ArenaNet has released a brand new update for their popular MMO Guild Wars, which introduces some major changes to the Elementalist player class.
The update focuses on both PvE and PvP, although it seems the emphasis was given to PvE gameplay. The update really is quite huge, so we'll only be able to cover a small portion of it in this post. Changes have been made to hard mode enemies, new mechanics have been added, a new type of spell has been added; doublecast skills, new functionality has been added - there's so much to talk about with this update.
In regards to Doublecast Skills:
A doublecast skill is a new type of spell that casts on you as well as your target. By utilizing proper positioning, skilled players can significantly increase the power level of these skills as well as the area that they cover. Many of these skills were reworked because they were too unwieldy to play normally due to conditionals or poor synergies with other skills. In the case of Mirror of Ice, the skill was providing too much power in PvP without being useful in PvE.
A few examples of an Elementalist's double cast skills include:
Double Dragon: increased casting time to 1 second; increased cost to 10 Energy; increased recharge to 20 seconds; changed functionality to: "Invoke the power of the Dragon. For 8 seconds, you and target ally are enchanted with Double Dragon. Adjacent foes are dealt 5...30 fire damage each second. Additionally, when you or your ally use skills that target a foe, that foe is set on fire for 0...3 seconds."
Energy Boon: changed skill type to enchantment spell; increased casting time to 1 second; increased cost to 10 Energy; reduced recharge to 20 seconds; changed functionality to: "For 36...60 seconds, Energy Boon raises the maximum Health of you and target ally by 1...3 for each point of your respective maximum Energy. When this enchantment is first applied, you and your target gain 1...12 Energy. You gain an additional 1 Energy for every 2 points you have in Energy Storage."
Gust: changed functionality to: "For 5...11 seconds, both you and target ally move 33% faster. When you cast this spell, all foes near you and your target take 15...70 cold damage. Foes struck by Gust while attacking or moving are knocked down."
Check out the full list of updates over at http://guildwars.com/, especially if you like to play Elementalist characters.