I can't post on the official Rift forums, so I figured I'd post here.
I'm absolutely confused on how to make a proper build for PvE. I plan to make an effective PvE build for leveling, dungeons, raiding, etc. As I was trying to make a build, I was pretty confused. I was inside the game, looking at the suggested pairings for each soul, and I'd constantly hit road blocks.
Some souls had a slew of PvP talents and abilities which made it a bit hard to navigate through to grab the PvE goodies. Other souls were littered with what I found to be useless for PvE but were unavoidable PvP talents I had to grab to reach the next tier. A few others had their top tier talent as a PvP centric ability. I was having such a difficult time trying to make a leveling build and eventually a dungeons and raids build because of it.
The only build I was able to come up with that didn't feel frustrating to navigate through was the War/Nec/Chl pairing and it's probably because it feels much more compact and straight-forward compared to the other builds I attempted to make with minimal PvP talents:
Even then, I'm not sure it's a proper build for PvE. I was hoping there would be a drop-down list with community submitted builds on the Soul Builder which can be similar to Aion, but it doesn't seem the option is there. I'm hoping something similar will be implemented at a later date.
All in all, I'm enjoying the open Beta quite a bit but I'm absolutely confused on how to navigate through the swath of PvP oriented talents and abilities of the other souls. I had planned to make 4 roles: DPS (Warlock), Pet DPS (undecided, probably Necromancer since Elementalist seems a bit confusing for me to build), Enhance DPS (undecided, though Dom seems more PvP centric, so likely Archon), and Healing DPS (Archmage, obviously... Kidding, Chloromancer). Chloromancer doesn't seem like it'd be a very difficult build to make for PvE, just heavy on points.
tl;dr I just don't understand how to make a PvE build while navigating through all the PvP talents in most souls. Some souls even seem to be heavily PvP-oriented. I don't think it helps that Mages are supposedly the least popular class according to the official forums. Does it have to do with the Mage trees or are all Callings' Soul Trees like that? Is it because some Souls are indeed PvP oriented and War/Nec/Chl is PvE oriented? Can I get some help?
Edited, Feb 19th 2011 1:15am by Beregren