go condi or go home?
The reason why condi (right now) is better on single target than AoE is because the triggers on EP and other burning activation will be stacked on a single opponent.
The problem with the current condi setup (arcane fire) is that to use its utilities (cc, heals, cleanses) you drop your dps A LOT, being stuck out of fire for a long time. The other problem on real fights is to time your overloads so you dont have to dodge during its activation loosing a major dps source.
The current power setup is more forgiving and has more access to utilities (due to fresh-air removing the CD to get back on air) so its a better setup for some scenarios where group comp is not ideal.
The weaver will likely change this a lot with the buffs it gets to its dps and the way their attunements work… And griever stats could open the way to a true hybrid dps setup.
Condi has higher “effective” dps due to not having to rely on the dumbness of the opponents to deal damage via skills like Lava Font/Meteor Shower.
People will keep citing the fact that Ele has the highest DPS on dumb targets whenever anyone brings the “Ele is weak” topic up. So it’s not gonna change anytime soon.
Already quit PvP. Just log in here and there to troll.
Condi is definitely the single-target champ for Eles, but that doesn’t mean power is useless. Power is great against crowds, because Ele AOEs tend to favor power damage.
Condi is often the better choice because it’s easier to gear and it has a very easy rotation. You’ll do a ton of damage and you won’t make many mistakes. The mistakes you do make won’t hurt much. In the raid meta context, condi also has a little more trait and boon support than power.
In the end, play what you enjoy. I’m playing power now while I build up a new condi set. It’s fun and effective. It’s not the very best DPS that an Ele can do at the moment, but it’s still a lot of damage.