In the theme of the 'Let's talk about' series here on the forums, I'd like to hear people's thoughts on PVE balance these days. I think it's been heavily implied, if not outright said, by both word and action, that the Pools believes there to be 'PVE Power Creep', and clearly removing the caramel chocolate was one step in them attempting to resolve this.
It's been also said, a few times, that they have 'future plans' for the Hunting skillset. Obviously they added Overdrive recently.
What I am curious about is...is there some sort of general PVE revamp or rebalance on the horizon? As someone who has five classes now, and has dropped a few others besides that and played them all extensively while bashing, with like, peak bashing artifacts and stats and things, the lack of balance on PVE DPS at the very least, is super egregious and apparent.
It's been no secret that I like using Oneiromancer in PVP since I got it, but I feel like I often have to switch to Templar if I want to actually bash reasonably well. There's a good deal of power gap when it comes to bashing between a lot of the classes. I'd like to know if this will be addressed in any future plans with PVE and the Hunting skillset. I think it feels god awful to have to choose between different classes due to PVE imbalance, instead of just like, 'I want to choose this class because I enjoy its flavor today or this week'.
There's a long standing Bashing DPS numbers thread that has a lot of good information from a lot of folks. In my experience these last few years of playing these classes and this character, there are a few things that I think are undoubtedly true:
1.) Classes that use weapon runes are the best in PVE
2.) Classes that hit once per balance aren't as good
3.) Audit differences arent as important when you have almost 100% Vigor uptime from high crit rate
I want to know what people think here. Is it cool or flavorful, or something we enjoy for the different classes to have such a huge gap in speed/usefulness when bashing? Or would it be better if everyone's numbers and effectiveness in bashing were generally leveled out?
PS: Yes, I know there's a lot more variables to all this than I listed, but I would simply say that if you've ever bashed with Syssin or Indorani/Oneiromancer you know exactly what I'm talking about.
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