Why take Champion to 51? There are a few reasons: Titan's Strike is a ridiculously powerful AoE move, and Destroyer's Bearing is ridiculously powerful for single target and AoE. Cornered Beast is another incredibly powerful AoE and single target skill, as well as Bladefury. Other souls have other finishers, many quite powerful, but most don't have the really surprising power that both the root and talents the end of the Champion soul has. Grim Satisfaction is another reason that I'll get into later.
Well what's with Riftblade? Riftblade is taken for 2 reasons, and all other benefits are either minor or insignificant. Those reasons are called Storm Blade and Surging Energy. Storm Blade doubles the benefit of a critical hit (as I understand it, have not tested it), instead of merely critting for 150% damage, you crit for 150% direct damage and another 150% over 6 seconds. Stack this with the Destroyer's Bearing effect, and when you crit you hit direct damage for 150%, another 150% over 6 seconds as Air, and yet another 150% over 5 seconds. That is utterly ridiculous. The other reason, Surging Energy, is fairly obvious. It has incredible synergy with Grim Satisfaction. What these two mean together is that when you crit: A you do crazy 450% damage, B your next AP-generating move is reduced to 1/2 cost which means either 10 or 12.5 energy cost, and C you regenerate 15 energy. Whoa, wait, did I read that right? Yes, yes I did. When you crit, you actually get a net gain of energy on your next attack, in addition to doing ridiculous damage.
This is now out of date, as Backhanded Blow and your pet are less powerful than I thought. Going to have to choose a new 3rd soul.
This build is clearly based around crit. Crit is extremely strong because of Destroyer and Stormblade, but also because once you reach a certain crit threshold that I have not mathed out yet, you will be regenerating more energy due to crits and natural regen then you will be spending, and therefore be able to use an ability every single GCD.
What about you? I'm curious, what for-lols/PvP/healing/whatever builds are YOU guys planning? I know I'm excited just theorycrafting, I can't wait to get to play :)
Edited, Jan 25th 2011 12:24am by Sententia
Edited, Feb 2nd 2011 9:55pm by Sententia