I've been away from the current mod only to come back to read some of these new but baffling changes. Buffs and nerfs to CWs? Buffs to SW? Why?
I along with many others are sick of the current meta right now where 5 classes fight for a single space in a group. Sure you don't HAVE to use these setups but the large majority of players run in pugs, or run in the most optimal/safest setup. And right now I see no changes to this, and honestly it is just killing the game right now. As a GF I have no issues personally, but it just horrible to alienate a large part of the playerbase. I just hate to think what a HR/TR must run dungeons consistently.
Honestly the only way I can see the balance come back is through some nerfs. One thing is for players to pick either OP or GF as their tanks, this would only work if OPs got their buffs reduced. Buffing GFs survivability would not help at all and would just make DPS GFs even better than before. So if OP buffs got reduced, you'd want to pick either an OP for a more reliable tank vs a GF (in a pug/average player scenario). Making it more effective to take a tank + dps buffer, than both OP + GF.
But then you have an issue of all GFs going full DPS with ITF and be valued higher than other dps/buffers. A simple nerf would be to knights challenge from 100% to 70% or so, and nerf ITF a bit (-10% bonus) and put that 10% loss back into the tactician feat.
Then we would need to look at DCs but I am not expert on DCs so I can't make sound suggestions. But I feel like they need nerfs on their offensive buffs/debuffs across the board and let certain DPS classes take more of that role. Whilst a DC buff/debuffs may end up weaker, there will always be 1 party slot available to a DC (and or devo OP if that was ever buffed up)
Unfortunately I don't see much other way, buffing the DPS classes would just make things even more trivial as they are right now.
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