So as a Ranger main coming to terms with the game play changes NGS has brought about(mostly good) I'm at a loss with coming to grips with one of the photon arts for this class. The art in question is Blaze Shot. I cannot for the life of me find any reason that this skill is viable or deserves a slot on my weapon palette. Hopefully another ranger main can give some feedback on what I'm overlooking.
My play style/palette: Normal attack, Razing Shot, Homing Darts
Weapon Action, Spread Shot, Blight Rounds
Normal attack is there for obvious reasons.
Razing Shot, while I at first was meh towards this it still stays on the palette as I'm used to using pierce ammo in Monster Hunter and works the same way.
Homing Darts, best rifle skill hands down, so deserves a slot.
Weapon Action, second best rifle skill(with class skills for it).
Spread shot, is eh, but more iframes and decent burst of dmg every 30 seconds is fine.
Blight rounds, doesn't need explaining.
So, all those skills contribute something of value(some more than others) to earn their spot on the palette. Blaze Shot though I don't get why/when you'd ever use it. It is the highest potency attack(Blaze shot=260 potency, Homing Darts=240 potency, Razing Shot=160 potency) for rifle in the game, but does the least amount of dmg.
The dodge isn't needed as the weapon action does the same thing and has a high dmg counter built into it. The fast movement isn't needed as you want to be using the weapon action dodge to be countering instead.
Also when using the charged version of Blaze Shot, the dmg is on par with the normal attack, however, in Blaze Shot's case there is rifle sway causing a large percentage of your shots to miss(meaning you're spending PP to do less dmg than your normal attack which restores PP).
So I'm at a loss trying to understand why to use this photon art. Not saying it needs buffs(maybe it does, I dunno), but as it is I can't see a reason to use it over just spamming normal attack and dodge countering with the weapon action. To me it feels like Rifle only got 2 photon arts(I would much rather have had something like Skyfire Salvo or Satellite Aim even though they are situational over Blaze Shot in it's current state).
So anybody that makes good use of Blaze Shot feel free to chime in, tell me I'm wrong a casul scrub and should unsub from the game /s. Kidding aside though, seriously, I am curious what other ranger mains think about Blaze Shot and if they found a good use for it.