Well, I'm trying to decide what to do with my 2 new factions slots when it comes out. And I'll probably end up choosing between a ritualist or an elementalist. I'll probably play both and then decide which I prefer, but I'd like to hear some feedback from those who've played both. I'd also like to focus on PvE play...I do about 50-50, but I can always drum up a PvP char.
At the moment I'm leaning towards an ele, so I figured I'd get some feedback from the Ritualist side. Here's some of my thoughts on the comparison...please correct me if some of these assumptions are wrong:
Ritualists seem fairly tied to spirits (long cast time/recharge). Did people find good Rit builds without spirits? I dislike long cast/recharge times, and I tend to shy away from spirits for that reason. I realize that many of the good ele skills also have this same disadvantage.
Eles seem to be better damage dealers. My impression is only based on a few hours in the FPE weekend...so maybe if I got the correct skills the Rit would be a better damage dealer. But my damage dealing just didn't feel that strong with a rit.
Healing with a rit felt about like healing with a e/mo. It worked, but not quite as well as with a primary monk. (again..this may be a result of not having all the skills I wanted)
The urn/aggro problem really was a turn-off; it makes those skills PvP skills almost exclusively...though I hope this will be fixed.
Last question: How much tactical awareness does a ritualist take to play? One of my turn-offs on Eles is that in PvE it often feels like you just spam the big damage spells in sequence over and over again. On the other hand, I enjoy playing a mesmer (pick the right hex for the right opponant, interrupts, constant target switching) or a monk (right heal for the time, good awareness needed) much more. I didn't play my ritualist enough over the weekend to see how it felt. Is a ritualist likely to have a variety of spells for different occasions? Will there be timing involved in setting spirits? Or do you just lay them down before every aggro?
Thanks in advance.