RV talents/re-work suggestions.
Melee: RV needs access to “THP on Kill” and “Smiter” so that 1H axe can be used on a viable build.
No Dawdling (10% movement speed) is dull. I’d suggest replacing it with something potentially more useful - maybe a talent similar to WHC’s Eternal Guard passive so that RV can block for longer when cornered.
RV is just kinda weak and a lot more boring than other ranged classes. I know he’s intended to a “support” class. I’d like to see his support characteristics be amplified to make him stronger but still unique.
First, I’d remove the “Share and Share Alike” talent the old one (ammo for RV when other’s pick it up) is just uninspired. The new Ale bottle mechanic is just a stupid gimick that gets old quickly - if one player picks up all the bottles he out distances everyone and people get mad; or, in a cooperative team people try and share the bottles out evenly and the whole thing just slows down the game as we are trying to figure out who’s buff runs out first. Honestly, this talent isn’t worth the aggravation.
Ranger’s Parting Gift - Reworked (THP on ult) - I HATE this! It’s very useful, but back in a previous patch (1. something) the temp health on ranged kills was eliminated because it was all reward with no risk and most THP on ult talents were also axed (Waystalker, Huntsman…). Now these THP on ult talents are creeping back into the game. I have been playing in a party with RV, Unchained, and Mercenary that all have THP on ult and it’s just ridiculous how often one or more of us can spam their ult to avoid any kind of peril. It’s lazy. Ranger Veteran shouldn’t be a cut-rate Mercenary. His original Parting Gift talent (not consume bomb on ult) was way better and made the Ranger Veteran more unique. If you want to increase RV’s survivability then increase his base health and ditch this talent. The new Ranger’s Ambush talent (8% attack speed) seems similarly boring - a moderate and temporary buff to group attack speed isn’t a unique selling point for Ranger Veteran than I can muster any excitement for.
HOW to make RV unique and more powerful:
Tier 20 talents:
- Eliminate Share and Share Alike.
- Split Scavenger into 2 talents: Scavenger(Bomb) and Scavenger(Potion) and increase the drop rate from specials to 30-40%. So one of RV’s key talents is less at the mercy of RNG.
- Keep Grungni’s Cunning unchanged.
Tier 30 talents:
- Keep Surprise Guest.
- Spilt old Ranger’s Parting Gift into 2 talents - Parting Gift (Potion) and Parting Gift (Bomb) - when these ults are active a potion or bomb, respectively can be used once without being consumed.
If the RV has the Scavenger(Potion), Parting Gift(Potion) talents and Proxy trait. Potions would drop with a measure of predicatbility and he will be able to buff the party frequently for speed or strength or ult regeneration. He’d become a really valuable member of the team, but still maintain his unique identity.
CHANGE DROP LOCATIONS:
Right now ammo, bombs, and potions drop where a special dies. If you shoot a blightstormer half way across the map then basically the RVs talents are wasted because people won’t pick-up the item. Even shooting specials at medium range is bad because going to pick up the potion that drops just slows the game down. So, make drops occur at the LOCATION OF THE SHOOTER not the special. It’ll speed the game up and will guarantee that the person that expends the ammo to kill the special gets the drop if they want it. There is already a mechanic in the game for this. When the Grail Knight uses the Virtue of the Penitent talent the strength pots it generates always drop on his location.