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[SW] Balance Suggestion series - Shadow Step

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[SW] Balance Suggestion series - Shadow Step

Post#1 » Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:59 pm

The following is part of a series of proposals for SW changes. Here is a balance change with the intent to fix the various inner problems of the SW. The initial strategy/approach/context are described at the beginning of this post: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=39743

This post focuses on "Shadow Step"

Core issues:
The recent change to Shadow Step makes the skill inefficient. The skill is underperforming/counterproductive as it:
- fail as a gap closer when the target is moving, which means around 70% of the time, you cannot reach melee range, and there is no melee snare. Shadow Step used to position, most of the time, on the side or behind the target.
- The short-range does not fit in the design of the class at all. Unlike Melee SH, Assault stance is uniquely hybrid: either heavily relying on melee, but still have access to the range, balance melee/range, or closed bow combat.
- Furthermore the with a 20s cooldown + the close range it feels like an "all-in" rush, whereas it lacks burst damage or sustains damage.

Considering this here are the rework suggestions.

Rework proposal:
- Proposal 1: revert the change to 65 feet.
- Proposal 2: Add a "step back" component: when Shadow Step is activated to rush toward the opponent, the Shadow Warrior can hit a second time the ability to return to its original position, for a duration of 15s. This is a step in -> damage or disable -> step out
- Proposal 3: Turn it into an AoE "Blind" --> On Shadow Step: you release the shadows around you so that all opponents in 20 feet around you will miss the next 2 abilities.
- Proposal 4: Make it a targeted ability so that you can select where to land. It would be used either as it is now, near a target, or as a repositioning to increase survival/deception.
- Proposal 5: Turn it into a short duration stealth-like WH's Sanctified Oil. This would fit even better to the lore.

Regards, Swizz
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