I am looking for some insight on the arcane archer abilities on an artificer using repeaters. I have a warforged pure artificer that I was exploring TRing into a H-Elf to gain access to the AA line. It looks to me, at least on initial pass, that AA imbues and special attacks should work with repeaters. Does anyone have experience with this and can give feedback? It means an upfront investment of 14 AP in H-Elf line to gain access to AA line. You can pick up improved recovery and a few other moderately useful buffs in the H-Elf tree so its not a fully lost expense. Then, you'd be limited to probably only taking one of the Artificer trees rather than most of both since AA should soak up between 23 - 40 AP depending on how many imbues/attacks work or are useful.
Right now, my pure artificer uses pretty much both trees, runs in shiradi, and does a lot of dps through its repeater and some through its spells (mainly energy burst). Aiming at a similar playstyle, I see the possibility that this approach will lose out on spell power, and I haven't worked out if I should focus in the BaE or Arcant tree with the remaining AP. Also, I am an avid button masher so having moar active abilities to use is fine (just please Turbine fix the dang repeater reload firing off abilities issue, cause that hella sucks).
I'm at work (totally working) so was hoping to have some ideas fleshed out for when I return home. Any experience or theory-craft would be appreciated.