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The update that allowed Ursan Blessing to be used in PvP was an april fools joke :) - anja talk 09:52, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

lol, he thought it was for real? Like i said, lol.. :p PLZ CLICK HERE ^Teo^ 11:54, 4 April 2008 (UTC)

Hi, I moved your character page to your user space, which means its name starts with User:Crimmastermind/. The new name for this page is User:Crimmastermind/Shade Stormarrow. If you don't have your user name in before, it's considered in main space, and we try to only keep official game content there, mainly. Please try to follow this naming scheme in the future :) - anja talk 09:08, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

User created skill categories[edit]

Hi Crimmastermind! I see you started a category for some of your Chaos Paladin skills. I went ahead and created the rest of the category tree back to Category:User created skills. --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 22:39, 30 August 2008 (UTC)

User content[edit]

When creating fictional or personalized content on your userspace, be sure to link to proper pages into your own userspace when required. Redirects from the main namespace to the User namespace are not allowed.

Tried to fix your links, but there are a few too many of them, so you may want to correct them yourself before they go red link.--Fighterdoken 07:45, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

My bad, I just thought it would be better than making loads of page changes and clogging up Recent Changes, like it is now. Didn't know it was against the rulesCrimmastermind 09:12, 6 October 2008 (UTC)

You win the Skill Balancer of the Month award[edit]

For being one of the few people other than me to recognize that the largest problem in bloodspike was Angorodon's Gaze (which everyone knows is free, practically unconditional energy management in a spammable non elite.

Anet fails balancing miserably. Maybe Expert's Dexterity needed a nerf, but Vampiric Gaze and Vampiric Spirit look like jokes now. 10 energy and 8 second recharge for 63 health + 63 damage? What a laugh.

We don't even get real skill balances anymore. Usually the balances are just knee-jerk reactions to lame noob builds specifically designed to throw those builds in the trash bin. Anything that isn't a "standard" build gets nerfed.

Seriously, Anet can't balance PvP after 3 and a half years of Build Wars. IMO they should just forget about PvP and make Build Wars a completely PvE based game. At least that would convince 90% of Build Wars players to come back.

Oh, and in PvE, WTB real monster balancing instead of lame monster-only skills and consumables to counter them.

I completely agree with you. Angorodon's Gaze is the biggest problem in bspike. 25/90 it, ban the skill from PvP, and Vampiric Gaze/Spirit could be balanced at 3 or 4 second recharge.

Personal chat[edit]

moved to ArenaNet talk:Skill bugs

User skill infobox[edit]

You might want to use the {{User skill infobox}} on your personally created skill pages. --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 07:05, 16 February 2009 (UTC)

Thanks, but its in my user page (so they obviously know which user created it), and I'm not stuffed going back and changing the ones I've already made into that type of infobox, and it'd look tacky if different skills had different infoboxes (not like it really matter in the end, but hey, might as well give it a try).Crimmastermind 07:09, 16 February 2009 (UTC)


Don't comment on skill balance anymore, you know nothing about it. Dark Morphon(contribs) 12:05, 13 March 2009 (UTC)

But he understands that all rangers can do is interrupt and spread conditions Vili User talk:Vili 12:07, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
Rangers are supposed to be like warriors, but with ranged attacks and a bit less damage and spikes. Unfortunately, Anet seems to think they are supposed to be mesmers(interrupt, degen, condition). If I want to only inflict degen and slow the other team down I'll roll a mesmer.
What I'm trying to get is for Rangers to be fun. Ok, right now they suck. Let's see, viable elites list is like 4 (BA, Magebane, ED for pew pew builds). Anything else is niche or just plain sucks. Wow, for one of your 8 skills, you have 3 choices. Brilliant "fun" when you have 3 choices (1 of which makes your entire bar have to be a pew pew bar, which is boring imo). They have no viable damage bars except for ED (which is just spamming attack skills on recharge), because any spike skills + savage shot is "unbalanced". The only thing that a ranger excels at is disruption and spreading poison. Wow. Real fun, spamming savage along with Apply Poison to give a team constant degen </sarcasm>. Interrupting is kinda fun, but it gets boring when that is all you can do in PvP. I mean, pets aren't good at all (except for gimmicks), and I do not find R/D to be very "ranger-like" (I mean, you have an entire dervish bar except for 2 stances). So yea, while I probly don't know as much balance as you, I'm sorry if I don't agree with your views about rangers should only be good at degen/interrupting. Since my main char is a ranger, I find it frustrating that I need to use my character slots to make PvP characters just so I can enjoy pvp.
And actually, I do know about skill balance (not as much as you, but more than a lot of ppl). So Dark Morphon, plz just gtfo and mind ur own business. Just bcuz u think sumthing doesn't mean its rite.Crimmastermind 23:18, 13 March 2009 (UTC)
BA, Magebane, Melandru's Shot, Glass Arrows, Escape, Archer's Signet (niche/gimmick), Barrage, BHA, Crippling Shot, Prepared Shot, Incendiary Arrows, Smoke Trap, Spike Trap... I dunno, my list of viable elites is a lot larger than yours. :\ I don't think anyone uses ED after the nerf, haven't seen one for ages.
BA is a viable damage bar, as is Glass Arrows. Imbalanced/overpowered doesn't mean something isn't viable... it would be great if everyone stopped using broken skills, but that won't ever happen, so you have to account for them.
Rangers do more than spread Poison - they are usually also spreading covered Bleeding and/or Cripple at the same time. (In PvE, no one uses Apply anyway.) And actually, "just spreading poison" is still quite a big deal, since even in the smallest arenas of 4v4 that's passive 32 DPS as well as screwing over all single-condition removals.
One other thing to consider is that Rangers can't ever really match Warriors outside of spikes, because bows are terrifible weapons for DPS due to 6-28 range and worst refire rate in the game (more or less). Vili User talk:Vili 02:05, 14 March 2009 (UTC)
Ok, I forgot about Melandru's and Glass Arrows. Incendiary is underpowered ever since the nerf (but compared to most of the other ranger elites, its pretty average). Dunno how I forgot crippling shot, thats a real dumb mistake. Archer's Signet sucks. Wow, +100% condition duration! Only one skill actually needs this, concussion shot (maybe throw dirt). I don't count any of the traps, because traps suck in PvP apart from very gimmick builds (and I don't find spamming traps very fun).
Awnyway, what I was getting at is that Rangers do not have many fun builds to use in PvP. I know Rangers can cripple+poison an entire team and that is quite significant, I know they can spread bleeding, but the thing is, they have very few actual alternatives to use. Warriors can use 3 weapons, Hammer for KDs, Axes for deep wound and swords etc. Each of these lines have many different viable elites and possible ways of playing them. Even just switching only the elite can change the whole use of the build from spike to pressure etc. Rangers have simply set builds. You either Crippling Shot+Apply for teamwide degen/cripple, or you take BA instead and spread teamwide degen and also moderately damaging one foe. Wow, much change, instead of spamming crippling shot and savage to spread poison, you spam savage to spread poison. If you take Glass Arrows, you have to be a pure spike build, because Glass Arrows sucks for anything else. Magebane is one of the more fun ones, but it is just like spamming savage shot more often. I don't really use Melandru's (I prefer the old one, because it had more flexibility), but its just like Crippling Shot. Wow, so your possible builds total comes to: 4+Sway (for general pvp). 3 of these bars are nearly identical (BA/Crippling Shot/Melandru's), but BA is kinda more geared for damage. This is not very "diverse", you can't be like a warrior and change weapons and thus get different styles of play (KD machine with hammer, spiker with axe, dragon sword spamming swords for laughs). Instead, you get: apply+savage, tab, space, tab, savage, tab, space etc. Glass Arrows builds make you have to hit every key in a row to spam +damage modifiers. You basically get 2 attack skills on your bar, and then you auto-atack doing great damage (but your just auto-attacking). It just isn't fun.Crimmastermind 04:59, 14 March 2009 (UTC)
I get what you mean, now. We have different definitions of fun though, I guess, since I find dshot|savage|Melandru's|hunter's|apply|natural stride|troll unguent|mtouch to be quite fun. The recharge and condition on Melandru's force you to think a bit more, but when you can land one it's a big payoff. I like that. It's like playing as a Warrior and scoring a Bull's...
Archer's Signet works with almost any condition-causing skills as long as you're wielding a bow, so you can use it with skills like Technobabble for niche, amusing builds. In about the same way as running an axe monk is fun. It can also be used with traps for ridiculously long AoE conditions (iirc). Vili User talk:Vili 07:00, 14 March 2009 (UTC)
A Ranger also has pets and traps as weapons. Which, if I may be so bold, can be used to great effect if played right. 07:33, 16 April 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, I find pets kinda fun (but not pet tanking). But I don't really find traps that much fun (then again, I only use them to farm Zaishen Elite and on teleporters)Crimmastermind 09:15, 16 April 2009 (UTC)
I certainly hope that was a joke, otherwise that was the biggest balance fail I saw in a while. Xhata 13:33, 24 April 2009 (UTC)
Non elite bow attacks are crap except for interrupt skills which need a nerf. Buff the damage skills and nerf interrupt skills. Viable elites? In PvP: Crippling Shot, Burning Arrow, and Magebane. In PvE: Barrage, Barrage, and more Barrage. Pets take up 1/4 of your skill bar, disable your skills, and are slow/unwieldy. Traps are broken because they're overpowered when 5 rangers put a dozen of them in the same place but underpowered with 1 ranger is using them. 14:58, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
I agree with everything you say except Interrupts. Only Savage and Distracting Shot are actually good. Magebane is okay, but its an elite, no need for a change. Savage is only overpowered because it has a low recharge and people just spam it after other attack skills to get the controversial r-spike, its not that powerful by itself, if it's recharge is raised, it'll suck, and the recharge is the abusable part. Distracting may be slightly overpowered, but there's a lot of more unbalanced skills out there, it doesn't need an urgent change.Crimmastermind 04:08, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
you forgot punishing shot and concussion shot Vili 点 User talk:Vili 07:19, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
Punishing shot isn't a good interrupt. Its more a spam dps machine which has less dps than a warrior, assassin, or dervish. Concussion shot, not overpowered. 25 energy is a lot even with expertise, its quite balanced, definitely not overpowered.Crimmastermind 07:54, 25 May 2009 (UTC)

Happy Birthday![edit]

-- |Cyan LightUser Cyan Light SB.jpgHere!| 15:38, 31 March 2009 (UTC)

Doing some good work[edit]

I saw some of your user created skills, their pretty awesome. Keep at it and Anet might adopt some of them.

Bell spell[edit]

Could you link thse to your userspace instead of mainspace? Obviously, we don't have such an article in mainspace. Backsword 14:16, 10 August 2009 (UTC)

Well, I haven't even made the page, and it was an inadvertant mistake that led to those being led to the mainspace (or rather, an oversight). If it really matters I might manage to change it (albeit slowly), but it will clog up the Recent Changes.Crimmastermind 08:56, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
If you dont mind i can change them all to link to User:Crimmastermind/Bell Spell instead C4K3 User C4K3 Signature.jpg Talk 11:07, 30 August 2009 (UTC)
Yea, it would be great if you did that for me, I would do it myself, but I don't know a way of changing them other than editing the pages one by one, which would clog up Recent Changes and take ages.Crimmastermind 07:45, 31 August 2009 (UTC)
As well, Category:Necromancy skills aren't suitable, since Necromancer is a ingame profession and there could easily be confusion. Backsword 14:36, 4 January 2010 (UTC)

Happy Birthday 2010[edit]

Congratulations =) -- Cyan User Cyan Light sig.jpg 08:52, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

Sweet, someone remember me! Man, haven't been on here for ages :( Crimmastermind 09:02, 31 March 2010 (UTC)
We still remember you ^^ -- Cyan User Cyan Light sig.jpg 14:39, 1 April 2010 (UTC)

Happy Birthday 2012[edit]

^ 11:37, 31 March 2012 (UTC)