supposed to be kiting, and I find it ironic that Zealots are still better at it.Telen wrote:Shamans are the best kiting healer in the game. The have a 3 hots. One with a huge toughness boost. Compare that to the AM whos healing plummets when pressured. You cant always heal from behind keep walls. They also have the best toughness debuff in the game. They may not put out more dps on the scoreboard than an am but that is covered by the extra dps your group does to debuffed targets. All AM have is a lousy aoe debuff and their debuffs help SM who already have their own better debuffs. At least Shamans debuff can benefit the damage type magus dont have a debuff for.. AM are a very very selfish dps.
I have no idea why people seem to think AM is getting the short end of the stick here, when we are discussing adding another DoT for a class that already has subpar damage compared to its mirror. Debuffs please, Shaman has horrible debuffs to the point that replacing one of them with Get'n Smarter would be my main suggestion for implementing the OP.