I can guarentee you that if you could get Defy Pain from 10 points in defense, nearly every build would have it, even if being defensive isn't the point of your build. Healing shouts is a powerful grandmaster trait, and it does a lot for the team.
This IS a Vigorous Shouts build... Because we DO want to heal...
You're basing much of your points on speculation. Range is hardly an issue on shouts. Just tell your allies to try and stay near you, when people get heals, they tend to try to stay near the healer.
I'm not planning to do that, but it doesn't mean that the heals I get when I DO pop FGJ and SIO are wasted. They are still very much effective and useful.
Any dps you would get simply would not match up to the 10% boon duration and healing from shouts at this point in the build. If you want to go full absolutely no support, then run a cookie cutter GS build, not Sonic Boon.
It would be +50 Precision (Or rather -20, since you are removing Omnomberry pies), and we already get +10% bleed damage from our bleeds and allied bleeds, you frankly don't need the extra 50%, it only makes your bleeds last 1 second longer.
We already get 25 stacks of might, why would we need 10% more boon duration? It's a flat out waste and lowers our precision and healing/survivability.
I'm not sure where you are getting the information for your arguments, but it is clearly flawed (No offence). The point of the build is to be survivable as well as deal high damage. Shout heals, OmnomBerry pies, and points in Defence help this aspect. The loss in survivability/team support from switching to a 20/30/0/20/0 build is not worth the 100 more power, 10% more damage with GS and 1 second longer bleeds.
what i meant was that this build is not noob friendly or pug friendly, it doesnt matter how good you Brand are with this build not everybody will be dodging everything.
dont compare def pain with 1400 VS per shout please, please.
this is not a VS build, is a hybrid, you dont heal as much as a VS build could.
i used this build for more than a week i can tell you, VS for 1400 per shout is useless, mobs will hit you for more.
Are you really asking to ppl to stay next to you to heal them for 1400 ?
those are 10 point to play with and you can use the food you want.
Im getting the information from playing this build.
Support is not only healing.
Also, you don't need to keep watching the health bars, all you need is a quick glance. I play in melee just the same as you, and I have to time my skills properly, I need to try and Block tactically, since soaking a heavy attack is key to keeping a mob at bay for longer periods.
I'll be interested to see how you get on in Fractals at level 10+. Agony is a real pain.
VS in this build is a waste. This build is lossing dps, a weapon and all his utilities for 1400 heal because as i said, you are using FGJ asap, SIO is you only answer to 1 conditions/stun. OMM will be the only thing that could heal when you need it.