I have been running end game content for a while now. Since April 2012, to be exact, since Thazara capped her xp during Crystal Cove 2012. My cleric started out as a total gimp. I wanted a melee caster, and I put ability points in charisma after I noticed she couldn’t turn anything. I got help on the forums and did a greater reincarnate at level 12, to make her a caster with melee fallback. This was the preferred build of one guy who helped me get back up on my feet after stumbling. I don’t regret making her this way at all, she’s been exactly the way I want her. Mostly she’s divine punishment, blade barrier, comet fall and heals – mostly bursts and aura. I like kiting blade barrier while using bursts for heals, or dp’ing a boss while meleing and healing.
But, things change. The game changes. My cleric who was built as a support toon who does a bit of damage on the side, is falling short. The first time I ever ran epics, my role was to heal. Nothing else, just heal. And I was fine with it. The mobs hit hard, and just keeping everyone alive was a challenge in itself. Then my toon got better, I levelled more ED’s, and other people got better too. Suddenly healbotting in epic elites was no longer required. In fact, currently not even I accept healbots anymore. Yes, for epic raid bosses we want a bit of heals. And especially if it’s epic elite, then at least someone needs to take healer role. But, most of the time dps comes before heals. It does make sence, though. Take out the mobs fast enough, and you won’t need much heals.
Before epic gianthold I was pretty happy with my cleric, her gear and her abilities. She did well, she had high heals and her dp and bursts hit hard. I saw her heal for 4k and I saw dp and bursts hit for over 1k. I killed an umbral worg in epic hard high road with a burst crit. But now, I keep feeling like she falls short. I don’t really see too many clerics in end game content, no where near as many as favored souls, and the clerics I see, are usually melee. Come to think of it, I can not remember running with a single caster cleric, the casters are usually favored souls. I have met several melee specced clerics with a lot of heal power. Is there any room for the caster cleric in end game content?
When I started running raids, at first I was only healing. When I got used to healing, I switched to dp + heals, and after that to melee + dp + heals. This is what Thaz was built for. She dp’s bosses, and stands next to the melees for free heals with aura and bursts. But now, again, I feel she’s falling short. She does not have enough hp or sp, her spells don’t hit hard enough or she cannot penetrate opponents spell resistance. Her melee is as secondary as it can be, her new favorite melee weapon the balizarde, hits for ~170 every second or third hit.
So, my first solution was to level the primal avatar ED to get Thazara the tree form. Currently, in tree form, using balizarde she hits for ~500-1500+ with every hit. I also need to finish the two other EDs she has left (shiradi and fury), and have a look at if I need to reset the points spent. My favorite ED is still Unyielding Sentinel, just because it turns her into a tank. I love it. But I need dps too. I’ve never been interested in soloing content, but I have ever since I started playing been in the role that has to carry parties through quests. Now that carrying has changed to tanking and dps. I tank bosses on Thazara. I’ve tanked the marut in eh Jungle of Kyber, the marilith in eH ADQ and her latest accomplishment was tanking the stormreaver in eH Fall of the truth. But, tanking just means shield blocking, dp’ing and staying alive. Which Thaz does very well in US ED. But the next step is to be able to prep and kill the bosses too.
It would seem to me that a first life caster cleric with melee fallback, does not do too well in end game content. Not the type of build Thaz is anyway. My evoker clonk on the Cannith server does a lot better. It will be interesting to see how she does once I get her some gear. Currently she does a lot better as a caster than Thazara does. But Thazara is not fully caster either. This is what happens when you try to do it all. You fall short.
So my question is, where do I go from here?
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful week.
P.S. Since I have been collecting favor on Thazara since I started playing her, as mentioned in a previous post she is currently as 4672, she will never TR. I also do not want to change her build to fully melee or fully caster.