Nevertheless, AD is little used or valued these days, and it doesn’t help that it’s buggy with a lot of skills and new item procs. Area Damage Bugged and Underperforming:
Area Damage seems to be unaffected by certain separate multiplicative damage bonuses.
Area Damage is affected by:
Area Damage is unaffected by:
Here´s the link to the bug report page posted. Feel free to upvote it or post a comment there.
Nevalistis: Thanks to the thorough and specific testing from you all, we kicked this bug over to our Quality Assurance folks for investigation and they were able to verify exactly what’s being described:
Area Damage is not benefiting from some skills or unique powers.
This is something we intend to fix, but we’re holding off on sweeping changes for the time being as we’re reviewing the mechanics of Area Damage as a whole and we want to avoid introducing sweeping changes in the middle of a Season. As a result, changes to Area Damage will not be coming in Patch 2.2.1, but at a later date. I do want to thank everyone who’s brought this to our attention and provided detailed reports. Your diligence was extremely helpful!
The good news is what Neva said about the overview. During the recent Tavern Talk the devs mentioned how underperforming was Area Damage and how they wanted to make a pass over it and buff it considerably. It sounds like that’s underway as part of some larger future patch (2.3?) and that in the future we might see Area Damage become a stat worth having or maybe even basing part of a build around, through bug fixes and improved mechanics.
Back in early Reaper of Souls we had sincere theorycrafting efforts to see if high Area Damage (initially called Splash Damage) could reasonably make up for a lack of AoE damage from skills, or just prove valuable as a supplement. Players who theorycrafted the math back in early RoS came up with impressive numbers, especially after AD was fixed to include damage from Crits.
Could a buffed AD become the means to make single target skills viable? (Probably not, but it’s fun to pretend.)