NEW SPECAs many of you know I've always been a strong supporter of leveling thunder, and recently went "TLoS" spec for a few days... before it was nerfed. Let's face it, the damage (in groups mostly) was far beyond what it should be. Now the ability applies a ~3.5 second DoT, meaning no real benefit from Life of Set spam. The DoT does about 100 damage each tick (a per second) as opposed to the 150-200 per second it put out pre-fix. I've tried integrating other spells, active blocking etc while the DoT ticks, but it's just not what it used to be...
So I've decided to take the advice of an extremely respected ToS community member, Atomik. I'm now a build VERY similar to his leveling build. One difference you may notice is my taking Improved Lightning Strike over Grounding Charge: This is purely for leveling purposes (as the build is intended to be). Grounding charge (at 5/5) gives a 35% chance to root the target, unfortunately this pulls mobs out of the pack while you're AoEing and thus doesn't help much with gathering mobs. In pvp encounters it's arguable, as both feats could be helpful. I believe the tested damage increase on Lightning Strike with Imp. LS maxed was around 6% (not tested since last patch), while not a HUGE increase, it can make the difference between an enemy dying or sprinting away at 2% life to 'hide' and heal up.
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I've been very busy lately but promise to get you plenty of new FotD and other write ups soon, (I aim to maintain one new article or video every 1-2 days, so there's always something new). While I have some ongoing write up series' going, installments like the leveling journal (obviously) won't be continuing after 80. In order to maintain a steady flow of content I'd like suggestions from YOU, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think would make for good write ups, movies etc. I look forward to the mail (although with the number of e-mails I've been getting I doubt I can accommodate everyone's request, sorry : /)! If your idea is chosen I'll e-mail you letting you know so you can look for it in the time shortly after, I'll be sure to give credit to the "inventor" of whichever ideas I write about :)