My chastisement was intended to show “tongue in cheek” to an extent. I certainly do not want to shut the conversation down. On the contrary, my comment was intended to keep it on the right track, which is exploratory. If you’re constantly worried about “stepping on someones toes” you can’t actually get anywhere. There will always be at least one set of toes between you and your destination.
That’s fine and fair, and you’ve provided an argument to support your disagreement which I very much appreciate. Now I will counter. Abilities are similar if and only if they cause you to make the same decisions for the same reasons. A monk can disable whenever the hell they want. The only reasons to not root with disable is to not put root on DR at an inappropriate time, or because you would rather just pew pew at that exact moment instead. Monk root is basically free otherwise.
The suggested ability is quite different. Trap is on a 30s CD. Concussive Shot is on a 5s CD. You are spending a valuable resource to get a trap + root off; in this case substantial future waiting time. Therefore the decision process is very different. It is decisions that really separate abilities. As I said, all abilities are derivative. How similar one small part of a mechanic may seem has nothing to do with how it fits into the class as a whole.
I am not against combos. If two abilities that are separately functionally useful can be used to cause thought and decisions multiplicatively that’s (potentially) a great way to increase skill. Precise Shots is the opposite of that. Precise Shots is an extension of Aimed Shot into another button, more globals and more focus. There is no decision there. I don’t choose to not cast Precise Shots right after Aimed Shot. I mean I could, but there is no reason not to. And even if I did, it can’t be anything more than a trivial decision, such as a target swap or I don’t have the focus.
Precise Shots adds zero skill to the spec. All it does it make us effectively worse at kiting by tying more of our damage into the stand still long cast Aimed Shot. Aimed Shot + Precise Shots is still making up more than 50% of my total damage. All of that damage requires me to stand still for longer than I have the tools to do so in PvP. It is a cancer in the spec that needs to be excised. What it is not is a “combo”.
Which is exactly why I do not want anyone shutting down ideas that “step on someone elses toes”. As I have said before, that concept has always been a fear, but has never proven itself in reality. No class has ever been diminished by someone else having a similar ability. Not in the entire history of the game.
It’s like if my neighbor had a dishwasher and I did not. I saw his dishwasher and thought, “I need to get me one of those”. If I then go out and buy a dishwasher my neighbors dishwasher is in no way diminished. The ability for his house to function is in no way harmed by my new dishwasher. Of course this is not a perfect analogy, but it is not intended to be. I am attempting to illustrate a point. Envy, or even worse, the unfounded fear that someone might feel the emotion of envy in the future is a contrivance. It never really happens on any large scale. It is the rare individual that has issue with someone else having the same toy as them. Those individuals need to be taught their behavior is not OK, not catered to on a population level.
Edit: I shouldn’t have used the word “envy”. That’s not the right word. It’s more like reverse envy, or “spoiled bratism” that I am referring to; where you don’t want someone else to have what you have, because then others will envy you less.