In many forum threads people come with tons of great info and ideas about which powers to change, why they need changes, why they work bad/well and how they suggest them reworked.
With the upcoming nerf to the Owlbear Cub we can finally view this power, Pillar of Power, as one independent encounter and tweak it to work as desired. There are some small tweaks to this that would really be helpful, and maybe not that hard either, to help the SW class a bit up on its feet.
Without the bugged sync with owlbear cub the damage is quite pitiful, in addition the damage ticks are quite useless for most other procs as well. Other classes can do great things not necessarily because one power is so insane, but because they got combinations of powers that work well. Which I think SW should have as well.Here are the changes I suggest:
- Let the power crit! SW requires crit to proc lesser curses through All-Consuming Curse to thereafter proc Creeping Death (for other paragon trees just for the lesser curse itself). How come one of the most obvious AoE attacks the SW got is locked to not being able to crit? We need this to crit, not mainly for damage, but for the fact it would proc curses which would work well with how the class is today. That it can't crit really doesn't make much sense in my honest opinion.
- Increase Pillar of Power damage ticks. With the buggy owlbear cub the damage on pillar of power was very high in AoE situations, but even though it did not make the class overperform. Most people agree to that this extra damage pool only made us closer to where other dps classes are today. Removing this as is being prepared on preview will set the class some steps behind on damage, and people have spent lots of AD on this. An easy suggestion would be to tone up the damage that the pillar does to make overall dps better. It is also quite fair to do so as this is another power that forces our ranged, squishy class to have to go close combat amongside GWFs and TRs. Actually a lot of our powers are more towards close combat than ranged.
- Increase the Lesser Curse damage (DoT). Not directly linked to Pillar of Power, but would be nice. The overall damage the lesser curses do is not that great, and increasing this damage would be very helpful. They are far too cute and friendly as they are now. If not increasing their damage is an option, they should have some other effect to make them more useful. We have an entire class feature only made for proccing them, so they should be worth proccing.