Build Reviews: Fighter & Ranger

This is so overdue but I really need to get it done so that my OCD won’t drive me nuts.

Prior to completing my long awaited TR project, here are my thoughts on the previous 6+ lives! Due to the fact that I spent the most time grinding ITRs/ERs here, there will be just general posts on the overall lives.

So the first Fighter life was a Shadar Kai split of 18/2 – I recall that I was trying to test this version out just because I remembered how much faster the life goes if you’re part trapper. Standard Shadar Kai appearance with the blond pony-hawk, and it was a great life! Evasion was killer, and being INT secondary spec really helped my tactical DC’s, thus giving me a form of CC by Stunning Blow. It would later become nearly comparable to that of a pure Fighter. Completely trap capable too, and I enjoyed the INT benefits to reflex saves via Insightful Reflexes. What this build really reminded me of was a Ranger almost with trap capabilities as I was also TWF, but with a side of tankiness.

I then decided to try pure, beginning with a sword and board Vanguard build. As usual, Vanguard is pretty strong (I really don’t understand why people don’t play more of these!) and having over 120 in Stunning Shield was… stunning. 🙂 I once again remembered the awesome sauce of Stone Wall, so that was like double the CC abilities. And really, having so much shield bash % along with a strong shield (e.g. Madstone Aegis, Ultimatum) was as if I was striking with two weapons. Thank goodness Sera kept all those shields!

Being so tanky, I was able to really withstand a whole lot better than Paladin honestly, PRR wise. Sure, there is not a real reliable form of self heal, but being more DPS spec, I was able to take the hits and deal damage as well. Again, in this life, I picked up Harper enhancements and boosted my INT, so I was able to reach crazy tactical numbers. And being pure, I got to get all of the feats I needed and would like, with an extra splurge feat spent on the Artificer Past Life; now that’s surplus!

Of course, I loathed these PDK lives, but it is what it is if I want to play pure, at least iconically. The next PDK life I played was a Kensei THF, also focused in the Legendary Dreadnought ED. This one was slightly more DPS spec than the Vanguard life, but in turn it lost some defenses albeit not by much at all. I saw some reeeally nice crits using an Epic Sword of Shadows that I finally decided to craft on Sera instead of Syl, which was a tough but practical decision. I remember this one I had a short metallic magenta bob as a PDK and I kind of looked pretty spunky with it, which is what I was going for. 🙂

Another life was a TWF PDK this time, and it was practically the same as THF except TWF catered. Playing all different fighting styles as a Fighter really taught me the pros and cons of each – and TWF happens to be so that it is the fastest melee combat wise to build Blitz. Weapon wise across all of these lives were mildly limited to good but not optimal weapon choices (ESOS, Celestia, Balizarde, Ultimatum, etc).

On the final TR life in the Fighter bracket, I did an HTR this time with Viestra and I have to admit it really sucked because that first life was an AA build. It was great for single target boss DPS, mediocre at best across all else. Compared to Vie, it didn’t feel very useful or complimentary, which was probably because she in turn was an SOS wielding Barbarian in heroics which naturally kills everything (I would know because of Shyvanae and she’s a first life). In epics it was a whole lot better mostly due to the EDs, which I know is a bit of a handicap to me and portrays my true abilities/skills. I also have to note that Viestra’s game play in her first time as a Barbarian (I think?) was quite impressive – I often learn a lot just by watching people play or comment on their build, and she was one of them!

AA Fighter was all in all fun – the primary build split was an 18/1/1 Fighter/Artificer/Favored Soul. I absolutely love the Half Elf emotes, and almost even debated going Helf for the final life. Of course, I didn’t want to give up any important feat though. 😦 But it was my first time trying out the race on Sera particularly, and I was overall happy about it. I did feel a lot of frustrations about bow damage, but it was more of the inherent nature about bow builds rather than a lack of DPS specifically by the character. I like them, but I don’t think they suit Sera herself, as I am accustomed to her AoE most of the time. I guess I had the wrong expectations!

Because of such frustrations, I decided to go THF again. It was by far the easiest of all three types and simple; there was no weapon upgrading after ESOS. This build was a lot simpler, although I cannot say better or worse than any other variants above – Helf is certainly not needed for this race as well, so there definitely could be improvements in terms of optimum. Being 1 Favored Soul though gave me enough reason to invest into CHA, which allowed me to gain up to +5 more points to all saves via racial enhancements, and +will saves via Force of Personality. So that worked out well! And of course, 1 Artificer for traps + utility! 🙂

But jeez, I don’t get why everyone thinks Helves are ugly (well, OK kind of) but I really love their looks and emotes!

Alas, I was too sentimental to TR into the next set (Ranger) and was considering RTR except it wasn’t dual like ITR. So I simply moved on!

Every life that I began as a Ranger was a Human 18/1/1 Ranger/Fighter/Artificer split. Very similar to the earlier Helf template. While the 1 feat from Fighter seemed miniscule, I needed it to fit in everything; I was so used to Fighter’s bonus feats gosh dang it!

I can’t quite remember how these went in terms of progression, but I remember I boxed the last two lives. While it wasn’t a long experience, I spent most of the Ranger life in the first one where I stayed in epics knock out the final ERs. Ranger definitely would be superier in terms of TWF speed and DPS, except an 18th level Ranger is almost equivalent to a 20th level Fighter, in my opinion (at least based on my experience between these two). Since I couldn’t really go pure as a Ranger after loathing the pure Fighter lives so much I vowed to splash at least 1 Artificer or 2 Rogue, I decided to splash so on every subsequent life. Hence the lack of a pure Ranger evaluation, as much as I would like to give one. I’m sure that it would be much greater in DPS standards compared to a pure Fighter TWF. They’d both be strong, but Ranger would just be more raw DPS. A Fighter TWF seems to have a mix; high defenses, tactical abilities to incapacitate, while Ranger has other capabilities such as self heals, Evasion, and ranged abilities. If I had to prefer one, I’d honestly prefer a Fighter TWF.

All in all, I’d like to wrap up the last of these build reviews. I don’t think I will doing these for a long time, until the next build I TR out of or into becomes of topic. These are great to reflect upon, and I write them so that I never forget, knowing me haha. But playing the game takes a lot of time, and alas I am out of that.

To me in the future who reads back on these posts like a dork: thank you for trying out all of the current classes and spending a year to learn and play, expanding your perspectives on more than just the Favored Soul. Of course, there is more to learn, so get back out there! Perhaps in the future you will do more reincarnations to come – and if not, don’t sweat it, and absolutely the most important thing: have fun! That was something hugely lacking in most of these lives after all; not playing the class you know you want to play sucks. This TR project is proof of that!


First 2016 Post…

Can’t believe I didn’t have a New Year’s Resolution post or anything like that to kick off 2016, but here it is! Then again, not really a New Year’s kinda person, although I did accomplish something… my goal to stop hoarding in game, LOL. It’s finally coming around, but let me tell you… it was so gawsh dang hard!! xD 2 days after my birthday, I decided to hold a “Garage Giveaway” event for guildies and friends on open invite, and it took a total of maybe 2-3 hours? It ended up being more of an “everyone’s giveaway” as we had people offering up stuff too – it was very hectic, but fun!! And super kind of others to offer things up too, takes a bit to give away antiques and items near and dear to our hearts.

Well, I finally cleared up ONE bank toon for rerolling. The much despised (sorry haha) Velvettarte will be rerolled, but I’m a bit wishy washy in what she will end up as. I’m kind of locked into a point where she has to be an Elf Paladin (I hate having double races among the new toons, so for consistency and flavor’s sake…) but that doesn’t exactly sound viable or at least optimal for a tank build; I was wanting to create a Paladin tank for raiding if we ever needed one. But now, I’m kind of rethinking this after last night – if I’m able to turn Sylvette into a quasi-tank two handed fighting Warpriest… then maybe I have room to create Velvettarte into something else.

So some of the options… perhaps a two weapon fighting Elven Paladin (pure), or an Elven Sorcerer build – although that doesn’t really work out that well, since I was thinking at the very least, having a Displacement Dragonmark clickie would be something for a melee type character (unlike an arcane who can cast the spell). There is always the reason for nothing but pure flavor, but I like to have some utility…

Or perhaps I could make use of the Elven Arcane Archer tree and choose a unique class blend, maybe that pure Spellsinger AA build I’ve always wanted to try. Or a Favored Soul Arcane Archer build, ooh! So many choices, le sigh.

Either ways, at least I know which options to rule out: Celesteine will be the Sun Elf Cleric, Ashimerelle the Halfling Ranger, and Rinnybon the Half-Elf Warlock (all pure). All I know is that Velvettarte will be Elven something, haha!

There is one thing I’ve also been tossing and turning about: their last names. It seems I only have Rinnybon’s and maybe Velvettarte’s surnames down (and Velvettarte will be renamed to Velvenillah), but the other two I’m still stuck about what theme I have in mind for them. Ashimerelle could keep her surname (Amberstorm) but I feel like there might be something cooler out there. Celesteine’s surname was the one I fretted about for who knows how long: Glitterglow? Cloudheart? Somehow it doesn’t sound right.

There is also the opposition theme I have in mind for Celesteine the Sun Elf and Velvettarte the “Vanilla” Elf – probably making Velv’s appearance in mind of a Moon Elf to reciprocate the theme I have for Celesteine, but that would mean I have to make Celesteine’s surname stronger, something with fire, sun, and the like.

All in all, at least this post kind of directs the route I want to take with these bank toons. I still have an extra slot to create, and I have no idea what I will do with that! This is kind of just me blabbing, but sometime I’ll have to sit myself down and figure it all out! Of course, given how long it took just to clean out one bank toon for rerolling, I have a feeling this can’t be done in one go. But at the very least, I can do this while DDO is on downtime. LOL.


Guild Parties and Fun!

Aaahh, just when we think we’re done and worn out from the guild’s first Trivia Event… looks like we’re on a partying streak!

The day after the guild trivia event, we got together for a “Taken Hunt” for chasing players around Harbor as Takens. It was hilarious to see people freak out! I was especially glad to hear one guildy say that it was liberating and that if he knew our guild does Taken fests, that he would have joined a long time ago, LOL! Stuff like these just take our focus away from the game in terms of character progression, and just get together for some good fun!

This next event was more of a small friend gathering on an early morning (talkin’ 4AM or so) where Second, Glit, Leela, and I had some fun just hanging around and chatting, with Teacher Second teaching us how to say certain phrases in Greek! I learned that “I love you” in Greek is “Se agapo” which makes sense to me – “se” being somewhat similar to the usage of “te/se (you, she/he)” in Spanish (oops… 3 years of Spanish surfacing here) and “agapo” deriving from Greek word “agape,” which is familiar to me since I am a Christian, and that term is often used to describe Jesus’ love (agape meaning the highest form of love, or the love of God for man and vice versa). 😀 We laughed so hard when Leela tried to pronounce that and to me, I heard “Sera poo.” Ahahaha! The toilet humor never ends.
Second wanted to take some screenshots for fun memories, and the inner photographer in me decided I wanted to as well. Even though it was just us, these memories I certainly do cherish!

Will the fun and parties never end!? I’m sure there will be LOTS more considering how many birthdays are in January alone – our guild are winter/New Year month babies! Today (since it’s technically the 31st) is Linkinhood’s birthday, so we got together impromptu for a dance rave on the top deck – we just mainly talked and laughed! While I felt we should have planned something bigger, Link seemed pretty happy about it! I was laughing so hard over the things we talked about that I cannot remember now, but Hokage did record the entire thing via Twitch livestream… click here for the link!! 😀 I’m laughing so hard, I wonder how long it will stay posted… LOVE YOU LEELA! 😀 😀 😀

BBA Hosts: Christmas Guild Trivia!

On Christmas Eve of 2015, Best Beaches Around hosted their first public trivia event! While it consisted of mostly friends and family (guild), we did have quite a few guests on board! The event was held on our airship (top deck), and surprisingly, it got pretty laggy with all these people!! It wasn’t really that much too, so I was kind of taken aback by how quickly it lags out with that amount of people.


Official Guild Photo: Before the Kickoff to the Trivia!


I was sad a few of my favorite people couldn’t attend, but then again, poor management/planning lead to having the event right on Christmas Eve, which is proooobably not the best time to hold events. Nonetheless, we had a great time, festive chatter, and two new recruits! Overall, I was very pleased in how this turned out, although my sister was the one who initially organized this all.

So here are the juicy details of what happened: we had a lot of laughter and chatter at the beginning where it was a raid group of us (me, Leela, Chrys, and a few other groupies) as we rushed our final preparations into the start of the event. I was so bogged down with finishing up the questions (at the last minute of course!) that Leela had to go around advertising in popular town areas such as Eveningstar and Harbor. I wonder if that worked, but we did get a lot of hits on the LFM at least! Next time we’ll definitely be prepared!

After we had a good laugh and talked amongst ourselves, we got down to business although we were already running about 10-15 minutes late (around 10:15PM was when we actually started). Chrys was having a bit of trouble starting us off, and we ended up having me as the speaking host for all three rounds while Chrys and Leela were double scorekeepers. I have to say, while it was extremely hectic for me, it was also a LOT of fun. At one point, I messed up a question during the DDO-Winter themed round by pasting the answer along with the question, so I had to make up a question on the fly. I also was kind of unsure how the DnD round went, since Link made most of those questions and he wasn’t there to back me up. *cry* Another thing I totally am embarrassed about was that one question about the default LFM level range, and I rewarded points for the incorrect answer, which was 4, when in reality it was actually 5. Of course, everyone else must have miscounted because Andy pointed this out to me during the rounds, but didn’t argue further. Only did I realize this after the event when he explained it further for me and when I actually did count. Rawrgh!! Tricky LFM panels.

As for the prizes, that definitely will need better planning. While we settled it with a “roll off” between contestants of each round as for the order of who goes to pick first, it took so long that people who stuck around left, and we had door prizes ready! 😦 In the end I had to mail people stuff, although I think just getting together and heating up our competitive spirit in good fun was good enough. 🙂

Overall, I had a blast! People tried to show up, and we actually gained two new recruits: Natsuri and Adonfire from New Order! I was pleased how it turned out, and glad other people enjoyed it. Perhaps I did hope for more participation, but hey, fast fingers dominate quickly. I loved this event, and have to give kudos to my sister for thinking it up and starting it all. This is definitely something I feel our guild could do again, maybe not the exact same event, but having this mutual feeling of connection and bonding (cheesy mode engaged!) between not just our guildies, but friends and others as well. I wish I could remember every bit of what happened that day, but I guess this is what happens when you’re too sleepy to do anything else! I look forward to future events like these within our guild, and not private events but open to everyone, welcoming people into our circle warmly.

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