Just wanted to share something I discovered a while back while testing guardian dps (They have really good dps btw :D )
I will use the consecration skill "Sanctuary" for example.
This skill blocks projecticles and enemies without stability from entering, in the form of a tiny dome that heals you for a bit.
Normally the cool down is 120 seconds, with a duration of 6 seconds
When you traited it with "Consecrated Ground", aside from making it ground targetted, it actually boosts the duration to about 10 seconds (That's like 66% duration boost, whatttt), the cast time also takes about 1 second less.
If you then further trait it with “Master of Consecrations", you get addition 20% CD reduction and 25% duration boost, which leaves it at a 12.5 second duration, and 96 second CD (This already makes this skill extremely worth while, but it took two traits to get here so duh.)
Here is the funky part, and this may apply to other class skills as well but I didn't bother testing them.
"Consecrated Ground" actually acts like a switch for TWO sanctuaries, is this trait on? NO? use Sanctuary 1, YES? use Sanctuary 2.
Which means, when I use Sanctuary 1, then get out of combat, I can now switch on Sanctuary 2; put it simply it means I just instantly refreshed the skill's cool down.
So two skills that run on separate cool down timelines, and the trait is the key to determine which one you want to access. Just switching between these two will give you a bunch more skills to use than you really should have acess to in the first place.
Of course this trick applies to other consecration skills like the more known Wall of Reflection, then another two.
You won't have access to trait swap in sPvP so this won't affect it unless you didn't know about the 66% duration boost plus cast time bonus from the trait.
In dungeons and WvW however, it would mean you will most likely have access to them in your next encounter.
Overall, I see this as a bug, but there are so many bugs out there right now with profression skills and such that it might take a while before Anet realizes or decides to fix it, so might as well have some fun if you were a fan of sanctuary but pushed away by its CD and duration :D
I didn't bother sending a bug report because last time I sent one, it still took months before they fixed the problem, but I invite anyone concerned about this matter to do so. Personally I don't care if this trick won't be there for me in the future.
» Edited on: 2013-02-23 07:10:31