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(Freeform) Bit of a mess, needs breaking

sathoonsathoon Posts: 4 Arc User
Boring pre-amble / context:
After reinstalling on a whim, making an entertainingly daft costume for an archetype that I don't own and then balking at spending £40 for the zen to make it, I was prepared to continue ignoring the game (last login was over 2400 days ago).

I couldn't believe it when I saw freeform slots going on sale (coinciding with a zen sale), which has caught my attention once again. Silver accounts having access to subscription perks? Dogs & cats living together, mass hysteria!


As a Silver mug who happened to spend a lot on microtransactions back in the day, Freeform was always one of those forbidden fruits from being a subbie, so I'm a bit out of my depth from a combination of almost 7-years-worth of hotfixes and releases and potentially being able to taste true creative freedom with No Strings Attached.



Point of the post:

As a test bed to try and wrap my head around potentially having unlimited power-based freedom in a game that I've not played in nearly 7 years, I've tried to create a ranged caster that can stick around in combat and win through toxic attrition. It may or may not be loosely inspired by the disgusting resilience of Warhammer Nurgle sorcerers, and the fact that the utility and flexibility of ranged still seems to trump the 'fun' of melee. Boooooo.

The specialisation trees LOOK okay: full of +% interactions between offence and defence, but I can't tell if the power progression is where it needs to be in order to actually have fun within PvE or not. Particularly adventure packs because I spent a lot of time replaying stuff like Aftershock and Demonflame. Some guidance maybe for an old fart-of-a-player?


https://aesica.net/co/herocreator.htm?v=29&n=Project Squashed Frog&d=15370D357NPW1D0010O000O205N703OD00N903O903OG05O305OK0XOP05O709LB00OR00OQ000rQY3bIn0iiZ

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  • flowcytoflowcyto Posts: 10,925 Arc User
    edited July 2018
    Yea, the build could use quite a few tweaks to better optimize it. I'll keep it as a Regen-based Hybrid-dps build since I assume you're mostly soloing it with it:

    https://aesica.net/co/herocreator.htm?v=29&n=&d=15380bNQXPWa000000O000O203O900N903OG03OF00OI0KOP03ER00ON01O8055601OQ0000000ckr3byR438W

    Super Stats
    Level 6: Ego (Primary)
    Level 10: Constitution (Secondary)
    Level 15: Endurance (Secondary)

    Talents
    Level 1: The Scourge (Con: 10, Ego: 10, Rec: 10, End: 8)
    Level 6: Ascetic (Con: 5, Ego: 5)
    Level 9: Boundless Reserves (Con: 5, End: 5)
    Level 12: Daredevil (Ego: 5, End: 5)
    Level 15: Quick Recovery (Con: 5, Rec: 5)
    Level 18: Worldly (Ego: 5, Rec: 5)
    Level 21: Amazing Stamina (Rec: 5, End: 5)

    Powers
    Level 1: Infernal Bolts (advantages)
    Level 1: Infernal Blast (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 6: Aspect of the Infernal (advantages)
    Level 8: Regeneration (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 11: Epidemic (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 14: Supernatural Power
    Level 17: Will-o'-the-Wisp (Guide, Ghost Fire)
    Level 20: Defile (Rank 2, Rank 3)
    Level 23: Masterful Dodge (advantages)
    Level 26: Resurgence (Rank 2)
    Level 29: Life Essence (Rank 2, Infernal Bond)
    Level 32: Ice Sheath (Rank 2)
    Level 35: Rebirth (advantages)
    Level 38:
    Adv. Points: 28/36

    Travel Powers
    Level 6:
    Level 35:

    Specializations
    Ego: Force of Will (2/2)
    Ego: Insight (3/3)
    Ego: Follow Through (3/3)
    Ego: Sixth Sense (2/3)
    Avenger: Ruthless (2/2)
    Avenger: Round 'em Up (3/3)
    Avenger: Relentless Assault (2/3)
    Avenger: Preemptive Strike (3/3)
    Guardian: Fortified Gear (3/3)
    Guardian: Ruthless (2/2)
    Guardian: Find the Mark (2/3)
    Guardian: The Best Defense (3/3)
    Mastery: Ego Mastery (1/1)

    Main idea is to use Wisp on cd for debuffing, and spam Epidemic for easy AoE grinding. For single targets, you can use Wisp on cd and alternate between Infernal Blast and Defile. Life Essence was thrown in if you need extra self-healing in combat (can also heal nearby allies). Last power slot can be w/e ya want. I'd also prob rank up one of your travel powers (w/e one you end up using more often). Gears mostly for Ego, w/ some Con (for maxHP) and End + Rec (for energy).
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    <CO docs> .: Petco :. // Base DPS Sheet (older power data) // PSA on Power Activation Delay // Ayonachan's Gift Horse (misc stat data)
    - Be safe and have fun, champs - for science!
  • sathoonsathoon Posts: 4 Arc User
    I see you also counsel a more crit-based AoE set. I'm pretty on board with toxic carpet bombing like this.


    Keen to possibly give it a go once the Zen sale catches up with the freeform slot sale!
  • flowcytoflowcyto Posts: 10,925 Arc User
    edited July 2018
    Adding back in Curse can also be nice if you want some CC and maybe an extra self-heal w/ its HoT adv. Epidemic + Supernatural Power makes for very easy AoE grinding, but a major downside is the lack of innate CC w/ it.

    But again, its up to you. Infernal is a pretty strong set all around to experiment with.
    ________________
    <CO docs> .: Petco :. // Base DPS Sheet (older power data) // PSA on Power Activation Delay // Ayonachan's Gift Horse (misc stat data)
    - Be safe and have fun, champs - for science!
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