O' great lords of mabi please hear my plea
Share with us lowly peasants your godly intellect
And show us all how to use this skill
By recommending to use other skills
That don't even have a similar effect
Or really a similar feel.
I'm sorry but you're probably braindead if you think this skill is good. An npc wand with nothing on it aside from chaincast 4 will out dps a step 7 staff because you're gonna spend most of your time running around trying to charge hail. I challenge either of you to find one situation where hail is better than any other magic skill, and prove it.
From the way I see it, Fire is knockback and burst damage, Lightning is stun and AOE with quick cast times, and Ice is repeated hits and conserving mana. When you use Hailstorm it drains a fixed amount of mana and lets you basically magic final hit until the duration runs out. CC Firebolt on the other hand drains you dry of mana faster and has no AOE.
So just to be sure I tested this with 272 magic attack. Firebolt with a step 6 Fire wand for me is doing about 9800 damage with a critical hit. Hailstorm with 5 charges hits for 16000 damage with a critical hit. At 4 charges, Hailstorm out damages Firebolt with 10800 damage with a critical hit.
In solo play, Firebolt might feel more useful because you can move around with it charged but in party play with a teammate defending you, Hailstorm is going to win. Now maybe there's some 50mil reforge item that lets firebolt beat Hailstorm in damage and mana cost but I'm not seeing it. So just use other skills if you don't like Hailstorm.
If you can complain about Hailstorm being weak, why not focus on why Icebolt and Lightning bolt aren't as cancerous as Firebolt. Let's just make every magic skill into CC Firebolt..
Someone with probably under 1k int claiming they understand what endgame meta is.
Loads hail, charges to 5 stacks and fires for 16.5k damage at 600 magic attack, or 48k with a crit (Step 7 Blue staff, reforged and enchanted)
Spams 7/8 firebolts in the time it takes Person A to load and fire hail. Firebolt doing 7.5k, 18k if crit (Step 6 wand, casting speed 20, no enchants)
A does at most 48k damage, B does at least 52500, at most 126000. You can't use an off hand mana boosting item with a staff, and since most late game players will have 2.5k+ mana, mana cost isn't valid in pretty much any setting because inspiration is a % based restore.
So not only does it do considerably less amounts of damage, you can't move, it gets interrupted easily, and in your example needs 2 people. You're ignoring entirely that hail takes a massive amount of time to charge vs firebolt too.
Funny how this thread went from server merge to bots and inflation.
Welp, I'll see myself out.