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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

New Spec and "Content by YOU!"

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NEW SPEC
As 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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Settar

6 comments:

Mystraca said...

this is very simlar to a build i have been wondering about for quiet a while. are the points in empowered cobra strike have much effect? also is it worth getting the Faithful of set while leveling i could not quantify how much of a bonus it gave.

Velspar said...

As far as leveling goes feating Improved and Reduced CD for StormField works wonders. At 76 I was lucky enough to have any empty zone at the Purple Set mobs near East Ruins in Keshetta. I would simply aggro a pack (6-7 mobs) with HoT and Storm Crown ticking then cast Storm Field and Hold Active Blocking until they dropped. Even at 78 I was grinding the 6 packs of 76's further in the ruins with ease and great XP.

Active Blocking is amazing with stormfield and can allow you to take 6+ mobs racking up high chain kills.

At 78+ you can try the same method with the 80 mobs southwest of Kesh City...

xdye said...

Just 2 quick comments...

- Grounding Charge at 5/5 gives 50% root chance AFAIK
- Improved LS gives +7.5% damage, said by a dev :)

xdye said...

Just 2 quick comments...

- Grounding Charge at 5/5 gives 50% root chance AFAIK
- Improved LS gives +7.5% damage, said by a dev :)

Set'tar said...

Thanks for the corrections, my numbers were from testing pre-patch.. we all know how quickly MMO's change their colors :P

Bryce said...

Since they nerfed the TLoS build do you really need to put points into Guiding Spirit?