I hope that by getting the basics in place, it will serve as a good platform for discussion.
After a lot of reading and some serious thought, I have settled on a 4/36/6 spec. Here is my thinking:
I feel the wiggle room in the Vigilance tree are the 2 points in Commanding awe, you could put those somewhere else in the tree if you prefer.
Insight is also super useful and worth 3/3 points. It will improve all of your DoTs and Blade Storm. Swelling winds makes Force sweep better but more importantly it gets us to the 2nd tier in Focus and to Swift Slash which increases the critical chance of Slash and Dispatch. Since we can use Dispatch a lot this should be very helpful.
In the Defense Tree, Master Focus is a must have. Master Strike is a huge part of your DPS and this directly improves it. You could move the 2 points in Victory Rush somewhere else, but it should be noted that Momentum is now tied to Shien Form so there will be no running out and leaping back in for free Blade Storms for Vig Guardians. (4/10)
Gear: (UPDATED 4/12)
They have changed the Vindicator Set bonus at the New tiers of raiding gear. Once you start getting the new tiers I suggest you go with 2 Pieces of Vindicator for the no Range Saber throw, then get the Armoring, and thus the set bonus, from 2 pieces of Weapon Master(Medium armor so put the armoring into a heavy armor piece) gear. That will give you a 8% bonus to Master Strike damage which is a Huge part of your damage already.
The 4 piece bonus in the new tiers is for a Blade Storm damage Buff, while that is good the Master Strike damage buff is better.
Dreag Guard and Below
Both the 2-piece and 4-piece PVE set bonus are good for you. Combat focus will be used pretty much on CD and more focus = more DPS. The 4-piece bonus means that you can use Saber Throw from point blank range, turning it into a great focus generator.
Saber Throw -> Force Leap -> (Relic/adrenal in the air) Master Strike-> Plasma Brand-> Overhead Slash -> Blade Storm-> Master Strike(if it procd) -> Dispatch if it procd
You open with Saber Throw and Force Leap to generate focus, then Master Strike to try for the Dispatch proc and so it can reset if that triggers. Getting Plasma Brand up is a priority and maximizing DoT uptime is key to maximizing damage.
Dispatch, OS and PB all provide a stack of Force Rush it maxes at 2 stacks.
Zen strike Resets Master Strike and can happen once every 9 seconds from OS or PB. You make some sort of Arrrgh yell when this happens.
Keening resets Dispatch makes it free and can be used even if the enemy is above 30% health. It can Proc from MS or your DoTs. You glow red when this happens.
This is where is starts to get complicated, though hopefully by the end of this guide, it will be less so
For Priority I would go with this in order, is:
UPDATED 5/2/13 The Priority order is damage and proc based including the DoT for each attack.
UPDATED 5//8/13 Changed priority since I have both set Bonuses now. Master Srtike went up on the list.
- Blade Storm (BS) with 2 stacks of Force Rush
- Plasma Brand (PB) it does less direct damage but the dot is great
- Master Strike
- Overhead Slash (OS)
- Sunder if below 5 focus
- Saber Throw if below 6 focus
NOTE put Dispatch ahead of Overhead slash once the Boss is below 30%. You will be able to use it on CD and when it Procs.
- Force Sweep
- Force Leap
- Force Push
- Strike if everything is on CD and you have less than 10 focus
- Slash if you have 12 focus.
Your goal is to turn this priority list into a sustainable rotation that maximizes your DoT uptime and uses your Force Rush and Procs of Dispatch and Master Strike effectively. You will know you are doing it right if you almost never have to use Strike.
Note that Force Sweep and Dispatch will usually be free and still refund 1 focus also if you take AoE damage you should generate focus.
Note: I am 100% serious about this... you should be able to keep all your high damage abilities on CD and rarely, if ever, have to use Strike in your rotation for focus.
You will want to Master Strike as often as you can (but only when you are confident that you will get the full channel in). MS is a big part of your DPS and costs no focus, but also makes you immobile. PB and OS can reset the CD on MS, meaning you will (and should) be using it a lot.
Beyond Master Strike, this spec is all about DoT uptime. PB’s DoT last 12 seconds so you should be able to keep it up all the time. OS and BS DoT’s ksat only 6 seconds so they will fall off often.
This is a focus intensive build but also generates a lot of Focus. Below are your Focus generators.
- Combat Focus generates a free 6 focus use if other focus generators are on CD and you are below 4 Focus
- Sunder generates 7 focus use when at 5 focus or lower.
- Saber Throw generates 3 focus and with the gear set it can be used in melee. Use when Sunder and Combat Focus are on CD and you are below 6 focus.
- Zen Strike this is what makes Master strike come off CD you make a kind of Yell it is a audio only key it also generates 3 Focus.
- Force Sweep Generates 1 focus
- Dispatch Generates 1 focus
- Strike generates 2 focus
- Visionary Guardian passive ability generates 1 focus when attacked once every 6 seconds
- Narrowed Focus tied to Shien form you generate 1 additional focus when you take AoE Damage.
- Force leap generates 3 focus, used in the opener or during movement.
- You refund 1 Focus from all your attacks.
When a boss gets below 30% health, your priority system and rotation will not change.
Before 55 still look for 300 Crit, 300 Surge, enough points to get to 110%/100% accuracy then all points to Power.
From what I have seen Crit is fairly useless ONCE you hit 55 and the stat curves change.
The current talk is to get some surge, it still hits DR early around 240-300 points. Get accuracy to 110%/110%. NOTE Surge and Accuracy are both on Enhancements and are interchangeable I believe. Other than that take Power and Main Stat.
Work in Progress will be updated as I see more info and get to play more.
I know is Says Seijin but this is from Jolgalev. I Burned and Pillaged the old Thread and Rebuild this on top of it.