Shadow Howler Worry
As the title says I am worried about Shadow Howler, not a huge amount, but enough to warrant posting about it. Why am I worried? Well ironically enough because it’s a good skill. Ok that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense so let me explain.
With Rise of Isengard Shadow Howler got a major overhaul and it is now a very effective stance for wargs. It boosts our damage, raises our defences, increases our survivability and offers us an opportunity to be a bit more useful in a raid. It does come at the expense of stealth though, but the trade-off definitely seems worth it. That’s all great, but therein lies the problem … I’ve been hearing from other players that they’re doing wonderful things with Shadow Howler, but I am wondering if perhaps Shadow Howler is becoming too much of a default option for wargs.
Is Shadow Howler going to become necessary to defeat freeps? is it going to be a prerequisite for taking on an opponent? Will it become an integral factor to consider when making changes to the class or updating other skills? This is what I mean when I say that it feels a little too good. I am certainly not asking for a nerf, rather I am wondering if perhaps we, as wargs, are in danger of becoming too reliant upon Shadow Howler.
Since any rank of warg can purchase and use Shadow Howler now it does mean that it has a more universal application than it did previously. No longer will it be a valid argument to say ‘oh it’s rank 10 so you can’t really factor that into whether wargs are too strong or too weak’. Yet it is a rank 10 skill and it does still need to be purchased if lower ranked players want to use it. That’s where we get into trouble with it because if it does become seen as a necessity it could end up being the case that wargs of lower ranks feel they must purchase it and all wargs who have it may end up having to use it whether they want to or not.
Maybe I’m being alarmist, but hopefully I am proven wrong.