Let me preface by describing what I’m talking about, weapons that have a constant stream of damage like the flamestorm staff and beam staff can currently take advantage of a quirk with the resourceful sharpshooter trait (reduce ult cooldown by 2% for every crit) that allows them to gain ult charge ridiculously fast. Every time you crit with the stream of one of these weapons, the crit lasts for around half a second, in which time every tick of damage you do will add towards the 2% ultimate cooldown reduction, this essentially means every crit leads almost instant ult cooldowns if you take into account enemy piercing.
This video demonstrates what it can do in action, you do not need a macro to use this but this is the theoretical limit how fast you can get your ult up if you only have a single target, it gets up even faster with multiple targets.
Even though I can’t find a single post about this, it has become fairly popular knowledge among the community now and has made it’s way into public lobbies. I will say that playing with pyromancers who use this build is probably the biggest chore I’ve ever had to put up with in this game. There’s a burning head going off every 10 seconds if they have enemies to target, elites just disappear, hordes stand still in their spawn being eternally stunlocked by beam staff and executed by burning heads, it’s just boring and I don’t feel like I’m playing a game with others, rather just sitting behind someone using a cheese build to jog through an entire level. This build takes no skill to use, all the fantastic elements of melee combat cease to exist if there is someone holding down LMB for half the match to farm up their ultimate. If you can’t tell I’m salty, I want ranged meta to not be prevalent, when beam staff was nerfed and people started using something other than beam pyromancer, the game was the best time I’ve had so far, but now it’s back to Protect the Sienna, except now with the added bonus of taking advantage of a build that is arguably even stronger than Heat Sink.
But these are just my two cents, I would like to hear the thoughts of others, from those who use it and from those who have had experience with others using it.