Thinking about Summoner
First of all, thank you @Garryn for a really challenging class. Thank you too to the beta testers, you know who you are.
I'm posting this because some people have mentioned that they don't know where to start with summoner offense (and some have quit class)
Thinking about a summoner offense can be fairly complicated;
Fo a start, you have three basic forms of attacks;
Additionally, you may have access to;
(4) Instant spell
(5) Infused card
This gives us ~18 possible combinations of attacks, most of which are accessible only at certain thresholds.
Add in a maximum of 3 options per Spell and this blows out quite spectacularly.
The two straightest approaches are;
(a) taint guided queue
(b) queue guided taint use
In your traditional (b) (i.e toxin) queue, you simply 'chose' the next affliction on your queue that wasn't on your opponent, the assumption being higher ranked toxins were
(1) blocking cures
(2) blocking aggression
and as you progressed,
(3) provide a buffer to higher toxins
(correct me if I'm wrong)
In a summoner enlighten queue, you need to work backwards;
Start by looking at the conditions of enlighten
(b) conditional number of required afflictions
So the very top of your queue/offence logic (well, you) needs to work out (as an example)
i) given (the target has) whisperingmadness,
a) given the target's health, (or guess at 100% maxhp)
i) do they have sufficient (eligible) afflictions?
a) yes -> enlighten
b) no -> how many (eligible) afflictions more do I need? x number.
i) given sufficient (>70%) taint, can a double affliction instant spell + demon meet that number?
a) yes -> enlighten with the chosen combination spell & demon
b) no -> if the double affliction instant spell sufficient to meet this number?
i) yes -> enlighten
ii) no -> is there a demon I can unleash to meet this requirement? if yes, enlighten, if no, -> terminate this line of enquiry
ii) given -not- whisperingmadness,
-> (figure out what cures whisperingmadness: focus and smoke)
a) can I give whisperingmadness without it being cured instantly? i.e.
i) does the target have both (a) asthma? (b) impatience?
ii) if yes, what combination can I cast with the most number of afflictions along with whisperingmadness? -> cast it
iii) if no, and the missing affliction is impatience, is the target off focus balance? if yes, how long away is that balance?
a) > your ping +- safety margin -> cast most potent combination of afflictions with whisperingmadness
b) < your ping +- safety margin, do I have sufficient (>60%) taint to deliver impatience (with an instant spell)?
iv) if no, and the missing affliction is asthma, do I have sufficient (>70%) taint to deliver asthma (with an instant spell)? -> if yes, cast it, if no -> terminate this line of enquiry
iii) now, given unable to deliver whisperingmadness reliably, you can start the appropriate toxin queue with the similar sort of logic
the basic pattern is, I need aff(A), which skill gives it? Given my resources (taint), can I deliver aff(A) with something else? Are there any benefits to using a certain affliction with aff(A)? Are there any benefits to using a certain demon with aff(A)?
I know there're simpler ways but if you're having trouble thinking about it, lay down each step you want to achieve first, then figure out the best way to do it, then the auxiliary things.
Kindly share if you have any insights/thoughts on how you write your offense.
re:Lionas's post below -> agreed, it's just a starting point for thinking. (insert druid joke)
wit beyond measure is a Sidhe's greatest treasure