Edited by ESO_Nightingale on February 12, 2023 5:42AM
Hey everyone, i just wanted to talk about an underused item set in the game at the moment. One i find extremely fun to use despite it's performance.
as the title suggests, that set is Winterborn. a set that used to be used a ton in pvp a long time back but now has fallen into obscurity due to other sets outperforming it in it's unique areas.
Winterborn has my favourite sound effect in the entire game attached to it. a visceral spiking noise, followed by an ice shatter as it shoots up a sharp icicle pillar under it's target.
with a 50% snare on it, it seems to heavily eat up the power budget of this set, lowering it's damage output compared to other more powerful proc sets, while having nowhere near the level of impact that a strong CC set like dark convergence has on it's targets in addition to it's large burst. i think it's really unfortunate because i'd love to be able to use this item set in pve environments without comprimising a ginormous amount of damage.Performance:
What can be done?:
In PvE situations it underperforms pretty badly as you would expect compared to something considered meta such as pillar of nirn, even when using an item set such as frostbite which does amplify it's damage which technically should give it an edge over nirn. forgive my rusty parses, i did try to match everything i could between the 2 builds.
Pillar of Nirn:
I believe there are a couple of things that could be done to this set to make it perform better in at least some pve situations. Firstly, i think it should automatically proc the chilled status effect to the targets that it hits. this would raise it's power a little bit especially for frost wardens. Secondly like pillar of nirn i believe it should have a lingering damage over time effect on the 3 meter radius pillar that it summons. This would result in a set similar to pillar of nirn but more frontloaded into the initial burst with a faster proc and smaller damage over time component. i believe that the snare could in turn be reduced down to 30% or ideally removed if it is able to compete with pillar.
finally, I believe that the magicka recovery bonus on the 3 piece item set bonus harms it's potential. I think that it would be better replaced with a second line of weapon and spell damage, or critical chance in order to better enhance the wearer's damage. a critical chance bonus would nicely mirror pillar of nirn as well.
I've seen how active you have been lately which has been wonderful. i wonder if the developers have any sort of comment about this item set? i know it's not a priority right now compared to the newer sets, but I'm a firm believer that seperate class specs should be able to have different best in slot gear combinations, all the while understanding how hard that can be to achieve.
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