Guild Wars 2: Warriors Seemingly Got Destroyed in Latest Balancing Patch

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A major balancing patch for the popular MMORPG Guild Wars 2 was released just recently, and it seems certain professions got heavily nerfed, including the Warrior.

The Warrior’s Warhorn and Banner skills have received heavy-handed nerfs. In Guild Wars 2, weapon skills are automatically chosen when equipping specific weapons. In this instance, equipping the Warhorn gives the Warrior two skills at their disposal: Charge and Call of Valor.

In the latest update, the Charge skill no longer grants increased damage to allies on their next two attacks. Instead, they get two seconds of quickness. On top of that, the cooldown is increased to 20 seconds, though the duration of Swiftness is up to 20 seconds.

For Banners, they no longer provide attribute bonuses to allies. They now grant quickness to allies and different boons depending on which type of banner the Warrior uses. The boons are as follows:

  • Banner of Defense: Resistance for 1 second.
  • Banner of Discipline: Fury for 1 second.
  • Banner of Strength: Might for 5 seconds.
  • Banner of Tactics: Regeneration for 1 second.

The other changes for the Warrior can be found below:

  • Scorched Earth: Reduced power coefficient per strike from 0.5 to 0.35 in WvW (World vs. World) only
  • Fan of Fire: Increased power coefficient per strike from 0.39 to 0.44 in PvP and WvW
  • Frenzy: Reduced cooldown to 40 seconds in PvP and WvW
Elite Skills
  • Signet of Rage: Clarified in the description that the passive adrenaline gain only applies in combat
  • Furious Burst: Now also increases the critical chance from Fury by 5%.
  • Vigorous Shouts: Increased healing attribute scaling from 1.2 to 1.32 in WvW only. Increased healing attribute scaling from 0.75 to 1.0 in PvP only
  • Breaching Strike: Increased power coefficient from 0.9 to 1.2 in PvP and WvW
  • Aura Slicer: Increased power coefficient from 1.2 to 1.32 in PvP and WvW
  • Bladestorm: Increased power coefficient per strike from 0.235 to 0.28 in PvP and WvW
  • Bulletproof Barrier: This skill has been removed and replaced by Overcharged Cartridges
  • Overcharged Cartridges: Using this skill makes your next five Explosion attacks deal 15% more damage. Using the skill again while you still have charges triggers Detonate Cartridges
  • Detonate Cartridges: Using Overcharged Cartridges a second time consumes all remaining charges to cause an explosion in front of the bladesworn that launches enemies. The radius of this skill scales based on the number of charges consumed

The full changelog can be found here.

So, what can you say about the nerfs applied to the Warrior?

Guild Wars 2 is available on PC.

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