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Honshu
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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#31 » Fri May 29, 2020 6:25 am

Haven't played since live, but felt like chiming in while downloading.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems to me the underlying issue here is the lockout time of stance swapping preventing a SW from using all his tools reliably after people escape his melee range. For example, if you Shadowstep on some Sorcerer, and they get just out of melee range, swapping to Skirmisher stance to use your ranged snare means you've just locked yourself out of your build's primary means for DPS for an intolerably long time. I don't think this issue means "give Assault stance a snare," it sounds stances in general needs a buff.

What if stance swapping had a lower cooldown? Hell, maybe even limit it to using up your GCD and that's it. You still would lose an attack in that space of time which would disincentivize stance swapping for no reason, but it would actually reward fast fingers and quick thinking. I think it'd be merely nice for Mara, but would be a pretty huge buff for SW since there are a lot of circumstances where they may want to swap between Assault and Skirmisher.

I'm probably too noob to be proposing a meaningful solution, but it seems to me an inability to utilize the existing tools of the class for the goal the ASW has is the real issue at hand, not that ASW needs more tools. Buffing the ability to stance dance would help with that.

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Arthem
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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#32 » Fri May 29, 2020 7:07 am

Give SW sudden shift. Next stance change has no cooldown 15 sec downtime ez.
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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#33 » Fri May 29, 2020 1:11 pm

Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 12:10 am
Arbich wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 4:40 am
The increased speed after pounce is one of the worst changes on this server (makes no sense to give this tool a class with already quite high mobility)
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The statement that your proposal doesnt change the damage output of ASW is wrong. You propose changes to the offensive capabilities of the ASW and not to his escape tools (and even then your claim would be doubtful).
While I hate being on the receiving end of Pounce too, I totally disagree and think that the increased speed is necessary for the ability to function given the particulars of this game. The game is notorious for having position desync issues to begin with, and when you add in the travel time and lag present in RvR situations adding a short movement speed buff is the only reasonable way to allow it to function as a gap closer by letting the player correct the game's technical shortcomings. The buff is dispelled after a single attack, and simply allows the ability to function as it's intended, which is to allow the player to hit their target once

I'm really confused by your last point...these changes don't affect the damage or offensive capability at all. They simply allow the class to use its skills in a more functional and consistent manner. Similar functionality was implemented on other classes likely for these exact same reasons

I dont agree with your premise about pounce.
Pounce should you bring in the direction of the enemy. It does that. If you dont end at the exact spot of the enemy after you pounced, you can use charge. WL is already a class with a lot mobility, it doesn´t need this extra tool.

About my last point: If you can only be 66% of the time on your enemy to deal dmg (due to cc etc...) and you get tools to increase this to 100%, you get in effect a 33% dmg buff.
ASW is a (very) good class in smallscale. Its abilities in assault tree fullfil a purpose and arent useless. It doesnt deserve a buff.
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Caduceus
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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#34 » Fri May 29, 2020 1:55 pm

Stance-switching is a fundamental part of playing SW well.

It seems to me the problem here is that some are locked into a mindset that because one plays an 'Assault' SW, one should never have to leave Assault Stance, or that one is incapable of dealing damage with ranged abilities. This is wrong and it will ensure one does not utilize the class to its fullest potential.

Perhaps the OP could share against what classes in particular he struggles, and we may better pinpoint the issue here.

Also, in a group setting, aren't there tanks and other melee classes that can apply slows to near infinity?

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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#35 » Fri May 29, 2020 2:35 pm

Caduceus wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:55 pm

Also, in a group setting, aren't there tanks and other melee classes that can apply slows to near infinity?
Yes absolutely. All tanks can perma snare a single target, non WH/WE MDPS can snare with 50% uptime, and WH/WE can have 100% uptime but require to be behind and outside of melee range. Then there are a variety of additional snares such as some tanks having AoE snares.

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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#36 » Fri May 29, 2020 8:51 pm

Ummm SW... is an RDPS? You still have a bow, you still have a ranged slow in skirmish stance. Do what SW's have done since the game went live in 2008; Learn to skirmish dance.
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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#37 » Fri May 29, 2020 11:50 pm

Fey wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 5:36 am
If your 65 foot ability instantly brings you 60 feet closer to your target it's still an insane ability. Have any of us ever played a mdps in any other MMO? Probably not, other MMO's are always irrelevant.

If at that point you get kited that means there is a viable counter play. This is good game design, no?
If a gap closer ability cannot reliably get you into melee range to use a skill, does it really function as a gap closer? What's the point of using it if it doesn't get you there anyways? Hope that they trip over a rock or something? Although I guess that actually is a possibility with the geometry in this game :lol:

Other MMOs I've played recognize the issue and have sometimes addressed it by adding short root effects to charges, see Conan and Archeage. Even then, other games do not struggle with the position desync issues that this game does which makes these issues worse. The movement speed buff on leaps is simply to overcome the technical issues this game struggles with. IMO that's a better solution anyway than taking away control from the person being closed on.

Even with a functional Shadowstep, counterplay still exists in the form it already does of trading cooldown for cooldown. It exists by say knocking back after pounce/charge, or throwing a root/stagger to waste their run speed buff or create distance, the same way that it exists for every other skill. Counterplay is about important skills having similar cooldowns so that if you can bait an enemy into wasting their skill it gives you the upper hand. I agree that it's important and improving Shadowstep does not change that. The point is that if the skill can't get you there to hit them 70% of the time it doesn't matter if you used your skill or not, you still can't hit them and they may as well save their counter skill for somebody else. I really don't understand the resistance to making the skill reliably perform its function in a way that is in line with multiple very similar skills that already exist in the game.

If you want to talk about counterplay, maybe we should be talking about the zero cooldown option for Pounce and Squig Leap, which by this definition removes any possibility for counterplay :lol:

Honshu wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 6:25 am
What if stance swapping had a lower cooldown? Hell, maybe even limit it to using up your GCD and that's it. You still would lose an attack in that space of time which would disincentivize stance swapping for no reason, but it would actually reward fast fingers and quick thinking. I think it'd be merely nice for Mara, but would be a pretty huge buff for SW since there are a lot of circumstances where they may want to swap between Assault and Skirmisher.
Arthem wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 7:07 am
Give SW sudden shift. Next stance change has no cooldown 15 sec downtime ez.
Interesting suggestions. These could be alternatives for issue 2, but it also kind of raises the question of why even have stances in the first place if it just becomes keyboard DDR?

Arbich wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:11 pm
I dont agree with your premise about pounce.
Pounce should you bring in the direction of the enemy. It does that. If you dont end at the exact spot of the enemy after you pounced, you can use charge. WL is already a class with a lot mobility, it doesn´t need this extra tool.

About my last point: If you can only be 66% of the time on your enemy to deal dmg (due to cc etc...) and you get tools to increase this to 100%, you get in effect a 33% dmg buff.
ASW is a (very) good class in smallscale. Its abilities in assault tree fullfil a purpose and arent useless. It doesnt deserve a buff.
I think you need to separate the association of a leap based gap closer ability with a WL's kit and look at the effectiveness of the skill in isolation, because yes I'd agree WLs probably have more mobility tools than they need. I think we need to be focussing on the merits of the ability itself in isolation, and then after that think about how the kit as a whole functions. Maybe refer to the skill as Dwarf Toss or Da Long Jump rather than Pounce. Imagine that Choppa lost its charge but had a leap that perpetually put you 10 feet behind your target - Would you say that skill effectively performs the function of getting you into melee range to let you use a skill? The move speed buff is simply a band-aid to a technical problem. Other games recognize the issue as well, see the above reply.

I never said that any of ASW's abilities or the class were useless. In fact, my very first point said its kit brings some good tools to the table. This is simply about making them able to reliably use these skills

Caduceus wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:55 pm
Stance-switching is a fundamental part of playing SW well.

It seems to me the problem here is that some are locked into a mindset that because one plays an 'Assault' SW, one should never have to leave Assault Stance, or that one is incapable of dealing damage with ranged abilities. This is wrong and it will ensure one does not utilize the class to its fullest potential.

Perhaps the OP could share against what classes in particular he struggles, and we may better pinpoint the issue here.

Also, in a group setting, aren't there tanks and other melee classes that can apply slows to near infinity?
See previous posts re: stance switching and why it does not qualify as a reliable range maintainer. While yes basic ranged attacks are there, the requirement of 15 hard points in Assault leaves the base damage of other ranged abilities so low that melee skills are the only ones with any potential to kill a target.

This is not a problem with a particular class, it's just a fundamental hole in the kit that often leaves it in awkward situations which is echoed by many other players. One could also argue that based on tanks having snares no other melee class should have them because they should always be with their tanks :P It's a question of being self sufficient in basic core functionality. My analysis below demonstrates how ASW is hurting in this regard relative to other classes

drmordread wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 8:51 pm
Ummm SW... is an RDPS? You still have a bow, you still have a ranged slow in skirmish stance. Do what SW's have done since the game went live in 2008; Learn to skirmish dance.
This has already been addressed, please read up. The section below also addresses this to some extent


***********************************************************************

To investigate this further, I've organized the various movement related abilities into categories below. I think this form is instructive and highlights the benefits/drawbacks of the various kits

Primary Gap Closers - Tools that quickly get you in range to use a melee skill
White Lion - Pounce AND Charge (lol)
mSH - Squig Leap
Mara/Choppa/Slayer - Charge
WH/WE - Normal Stealth / Insta Stealth (can be viewed as both primary and secondary)
Tanks - None (trade off for various tank utilities)
DPS DoK/WP - None (trade off for heals)
ASW - Shadowstep (on stationary targets, often fails otherwise)

Secondary Gap Closers - Secondary tools that achieve the same thing but take a bit longer
White Lion/Mara - Fetch/pull (On WL if no 0 CD pounce)
Slayer/Choppa - None (trade off for badass aoe + utility, GtdC/Shatter Limbs etc)
mSH - Outta my Way!
WH/WE - Normal Stealth / Insta Stealth (can be viewed as both primary and secondary)
Tanks - Quake/Wave of Scorn/Similar abilities, run speed procs on hit/defence
DPK DoK - FoK spam with CoC active
DPS WP - None (lol)
ASW - Swap to Skirmish and Takedown

Skills for sticking to your target after you get there
WL/Mara/Choppa/Slayer - Melee slow
WH/WE - Pistol/dagger slow for quick response when melee range is broken
mSH - Melee slow
Tanks - Melee and AoE slows
DPS DoK/WP - Melee slow with curse requirement, CoC as well for DoK
ASW - None

Dealing with CC
MDPS Archetypes - Standard snare break
WL - Also potentially has zero CD pounce (lol)
mSH - Zero CD Squig Leap comes standard
Tanks - Juggernaut
DPS DoK/WP - Standard snare break
ASW - None (trade off for the limited range damage options while in an Assault spec)

This highlights a couple of things. First off, WL has a looot of mobility tools which we already knew (lol). Second, DPS WPs will really struggle to get to their target(also already knew). Most classes here either have something functional in each category or are missing a category but have some other benefit that makes up for it. As a simple metric, if we say that having something in a category is worth a point then most classes score 3-4, or 5 for WLs. Given the bugginess of Shadowstep, an ASW scores 1.5 on this scale, which actually seems fairly representative. This also happens to be comparable to DPS WP, which most people would agree is in need of some help with mobility.

This analysis really highlights how much ASWs hurt in terms of actually being able to use their real skills relative to other classes. Looking at it this way I think that an Assault based snare break is probably unnecessary - the combination of improving Shadowstep to make it functional and a melee slow would put ASW at a 3 and would make it in line with other careers in this regard. I've amended the original post to remove this suggestion but have left the info there for reference.

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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#38 » Sat May 30, 2020 1:11 am

Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 11:50 pm


Arbich wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:11 pm
I dont agree with your premise about pounce.
Pounce should you bring in the direction of the enemy. It does that. If you dont end at the exact spot of the enemy after you pounced, you can use charge. WL is already a class with a lot mobility, it doesn´t need this extra tool.

About my last point: If you can only be 66% of the time on your enemy to deal dmg (due to cc etc...) and you get tools to increase this to 100%, you get in effect a 33% dmg buff.
ASW is a (very) good class in smallscale. Its abilities in assault tree fullfil a purpose and arent useless. It doesnt deserve a buff.
I think you need to separate the association of a leap based gap closer ability with a WL's kit and look at the effectiveness of the skill in isolation, because yes I'd agree WLs probably have more mobility tools than they need. I think we need to be focussing on the merits of the ability itself in isolation, and then after that think about how the kit as a whole functions. Maybe refer to the skill as Dwarf Toss or Da Long Jump rather than Pounce. Imagine that Choppa lost its charge but had a leap that perpetually put you 10 feet behind your target - Would you say that skill effectively performs the function of getting you into melee range to let you use a skill? The move speed buff is simply a band-aid to a technical problem. Other games recognize the issue as well, see the above reply.

I never said that any of ASW's abilities or the class were useless. In fact, my very first point said its kit brings some good tools to the table. This is simply about making them able to reliably use these skills
I don´t think you should look at individual skills in isolation (as long as they fulfil their purpose). Pounce brings you closer to the enemy, so it fulfil its purpose. I get you point, I just dont agree with it.

Yes, you didnt say that any ASW skills are useless, but you are unhappy with some of its limitations. I say, ASW performs fine and don´t need a buff. buffing "reliability" means in effect buffing dmg.
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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#39 » Sat May 30, 2020 3:47 am

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Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 11:50 pm
Fey wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 5:36 am
If your 65 foot ability instantly brings you 60 feet closer to your target it's still an insane ability. Have any of us ever played a mdps in any other MMO? Probably not, other MMO's are always irrelevant.

If at that point you get kited that means there is a viable counter play. This is good game design, no?
If a gap closer ability cannot reliably get you into melee range to use a skill, does it really function as a gap closer? What's the point of using it if it doesn't get you there anyways? Hope that they trip over a rock or something? Although I guess that actually is a possibility with the geometry in this game :lol:

Other MMOs I've played recognize the issue and have sometimes addressed it by adding short root effects to charges, see Conan and Archeage. Even then, other games do not struggle with the position desync issues that this game does which makes these issues worse. The movement speed buff on leaps is simply to overcome the technical issues this game struggles with. IMO that's a better solution anyway than taking away control from the person being closed on.

Even with a functional Shadowstep, counterplay still exists in the form it already does of trading cooldown for cooldown. It exists by say knocking back after pounce/charge, or throwing a root/stagger to waste their run speed buff or create distance, the same way that it exists for every other skill. Counterplay is about important skills having similar cooldowns so that if you can bait an enemy into wasting their skill it gives you the upper hand. I agree that it's important and improving Shadowstep does not change that. The point is that if the skill can't get you there to hit them 70% of the time it doesn't matter if you used your skill or not, you still can't hit them and they may as well save their counter skill for somebody else. I really don't understand the resistance to making the skill reliably perform its function in a way that is in line with multiple very similar skills that already exist in the game.

If you want to talk about counterplay, maybe we should be talking about the zero cooldown option for Pounce and Squig Leap, which by this definition removes any possibility for counterplay :lol:

Honshu wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 6:25 am
What if stance swapping had a lower cooldown? Hell, maybe even limit it to using up your GCD and that's it. You still would lose an attack in that space of time which would disincentivize stance swapping for no reason, but it would actually reward fast fingers and quick thinking. I think it'd be merely nice for Mara, but would be a pretty huge buff for SW since there are a lot of circumstances where they may want to swap between Assault and Skirmisher.
Arthem wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 7:07 am
Give SW sudden shift. Next stance change has no cooldown 15 sec downtime ez.
Interesting suggestions. These could be alternatives for issue 2, but it also kind of raises the question of why even have stances in the first place if it just becomes keyboard DDR?

Arbich wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:11 pm
I dont agree with your premise about pounce.
Pounce should you bring in the direction of the enemy. It does that. If you dont end at the exact spot of the enemy after you pounced, you can use charge. WL is already a class with a lot mobility, it doesn´t need this extra tool.

About my last point: If you can only be 66% of the time on your enemy to deal dmg (due to cc etc...) and you get tools to increase this to 100%, you get in effect a 33% dmg buff.
ASW is a (very) good class in smallscale. Its abilities in assault tree fullfil a purpose and arent useless. It doesnt deserve a buff.
I think you need to separate the association of a leap based gap closer ability with a WL's kit and look at the effectiveness of the skill in isolation, because yes I'd agree WLs probably have more mobility tools than they need. I think we need to be focussing on the merits of the ability itself in isolation, and then after that think about how the kit as a whole functions. Maybe refer to the skill as Dwarf Toss or Da Long Jump rather than Pounce. Imagine that Choppa lost its charge but had a leap that perpetually put you 10 feet behind your target - Would you say that skill effectively performs the function of getting you into melee range to let you use a skill? The move speed buff is simply a band-aid to a technical problem. Other games recognize the issue as well, see the above reply.

I never said that any of ASW's abilities or the class were useless. In fact, my very first point said its kit brings some good tools to the table. This is simply about making them able to reliably use these skills

Caduceus wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 1:55 pm
Stance-switching is a fundamental part of playing SW well.

It seems to me the problem here is that some are locked into a mindset that because one plays an 'Assault' SW, one should never have to leave Assault Stance, or that one is incapable of dealing damage with ranged abilities. This is wrong and it will ensure one does not utilize the class to its fullest potential.

Perhaps the OP could share against what classes in particular he struggles, and we may better pinpoint the issue here.

Also, in a group setting, aren't there tanks and other melee classes that can apply slows to near infinity?
See previous posts re: stance switching and why it does not qualify as a reliable range maintainer. While yes basic ranged attacks are there, the requirement of 15 hard points in Assault leaves the base damage of other ranged abilities so low that melee skills are the only ones with any potential to kill a target.

This is not a problem with a particular class, it's just a fundamental hole in the kit that often leaves it in awkward situations which is echoed by many other players. One could also argue that based on tanks having snares no other melee class should have them because they should always be with their tanks :P It's a question of being self sufficient in basic core functionality. My analysis below demonstrates how ASW is hurting in this regard relative to other classes

drmordread wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 8:51 pm
Ummm SW... is an RDPS? You still have a bow, you still have a ranged slow in skirmish stance. Do what SW's have done since the game went live in 2008; Learn to skirmish dance.
This has already been addressed, please read up. The section below also addresses this to some extent


***********************************************************************

To investigate this further, I've organized the various movement related abilities into categories below. I think this form is instructive and highlights the benefits/drawbacks of the various kits

Primary Gap Closers - Tools that quickly get you in range to use a melee skill
White Lion - Pounce AND Charge (lol)
mSH - Squig Leap
Mara/Choppa/Slayer - Charge
WH/WE - Normal Stealth / Insta Stealth (can be viewed as both primary and secondary)
Tanks - None (trade off for various tank utilities)
DPS DoK/WP - None (trade off for heals)
ASW - Shadowstep (on stationary targets, often fails otherwise)

Secondary Gap Closers - Secondary tools that achieve the same thing but take a bit longer
White Lion/Mara - Fetch/pull (On WL if no 0 CD pounce)
Slayer/Choppa - None (trade off for badass aoe + utility, GtdC/Shatter Limbs etc)
mSH - Outta my Way!
WH/WE - Normal Stealth / Insta Stealth (can be viewed as both primary and secondary)
Tanks - Quake/Wave of Scorn/Similar abilities, run speed procs on hit/defence
DPK DoK - FoK spam with CoC active
DPS WP - None (lol)
ASW - Swap to Skirmish and Takedown

Skills for sticking to your target after you get there
WL/Mara/Choppa/Slayer - Melee slow
WH/WE - Pistol/dagger slow for quick response when melee range is broken
mSH - Melee slow
Tanks - Melee and AoE slows
DPS DoK/WP - Melee slow with curse requirement, CoC as well for DoK
ASW - None

Dealing with CC
MDPS Archetypes - Standard snare break
WL - Also potentially has zero CD pounce (lol)
mSH - Zero CD Squig Leap comes standard
Tanks - Juggernaut
DPS DoK/WP - Standard snare break
ASW - None (trade off for the limited range damage options while in an Assault spec)

This highlights a couple of things. First off, WL has a looot of mobility tools which we already knew (lol). Second, DPS WPs will really struggle to get to their target(also already knew). Most classes here either have something functional in each category or are missing a category but have some other benefit that makes up for it. As a simple metric, if we say that having something in a category is worth a point then most classes score 3-4, or 5 for WLs. Given the bugginess of Shadowstep, an ASW scores 1.5 on this scale, which actually seems fairly representative. This also happens to be comparable to DPS WP, which most people would agree is in need of some help with mobility.

This analysis really highlights how much ASWs hurt in terms of actually being able to use their real skills relative to other classes. Looking at it this way I think that an Assault based snare break is probably unnecessary - the combination of improving Shadowstep to make it functional and a melee slow would put ASW at a 3 and would make it in line with other careers in this regard. I've amended the original post to remove this suggestion but have left the info there for reference.
OK, now that I have caught up...

Sorry, but it seems to me that you are dead set on assigning more mdps abilities to a ranged class. I understand, you want to expand on the SW's mdps abilities. But one (actually multiple) problem(s).

The Shadow Warrior is a ranged class. It doesn't matter how much you wish it was not, it is. As a ranged class it has ranged abilities. The fact that some ASW build players refuse to use them, is not the fault, nor the problem of the developers, or the game. Same with Stance Dancing. You basically ignore 2/3ds of the class abilities, and blame it on development/design.

Order has three very capable mdps classes. Two built for wb/party play, and one that excels at solo play, (ignore all the naysayers who say the WH can't solo anymore. It can. Is it easy? No. ). So, with three very capable mdps classes, why do you insist on creating a full fourth one?

You want to close in? EASYYY!!!!!
Skirmish stance; Pop a ranged slow
Switch to Assault; Pop Prowler
You caught them, literally, it doesn't get any easier or simpler.

And yes, with 15 mastery points invested in Assault, it does not leave much for other stances. But that does not make the other stances useless. Prime example, the ranged slow. You are not using to kill with, you are using it to slow down an enemy so you can catch up, and kill them with melee.

Now, you do make a lot of clear points, that I do agree with. Like the fact that the SW has nothing to break roots and snares. Unless whirly pin has been reverted and I missed it. So yes, the SW as a core ability should have a root/snare break.

To be honest, the entire skirmish tree should be reverted back to the way it was on live. But that is never going to happen because ... well ... devs!
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Re: ASW - Improvements to ability to maintain melee range

Post#40 » Sat May 30, 2020 6:42 am

Nebuchadnezzar wrote:
Fri May 29, 2020 11:50 pm

See previous posts re: stance switching and why it does not qualify as a reliable range maintainer. While yes basic ranged attacks are there, the requirement of 15 hard points in Assault leaves the base damage of other ranged abilities so low that melee skills are the only ones with any potential to kill a target.

This is not a problem with a particular class, it's just a fundamental hole in the kit that often leaves it in awkward situations which is echoed by many other players. One could also argue that based on tanks having snares no other melee class should have them because they should always be with their tanks :P It's a question of being self sufficient in basic core functionality. My analysis below demonstrates how ASW is hurting in this regard relative to other classes
I read all those previous posts prior to my comment, but I disagree still.

That 15 points in the Assault tree leaves the rest of one's abilities gimped is not true. Assuming one'll at least spec into Shadow Sting, one's Path of the Skirmish abilities will be potent enough.
In fact, Shadow Sting and Broadhead Arrow are some of the most powerful DoTs in the game. Doesn't a Skirmish SW still use Scout abilities to great effect, and vice versa? The same applies for an aSW.

I'm struggling to think in what match-up one needs their burst so desperately that they cannot afford a 5 second switch-out that involves casting a slow and a healing debuff as a target is running away. Healers perhaps? If, in these situations, burst is so essential, consider being in Skirmish or Scout stance while roaming and casting Takedown as one enters the fight, then switch into Assault stance and start doing their normal rotations. And one needs to keep in mind that dps should not be winning against a healer, assuming the healer has any idea of how to play their class.

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