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I suspect many know about this issue, but I am posting about it since I don't see it mentioned and it IS a big problem.

Problem[edit]

Skills that prevent interruption do prevent interrupts, however they do not prevent affects which are dependent on interrupts. I don't believe this is right. If something requires an interrupt to be triggered, and the condition is not met because of interruption prevention, then the effect should not be applied. However they ARE applied.

This being present basically says, "While you can prevent physically being interrupted, you cannot prevent any affects of interruption based skills."

Example[edit]

P1 uses Glyph of Concentration, and immediately after casts a random spell. P2 uses Power Leech on P1 while they are casting. P1 is not interrupted, but is now hexed with Power Leech.

Normal or concise description?[edit]

There are differing descriptions on all interrupts. The "normal" (non-concise) description uses the wording "If target foe is...", while concise uses "Interruption effect:".

Normal: Elite Hex Spell. If target foe is casting a spell or chant, that skill is interrupted and for 10 seconds, whenever that foe casts a spell, you steal up to 5...13...15 Energy from that foe.
Concise: Elite Hex Spell. Interrupt a spell or a chant. Interruption effect: steal 5...13...15 Energy whenever target foe casts a spell (10 seconds).

The Power Leech example above looks "legal/correct" based on the normal description, and it can be justified as follows: P2 activated Power Leech while P1 was casting a spell and is therefore hexed, but Glyph of Concentration prevented the interrupt. There is nothing wrong.

However if we go by the concise description the example scenario should not be allowed to happen. Since P1 was under Glyph of Concentration, the hex would not be since applied the application required an interrupt, which Glyph of Concentration prevented. P2's interrupt and hex would both be wasted, having no effect.

So what description do we go by? It seems the game goes by the normal description, however I like to believe that concise was the intended mechanism (remember what concise means), and with that being true, interrupt prevention skills are broken. Any time we see "Interruption effect:", it means the affect triggers on interruption. Effect is a clearly defined word meaning "to bring about, lead to a result", so "interrupt effect" means "if interrupted". When interrupt prevention prevents an interrupt, they should also prevent the effects dependent on them.

Tested With[edit]

Glyph of Concentration and Mantra of Concentration were the 2 preventions used. This list could be just a test of those things since there are other preventions, but as they all have the same and similar wording, I didn't test them. Plus that would take extremely long. If anybody wants to do that though or notices that one prevention has the opposite trigger results, post about it Also, any skills missing? I used ? for when the 2 descriptions of a skill make it look like an interrupt is not required for the effect (maybe both could be wrong), or if it hasn't been tested yet.

Skill name Effects
trigger?
Description (if yes) Extra/notes

Mesmer

Complicate Complicate Yes Target(s) skill(s) disabled during cast

Mesmer

Cry of Frustration Cry of Frustration Question Mark.png Does not look like interrupt is required, effect happens

Mesmer

Leech Signet Leech Signet Yes Caster gains energy

Mesmer

Power Leak Power Leak Yes Target loses energy

Mesmer

Power Drain Power Drain Yes Caster gains energy

Mesmer

Power Flux Power Flux Yes Target is hexed with Power Flux

Mesmer

Power Leech Power Leech Yes Target is hexed with Power Leech

Mesmer

Power Lock Power Lock No

Mesmer

Power Return Power Return Yes Target gains energy

Mesmer

Power Spike Power Spike Yes Target takes damage

Mesmer

Psychic Distraction Psychic Distraction Yes Target’s skill disabled during cast

Mesmer

Psychic Instability Psychic Instability No

Mesmer

Signet of Disruption Signet of Disruption Yes Target takes damage

Mesmer

Signet of Distraction Signet of Distraction Yes Target’s spell/skill disabled during cast

Mesmer

Signet of Clumsiness Signet of Clumsiness Yes Target is knocked down during attack

Mesmer

Tease Tease Yes Target and in the area have energy stolen

Mesmer

Web of Disruption Web of Disruption Question Mark.png Does not look like interrupt is needed for effect, effect happens

Ranger

Concussion Shot Concussion Shot Yes Causes daze

Ranger

Disrupting Lunge Disrupting Lunge No

Ranger

Disrupting Shot Disrupting Shot Yes Target takes added damage

Ranger

Distracting Shot Distracting Shot No

Ranger

Magebane Shot Magebane Shot No

Ranger

Savage Shot Savage Shot Yes Target takes added damage

Warrior

Disarm Disarm Question Mark.png Did not test yet

Warrior

Disrupting Chop Disrupting Chop No

Warrior

Distracting Strike Distracting Strike No

Warrior

Savage Slash Savage Slash Yes Target takes extra damage

Warrior

Skull Crack Skull Crack Question Mark.png Need to test

Assassin

Disrupting Stab Disrupting Stab No

Assassin

Exhausting Assault Exhausting Assault Question Mark.png Did not test yet

Assassin

Temple Strike Temple Strike Question Mark.png Effect happens, does not look like interrupt is neeed

Elementalist

Icy Prism Icy Prism Yes Target’s signet(s) disabled during cast

Dervish

Lyssa's Assault Lyssa's Assault No

Thanks to Anonymous 1-4, and Silver Edge.

Some skills effectively becomes another Psychic Distraction, as they applies the disable regardless of the interrupt prevention (another nail in it's coffin).

Solutions[edit]

Solution 1: Prevent interruption effects in interruption prevention skills[edit]

Any time a skill is used that includes the term "Interruption effect" in the concise description, the skill fails, is not able to be cast on target, or well, the mechanism is just plain fixed in the game, with the interrupt not happening and the effect not happening.

While I don't code anything, I don't believe developers should have any problem with making this. Defile Flesh already uses description activation with the word heal.

And yes, I understand that Psychic Distraction would have to have it's interruption removed, but is it really any different if we take out the interrupt!? As a 1/4s disabling skill, it would function exactly the same!

Solution 2: Change the description of to reflect the game[edit]

If effects requiring an interrupt really do not need an interrupt and the wording is just wrong in concise descriptions, then concise descriptions should reflect that. "Interruption effect:" should be replaced with "If foe is casting/activating/attacking a spell/skill:" in every description. I believe that would cover all bases. It would separate the interrupt from the effect that also happens at the same time interruption occurs, without requiring the interrupt for the effect (that is such a mouthful).

PS, did I correctly use affect/effect in this article? Those are 2 words that are very tricky.