And now we are five.
Or at least, now we (meaning I) are on our fifth life (meaning I have no real life as it is all being used up by this completionist quest).
Bard meleers have a real problem with DPS
Even warchanters. They just do. You can try to mitigate this in lots of different ways but ultimately, if you want to be a top-shelf hitter, this is not the class for you.
Bards begin dominant but taper off at higher levels
Mawry was very (very!) deadly early in her career but somewhere around 16th level that started to change, and by Amrath it was a real challenge just to stay alive. Not that this is a bad thing, challenge = fun.
I suppose it is possible that my issue was not really with Bards but with Mawry’s build … nah, has to be bards in general, can’t be me.
And I should mention that I was banking levels, and so was wandering Shavarath on Hard while only level 18.
But songs … oh the songs … so nice!
No one ever minds having a bard in their group. If you can hit too, great! But everyone would settle just for the songs.
Respect the Notes!
This was my battlecry as I tried to train my guildmates to stop breaking Fascination. Usually my battlecry went for naught. Now and then though, in the right circumstances, Fascinate was a real game changer. Nothing saves from it. Nothing.
Really. Dual a pair of smiting rapiers in any of the new content. Watch the kill count.
Bard14/Ranger6 was a better split than I expected
The two classes complement each other nicely, whether I was in the front lines TWF or stepping back and toggling into Multishot mode.
Bravery Bonus is as much of a pain as it is a gain
Sometimes you just can’t get a group together to run quests on Hard, some quests more than others, but in general it really limited your ability to find or create PUG groups. Your guildmates can be constrained by this as well.
Overall, this was a fun life. A good build for soloing, and also a good build for groups. The self-healing was a real plus!
Favorite tactic: fascinate a herd of bad guys and then break out the paralyzers. Kill everything, one a time, they might not get a chance to touch you at all.
But now Mawry is off to the dark side! She has reappeared as a tiny nigh-virginal Monk. Dark monk, I have a light monk already and I require variety. More news to come …
🙂 😀 🙂