So, the new Chultan Tiger companion is undoubtedly the new best summoned companion for dps, and it's also pretty damn good for supports and tanks too.
Same debuff as Con Artists/Sellswords/Rebel Mercenary, 5% dmg and speed buff for 25 seconds upon entering combat, 3 offensive runeslots, easy to equip. Can't really beat that.
I just have a few doubts regarding the debuff application. Let's look at the abilities involved:
Killer Instinct: Enemies that are affected by the Tiger's Damage Over Time Bleeds take 10% more damage from all sources and increase the Tiger's damage by 20%. No cooldown of course.
Claw: Claws the target, dealing physical damage. If the Tiger has Combat Advantage, he will also Rake the target applying a Damage Over Time Bleed. No cooldown.
Rending Swipe: The Tiger swipes at all enemies in front of him causing them to take Damage Over Time through a Bleed effect. 12 seconds cooldown.
Now, Claw applies a bleed which then applies the 10% debuff (due to Killer Instinct), but only if there is a Combat Advantage granting effect on the target.
Rending Swipe applies a bleed regardless. It is only used once every 12 seconds due to the cooldown, but we have another bleed here, which means Killer Instinct should work and apply the debuff.
Does this mean that the Chultan Tiger applies the 10% debuff regardless of Combat Advantage, one way or another? I mean, while soloing, let's assume we are a TR, who has no abilities that grant Combat Advantage to the whole party (which includes our Tiger) : does the Rending Swipe apply the bleed and thus the debuff or does it need CA too?
I know it SHOULD apply the bleed --> debuff, but it just sounds weird that the single target bleed needs CA while the AOE bleed doesn't.
And if Rending Swipe applies the debuff, does it have 100% uptime when there's no CA granting effect on the target/targets?