I’ve played a condi build on every class in one way or another, and condi Rev is severely lacking.
Lets talk about the good things first.
It has torment. A serious boatload of torment. Its got the most torment out of anything except… condi shatter-spam Mesmer. . Rev has some sweet and unique moves to apply condi’s. And the Mallyx stance is cool as hell… And look, that’s a great idea, but its got to be the only condi class with NO bleed access… not that bleeds are so overwhelmingly good that I miss them on Rev, mind you… but it has none. Lets look at what exactly makes condi rev lacking.
-NO trait synergy: You can do some cool things with the corruption line, but none of the other traits make those traits feel worth taking.
-NO weapon synergy: If you use anything other than mace/axe you loose out on… virtually all your dps. Staff, Hammer, MH sword, OH sword, and shield just don’t do any condis. This is a problem that no other class has… basically every class that can swap has 2 condi quick bars… even Elementalist has fire and earth.
-NO ranged option: Beyond Mallyx’s Banish Enchantment… and, really… like anyone is gonna spam that standing at range while doing nothing else? Your raid, fractal group, or whatever… might as well have brought anyone else.
-NO Legend synergy: Swapping out of Mallyx just kills condi output, unless you’ve got your mace out. But, due to the above points… What do i do when I’m out of energy, and at range? Just go AFK, grab a soda from the fridge?
So… a few simple solutions that come to me right off the top of my head.
-Replace Harmonize Continuity with “Shattered Facets: releasing a facet apply 2 stacks of bleed for 8 sec.” (AoE stun break is cool, but everyone brings their own stun break in content where that is relevant)
-Elder’s Force: also increases Condition damage by 3% per boon on you.
-Fierce Infusion: also does 1 stack of 10sec torment in AoE at 300 radius
-Ferocious Aggression passive trait: Also gives a 10% condition damage bonus while you have fury.
-Replace ‘Incensed Response’ with “Perpetual Narrative: For each second you remain in a legend beyond the first 5 sec, apply 1 stack of 3 sec poison to your current target.”
Rolling Mists: Also grants “+50% condition duration while under the effects of fury” (This effect would stack with the gear cap, like the Necro’s scepter trait does)
-Venom Enhancement: internal cool down reduced to 5 sec poison stack duration decreased to 5 sec.
-Frigid Precision: also adds 50% chance to apply poison for 5 sec on chill. (This allows the sword, Condi Pressure, allowing swap options beyond my edited hammer below… which becomes more condi focused with this trait)
-Replace Maniacal Persistence (not that this is bad, but please… show me one power build where this is needed… especially with that 40% fury in invocation…) “Daemonic Rebellion: for every second not in Mallyx, apply a stack of ‘vile pestilence’ to yourself.”
————-“Vile Pestilence: for each stack on yourself apply 1 stack of poison for 3 sec. when invoking Mallyx. max 10 stacks”
-Targeted Destruction minor trait: also increases Condition damage to targets with vulnerability
-Jade Echo: also increases condition damage while downed by 25%
-Hammer Bolt: make this a 2 attack chain skill. second attack applies 1 stack of 2 sec burning.
-Coalescence of Ruin: Reduce damage by 10% first impact applies 1 burn for 5sec. Second impact applies 2 burns for 7sec. Third impact applies 3 burns for 10 sec.
-Drop The Hammer: Reduce damage by 5%, applies 3 stacks of burn for 5 sec.
I freely admit that these may not be perfect solutions, but they at least address all of the issues without kicking power, tank, spvp, and wvw builds in the nuts.
Anyone have any thoughts? Or better ideas? I hope to grab the attention of the Rev developer, so if anyone has a better way to implement these ideas, or if I’ve gotten durations or whatnot wrong. Please help me find the right balance.
After all, considering the current state of condi Rev, we’re almost certainly not going to see anyone say, “condi rev is good enough.”
(edited by BrokenGlass.9356)