My build was aimed at being one of the roamers on the map to assist people who needed help at points. I did something like 43 tournaments and only lost 3 last BWE. I can tell you 100% that 5v5s do not happen in tournament play unless people are overly committing to the enemy keep lord and even then it's unlikely.
I saw the root elite get used last BWE by rangers that weren't running the spirit spam build. I think bringing a root that will guarantee the death of an enemy if you're using voice chat is significantly better than a pet that relies on you and your team being subpar to use it's function. You don't need the spirit if you're roaming whatsoever. If you're bunkering, you plan to encounter enemies(possibly multiple) alone and could use any resource for survival until someone arrives to even the odds.
I believe the pet is totally viable in non tourney pvp, and can be used in any situation there.
You are making it sound that if you are ever
in a situation where the odds are against you in SPvP then you are on a subpar team.
You say you can only use it when "getting wrecked", you will die in SPvP, you will get caught 2v1, 3v1 even. The Spirit Elite will get you out of that situation allowing you to escape, save those points and not leave your team a man down.
Haku I was undefeated in Tournament play, granted I didnt play as many games as you and only played in a team for 1 night of the BWE but I was 14 for 14 overall. As nettle says, the rally function is what pushes this spirit forward and it can be THE play that can completely turn fights around.
Rampage has zero group utility. In terms of defence, stability is as far as it goes. Lightning reflexes followed up by shortbow cc and evade makes a much better stunbreak and counter to a warrior bullrush combo. The heals from the spirit are huge, not withstanding the rally function. Like I said if your build does not rely on heavy frontload burst damage then Rampage is by far the inferior Elite when comparing the two.
I might be missing something but how does the root elite guarantee a death? Do you mean if they use it on players that are already downed? The roots are very easy to destroy, from using it Ive found it the least useful elite of the three.
It really doesnt sound like you have given much thought on using the spirit, or tried to get good at timing the resurrects.