Gimmering Mark and Lightning Surge

  While the damage on this skill for a single target is good, its cancel condition makes it difficult to use. To improve its use for PvE, we’ve added a Blind effect and increased its radius to hit adjacent foes. added the following functionality: “For 10 seconds, target foe and all foes adjacent to your target take 5…25 damage each second. Foes using attack skills are Blinded for 3 seconds.”…

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Blinding Surge and Ether Prodigy

Several of the elite skills we examined for this update simply had small usability problems. Whether it was lack of damage or a downside that didn’t justify the investment, these skills required much smaller adjustments to make them more viable. In several cases the major problems were eliminated simply by allowing these skills to strike an area instead of a single target, though different buffs were necessary for others. added…

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Developer Updates

  In some cases we found elites that could be good but didn’t quite provide the level of bar compression to make them desirable over direct-damage skills. rescaled duration to 25…60 seconds; reduced recharge to 20 seconds; added the following functionality: “You are attuned to Air, Fire, Water, and Earth and gain +1…2 to these attributes.” increased recharge to 25 seconds; now affects your next 1…3 spells; reduced Energy savings…

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Master of Magic and Shockwaves

  Master of Magic is held back partly by the lack of good cross-elemental synergies and an attribute level that is generally ineffective at level 20. By scaling the attribute bonus, we hope to correct this latter problem. In an update further down the line, we plan to look at cross-elemental synergy skills. The “ends on non-Elementalist skill” clause was mainly to prevent Elementalist healers from taking advantage of the…

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New Synergies

With Ward Against Harm we are again trying something slightly different. We’ve given this skill a small party-healing aspect similar to how Water Magic skills function in Guild Wars 2. We hope this can provide another appealing source of party-healing utility on the Water Elementalist. Additionally, the bonus armor is now applied to all elements instead of just Fire Magic. We feel this is necessary to make it useful outside…

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Due to the delay in the Dazed application

While its previous effect was fairly strong against martial professions, Mist Form had almost no effect against casters, and its one-dimensional functionality made it a difficult choice to take over most damage-dealing elites. It could also be very frustrating to use without removal. This update changes the skill into a defensive skill that also provides healing to your allies. In order to emphasize the Elementalist nature of the skill, though,…

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New Functionality

  In addition to doublecast skills, we are also allowing some Elementalist elites to have functionality usually covered by other professions. Because these skills are elite, we feel it’s OK to blur the role of the Elementalist a bit, as long as this functionality meshes with how the Elementalist normally plays. reduced cost to 5 Energy; changed functionality to: “For 10…45 seconds, you take 33% less damage from foes under…

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Skills what you should know

  Energy Boon: changed skill type to enchantment spell; increased casting time to 1 second; increased cost to 10 Energy; reduced recharge to 20 seconds; changed functionality to: “For 36…60 seconds, Energy Boon raises the maximum Health of you and target ally by 1…3 for each point of your respective maximum Energy. When this enchantment is first applied, you and your target gain 1…12 Energy. You gain an additional 1…

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Doublecast Skills

  A doublecast skill is a new type of spell that casts on you as well as your target. By utilizing proper positioning, skilled players can significantly increase the power level of these skills as well as the area that they cover. Many of these skills were reworked because they were too unwieldy to play normally due to conditionals or poor synergies with other skills. In the case of Mirror…

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Developer Update

  With this update, we are making some changes to to improve their viability in PvE. Where relevant, we are also making some changes to Elementalist skills used in PvP in order to address certain powerful options and to provide some new playstyles. This update focuses mainly on improving elite skill options and adding a global change to Hard Mode foes. Even though this update is mostly limited to Elementalist…

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