Still a good build. Might not be super-meta. I guess it depends how competitive you are. Personally not trying for Plat3.
I can still harass far, go 1v1, stall a 1v2 and a 1v3. This hasn't changed. The time on shared boons is the only nerf I know of. The bear heal is great, especially against condi heavy teams. Owl/siamoth is amazing for the tanking potential. Siamoth isn't awkward. Foraging and grabbing the item can take a bit of getting used to. Merged Siamoth is great--dmg, CC and dmg immune makes you super tanky.
Owl is superior to Raven in every way ( @Leshy ) Owl has the leap, swiftness and a great heal that can be traited (Invigorating Bond). It can be clutch in group fights.
The build is definitely versatile. You can use different weapons, different pets, swap out a few utilities and still be competitive. Spirits are fun to play around with as they can be hidden and then moved into the area you are fighting in. Stone Spirit is a fav of mine.
Fell out of the meta after getting nerfed repeatedly. It's still a viable pick, but it's no longer at the top of the food chain.
Amazing build. Very forgiving on eventual mistakes and makes you feel like other people can barely do any damage to you. Great mobility, great sustain and great condi cleanse which basically lets you win any match up and hold/win 1v2 or even 1v3. Will probably get nerfed in the future unfortunately but atm it’s also really good for carrying even the worst teams :)
Amazing sustain and stupidly tough with divinity amulet. I prefer bear stance for healing especially when traited. Actually useful in team fights as stances are shared so take one wolf pack for extra pressure. Excellent bunker 1v1 and 2v2. Owl makes you a godly node decapper with mobilty as good as any. Not many weaknesses imo and will probably get a nerf. I use smokescale instead of siamoth (too clunky). The damage and mobility smokescale gives is too good to pass up. I have successfully held nodes 1v2 and 3 long enough to help carry wins plus you can out sustain anything 1v1 if you know how to stick and move.
Frustrated with opponents who chase you around, stun-lock you, and make you feel like a goon? Dolyak, One Wolf Pack, Whirling Defense... SO much fun!
This build has very good sustain, damage, and mobility, along with what is probably the highest uptime of boons in PvP (provided youve good RNG...).
Basically, this is a build that was waiting to shine once all the boonhate specs were nerfed. And, well, since they all have been, here we are. Boonstrip can still be an oucho, but it's not as total a counter as it once was.
Definitely avoid team fights with this one though. You really shine as a duelist and 2v2'er.
I had most success on ranger in ranked with this build. Very nice sustain, damage and mobility. I'd change some traits but the core of this build is GREAT.
This is a fun build to play if you know how to rotate pets/beast mode. I'm using raven & smokescale (for the raven's F3 pull/root - owl's spiritual reprieve is on a 40 sec cd and you already have enough resistance/condi removal). Raven also grants you extra vitality & boon duration instead of outgoing healing.
Great mobility due to your bird/sword #2 and plenty of evades in 1vX situations. A good player can not only survive in 1v2 situations but even put pressure on the enemy player.
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