Hi. I'd really like some information about the healing mage set, ideally from people who have actually tested it out.
TLDR The specific questions I have are in bold. Everything else is just waffle.
First of all this is what the gear does, it is the 5-piece bonus I am really interested in.
(2 items) Adds 129 Magicka Recovery
(3 items) Adds 967 Max Magicka
(4 items) Adds 2% Healing Done
(5 items) When you use an area of effect heal ability, you reduce the Weapon Damage of all enemies within 10 meters of you by 430 for 3 seconds.
Question 1 - What constitutes an area of effect heal?
Often this is going to be obvious, but if we think about the NB, do all skills that have an AoE heal component count? What about funnel health (heals one nearby ally)? What about Sap essence (a damage ability that also can heal nearby allies)? What about Refreshing path (a ground based dot that can has been morphed to have a healing component)?
Other classes and skill lines have similar abilities that have a healing component which may proc the 5-piece bonus, but the heal is almost a secondary feature of the ability (e.g. wardens have an ability that allows their heavy attacks to heal a nearby ally, and resto staff has something similar).
I'm particularly interested in nightblade mechanics, because potentially a sap tank would have 100% uptime on the 5-piece bonus. That leads to the second question.
Question 2 - What is weapon damage on mobs? How effective is it to debuff it?
I've done some research and I've heard that mobs don't have separate weapon and spell damage - they have a single damage stat called weapon damage which is reduced by 430 through the 5-piece bonus, so the 5 piece will affect all mobs equally. Can anyone with experience confirm that is true?
So how useful is a 430 damage debuff? If I debuff another players damage by 430 that is going to really hurt their dps (unless they are a proctato, but that's another story). But players get most of their weapon damage through buffs like brutality/beserk etc, and I don't notice NPC's buffing themselves nearly so much. Or does the 430 just get deducted from the amount of damage a mob was going to do? If this is true then the healing mage set may be very effective against large groups of trash mobs with low damage, but almost useless against bosses that do thousands or tens of thousands of damage with each attack.
I'm not very good at explaining, but I suppose I'm asking if the debuff affects the mobs base weapon damage (which subsequently reduces the damage of their abilities significantly), or does it reduce the total damage the ability would do by just 430?
Question 3 - Any cooldown? Any cap on the number of Mobs debuffed? Are bosses effected?
I've got an idea for a NB dungeon healer who gets right into the thick of the fight, standing near the tank and melee dps protecting them by debuffing every nearby enemy mainly by using sap essence to keep a 100% uptime on the debuff. But if there is a cool down or AoE cap not mentioned in the tooltip then the build idea goes out of the window. Equally, if the debuff doesn't affect dungeon bosses then this set will be completely outclassed by other healer gear.
Sorry for going on!!! Anyway, I really don't want to start grinding for gear in trials if the build I've been thinking about won't do what I want. If anyone read to this point thanks! If you have any answers then thank you very much.
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