I feel like having a hammer might be better because of the protection? Is it needed you think? (snip)
My second question is have you considered using mango pies (Heal every second) instead of the flat HP increase? I imagine the heal over time would give you a lot more HP then the 1000 or so for food. I think they heal around 90-100 a second.
Thanks for the continued interest!
I'll get a full writeup on hammer after I play with it some more.
As to the second question on food. There are lots of good choices depending on the situation, and of course, how easily you can source a reliable supply of your favorites My source had the poultry on hand, so that's what I played with first.
Plate of Lemongrass Poultry, (not the bowl) or anything that gives a HP/health benefit - is probably best used to avoid one hit kills, or to give you a safety margin in high burst situations (such as leaping in for the first pull/bind on a pack of mobs).
It's going to be a personal judgment call/gut feel on when to have more HP margin, vs more healing over time. I've lived with under 1K hp so many times that I just feel I need that margin for what I'm doing in GW2 currently. If I go a long stretch with never getting below 1K hp, it means I don't need the hp buffer, and time to think about a change.
Plate of Lemongrass Poutry (again, not the bowl) has one other overlooked side effect too. +200 power when you are below 50% health. That is a lot of power. Also note the synergy with Valorous Defense Minor Trait (gain Aegis when health drops below 50%). I love the concept of being stronger as you are close to death, and the whole Renewed Focus + Lyssa Rune combo really adds to this if you are into that play style.
If you micro-manage your self-heals, you may be able to hover above and below 50% health quasi-controllably - constantly getting Aegis while keping the +200 power up often. First, having the additional 1,000 health makes that 50% health point a bigger number (and thus a slightly better margin of error from a sudden death), and second, NOT having an "always on" heal over time is actually a benefit if you want to try this. This is admittedly more theoretical than practical, as the way the build works now, you self-heal about 2/3rds of the time you push a button.
Mango Pie is incredible though, and very much adds to the self-heal synergy. it gives 700hp, so nearly equal to the Plate of Lemongrass Poultry there. And of course, it has a heal over time. 88hp per second according to the wiki. That is flat out insane.
It ends up being a tradeoff decision of having more defense/healing with the Pie, vs having a slightly more hp buffer and some interesting, albeit not overly consequential offensive/playstyle options with the Poultry. Is 88hp/s constant heal worth more than 200 power when less than 50% health? Many people would say "yes".
Thanks you for bringing this food to my attention! I had my source make me a bunch of Mango Pie to cart around in my bags after seeing this. In fact, she is switching her Guardian to full time Mango Pie, I'm probably going to join her
Edited by Venyarth, 07 November 2012 - 12:43 PM.