I think we shouldn’t expect the design team to bring us any major changes at this point, until 4.0, so that being the case, what are some ideas that you have and want to see added to our existing skill sets?
I’ve been trying to imagine how they would add new abilities to DRK and what could possibly be squeezed in. I’d love to have a “Dread Spikes” ability which would probably be similar to WAR’s Vengeance in practice. I also think some kind of AoE magic shield on the party, like “Dark Ward” or something would be nice.
PLD could get an AoE regen, similar to their 1.21 version of Divine Veil. WAR could get an ability that raises the Strength of all party members, similar to the FFXIV Gil Warcry ability. Clearly there could be balance issues that need to be sorted, but yeah.
I’d like more aspects of Paladin to focus on the shield.
– Shield Spikes, or a similar Aura, that deals damage back to the attacker based on the type of shield being used. Bucklers return a small amount of damage, while Towers return a larger amount. The idea being that a larger shield has more spikes, and the smaller shields would block more often thus the damage is evened out among all three. This would help PLDs slight lack of AoE when in large groups, and would provide a small amount of passive damage to compliment the Auto-Attack while in Shield Oath for a slightly higher MT damage output. –Edit: I just thought of it, but it could even be a Trait that modifies Shield Oath.
– An Aura that redirects the incoming negative energy of attacks that are blocked and produces a positive energy pulse to either provide a small AoE heal (like a Medica II tick) or a small-radius Damage-preventing Barrier, also based on what type of shield is being used. Keep in mind — Sheltron. I get the Barrier would be pretty difficult to balance out, so I think the small heal would be better.
– More choice when it comes to shields to use. I’d personally use a Tower all day long, but we all know the only shields that exist in the game are Kites. (INB4, “bucklers” and “towers,” take a look at any of the highest item level shields. They’re all Kites. Thordan Ex Shield was almost cool, for a second, and Ravana almost hooked us up as well. Why’d we not follow through with this?)
They’re all probably terrible ideas, but there they are.
Before I even begin to consider new abilities for the Tanks I’d love to see ff14gilhub them address the existing problems with the ones we already have, specifically with Drk (who mostly lacks OT utility) and Pld (don’t even get me started on this one). I would love for the Dev team to sit down and hammer out a detailed and viable plan for addressing the current tank balance and create a solid foundation for them to build on. Then, and only then, am I okay with seeing additions.
Of course, I’m not holding my breath for this to actually happen. SE has all but admitted that they’ll never do it. I don’t think we’ve seen any meaningful tank adjustments since War got their overhaul waaaaaaaaaay back in 2.1. I’d love to know what happened to the individual who was responsible for that adjustment, because since then it’s been nothing but bandage after flimsy bandage …