It's viable, but barely. Tempest is the #2 dedicated support in PvP right after Firebrand, but the gap is so huge it's at least one if not two tiers worse. The healing output is good and aura sharing can be a powerful thing, but FB does boon sharing, healing, rezing, and cleansing better (even has better self sustain). Only thing Tempest's maybe better at is damage mitigation, but then again FB has Aegis to share and a toughness boost on one of the tomes so let's call it a draw.
Sustain's the biggest issue - Tempest is great at keeping others alive, but sucks at survival.
Right now I don't see why anyone would play this instead of a FB (and the only team I've seen to run this actually had an FB supporting the Tempest itself..), BUT if you want to try something different and more challenging then by all means this gets the job done, and it's a lot of fun to play.
Good support build but it only really works in tangent with a FB or with a coordinated AT group. Still a strong build but too easily shutdown and weak compared to solo/duo Qing as a firebrand
It does its job as support, but it's not optimal. Firebrand's healing potential and other misc. support such as group on-demand stun breaks & stability as well as group reflects, resistance, and other boons (as well as CC) makes this build basically inferior to Firebrand support.
That's not to say this build is bad. It supports and can definitely be tanky, and has an invuln skill that FB lacks. Additionally, the projectile denial isn't locked behind a separate on-CD kit. Also has strong AoE pressure with Air Overload.
- Decent support build.
- It can hold its own against most of the enemies.
- Its hard to support when fighting against scourges.
Still the best Elem build in ranked
I disagree with OXzid. I run a very aggressive version of this build in ranked solo. So far, this has been my most successful starting season. Nasty build, with superior team support, and sneaky damage.
Great support build, probably the best ele build atm. Big heals through aura traits, lots of CC with shocking auras. Personally I prefer Staff over D/F, as it has better damage capabilities and access to water fields.
It is one of the best support build with his aurasharing. It has nice partywide healing and protection. it will be sure meta in the next season.
Zuko runs this build and keeps my scrub ass alive in team fights. Great team fight potential if you keep rotating it to where the team fights are due to high on demand healing and passive heals (552 aoe regen from soothing mist+regen boon). It is not a 1v1 build as it's not what it's built for but it should sustain and stalemate in 1v1's long enough to get a plus 1 in your favor. 10/10
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