WAYLAY (verb)/saved posts
WAYLAY, a new attack verb has been released. It's a new combat technique for ambushers. For waylay, you must be hidden, then use the WAYLAY verb to attack your target. It effectively acts the same as a hidden AMBUSH, except instead of bonus critical weighting, it's bonus damage weighting. The bonus amount is equal to (DEX bonus + (Ambush skill bonus / 2)), subject to the end roll result of the attack. 100% of the calculated bonus is applied if the end result is at 250, then ±1% for every 2 points below/above 250, capped at ±100%. The bonus damage is subject to randomization and stacks with normal weapon properties (such as additional critical or damage weighting). The attack can be aimed, but if you aim and miss the location, you only get half of the normal bonus, like with a normal ambush. It's open to any profession, but since you must be hidden to use it and the damage bonus is based upon ambush skill, it's mainly intended for rogues, warriors, and rangers who use melee weapons. Hopefully, this will make for a useful tool against crit resistant/immune targets such as elementals, non-corporeal undead, and boss creatures. Enjoy!
Special thanks to GameMasters Naijin and Meraki who assisted with the number of updates required to implement this as a new attack verb.
I am not sure where you are getting the idea that ambushing from the open is the same as ambushing from hiding. Ambushing from hiding grants the additional critical, not from the open.
Ambushing from the open just gives you additional precision to aim your attack at a specific body location. No phantom critical is added. To get the added critical damage you need to be ambushing from hiding.
Waylay is specifically a hiding/ambush skill. Waylay is a ambush/surprise attack. Without being hidden you are not exactly surprising your target. Personally, I wouldn't hold out hope that you'd get the same result in the open as you would from hiding when waylaying your target.
Straight from Merriam Webster: waylay: to lie in wait for or attack from ambush