I'm pretty new here, still learning about the game and wanted to give feedback on my first time playing Necro summoner.
My character is a 121 Necro with 3 rows of charms, few great runes and a bunch of XiS, near max gear and about 10 respecs of experimenting.
I wanted to play a summoner necro archetype and was excited when a friends told me Median had a strong version of summoner. After playing it a ton, I felt like I was totally jebaited. The way the skills have synergy with each other in this game doesn't feel right. All the power minions have are from DFT and HT. Putting points into the necro summons themselves is near worthless. As a new player to Median that was pretty disappointing.
With of the help of my team I was able to get Santa, 3 piece Laz, rolled jeweled and what not. Man was I freaking frustrated when all the necro summons were nerfed 70%+? without proper documentation. Santa on paper seemed BUSTED, totally understand that but holy hell i was so damn pissed when I found out everything was nerfed by values OVER 50% without proper mention. (As a designer you should never do this, easily the most annoying thing I've yet to experience in gaming.)
I felt pretty weak in comparison to the other people in my group but especially THE SUMMON BARB. Holy hell it's basically my class but better! Summoner barb is literally a better Necro summoner. I didn't give up, tried to salvage the spec, started experimenting and swapping things around. I have a few notes.
DFT and HT shouldn't exist. Not only do they break the game in party play by just placing two stupid totems (x5-10 damage to each of my attack based party members, hello?) they take priority in the "summoner" build.
Veil King is REALLY REALLY bad, in any hard content he just instantly dies and wipes your party/kills you. When farming he's okay but there's only one of him (you can't scale him with the best scaling stats) and he has the same HP as my other minions 9 Lamia at 43k HP or 1 VK at 40k HP :THINKING FACE:. Putting points into him in a joke and there's no way to scale him, easily the worst skill in the tree. Want to ruin someone's game? Summon a bunch of Veil King in a semi difficult uber.
Rathma's Chosen is utter garbage in most situations. To make the most of your minions you have to directly teleport on top of your target. Sometimes you just instantly die because of poor teleports/minion spacing and random projectiles. Even if I had 100 minions, the way the AI works they don't properly attack enemies unless you TP. Double PHYSICAL damage is not worth it when DFT is bringing in half our damage anyway.
DEATH WARD IS GODLY, THIS SHIT IS BUSTED in comparison to RC. You can TP where you want to get the most of your minions, you don't die and have to waste a shit ton of time re summoning your minions properly and my damage fall of was whatever.
So onto scaling, apart from minion HP/minion damage the only way to really get your damage up is +minion teleport bombing onto an enemy. +Skill scaling has mediocre impact to overall damage. +Minions doesn't really do much aside from creating a meat shield in non bombing situations.
That's all minions are, meat shields. it sucks that the best way to scale this build is to drop everything related to being a summoner into -res, get focus on totems and basically don't play a summoner.
Which brings me back full circle to my first time playing Median about 3-5 patches ago (can't remember exactly.)
I tried to play a holy paladin and was getting absolutely destroyed by everything. Multiple people on Discord told me holy is absolute garbage and to respec and play X. I quit shortly after and am pretty close to doing the exact same thing.
I haven't played Median as much as all of you, I had a lot of fun doing all the content but I have a huge level of frustration when it comes to Median's general balance and skill tree design. I'm sure there's a lot of builds that work cohesively and classes that feel right but I'm 2/2 for poor experiences along with the patch note thing, my want to support Median is minimal.
I see a lot of potential and still hopeful things improve!