I was recently getting a surprising amount of kills with nullify, especially for a skill that claims to do so little damage. To find out why, I took a closer look at Orendi’s level 1 helix “Fire Walk with Me”.
According to the description, this helix does “+40 Damage over 5 seconds”, which I expected to mean 40 total damage delivered in small amounts. However, in-game testing has shown that this does 40 damage every tick and ticks about twice every second. This would put the total damage over 5 seconds at 400.
This means that before helix 4, nullify can do more damage than shadowfire pillar. It also makes other helix choices like “Burned and Busted” and “Dismissed!” look much less useful, and could explain why “Nihilism” is only a 15% buff.