So first of, this should not be a general " we need more buff/debuff icons" discussion.
I want to give specific examples, because IMO we don’t need buff/debuff icons for everything.
Only things that change our decision making or gameplay.
Some exmaples of already good implementation, to give you guys an idea what i am talking about:
We just recieved Buff Icons for “Fresh from the Forge” (FG), Patient Doom (VK) and Preperation (Mage), which actually can change decision making for your rotation.
Acolyte’s Bone Armor Node in Transplant, does have a 10 seconds cooldown, but transplant has lower cooldown than 10 seconds.
The Node has a “debuff icon” dispalyed when it’s on cooldown, this icon disappears once the cooldown is ready again. This is a great implementation.
This are great examples of buffs, that actually do this.
Now to my suggestions:
Necromancer’s “Veins of Malice” Passive:
The buff last 1-5 seconds, depending on points invested and it has 10 seconds cooldown.
If you playing a summoner build that only uses one spell to buff your minions (like Dread Shade) you will trigger Veins of Malice with Dread Shade, but Dread Shade does last 20 seconds, but the cooldown of Veins of Malice is only 10 seconds.
IMO Veins of malice should get a similar threatment to Transplant’s Bone Armor Node
Knowing when Veins Of Malice is ready again would change my gameplay, since i would not use Dread Shade again, before the cooldown of Veins Of Malice is over, since Dread Shade lasts 20 seconds.
Speaking of Dread Shade,… Dread Shade:
Dread Shade does last 20 seconds and it’s pretty obvious when it’s on a minion.
But i played with Assemble Abomination yesterday for 8 hours straight on stream.
I used Dread Shade and Infernal Shade, both of basically the same VFX, but with different colours and they completely overlap.
It’s very hard to see when Dread Shade runs out.
Ideally we would want a buff icon besides the minion icon (in the top left of the screen), since that’s probably not a thing currently i think a buff icon showing how many Dread Shade are currently active would be a nice thing, this also could be abplied to Infernal Shade of course.
Not seeing when my Dread Shade has run out, because it’s overlapped by Infernal Shade would change gameplay, since i know when to recast Dread Shade.
I am sure there are plenty more things and i probably forgot about a few, where i alrady had the idea to give feedback on the forum -.,.-
If some of you guys have more suggestions, please leave them here, but try to make as specific exampels as possible and try to explain why exactly you want a specific buff, would it change your decisionmaking/rotation?