I'm getting into my PvE R/E character and found a few comments about this topic. I did a search and found several people that claim that read the wind is the way to go and not to use favorable winds. For the life of me I can't figure out why. When I look at it, it seems the opposite, why would you use read the wind over favorable winds?
Keep in mind - this is PvE so I'm not too worried about the enemies getting benefits from this (although that was something I tend to forget about, even in PvP so I will stop using this in PvP :happy34: )
Read the wind lasts only 12 seconds, it is a preparation so it will NOT stack with apply poison or kindle which I use all the time. It does about the same damage (+9 vs. +6 - what's 3 damage going to matter anyway?) and it will not last for a whole battle most of the time, thus taking up more energy and time in battle while its recast.
Favorable winds last a few minutes - more than long enough for a battle or two. It take 5 energy and that lasts the whole battle. Sure you need a little forethought and it takes a few seconds to cast (which is why those little red dots on the map are nice!) It is a spirit so I just lay it down and forget about it. It stacks with preparations so instead of just doing a little more damage and arrows moving faster, I have all that PLUS my arrows do poison or fire damage!
So why in the world are these seasoned players saying that it is better to use read the wind??? Even over apply poison or kindle? I just don't get it. There must be something I am missing here. Anyone?