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#1 Mar 21 2011 at 9:30 AM Rating: Excellent
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So I'm just now getting into expert dungeons (T1), and am trying to settle on a dps build as a rogue. I have used an assassin/nightblade combo for AP/CC and while it works ok, I think that the two souls don't go to well together. I'm either using nightblade for trash/aoe or assassin for bosses. With that in mind, I am looking to a more balanced bladedancer/nightblade as an alternative dungeon soul to the more focused assassin/nightblade. I want this build to do a few things. (Link to build is at bottom)

1. High damage output on bosses. This will be achieved through standard Bladedancer rotation of Keen -> Quick/Precision -> Keen, with consistent use of rhythmic abilities.

2. AoE capabilities for trash and some bosses. This is achieved through several moves in both souls - For large groups (4+), weapon flare from Nightblade can be used. Dancing steel from Bladedancer can also be used here, especially if there are elites. For smaller groups (2-3), twin strike and compound attack (finisher) will be used, as they do more damage than weapon flare.

3. Utility. There are several minor things in this build that are situational but could be useful. First is stealth + lost hope from Nightblade. Very useful for keeping pulls from getting too big or preventing a patrol from joining in. Second is the Bladedancer interrupt (weapon barrage) and the Nightblade silence (smother). Some bosses have abilities that need to be interrupted, and this build allows me to handle that. The silence will also allow me to pull in annoying caster trash mobs for aoe goodness. The final bit of utility that this build brings is the ability to attack from range if needed. Some bosses have abilities that make melee dps sad. While most of the time I think this can easily be handled by a competent group, sometimes I will want to be able to stay at range. Nightblade allows me to do this, albeit not as well as an actual ranged class, through the use of fiery spike, flame thrust, twilight strike, and ebon fury (to get rid of the cd on twilight strike for 15s).

So, I welcome all comments and suggestions on the build - I hope to try it tonight in IT.

Bladedancer (33) / Nightblade (30) / Assassin (3)
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#2 Mar 22 2011 at 1:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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I tried this build last night in Expert FC (with one change - the 3 points in assassin were changed to an identical 3 points in ranger), and I think it worked really well. The aoe capabilities are very useful, and the single target damage output is also nice. What is also helpful are the basic ranged abilities from Ranger and Nightblade, for those boss fights where staying at range is necessary. I felt that my ranged dps was not terribly gimped with this build, though in the future I will probably try to do a marksman or ranger build for a little bit easier time there.
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