"Legendary" Renegade Stance
Like many have mentioned, Renegade feels like an afterthought, so makes sense they had no clue and maybe just grabbed a name that was female? which kinda blows for us. I am hoping that all the posts have been looked at and a few changes were made. We shall soon know….
Kalla is pretty self explanatory all around.
Performance wise it’s long been a complaint since Revenant release with HOT that there’s no ranged Condi weapon to pair with Mace/Axe. So if you build your stats for Condi then taking Hammer (our only ranged weapon) which is Power based doesn’t make too much sense. So Shortbow and her traits really cater to the PvE condi build side of things. Unfortunately since base Revenant survivability is so low due to severe restrictions on our utilities and the fact our survivability utilities are delivered in an clunky manner (tablet) this makes giving up Herald impractical for survivability in competitive scenarios and it’s unlikely we’ll see Kalla in WvW or SPvP without heavy changes to the base Revenant class and survivability/mechanics. Her utilities will be fine in PvE but because they’re stationary pets that actually do attacks any CC on them completely negate their effects which again is disappointing for WvW/SPvP.
Lore wise I agree with the general observation that the choice for Kalla was because she was a female Charr rather than really being a good fit like Pyre would have been. A lot of the hub-bub about Kalla is the fact all her statues show Greatswords not a Short Bow. If I’m not mistaken Kalla lead the fight against the Flame Legion to show that female Charr could fight too so she’s likely a symbol for female empowerment. The fact that both Rytlock and Pyre Fierceshot are both voiced by Steve Blum coulda had something to do with it as well….but I still see it more as a “diversity hire” than really something that fits or makes sense.
Realistically the whole Kalla thing doesn’t really take away from it, and it’s not a bad deal in game. The lack of performance out of the shortbow/traits/utilities is far greater issue when you get down to it.