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trickshawtrickshaw Member Posts: 497 Arc User
edited October 2013 in The Militia Barracks
How 2 PWN
GWF PvP Itemization "On The Cheap"
By Trickshaw


Disclaimer: If you're reading this, first thing you should do is check the date on which this thread was posted. Now look at today's date. Chances are, if there's a big chunk of time in-between the two dates, then this thread is outdated. I'm telling you this because I do not intend on "updating" this thread. It's intended solely for the time in which it was written. I don't want to hear, a year from now, from some random poster who was trollin' on Google, "This is horrible advice" because if I do... I will e-slap you into submission. I'm thug like that.

So, you're a solo player, right? A casual, right? You want to try out some T1/T2's but finding a group that won't point and laugh at you like a bad flash back from summer camp is nigh impossible, AMIRITE?!? So what oh WHAT is a GWF to do?

Answer: Reroll

Ok, well if that's not an option then all you're really left with is PvP. And who doesn't like PvP? Vegans that's who. But you're not a vegan are you? Hell no you're not. You're a lean, mean, raw meat eating elf pillaging machine of kobold killing terror. THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE!

So strap in and set your macros to, "PUT YOUR TEETH ON THE CURB!" because I'm about to tell you exactly how to be just that on a less than 100k AD budget.
Step 1: Know Your Stats

I'll make this real simple for you. PvP != PvE. I'm sure you've been around the forums and seen some players reporting ridiculous stats. Lemme guess, something like, "Yeah, I got 5k power, 2200 Armor Pen, 2k Recovery and 3k Crit." And you're all like "WHAT THE ****?!?" Yeah, ok, lemme explain how that's happening and after I explain how that's happening you'll be far less impressed.

1.) Buy a Cat and/or Ioun Stone.
2.) Spend about 1/4 a million AD or a goodly time of farming to gear your Cat/Stone out in Rank 7 Runestones and toss in a few epics of choice.

Done sir done. That's how. But guess what? Yeah, nice Cat. What's his name? Fluffy? Cute. So is Fluffy gonna save your *** when you queue for PvP? No? I didn't think so. Your *** is mine in about 5 minutes pal.

And that's exactly how you should feel when you see braggart posts like that. All that money won't buy you success in PvP. Wanna know why? Of course you do. Shut up Trick and just tell me already. Fine.

There are four offensive stats. Power, Recovery, Crit and Armor Pen. Now, in case you're new to the forums one of those 3 stats is nearly irrelevant for GWFs. That would be Power. Burn that into your conscious mind. Power = <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font>. Complete. <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font>.

That's just for GWFs by the by. I don't wanna hear from some GF hailing Power as the next coming of Hayzeus. Power scales differently for each class. It just so happens it scales the worst for GWFs.

"Figures."

That's exactly what you just thought, AMIRITE?!?

Next on our list of "utterly useless" would be Recovery but, and you need to pay attention to this, -ONLY- for PvP. You will never, I repeat, N-E-V-E-R... get your Recovery high enough to make a measurable difference in PvP. PvE is a whole 'nother beast. In PvE, where boss encounters can measure up to 15 minutes, Recovery can make a helluva difference. However, in PvP, where you're either dead or your opponent is in a matter of seconds, Recovery is garbage. Waste of itemization. -IF- Recovery ever affects Punishing Charge cooldowns I -MIGHT- change my mind on this; Until then: Avoid.

So that leaves us with Crit and Armor Penetration.

Aaaaah! Soooo much better when things are simple, isn't it? So... now that we know what stats we need to focus on for PvP let's get into how best to get our selves ready to rip some CW's a new one.

Step 2: Get 100,000 AD

You can do this fairly easily if you leveled from 1-60 and kept up on your Leadership crafting, invoked and did your daily skirmishes/PvP matches. However, if you haven't, you can drop $10 and get yourself some Zen then sell it on the Zen Exchange. Look at it this way... you pay $15 a month on a sub for other MMOs, right? $10 is really nothing. Or, you can just play the AH.

No matter how you do it, it's really not THAT big of a deal. 100k is chump change and chances are you can probably do what I'm about to show you for even less if you haven't been throwing away your Enchants.
Step 3: Gear

HO YEAH! The good stuff. Relax. It's really not that big of a deal and chances are you're probably going to kick yourself for not realizing it earlier. And why would you? But more on that later. So, this is what you do. Go here then login. In case you were unaware this is Neverwinter's Gateway and, funnily enough, the single best way to browse the Auction House.

Now, click on Equipment, then Advanced Search and set your search parameters to the following:
Level Range: 60 to 60
Quality: Rare
Enchantment Type: Offensive
Class: GWF (slap yourself)
Stats: Crit and Armor Penetration

Now, what you're looking for are the following pieces:
Head: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Helm (
Chest: +5 Lethal/Piercing Berserker Scale Armor
Arms: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Bracers
Legs: +5 Lethal/Piercing Berserker Greaves
Neck: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Amulet
Rings: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Ring
Shirt/Pants: Elegant Scale
Waist: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Belt
Knot: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Knot

Now, all of those items, with the exception of the waist piece, are dirt cheap. The waist is currently the holy grail of blue items that can be found at pretty expensive prices. The reason being... all epic waist pieces suck a fat donkey ****. People were bound to get smart. The question is, how fast can you get to the AH and get your "ROCK AND ROLL" PvP blue set before prices go up? I dunno.

But you can go for any "Berserker Belt of the...." to fill your waist slot so long as it has Crit/ArP and is an Offensive Slot.

Each piece that I've listed has exactly 2 stats (minus the 4 armor that also have Defense) and can you guess what those two stats are? Thaaaaaaat's riiiiiiight. = ) If it's "Lethal" then it will have a higher Crit rating. If it's Piercing then the inverse will be the case. You can E-A-S-I-L-Y get BOTH your Crit and Armor Penetration up to 2500 just by balancing how many Lethal to Piercing Pieces.

Now I personally like going for an even spread. But you may want to focus crit over Armor Pen and easily get a 3k to 2k ratio.

Now, bear in mind you still have 6 offensive slots (that's right, s-i-x) 1 defensive and 3 utility to fill. It's up to you what you want to do here. If you want to keep going on the cheap you can just throw in a boat load of Azure to get that crit rating up even more.

If you're reading this and you have more AD to spend, go for broke and throw in 6 tenebrous because gods know you have more than enough Crit and Armor Penetration going on. = ) Incidentally this is what I do and I wreck face.

For weaponry, the cheapest choice is either Reaper or Ice Axe. Both are dirt cheap and are only marginally lesser than a Heroic Berserker and an Ancient Castle is just WAAAAAY to expensive to go for at the moment and is honestly not THAT far above what a Reaper or Ice Axe brings to the table.

Weaponry Enchant is best to go with Plague Fire. It's relatively cheap (dependent on the day) and is by far the best offensive Enchant at the moment because of the Defensive debuff. Unless of course you want to run a Vorpal, which is fine just be aware that Vorpals don't work with Tenebrous slotted. It's a bug, On their to-do list from my understanding.
In Closing

So, yeah, that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Pretty simple, eh? Have fun being on an even competitive field with all those epic'd out players knowing you're face planting them only in blues. Well... minus your weapon of course. As you PvP more and more you can save up some Glory and buy yourself a "PvP set" if you want but to be perfectly honest... it sucks. Point for point, what I just showed you, will out parse anyone wearing our PvP set. So only go for it if you're married to the idea of their 4 piece bonus.

The funniest part is, if you manage to one day get into a T2 group, throw on this set just for lulz. Watch your damage. Tell me that doesn't make you cry? And you guys wonder why I hate Cryptic for their itemization of GWF gear. If we had PROPER itemization, both for Tank GWFs and DPS GWFs we would be rockin' like a hurricane.

Now, the only downside to this "setup" is the fact that you have laughable Defense but, again, in PvP Defense is nigh useless. Plaguefire is so predominant that having low defense means absolute jack ****. The only way you're going to be "tanky" in PvP is if you go all out and get yourself a 4/4 Titans and deck out your jewelry with Regen/Deflect items. There's no dabbling when it comes to GWFs being "tanks" in PvP.

You either go all out or you go home.

Incidentally, in my "tank" PvP gear I'm nigh unkillable unless I get FF'd by the opposition and I have no Determination AND have no Stamina. Otherwise you're not getting me. But that's another story for another thread.

What your stats look like barebone:

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Any questions?
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  • iy0tiy0t Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    trickshaw wrote: »
    How 2 PWN
    GWF PvP Itemization "On The Cheap"
    By Trickshaw


    Disclaimer: If you're reading this, first thing you should do is check the date on which this thread was posted. Now look at today's date. Chances are, if there's a big chunk of time in-between the two dates, then this thread is outdated. I'm telling you this because I do not intend on "updating" this thread. It's intended solely for the time in which it was written. I don't want to hear, a year from now, from some random poster who was trollin' on Google, "This is horrible advice" because if I do... I will e-slap you into submission. I'm thug like that.

    So, you're a solo player, right? A casual, right? You want to try out some T1/T2's but finding a group that won't point and laugh at you like a bad flash back from summer camp is nigh impossible, AMIRITE?!? So what oh WHAT is a GWF to do?

    Answer: Reroll

    Ok, well if that's not an option then all you're really left with is PvP. And who doesn't like PvP? Vegans that's who. But you're not a vegan are you? Hell no you're not. You're a lean, mean, raw meat eating elf pillaging machine of kobold killing terror. THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE!

    So strap in and set your macros to, "PUT YOUR TEETH ON THE CURB!" because I'm about to tell you exactly how to be just that on a less than 100k AD budget.
    Step 1: Know Your Stats

    I'll make this real simple for you. PvP != PvE. I'm sure you've been around the forums and seen some players reporting ridiculous stats. Lemme guess, something like, "Yeah, I got 5k power, 2200 Armor Pen, 2k Recovery and 3k Crit." And you're all like "WHAT THE ****?!?" Yeah, ok, lemme explain how that's happening and after I explain how that's happening you'll be far less impressed.

    1.) Buy a Cat and/or Ioun Stone.
    2.) Spend about 1/4 a million AD or a goodly time of farming to gear your Cat/Stone out in Rank 7 Runestones and toss in a few epics of choice.

    Done sir done. That's how. But guess what? Yeah, nice Cat. What's his name? Fluffy? Cute. So is Fluffy gonna save your *** when you queue for PvP? No? I didn't think so. Your *** is mine in about 5 minutes pal.

    And that's exactly how you should feel when you see braggart posts like that. All that money won't buy you success in PvP. Wanna know why? Of course you do. Shut up Trick and just tell me already. Fine.

    There are four offensive stats. Power, Recovery, Crit and Armor Pen. Now, in case you're new to the forums one of those 3 stats is nearly irrelevant for GWFs. That would be Power. Burn that into your conscious mind. Power = <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font>. Complete. <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font>.

    That's just for GWFs by the by. I don't wanna hear from some GF hailing Power as the next coming of Hayzeus. Power scales differently for each class. It just so happens it scales the worst for GWFs.

    "Figures."

    That's exactly what you just thought, AMIRITE?!?

    Next on our list of "utterly useless" would be Recovery but, and you need to pay attention to this, -ONLY- for PvP. You will never, I repeat, N-E-V-E-R... get your Recovery high enough to make a measurable difference in PvP. PvE is a whole 'nother beast. In PvE, where boss encounters can measure up to 15 minutes, Recovery can make a helluva difference. However, in PvP, where you're either dead or your opponent is in a matter of seconds, Recovery is garbage. Waste of itemization. -IF- Recovery ever affects Punishing Charge cooldowns I -MIGHT- change my mind on this; Until then: Avoid.

    So that leaves us with Crit and Armor Penetration.

    Aaaaah! Soooo much better when things are simple, isn't it? So... now that we know what stats we need to focus on for PvP let's get into how best to get our selves ready to rip some CW's a new one.

    Step 2: Get 100,000 AD

    You can do this fairly easily if you leveled from 1-60 and kept up on your Leadership crafting, invoked and did your daily skirmishes/PvP matches. However, if you haven't, you can drop $10 and get yourself some Zen then sell it on the Zen Exchange. Look at it this way... you pay $15 a month on a sub for other MMOs, right? $10 is really nothing. Or, you can just play the AH.

    No matter how you do it, it's really not THAT big of a deal. 100k is chump change and chances are you can probably do what I'm about to show you for even less if you haven't been throwing away your Enchants.
    Step 3: Gear

    HO YEAH! The good stuff. Relax. It's really not that big of a deal and chances are you're probably going to kick yourself for not realizing it earlier. And why would you? But more on that later. So, this is what you do. Go here then login. In case you were unaware this is Neverwinter's Gateway and, funnily enough, the single best way to browse the Auction House.

    Now, click on Equipment, then Advanced Search and set your search parameters to the following:
    Level Range: 60 to 60
    Quality: Rare
    Enchantment Type: Offensive
    Class: GWF (slap yourself)
    Stats: Crit and Armor Penetration

    Now, what you're looking for are the following pieces:
    Head: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Helm (
    Chest: +5 Lethal/Piercing Berserker Scale Armor
    Arms: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Bracers
    Legs: +5 Lethal/Piercing Berserker Greaves
    Neck: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Amulet
    Rings: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Ring
    Shirt/Pants: Elegant Scale
    Waist: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Belt
    Knot: Lethal/Piercing Berserker Knot

    Now, all of those items, with the exception of the waist piece, are dirt cheap. The waist is currently the holy grail of blue items that can be found at pretty expensive prices. The reason being... all epic waist pieces suck a fat donkey ****. People were bound to get smart. The question is, how fast can you get to the AH and get your "ROCK AND ROLL" PvP blue set before prices go up? I dunno.

    But you can go for any "Berserker Belt of the...." to fill your waist slot so long as it has Crit/ArP and is an Offensive Slot.

    Each piece that I've listed has exactly 2 stats (minus the 4 armor that also have Defense) and can you guess what those two stats are? Thaaaaaaat's riiiiiiight. = ) If it's "Lethal" then it will have a higher Crit rating. If it's Piercing then the inverse will be the case. You can E-A-S-I-L-Y get BOTH your Crit and Armor Penetration up to 2500 just by balancing how many Lethal to Piercing Pieces.

    Now I personally like going for an even spread. But you may want to focus crit over Armor Pen and easily get a 3k to 2k ratio.

    Now, bear in mind you still have 6 offensive slots (that's right, s-i-x) 1 defensive and 3 utility to fill. It's up to you what you want to do here. If you want to keep going on the cheap you can just throw in a boat load of Azure to get that crit rating up even more.

    If you're reading this and you have more AD to spend, go for broke and throw in 6 tenebrous because gods know you have more than enough Crit and Armor Penetration going on. = ) Incidentally this is what I do and I wreck face.

    For weaponry, the cheapest choice is either Reaper or Ice Axe. Both are dirt cheap and are only marginally lesser than a Heroic Berserker and an Ancient Castle is just WAAAAAY to expensive to go for at the moment and is honestly not THAT far above what a Reaper or Ice Axe brings to the table.

    Weaponry Enchant is best to go with Plague Fire. It's relatively cheap (dependent on the day) and is by far the best offensive Enchant at the moment because of the Defensive debuff. Unless of course you want to run a Vorpal, which is fine just be aware that Vorpals don't work with Tenebrous slotted. It's a bug, On their to-do list from my understanding.
    In Closing

    So, yeah, that's pretty much it in a nutshell. Pretty simple, eh? Have fun being on an even competitive field with all those epic'd out players knowing you're face planting them only in blues. Well... minus your weapon of course. As you PvP more and more you can save up some Glory and buy yourself a "PvP set" if you want but to be perfectly honest... it sucks. Point for point, what I just showed you, will out parse anyone wearing our PvP set. So only go for it if you're married to the idea of their 4 piece bonus.

    The funniest part is, if you manage to one day get into a T2 group, throw on this set just for lulz. Watch your damage. Tell me that doesn't make you cry? And you guys wonder why I hate Cryptic for their itemization of GWF gear. If we had PROPER itemization, both for Tank GWFs and DPS GWFs we would be rockin' like a hurricane.

    Now, the only downside to this "setup" is the fact that you have laughable Defense but, again, in PvP Defense is nigh useless. Plaguefire is so predominant that having low defense means absolute jack ****. The only way you're going to be "tanky" in PvP is if you go all out and get yourself a 4/4 Titans and deck out your jewelry with Regen/Deflect items. There's no dabbling when it comes to GWFs being "tanks" in PvP.

    You either go all out or you go home.

    Incidentally, in my "tank" PvP gear I'm nigh unkillable unless I get FF'd by the opposition and I have no Determination AND have no Stamina. Otherwise you're not getting me. But that's another story for another thread.

    What your stats look like barebone:

    16538973.png

    Any questions?

    OK post some video and let see if tht realy works. I saw a lot of GWF went to Armor pen and they sacrifice power but they still sucks i can take them down realy fast by my Avatar set and Ancient set with high power and crit and i only have 500 armor pen. A lot of streamer GWF aslo and not using Armor pen but they still good so let see some video and lets talk
  • kulgrimkulgrim Member Posts: 2 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    Was it REALLY necessary to quote his entire post for a three sentence reply?
  • belladanbelladan Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Hero Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 146 Bounty Hunter
    edited June 2013
    Pretty much the same concept as I would go for PvP, except I don't have enough AD to buy all the stuff I want still. As such, I am still on the squishy side. (as pvp with 2 maps is bleh.)

    Where I differ is that I peg Recovery a little bit higher as well as power by one or two shades. Recovery is a bit higher because of our difference in feat preferences and encounter rotations, which nets me some extra ArP over your setup. (assuming you don't respec all the time just to pvp.) The second reason I have Recovery is so that my feats are up when I need them sooner. Unfortunately, you don't get much returns pre-1200 recovery. With enough recovery and the right timing of war/takedown, you really can 2vs1 people if you don't mind dieing with one at 10% health and the other at full health. (normally.) At least for me, Recovery is good for the increase in AP it provides. Unlike some other classes that use it to oneshot, you can instead use a daily sooner in lieu of an enounter that let's you continue fighting. I even take slam off the rotation. Sometimes I'll toss it off the ability list when I'm in pvp. No cleric = low yield slam, and rogues are normally good enough in stealth to not be close to you.

    I increase Power slightly since I neither have Plaguefire or Vorpal shards yet. This provides me with enough oomph to stun-dps most people down.

    I wouldn't recommend the 4.4% blooddrinker one that gives your lifesteal. It's a reasonable boost for our at-wills, but falls far short of keeping us healthy due to the slower swing speed of our weapons.

    As a side note, most GWF's I go against loose simply because they don't take the defensive slots. Without that ArP, most times, our encounter rotations will give the the tank GWF the last big hit. (Usually 15% health, if done right.)

    PPS: PVP is perfect for buying PVE pots. Basically it works out that 15 glory = 2 silver if you buy the pvp pots and sell them to the vendor as trash.
  • rathelasrathelas Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 46 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    I've been an avid follower of Trickshaw's post. They are always a fun read and contain good info.
    Kudos and good job :D
  • mavidianmavidian Member Posts: 61 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    Hey trickshaw, I thought I read in another one of your posts that Constitutin was <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font> and Charisma may be the way to go for combat advantage. Nice post btw.
  • trickshawtrickshaw Member Posts: 497 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    mavidian wrote: »
    Hey trickshaw, I thought I read in another one of your posts that Constitutin was <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font> and Charisma may be the way to go for combat advantage. Nice post btw.

    I respec'd Con to test out the viability of Tenebrous in conjunction with high Con and no offensive stats. I.E. my tanking set. Works so so. Would probably be better with ArP but, like I said in the OP, sacrificing survival stats for offensive stats just makes you mediocre all around.

    Tenebrous seems to be a nice compromise so you don't hit like a wet noodle.
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  • trickshawtrickshaw Member Posts: 497 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    iy0t wrote: »
    OK post some video and let see if tht realy works. I saw a lot of GWF went to Armor pen and they sacrifice power but they still sucks i can take them down realy fast by my Avatar set and Ancient set with high power and crit and i only have 500 armor pen. A lot of streamer GWF aslo and not using Armor pen but they still good so let see some video and lets talk

    Despite popular belief, I do not get paid by players to satisfy their whims. Ask nicely and you may receive. Act tough and you can go blow.

    I post what I post to *help* people. I do not post for e-fame. I do not stream because, quite frankly, I'm an adult with a life and responsibilities. Not someone living the pipe dream that they can be the next DeFranco.

    Finally, if you're riding the crazy train and still swear by power then: A.) You can't do math and B.) L-M-A-O. But by all means, if you happen to be on Beholder, let's trade info and see what we can do. You bring your Epics and I'll bring my Fraps with YouTube.

    Just don't rage quit like a p***y when it get's posted.
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  • iy0tiy0t Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    trickshaw wrote: »
    Despite popular belief, I do not get paid by players to satisfy their whims. Ask nicely and you may receive. Act tough and you can go blow.

    I post what I post to *help* people. I do not post for e-fame. I do not stream because, quite frankly, I'm an adult with a life and responsibilities. Not someone living the pipe dream that they can be the next DeFranco.

    Finally, if you're riding the crazy train and still swear by power then: A.) You can't do math and B.) L-M-A-O. But by all means, if you happen to be on Beholder, let's trade info and see what we can do. You bring your Epics and I'll bring my Fraps with YouTube.
    Just don't rage quit like a p***y when it get's posted.

    yah yah yah you have life and busy calculating with this nonsense. Just post pvp video with tht items or stat u have. Pvp video which is not edited or no cut. Screenshot with 16k damge or higher than tht like our gwf can do with high crit and power.Btw not the daily skill..
  • trickshawtrickshaw Member Posts: 497 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    iy0t wrote: »
    You cannot view this post because the player is on ignore.

    Just sayin'.
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  • proqludumproqludum Member, Neverwinter Beta Users Posts: 83
    edited June 2013
    I agree with your points trickshaw, the itemization and scaling of GWF are really lackluster. You should try out the Berserker T1 set though if you didn't already, the 4 set bonus blows all the other GWF sets pvp wise. And its pretty cheap aside from the helmet.
  • burleyxiiiburleyxiii Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 35
    edited June 2013
    proqludum wrote: »
    I agree with your points trickshaw, the itemization and scaling of GWF are really lackluster. You should try out the Berserker T1 set though if you didn't already, the 4 set bonus blows all the other GWF sets pvp wise. And its pretty cheap aside from the helmet.

    The problem is using that set would contradict just about everything he has been trying to get across. Berserker is POWER and crit with minor bonus stats. With about a 1k armor pen increase, I noticed a 2-3K crit increase with IBS.
  • trickshawtrickshaw Member Posts: 497 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    proqludum wrote: »
    I agree with your points trickshaw, the itemization and scaling of GWF are really lackluster. You should try out the Berserker T1 set though if you didn't already, the 4 set bonus blows all the other GWF sets pvp wise. And its pretty cheap aside from the helmet.

    The 4 piece is alright but any 4 piece that relies on the use of dailies is <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font> in my book. Has too much spread too far. Rec + Deflect in marginal amounts is kinda meh IMO. Don't get me wrong, it's alright for PvE but PvP... this set stays in my bank.
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  • proqludumproqludum Member, Neverwinter Beta Users Posts: 83
    edited June 2013
    trickshaw wrote: »
    The 4 piece is alright but any 4 piece that relies on the use of dailies is <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font> in my book. Has too much spread too far. Rec + Deflect in marginal amounts is kinda meh IMO. Don't get me wrong, it's alright for PvE but PvP... this set stays in my bank.

    Normally I would agree with you, but having the option to stun someone for 10 sec while dealing damage is just too good to pass by, especially disabling & killing clerics. And thanks to the 2 set +400 crit you can focus all your gems on Armor pen while still having ~35% crit. But I guess everyone chooses what works best for them.
  • trickshawtrickshaw Member Posts: 497 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    It depends on your build I guess. 10 seconds to stun is nice... if you need 10 seconds to kill someone. Still haven't met that person but if I do this will be my go to set. = )
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  • coincatchercoincatcher Member Posts: 6 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    Great guide, Trick.

    Any chance of a PvE one (unless it already exists)? I'm not too fancy on the PvP aspect and would love to read a similar guide for PvE! Thanks!
  • grifterecgrifterec Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 82
    edited June 2013
    Great Guide!!!

    My only problem with it is the fact that in 8 hours the price on the rings skyrocketed through the roof
  • chudovishyechudovishye Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    trickshaw wrote: »
    It depends on your build I guess. 10 seconds to stun is nice... if you need 10 seconds to kill someone. Still haven't met that person but if I do this will be my go to set. = )

    He also didn't note that stun, like through Flourish and some later feat points, for example, breaks the AOE of ANY attack.
  • hornysmurfhornysmurf Member Posts: 5 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    Any suggestion on feats?
  • chudovishyechudovishye Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    hornysmurf wrote: »
    Any suggestion on feats?

    Bleed IS A NEED. I boosted HP early on, and a little D, focusing on damage feats, and NOT using any for powers that are generally pointless.
  • chronomancerchronomancer Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 1,223
    edited June 2013
    I use the PvP set with T2 jewelry (amulet of fire, minor grand necromancer ring of undeath x 2, grand fugitive belt of revolt), knot of bladestorm and sharpened ice axe (best 5K AP i've ever spend). The Ancient castle greatsword is just ridiculously priced so not worth the 1.5 million+ AD. Well the jewelry cost me around 50K each (200K spent total). I focused on Armor Penetration, Recover and Crit in almost 3 equal parts.

    Enchants went mostly with silvery enchants for recovery in the offense slots. Azure for defense slots. I want to do dark enchant (for utility for the movement stat) but the price has been so ridiculous lately.
  • chudovishyechudovishye Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    I use the PvP set with T2 jewelry (amulet of fire, minor grand necromancer ring of undeath x 2, grand fugitive belt of revolt), knot of bladestorm and sharpened ice axe (best 5K AP i've ever spend). The Ancient castle greatsword is just ridiculously priced so not worth the 1M+ AD. Well the jewelry cost me around 50K each (200K spent total). I focused on Armor Penetration, Recover and Crit in almost 3 equal parts.

    I debated ice axe, but Ancient is the way to go. All you need to do is be patient in the AH or find a good trade. I traded some Zen items for it (which I earned for free, by the way). Going to shift my focus to a little more crit and pen, but if you want crit, you NEED the Ancient Castle set, can't beat that +450 to crit.
  • trickshawtrickshaw Member Posts: 497 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    Feats are a different story but since this is a PvP thread I will say that by and large Instigator falls behind PvP wise. Unless you're running a pre made which can take advantage of what you bring to the table.
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  • chudovishyechudovishye Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    trickshaw wrote: »
    Feats are a different story but since this is a PvP thread I will say that by and large Instigator falls behind PvP wise. Unless you're running a pre made which can take advantage of what you bring to the table.

    Yeah have to go Destroyer for pure PvP, no question. I work both Instigator and Destroyer so I can utilize the class in both PvE and PvP.
  • chronomancerchronomancer Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 1,223
    edited June 2013
    I debated ice axe, but Ancient is the way to go. All you need to do is be patient in the AH or find a good trade. I traded some Zen items for it (which I earned for free, by the way). Going to shift my focus to a little more crit and pen, but if you want crit, you NEED the Ancient Castle set, can't beat that +450 to crit.

    I agree it's the best item for GWF right now but definitely NOT the best bang for your buck (well this thread is after all about cost savings). The whole set (knot + sword) will set you back around 2M+ AD.
  • chronomancerchronomancer Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 1,223
    edited June 2013
    Yeah have to go Destroyer for pure PvP, no question. I work both Instigator and Destroyer so I can utilize the class in both PvE and PvP.

    Destroyer here... yeah i mostly pvp.... but i so hate using reaping strike.. wish the devs would change the mechanic of the skill a little and lose the cripple effect.
  • terrorshardterrorshard Member, Neverwinter Beta Users, Neverwinter Guardian Users Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    trickshaw wrote: »
    Just sayin'.

    I am also an adult with a life which is why I really appreciate these write ups. Thanks for the info!
  • chudovishyechudovishye Member Posts: 0 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    @chrono

    Sorry, yeah, you're right there, in most cases. Ancient Castle is not a cheap set, but if you wait, like I did, you can get a good deal on it. RS, man, yeah, if they at least reduce that charge by half I might try it some more, the time spent doing that wastes precious moments. I can think of a few times, once in Spellplague epic, where if I was charging that **** instead of dealing out wide sweeps with WS, the party would have been done.
  • jasperbob77jasperbob77 Member Posts: 3 Arc User
    edited June 2013
    I just started a GWF and am enjoying it. I played a CW to level 33 and deleted it played GF also Im hoping to get my GWF geared up. Thanks for a post that dosent trash GWF.
  • ortzhyortzhy Member Posts: 1,103 Bounty Hunter
    edited October 2013
    bump.. for all new gwf that want to spend as little ad as possible and still be competitive!
  • cribstaxxxcribstaxxx Member, Neverwinter Beta Users Posts: 1,300 Bounty Hunter
    edited October 2013
    trickshaw wrote: »
    Ok, well if that's not an option then all you're really left with is PvP. And who doesn't like PvP? Vegans that's who. But you're not a vegan are you? Hell no you're not.

    Hahahaha, 10/10 guide just from that lol. Now I have to actually read the rest of the guide =P

    Edit: Ok I read it all and by far the most fun read of any guide lol. The only negative thing I have to say is with 27k HP and 1.2k defense you're gonna die REALLY fast ;)

    You are 100% right about power being <font color="orange">HAMSTER</font> also, my buddy tested damage with 1.6k power and 4k power and the difference was 100-200 dmg depending on the encounter used. So 2.4k power = 100-200 damage increase on encounters, even less on at wills...
    Guild Master of <Enemy Team>
    We are definitely dominating, and we are always about to win.
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