ZOS, I have an honest request for the sake of all pve players who will attempt to master the Arcanist in the coming patch... please, please remove the 0.3 second cast time on Abyssal Impact and its morphs. That 0.3 seconds doesn't benefit anyone. It just makes the skill feel sluggish and fudges bar swaps with the slightest fluctuation in ping. The more I play Arcanist, the more I just think 'yuck' every time I go to cast this skill.
I would replace it with Runeblades, which feel very smooth indeed, but unfortunately they are vastly undertuned in comparison and your choice to grant Abyssal Impact a 5% damage buff makes it essential for Arcanist in pve. You have oddly given Arcanist 2 class spammables, and we have to use at least one because of crux, but you've made the good one feel like sludge (deliberately, maybe, because of the tentacle vibe) and the bad one... wait, why is there a bad one?
Cast times should only be used for meaningful channels, such as the Arcanist book and the Templar beam. Cast times under 1 second are just meaningless jank in my humble opinion. When you play the game yourselves, ask if a given cast time is necessary for the skill to feel fun and on point. And if it's not absolutely necessary, just get rid of it and make it instant cast.
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