Against Matthias where reflects are necessary and needed on demand, being able to run a traited focus
I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt at first so I left it alone but I think you’re mistaken? Focus trait is in Inspiration. Manipulations gain reflect under Chaos, which is to say… it will start to affect their rotation, yes.
Oh yeah, my bad. As a chrono support, inspiration isn’t mandatory. That’s right, I totally forgot. /s
I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt at first so I left it alone but I think you’re mistaken?
I don’t know what part of traited focus involves running manipulations, but have fun with that. Chaos Insp Chrono works fine against Matthias (in fact, it works against any raid encounter that doesn’t utilize Distortion Sharing).
I’m not sure where your numbers are coming from. You don’t lose 3s of quickness by swapping to a Focus to reflect (you don’t lose any because the Chrono rotation at 100% BD isn’t ever pressing for more Quickness), and Focus reflect lasts a lot longer than 2s (it lasts 5s, which is more than enough time to reflect Matthias’ bubble).
Additionally, the point of running Chaos to not run Feedback is… wait for it… to not run Feedback (or need a meme kittenty condi mes build to bring Feedback for you). And yes, in many raids where they bring Condi Mes, they do so for the Condi Mes to take Feedback instead of the Chrono (because they have an open slot, not competing for more Alacrity). And while Alacrity is in abundance from Chrono, in a fight like Matthias, you’ll want every extra bit of Alacrity you can get because of the mechanics pushing people around (literally and figuratively, see tornadoes and poisons).
I’m not sure of your experience in raids as a Chrono (or Condi Mes), but Chaos is an acceptable line.
Going back to the initial statement in question (I’m still not sure why you’re fighting me on this):
I’m traveling with work at the moment and havent had the pleasure of trying out the new specs. I’m with you, Esplen, I’m more of a PvE player than WvW/PvP.
Can you see the new spec with axe being a PvE spec for fractals, dungeons, raids etc?
Raids I can’t see Mirage being useful. Although, to be fair, I also think Condi Mesmer is a meme build that shouldn’t exist. The only “argument” I really hear about running it is it’s safe dps and it brings reflects. However, a Chrono can easily bring reflects without hampering their rotation, and if the Chrono is set up with 100% Boon Duration via Chaos, they can run a traited focus without even touching their utilities. For Cairn… I guess? But honestly Condi Mes is only “safe” because the dps comes from Phants.
Chaos is a trash trait line with exactly one minor trait worth something and one major trait worth debating in specific comps.
It has exactly 1 minor, which is why it is ran. The Major is nice, but not necessary. Although if you want to talk about that, Inspiration is almost mandatory and ran specifically for 1 Major, everything else is icing on the cake.
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