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... a general skill for affliction tracking, limb-damage tracking, and/or class-skills for determining when a kill path has been properly set up?
It seems to me that since many classes' kill paths require a person to have certain afflictions stacked or limbs prepped, we should also have a way to determine that our adversaries have these conditions. I mean, I know that people have client-side systems that attempt to do this, but why don't we have this server-side? There are traits for them--expert diagnoser and sawbones, etc.--but, these have a penalty associated with them.
Some kills require a person to have <50% health or mana and we all have access to Assess and Contemplate, with traits that make them balance-less. Why do we not also have equivalents for limb- and affliction-tracking?
Maybe I'm missing something, but from my experience at combat as a relative newbie (combat-wise), not having these critical abilities just steepens the learning curve tremendously and unnecessarily. If we got them, the best combatants in the game would still be the best combatants in the game, but at least those of us that are not script-savvy--or willing/able to collect and compile loads of data or pour over thousands of lines in logs or find 3rd party systems just to achieve even a sliver of combat viability--will have some combat viability. Hell, at least we would maybe be able to kill some of the highly artied fighters that are just standing there. The amount of meta-gaming that is required to function competitively in Achaean combat is insane.
Combat is already incredibly complicated without having these unnecessary (especially in this day and age) hurdles.
Give them a cooldown or something if everyone is afraid that it's too easy to abuse. I have no idea why someone would think this. I append Assess/Contemplate to every one of my combat hits--I'm essentially useless without them. This would be similar thing to that.
edit: I also think this would, in general, encourage a lot more people to participate in combat, leaving plenty more competition for those of us that are incapable of going toe-to-toe with the big boys and girls. There are a lot of people that swear off combat because of its overwhelming complexity. This would at least give everyone the ability to see clear markers of where they are in a fight.
So much of Achaea is hidden to its own and many players' detriment.