Monday, 25 November 2013

Duck and Cover

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.

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