This weekend I reached level 80 on my Engineer. Hurray!
One of the best parts about getting to 80 is deciding what your build will be and how your gear will look. I decided on my build a LONG time ago so this weekend I spent some time on the look. As a human engineer allied to the Vigil I wanted to include elements of both the cultural armour and Vigil gear. That was easy enough to work out but the coat was going to be a problem.
My build is focused very much on movement; damage mitigation through evasion, so having a long trench coat is impractical and thus immersion breaking. Looking at the female medium armour galleries there are only a few short coats. The best I could find was the Ascalonian Catacombs body and it was pretty much perfect! A quick check of my wallet reveals I have 69 Tears in the bank. Time to start running AC!
So, last night, after our guild event, the call for dungeons went out. I immediately piped up and said I needed to do AC and off we went. I haven't run AC many times so I apologised in advance. I should have been a bit clearer that I wasn't at all sure what I was doing but it was only when I got the achievement at the end of the run I realised I hadn't done the path before!
It wasn't the best run. It wasn't helped by the fact that one of our other party members AFKed suddenly, and for some time, mid-run but I generally felt more of a hinderance than a help and I think this came down to my build.
It's not a Berserker build but it's certainly not a tank build and it seems the strat for much of this path is to stand still and get battered by the bosses. Knowing that I won't bother doing AC Path 1 on my Engineer again. It's just not worth it. What was needed was just pure damage.
Sometimes I wonder if I should run dungeons more often but this makes me realise why I don't. I'm not an RP player but (as you can see from my gear choices) in my mind my toon has a character. If the rest of the community forces me to play "out of character" in order to participate in "content" then I think I'd rather not bother.
Of course, I could put some time into thinking about a boss/dungeon build, as opposed to a PvE trash mob build, but since PvE is where I spend 90% of my time I'm not going to make a priority. In the meantime I'll just run AC on my necromancer. Only an idiot dies on a necro.