I've been a bit tired of GW2 lately but this patch injected some fun into it all again.
The patch finally makes the Necromancer a more competitive class in 1 or 2 vs 1 in WvWvW and it adds more build options. It helps in Dungeons and Fractals for all builds but a power/crit build with axe and death shroud is seriously boosted with some Dps due to really powerful crits. Death Shroud 1 hits for 4-6K if you build for it.
The new torment DS 5 is really nice. It punishes mobility around the rather slow Necro and builds on the condition pressure. Feel free to fear them and if possible place a spectral wall behind them to really amp the damage. The spectral wall now has a short duration so I view it as a trap and not protection. Great for Zerg warfare or defending a gap in WvWvW. It has a nice long fear. Joy is placing it behind then and then fear them through it.
DS 3 has a prolonged duration which makes it my favorite fear.
Durations have been increased a bit which ups the damage for condition builds. Cleansing them negates this of course so better for PvE.
The new Dhuumfire opens up for a power/condition hybrid 30/25. With some points in DS we could have a glasscannon apart from the usual DS/power. Dhuumfire on top of bleeding is painful...
Stability is easier to get now that you can get quicker lifeforce at the same time albeit at a reduced rate.
Projectile rates have been tweaked which always helps. I land the DS2 more consistently now and Dagger 4 works better.
Spectral armour in DS is nifty and is useful as a boost to the panic button users.
Corruption is nerfed quite a bit. Makes it unreliable for getting that fear from stability conversion and doesn't make much of a dent in Guardians, mesmers or elementalists umbrellas.
Under water fear the Necro! The DS 1 skill is insanely powerful and the fear is godly.
In summary good stuff. I feel a lot more powerful after feeling that I really had to earn my kills in WvWvW. Now it's more up to skill but we are still no thieves, mesmers, warriors or guardians. We might not be the obvious choice for speed run Dungeons or WvWvW roaming but at least we got better at it.
If they fix the downed state hp bug and tone down the uw death shroud I'm happy. Took quite a bit to get some love as a Necro so now I'll enjoy myself.
I managed to ambush a Zerg from behind while they were running into a keep (Longview) and it was beautiful! Fear pong between Spectral wall and Staff 5 followed by torment and I made a run through with plague up to the lords room. Bought our side a lot of time and me a lit of badges.