Day 1 WvW roaming. I will use Siamoth moste of the time. Super strong Pet with 5-10k melee bursts on low toughness targets and a super strong long aoe cc for downstate control.
I’d rather play something like this. If you play sword might as well go skirmishing. No great burst on sword like on GS tho.
I put a lot of thoughts in this build and I´ll try to explain why I prefer my version over yours from a solo/duo roaming perspective. Two very important things you don´t use are stability and invulnerability. Dolyak Stance is great for ranger because it it the first time we have acces to a low cd stability skill with a stunbreak. We don´t have to rely on a high CD Elite Skill or a Signet (wait….). This skill will be a must have in my opinion. We have severeal options for invulnerability. Signet of Stone as a skill and an autoproc, Stout Pets and Black Bear. I will not roam without one of them. Because of Dolyak Stance I decided to cut Signet of Stone. Unflinching Fortitude Is the best merge skill in my opinion and i don´t want to play without it after the weekend. The bear gives even more invulnerability but on high cd and the first skill is trash tier atm. Moa Stance is a usefull skill but I don´t want to cut my other two skills because they are too strong when traited. In beta weekend and with my current ranger build (skirmish for soulbeast) damage is not a problem at all when used properly. I use and probably will always use nature magic and survival in all my ranger builds because the synergy is just so strong! Permanent protection against physical builds and a lot of condi remove against everyone in WvW right now. The synergy between Fortifying Bond and Fresh Reinforcments is nuts too! I am not a big fan of a 60 sec autostunbreak. High posion uptime is extremly usefull against warrior, druid, scrapper and dragonhunter.
I completly understand the usefulness of greatsword but I´m a sword/warhorn fanboy with the evasive gameplay and I will never cut it. :P
I hope you guys understand my thoughts. Show us your builds and let´s dicuss them!
Good thinking. I’m not used to sword so just told you what I thought but you’re right about synergy between nature magic and wilderness survival. I’m more of a GS fan so this is the build I will be running if I use nature magic:
I don’t use any Unflinshing fortitude pets cause I personaly think my survival in this build comes from high evade uptimes, protection, kiting with GS, stealth and 3 stunbreaks. And basically killing before getting killed.
Smokescale is a must for insane burst setups and second skill will probably evade correctly (like tooltip displays) so it’s also a form of ignoring dmg while keeping pressure up. Jacaranda for nice aoe heal and condi clear. Its immobilize is also pretty usefull to kite or burst. So I have my offensive and defensive pet that I can change to depending on situations.
I think this build has huge potential in roaming (if it doesn’t get nerfed to the ground), I had a lot of fun with it during beta.