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  1. My only comment is for T9 pet survivibility: I think all T9 pets (Mastermind pets, Defender primary power pool pets too) should be treated similar to WoW hunter's pets, i.e. immune to enemy mobs AOE attacks and take 90% reduced damage from enemy mob single-target attacks. Recasting long-recharge T9 pets just to watch the pet die to 1 or 2 boss attacks makes many of those pets a non-useable power compared to other Archetype Primary Power Pool T9s, especially Brutes, Scrappers, Stalkers, Corrupters, Blasters, etc. That's all.
  2. @aethereal love the idea and play style! I have some suggestions/feedback though: If Super Reflexes is the ultimate version of no-resistance defense-based set, I would think Regen would be the ultimate version of a no-defense low-resistance Self Healing, +Regen, and +Max Health based set (no absorb mechanic). To that end, your version of Instant Healing being, for example, 5% isn't bad because when it's fully slotted it would be 10% heal on a short (5 second?) CD that is reduced to 30% of its original CD (1.5 second?) after slotting. However, I would say the constant clicking of it is silly since people will want to it on Autocast, which will end up getting macro'd to be a toggle autocast between, for example, turning on a travel power (out of combat) and auto casting Instant Healing (in combat). I think the biggest caveat to enjoyment/hate of using a constant-click heal would be the animation and requirement or lack-there-of of standing still. E.G. Crab Soldier's Serum heal requires you to stand still, brandish a needle, stab yourself, see the green, "aaahhhh yesss" sound, then continue. Some heals like /Electric Armour barely interrupt attack animation chains at all. In keeping with your playstyle of "active healing" instead of /WP passive healing, I think a short animation similar to /Electric Armor heal would fit nicely. Given /Regen's non-existent Defense, and low amount of Resistance, what do you think about having all of /Regen's passive powers all give Max Health such that a Tank/Brute reaches 90% of their maximum achievable +Max Health after slotting? I haven't done the math. However, just from poking in Mid's for years, it is my understanding that no brute/tank ever comes close to reaching 100% of their maximum achievable +Max Health. Therefore, if any /Armor Set would be the one to optimize Max Health, /Regen would fit the theme. Lastly, I think the Resilience would have to give 100% immunity to -regen debuffs since a single tick of -regen would destroy this entire set.
  3. Obus Form

    Which to choose?

    @ceto555 given your post count and question, if it's suitable for you, I suggest you pick one that fits your budget. Also, when you say /EA do you mean /Energy Aura or /Electric Armor? /Energy Aura is usually written as /EnA and /Electric Armor is usually written as /Electric Armor. To answer your question: /WP needs $ /WP is the cheapest to make viable at level 50+4 door missions. 50+4 missions will require you to hit 45% defense, which is easily attainable on /WP. However, when your raid, you will need to focus more on resists than defense. Defense prevents enemies from hitting you while Resist makes you take less damage when you get hit. /WP, compared to /Dark Amor and /Electric Armor is rather low on resists. This means that there will be times during raiding where you eat A LOT of damage (usually done when you eat the Alpha Strike when engaging enemy groups/bosses/Archvillains). /Dark Armour needs $$$$ /Dark Armor has very innate low defense, medium-high resists, and the best self-heal in the game. However, to maximize /Dark Armour you need A LOT of money. Actually, for the Brute class, /Dark Armour is probably the most expensive armor set to slot because it requires all the best top tier enhancement sets and an extremely well-planned build to truly off-set the endurance costs, reach the 45% soft cap for 50+4 missions, and due to the innately-lower-than-optimal energy resistance, reach medium-high resists for all damage types including Electric Damage, Psychic Damage, and Toxic Damage. Due to the self-heal in dark armor, you can essentially heal to full-life on your own every 10-15 seconds during boss fights. This is potentially game changing/raid saving if you know what/how/when you're doing. /Electric Armor needs $$$ /Electric Armor has no defense at all, high resists, and a low self-heal. To reach 45% soft cap defenses for 50+4 missions requires a very well-planned build and the best enhancements in the game to maximize the build. In terms of raiding, since most end-game raids archvillains and mobs do Energy damage, /Electric Armor easily reaches 90% electric damage resistance, making it a very end-game armor set for Brutes looking to maintank bosses. Conclusion: If budget is an issue, choose /WP If you want easy-to-use, choose /WP (no active heals) All three choices allow you to tank 50+4 missions easily, but /WP doesn't need money to reach 45% softcap while /Dark Armor and /Electric Armor do need money to reach 45% softcap. If you want end-game, have end-game experience and want a swiss army toolset, and you have $$$$, choose /Dark Armour If you want end-game, have limited end-game experience and want an easier time passively tanking damage with only 1 button (self heal), and you have $$$, choose /Electric Armor
  4. I meant natively, /Elec Armor suffers from low resist to psy and toxic.
  5. I think it could use a few tweaks to get closer to softcap or just hit the S/L softcap directly. Also there's no need to really hit 90% S/L since around 70% does enough mitigation to prevent 2 shotting you from large boss attacks (outside of giant attacks meant to 1-shot you).
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    Advice on TW/?

    As you mentioned, regen has some clicks. But really the biggest and most specific down fall of /Regen is the entire set. Period. The least click is /WP (absolutely 0 clicks) or /Elec Armor which only has one short animating heal that also gives a global endurance discount. Rad armour has many clicks (heal, shield, PBAoE damage, an actually useful T9)
  7. Cool @Uun, would you mind posting your build?
  8. This very much. Herding is probably the one true skill required of brutes/tanks regardless of your armor power set. Using taunt to pull in ranged enemies or Line of Sighting ranged enemies to have them run to you is the difference between an enjoyable run and a great run. It's also the difference between one tank living and one dying, even if both are identically built.
  9. Assuming you have the money, I think it's best to aim for S/L soft cap. Due to the way set bonuses work, aiming for S/L soft cap will auto soft cap you to melee. I just find that S/L soft cap covers virtually all melee attacks and many ranged/some AOE too. Edit: Wanted to add that /Elec Armor brutes suffer from low Psy and low Toxic resist. Due to the prevalence of Psy damage and lack of Toxic damage in iTirials (i'm generalizing), i've chosen to use extra 4-5 slots to get Psy resist (currently at 60+%) rather than looking for set bonuses to slot toxic resists. Not that end-game iTrials don't have toxic damage (the Hamidon mobs in Underground iTirial), but it's much less prevalent than Psy damage in iTrials (entire MoM iTrial, Seer-type mobs in iTrials).
  10. Maybe you haven't heard but in the next issue, scrappers are getting... scrapped.
  11. Titan Weapons/Any Armor with a damaging Aura or damage-boosting armor set. Titan Weapons/Elec Armor Titan Weapons/Dark Armor (if you already have lots of money) Titan Weapons/Bio Armor (the best damage-related armor set to compliment Titan Weapons)
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    Psi-Blades

    To be frank, Psi-Melee is one of the lowest performing sets: slow animations, small AOE raidius, heavily resisted by robots (which is like 1/3 of all iTrial enemies), "insight" mechanic being not-timeable to maximize DPS window on enemies. Would recommend any other DPS set with /Dark Armor or /Elec Armor, such as Super Strength, Stone Melee, Claws, Titan Weapons, etc. If you have to go Psi-Melee, also take Cross Punch from the Fighting power pool. Assuming you take kick + punch for the bonus to Cross Punch's damage, Cross Punch is nice a nice Cone AOE melee damage filler used in many top builds (except weapon-based sets such as Titan Weapons, Claws, etc).
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    Stone Melee / ?

    Depends on your budget: Rich: The richer you are, the more you can look into resist-based end-game armors like /Dark Armour and /Elec Armor that cost $$$$ to fully IO to allow you to reach the soft cap 45% through IOs alone. You also need to know that Stone Melee has one of the highest endurance costs. You will need $$ to slot your attacks to ensure you don't run out of endurance during a 5-8 minute AV fight in iTrials when you're spamming attacks. Poor: The poorer you are, the more you'll look into reaching the softcap 45% by a semi-defence semi-resist based all-around sets such as /Energy Aura and /Willpower. There are also fringe armor sets like /Bio Armor that are there for damage. However, /Bio Armor is most favoured with Titan Weapons, not Stone Melee. Below I will outline /Dark Armour and /Elec Armour choice. I use these two because, in iTriails you will want to use a resist-based set instead of defence-based set for tanking AVs. You will also want a resist-based set that has it's own heal for Oh-Shit moments instead of relying on your healer. /Dark Armour and /Elec Armor are resist-based armor sets with active heals. /Radiation Armor works but I don't like that it has no heal. It has higher regen, but not having an active heal scares me when main tanking AVs and, in my experience, can cost the raid a badge when you go badge hunting (specifically, this one https://archive.paragonwiki.com/wiki/Triple_Threat_Badge) Dark Armour choice: If you roll Dark Armour, you MUST use an optimized build to supplant all your endurance needs and get both passive accolades that increase your endurance cap. /Dark Armour is endurance heavy when you use that /Dark Armour heal. Note that you don't have to use Cardiac Alpha to make it work. My 50+3 Stone Melee/Dark Armour brute tanks ITrials very well, does very high single target DPS. Using both passive end-boosting accolades + optimized IO build, I have no endurance problems ever, even while exemplared. I can face tank anything and I never run out of endurance, however, it cannot be stressed enough, you must have $$$$ and an optimized build to do this. Elec Armor If you roll Elec Armor, you SHOULD use an optimized build to reach 45% S/L defence because /Elec Armor has no passive defence unlike /Dark Armor. The 45% isn't for iTrials. It's for tanking daily normal level 54 content. /Elec Armor's heal actually gives you a 30-second endurance discount to ALL your powers so /Elec Armor technically never has endurance issues. As previously stated, I don't recommend many other armor sets simply because they under perform. Given the prevelance of energy damage in iTrials, /Elec Armor is an obvious choice with capped energy resistance, damage aura for passive tanking, and an active heal. /Dark Armour, has the best self-heal in the game, self rez, self stealth, damage aura for passive tanking, and can reach 65-70% energy resistance, almost cap Psy resistance.
  14. Depends on your goals: - Stone Armor is good for tanking certain iTrial fights, costume flavouring (looks much better than cancer victim Bio Armor), and uniqueness (nobody rolls it now a days). - Stone Armor is not good in general. See below Viable but not good: Tanking level 54 content it is "viable" but because everyone at level 50 will be fully IOd and Incarnated, you will never need to actually "tank" something. (Without Granite Armor) Rooted, which prevents you from moving, and Granite armor (making Roote obsolete given the content difficulty), which prevents you from running/jumping, is therefore highly disappointing given the fast clearing speed of level 54 groups. Tanking Incarnate trials in Granite Armor is "viable" as long as you don't have to move and are not tanking Psy damage. Therefore, the MoM trials is Granite Armor's achille's heel, and certain fights that require you to move (most of the Magisterium trial) are not ideal because Granite does not allow you to move fast enough. You also don't want to de-toggle Granite Armour because, as an aggro holder, you will inadvertantly take damage and possibly die. As @Bopper mentioned, given the damage/recharge penalty of Granite Armor, Stone Armor is therefore best optimized on Tank archetypes specifically looking to "tank" only. Since brutes are actually lesser-HP-Tanks-that-actually-do-damage, I would not roll Stone Armor on any brute. Stone Armor is essentially non-viable given its penalties AND because virtually all other resist-based armor sets do NOT give damage/recharge/movement penalties of Granite Armor/Rooted, provide a similar good heal on the same or faster cooldown, AND have some good resists to the difficult-to-resist-types such as Psy and Toxic damage or other fringe benefits outside of "resist damage". Conclusion: Unless rolling for flavour, unicorn uniqueness, or style points, Stone Armor is very obsolete.
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