With the change to bleed, and the increased love and attention that's being directed towards mag warden, what about stam warden? I have a ton of opinions, and it's not looking good for this playstyle at the moment.
Edited by merpins on February 7, 2024 4:07PM
Stam Warden Pain Points:
1. Cliff racer is ok. It feels terrible to use, always has. both morphs suffer this. It could use a boost in damage, as right now it's really only good for a bleed dot, and not as a spammable skill. You CAN spam it, and it's fine. Not great, not bad, but fine. But almost every stam warden I've seen doesn't use it as a spammable, since the damage doesn't compare to other generic options (like Wrecking Blow). Stam Warden lacks a spammable skill that's worthwhile slotting as a spammable. If you want a bleed spammable, you're gonna have to use dual wield.
2. The morphs of Scorch. Not only does the stam version do poison damage and not bleed, but it's so much worse than the mag version that there's no reason to slot it. Does it do more damage? No, not really, it's pretty comparable. But it doesn't synergize with the rest of the skills, the other morph doesn't need to be recast as much, and it gives both major and minor breach. You'd be hard pressed to buff the stam morph enough to make it worthwhile over the mag morph.
3. Growing Swarm suffers the same problem as the stam Scorch morph. The Mag morph is so much better that there's not a lot of reason to use the stam morph. Next update, you might have to use it, though, just to keep stacks of Hemorrhaging up, and suffer damage losses because of it.
4. The bear is fine.
So... that's it. those are the stam warden skills. You also get a passive slottable skill, but that's not exclusive to stam. And then there's a bad sustain skill that just lowers your DPM if you slot it. Mag warden gets the entire frost line to themselves, as well as animal companions. Sure animal companions don't do cold, but at least they get double the skill selection. It's a lackluster kit that gives you one kinda ok bleed dot, and bleed ult that's pretty good, and a bunch of other skills whose mag morphs outweigh the options, and even if the other bleed skill was good (it isnt), that's still only three bleed skills. It's okay to an extent, with hybridization you can make up for this with some cold skills and even use the mag morphs that are better. But then, are you actually a stam warden? You'd be more of a mag warden that uses bleed at that point.
Stam warden needs to be looked at.
But I want to hear your thoughts.
Edit: One additional note. With the next major update and the Scribing system, there might be more options for bleed. this doesn't fix warden, but might help warden bleed builds work better. But we won't know until may at the earliest.