Reflections, Juggernaut

I got to do watch the new Star Trek movie, eat really poorly for my health (but super tasty – Wendys) and gather the xp needed to hit 20 on Javabot last night. Over all it was a bang up night.

So now is as good as any time to talk about the build…. It is fine. Yep that is kinda how I feel about it at the moment, it is fine….

Not normally what I want in a build but I see why so many people are excited about playing a Jug, it is the embodiment of something I try to have in all my builds, flexibility.

That is the build in a word, flexible, and that is a great thing to have in a build in the world of min/maxing a role. But I haven’t fallen in love with it yet. But I do think it is super strong. I think had I not just tweaked my arty build to do a lot of the same things with out giving up some key things like the arty capstone and insightful damage I would be a lot more excited.

That said it is an amazing build if you think of it as a melee (like a fighter or a ranger) that can do other stuff. Maybe the next level of bard is more of where the Jug build should sit?

So lets look at things now, pre level 20. I got the xp but it was late and I didn’t want to make a mistake leveling because I was tired.

Gear is kind all over, I am using a Terror because pre epic gear it is that or the Fire Greataxe which I didn’t take the time to dig out pre stone, or the pos/pos greatsword from my FvS life. What else??? I am rocking the lvl 4 bracers of air still for the blur effect I will swap to the claw set at 20 so why bother with finding something else? Speaking of the claw set I am currently using the titan’s gloves (unlocked) for the boost to the spell casting and the regen-repair effect. What else is important???? I am using the barb tod ring set for a little more damage even though my right is slotted for holy burst for my druid life.

I find it funny/disheartening that I was so focused on gear for live as a druid that I completely gave up in staying gear neutral so build changes are not super disruptive.

So lets look real fast how I might tweak the build to have a little more Samius flare…

1, I Have decided to swap out Mithral body for Shuriken Expertise, mostly just for fun.
2, Build a kick ass Shuriken again mostly for fun. ☺

3, Get the shard for a Souleater. I don’t think I will play centered all the time but I want it as an option.

4, Find some kind of DPS two-handed weapon for long-term use. Antique one of the normal standouts. The Great Axe of the Chained Solder is a solid option also; it has a red and orange slot and could be a good/reconstruct/dps weapon with out the epic grind (think I have one even).

5, Make peace with moving on the druid, I think I can be just as happy with the Jug build as I was playing the Druid, maybe more so as the Jug as some strengths over my Druid build. But right now I have a feeling of rushing to move on and that is causing me to regret moving on even thought is was clearly the right call to knock out another life and be that much closer to completionist.

Well I am already way long and I will just keep getting interrupted if I try to keep going. Better to break things off now.


PSA and More

Lets kick things off with a little PSA; do not do any TR (lesser/greater/True) with gear equipped on a pet. Over the weekend I lessered Samiusbot to clean up and straighten out some feats and when I was equipping and fixing hot bars I noticed that a Docent of Defiance I had on my Dog had gone missing. After an extremely detailed search I called a DM. After about 20 secs reading my OG complaint I got a message more or less saying “ You shouldn’t TR with gear equipped on pets, we don’t track loot so we can’t respawn your item. Anything else I can do for you?” And he was more or less gone….

Thing is I have lessered and TRed many times and while I have lost gear I have never lost gear from a pet before. And I didn’t loose my collar this time from the tone of the DM txt I should have lost everything… Idk. As soon as I get this posted I will fill out a ticket and see if someone beyond a DM can help.

Funny thing is not 3 hours before I was talking to the brits about how I thought about upgrading to a bigger docent for my dog then it goes and intimates a massive group of mobs and just don’t care because the DoD procs and its life is good.

Kinda wish I had now… Oh well I put in a ticket and will see what the support center says about it….

So to the More part of things…. I Lessered Samiusbot to try and clean up my feat list. I wanted something like this:

  •  1          empower
  • 3          maximize
  • 6          Quicken
  • 9          WIx past life or bow str…
  • 12       Toughness
  • 15       rapid shot
  • 18       manyshot
  • 21       insightful relfexes
  • 24       combat archery
  • 4          precise
  • 8          point blank shot
  • 12       Imp Precise
  • 16       imp Crit Ranged
  • 20       mithral body

The order was not real important and that is more or less what I took other then at 18 I had to choose between Quciken and Bow Str and I took Quicken and then at 20 for my last bonus feat I had to pick something not Bow Str… So I am missing out on like 20ish points of Dps per shot atm… Damn it!

I had an list where I lost mithral body and bow Str and took Shuriken and Shuriken Expertise. And here is why. If this guy goes all ranged (aka the plan) then I want as many ranged attacks per min as possible, right? And SE + Whirling Wrist is about as many attacks as one can get with a ranged weapon assuming a better then 30 dex…

I had hoped that I could use insightful Strike to use my int for damage but that wont work. Thanks Jerry for the catch.

But still an Alchemical Shuriken is 2[d2] + 1[w] for combat archery and 1[w] for Deadly which makes the damage is still laughable but when you add run arm for 2d6 to 2d10 and you work up the elemental binding you get a hell of a weapon. That according to what I have been reading is close to manyshot all the time… Plus burst dps of Endless Fusillade/Manyshot with Shirdi procs all the time. Hell if I can get close to the number of Shirdi procs Samius gets spamming all those force spells with out the SP cost and limitations on Mobs being immune to MM and lower then 4th level spells then I could have a real different looking powerhouse.

Mark my words someone will be talking up this or something real close to this real soon.  Maybe on one of those Juggernaut like builds where the feats are not that fair out of the box… IDK… Maybe I will TR one of my guys into a Jug and try it myself anyway.. I just have a hard time not being 20 arty if I am taking more then 1 arty level…

Well <3s


Thinking about Waterfalls, I mean Changes..

I was going to talk more about Artificers, this time defending melee artificers and spout some damage numbers and whatnot. But I don’t feel like it. They due solid damage, and once quicken reconstructs are online I will be top notch I think.

So what to talk about then???

I am level 14 with 15 banked so what else is there to talk about? The next life. I have fighter, paladin and the soon to be out druid to go until completionest. Druid is out because it will not be out when I am ready to TR (I hope) and do I really want to do another “new” class with out doing a few levels of sample play? Not really.

Both fighter and paladin work on the bowonk frame well enough. I missed the ranged option going 9/x on the rouge life if melee combat was stronger. So I am inclined to do the normal 6/6/8 bowonk lives for them.

I also find myself missing that hard up Ac tank. Leveling Samyus had some challenges. But feeling invincible was not one of them. And with Samius’ TR cache and a willingness to do the 2+ splash for evasion and full umd a quick and easy sword and board life might be just the thing to mix things up a little.

No matter. That is at least 2 or 3 weeks away. Lots of time decide, right?

Side note. I did some leading last night. Like really leading, and not just shouting orders to guildies/TR pals when shit hit the fan. I did a nice walk through with the guild/Fopo for a epic Small Problem. And then lost Fopo and picked up another guildie and lead Tod.

I don’t like to lead anymore. I don’t like having to be the nice guy that hand holds people and walks through the quest for everyone as if it is their first time. I play the social game here, not there. And I totally blame the time about 4 months after the influx of F2P people hitting the level cap. Or how I remember it “Six Months on the Fail Train”. That would make a good song for Ddocast.

Anyway I lead the groups and everything was fine. There was little to no loot however, so no reward for me to make me thing that maybe I need to lead more often…. But it was a good enough time.