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State of the Game

Posted by Keith Cross on Nov 26, 2007  | Comments

State of the Game -

In this week's State of the Game article on the Guild Wars official site, they take a look at a few recent balance changes and how they affect the meta-game.

Casters with Heal Party run flags and help relieve pressure on the party without fear of an Assassin jumping on them. Monk backlines run Word of Healing. No, you haven't stumbled upon another "remembering the past" article. This month, two significant skill balance updates shook up the metagame. At this rate, this article may become outdated before it even gets published! So let's take a quick look at some of the more immediate effects on PvP: Monk Skill Bars have changed dramatically, Assassins must re-evaluate how quickly they can take down enemies, and fewer teams will ask Necromancers to substitute for Monks.

Goodbye, Light of Deliverance. Hello, Word of Healing.

Forget that the old LoD could only heal party members who were below 80% Health; this little Nightfall elite warped the competitive landscape by providing a simple solution to pressure-based offenses. In the days leading up to LoD's nerf, teams had even begun running two copies because prolonged shutdown of the skill caused a team to collapse. Now, despite the fact that LoD can unconditionally heal all party members within range, the new two-second cast time means it no longer provides reliable party-wide healing at the flag stand or follow-up self-healing after Infuse Health because it's an open invitation to any number of debilitating interrupts.

Enter the new-and-improved Word of Healing. After the updates, the net change to the skill allows it to act as a self-heal. As a powerful, versatile, and cheap heal, WoH has found its way onto the Skill Bars of both Infusers and split Monks. The most common two-Monk backline after these updates has one Word of Healing Monk and one Restore Condition Monk. However, many teams run a Word of Healing Monk runner as well, who can keep NPCs alive fairly well in split situations.

Read more here.

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