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  1. 31 minutes ago, Sovera said:


    Yeah, you missed what I wrote... We need to go into melee to drop Inferno and/or Burn, then we can hit the space bar for two seconds to be flying out of the way.


    Why not? Indeed, why not. Choices. Because a Scrapper/Brute is melee and a Sentinel is ranged. Because we get a nuke to open every fight with. Because we don't need to twiddle our thumbs with a frown as Maiden stays in her blue circles.


    Take your pick, and stick to Scrapper/Brute if it is what you like to play.

    Well no, I think you’ve missed my point too. First of all, I love Sentinels and have very little love for Melee-based ATs. 

    I have a fire/fire/fire sentinel myself, and I built it like you have. Get in the melee, inferno, burn, fire sword circle, fireball. It’s a fun AoE toon. But it’s not really doing much a fire scrapper or brute isn’t doing there and doing better. 

    I’d never discourage anyone from Sents. Love them more than any other AT, so go for it. For me though, while fiery aura helps damage, it doesn’t make a Sent into a damage build, because it’s not a damage AT. 


    That’s all I meant. Didn’t mean to offend and apologies if I did. 

  2. 3 hours ago, Snarky said:

    It is not a Discord thing.  My SG was on Discord last night.  We ran MLTF LRTF ITF back to back.  It was mentioned in Discord some people struggle NOT to speed the first two specifically.  Because if you know the objectives, and know you can knock out an objective, why would you fight every mob on a two hour map instead of going and doing the objective?  We barely discussed the TFs.  We chatted and BS'd and joked.  Those three TFs in particular are very objective oriented.  No kill alls.  (unless you decide to do a kill most ITF....)  On kill most ITF PUG teams....not much team chat.  I have ran...a few.  There aint much except hi at the beginning, thanks at the end.  Maybe once or twice "over here" in the middle.

    I meant the lack of atmosphere in a team compared to live was a Discord thing. SG teams a little different as most people know each other, but in general teaming there is very little (typing) talking compared to Live. Think that’s a shame really. 

  3. It’s quite hard to advise really, as an ‘oddball’ build is, by design, a little misshapen. 

    NRG/Dark: I’d say both are mid-range power sets individually and probably don’t have any special synergy. NRG blast I actually really like, although there is a ‘knockback tax’ if you want knockdown too. Also very little real proc potential with NRG blast. 

    Dark Armour is largely your standard resist set. It’s good at it, might draw you into melee more than other sets. If that’s not your playstyle, it’s worth considering. Nothing to fear in melee as a Sentinel though. 

    Dark/NRG: Negative energy is one of the least resisted damage types around and it has very good proc potential. The -tohit also stacks well with NRG Armour’s defence, which will come in very handy when facing Psi damage. 

    NRG Armour is a really nice set. One of my personal favourites. Not as easy as SR to soft cap but easy enough. 

    Elec epic will also add to NRG’s sapping, though not by much. 



    If I was picking from those two, I’d go Dark/NRG, but that’s just me. My favourite ‘oddball’ build was Rad/NRG/Psi, which I’d definitely recommend checking out. 

  4. 5 hours ago, Giovanni Valia said:

    A friend of mine wanted to do the LRSF a couple nights ago, so we recruited random people from [LFG]. He hadn't completed the patron arc on his character, so I ended up with the star.


    The people that joined our team said nothing for the entire SF and rushed through to the end. I just don't find "speed-running"  to be any fun, and quite frankly I'm not sure what is really gained by playing that way. Do people really need merits that badly? Mid-way through the SF I'm already thinking, "Let's just get this over with." This sort of "IDC about game-play, I just want the reward" behavior really puts me off from leading teams.

    This, for me, is a big problem. It wasn’t like it on Live and I wonder if it’s more a Discord thing, if people are now just used to talking their way through games on a headset. 

    I remember using Team Speak back in the day, but typing was the rule, now it’s the exception. 

    I find it really frustrating as Discord is hard for me. I have a stutter and play through the night mostly, when others in my house are asleep, and I don’t want to wake them up talking. 

    I don’t mind leading at all btw. Actually quite enjoy it. But, as you say, trying to build a ‘team’ in terms of atmosphere and experience is the hardest part by far. 

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  5. 1 hour ago, Zhym said:


    I'm learning that, yes. 🙂 I was going to use this toon to play through all the Praetorian arcs and switch alignments several times, but now I think I really need a stalker so I can stealth past some of the large maps full of ghouls.  The AR/Inv Sentinel also compares unfavorably to my DP/MC Blaster, who I've been having a...well, a blast playing.  I keep trying to kick mobs away and it keeps not working because I'm not playing that character.


    So this is what I get for putting a theme build in Praetoria.

    It can be hard to play Sentinels after blasters, admittedly, as the damage struggles to compare. They generally solo great though, so I’d not discourage you from the AT itself. I’ve quite recently solo’d a fire/invul all the way to 50, starting in Preatoria, and he was soloing x4s by the late-20s. AR just doesn’t showcase the AT well at all though 😞

  6. 4 minutes ago, KaoticKarl said:


    We're talking a combined -75% requiring two powers in Time Wall and Time Stop that lasts maybe 12 seconds tops? Oops, almost forgot EoT that has -50% for 20 seconds. So... -125% total combined with an uptime of around 20 seconds max. Not exactly earth-shattering to me, and a P2W dagger can do the same or better IIRC.


    Electricity doesn't have -regen, instead having -Recovery and -end instead in almost every power. Not going to be flooring an AV's (or even minions really) blue bar with those. The more important thing to me was the ability to KD in Havoc and TS, and if wanted, slotting KB2KD in FoT for the third.  It also comes with a nice End steal in powersink that allows six-slot for Preemptive Op for max End, slight recharge bonus, and solid ranged defense. Again, not a make or break power, but it is nice to have.


    For Energy, I'll let Cap answer since I'm not all that familiar with the set. 🙂

    NRG definitely doesn’t have the soft control that Elec does. Elec is really nicely balanced, one of the best balanced blaster secondaries out there I think. That said, bonfire from Fire Mastery with the Sudden Acceleration KB2KD can probably provide the soft control that’s needed, and it’s decent damage too on top. 

    Both are great choices, as is temporal. Temporal is the safest set I think among the three with good mitigation tools, Elec the balanced option, and NRG probably the ‘f**k it!’ extreme option. There probably isn’t a ‘best’, just a best for whichever player is using it. 

    As for AVs, @StriderIV, -Regen won’t make much different on a blaster there. Your only real chance is to out-damage the Regen. My Fire/NRG has successfully solo’d every AV so far, including a solo ITF. Malaise was the toughest as he seems to have a lot of auto hit attacks that bypassed ranged defence. They tend to all drop in 2-3 mins though, so orange insps got me through that one. Don’t usually need any inspirations though. 

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  7. 42 minutes ago, MTeague said:

    My OCD hair-splitting "well, technically...." tendancies require me to dispute this.

    An awful lot of Blasters get more in the toolkit. 


    Even a Fire/Fire blaster gets Immob's, and Hot Feet for some localized dmg / fear, and doesn't Rain of Fire cause some "run away", too?

    Nevermind the Blastroller of Ice/Ice with Slows, Holds, Sleeps, and a Ice Slick.

    Energy and all it's glorious "fly the friendly skies!" Knockback.


    There's soft control and mitigation tools that Blasters get too. Some much more than others, but nobody is 100% pure damage, even if it's clearly thier main focus.

    Yeah I definitely get what you mean, but I suppose I just see soft control across every single powerset in the game. It’s sort of a constant in CoH, so hard to really take into account when analysing what makes an AT unique. 

    My way of thinking is that, for example, tanks are armour set and melee damage set, trollers are a control set and a support set, defenders support and ranged damage, etc. But blasters are ranged damage and melee damage. 

    It’s all just semantics at the end of the day though, isn’t it?

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  8. 53 minutes ago, StriderIV said:

    Nice man! I was looking at Fire/Elec as well for a more "blapper" type of build. What's the main reason you love Fire/Energy above all else?

    NRG is just an, in my opinion, unrivalled box of tricks from a self-buffing point of view. 


    Energize is the best sustain power for me. Boosts Regen a lot, gives a self heal, and huge end redux. You have the usual damage buff, and boost range too. 

    So you combine that with the incredible damage of fire, and it’s just a Rolls Royce of a build. Great in teams and eats through everything, including AVs, solo. 

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  9. On 3/9/2021 at 6:38 AM, zuel said:

    I'd like to see Rage reworked so it gives a balance of costs/benefits that doesn't make for clunky gameplay. Currently the -Def and -End on crash makes it annoying, especially with high levels of recharge. Conversely, double stacking and the +ToHit make it incredibly powerful.


    There are so many good suggestions on how to do this, I'm reluctant to add more to the mix. Just make it thematic, effective and fun.

    When it comes to rage I’ve never really been bothered by the -Def or -End. However, the -Dam winds me right up! That’s the element of Rage I’d love to see changed. 

    You’re meant to have super strength but for ten seconds every minute you can’t even bruise a minion? Come on... that’s not really on theme. 

  10. Fire/Temp is a fine choice. I’ve probably got a build somewhere but almost all blasters generally benefit from Recharge and Ranged Defence. Know plenty go for Scorpion Shield too for S/L/E defence, but I find a resist shield + ranged serves you better. 

    Can also recommend Fire/Elec, but for me Fire/NRG outshines everything. 

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  11. I’m happy to lead, particularly when playing my tank, because think tanks tend to ‘lead’ a team in gameplay regardless. 

    I just send out a message on LFG: “Just about to do some radios missions. Anyone at a loose end is welcome to join me. All welcome” That kind of thing. 

    People always join then I just ask anyone if there is any content they want to specifically do, and tend to go from there. 

    Only thing that gets a little annoying is all the typing. Not during gameplay itself but filling again when people leave. That can get frustrating, but obviously if you do TFs that’s not a problem. 

  12. Brutes are just more selfish Tanks who trade responsibility for carnage. Some like the responsibility, some like the carnage, so all is good surely? 

    I play Blasters, Corruptors, and Defenders, primarily as I like range. Only thing I’d say from a squishy(er) player’s point of view is that whichever one you choose - Brute or Tank - please do it well. 

    I want a tank to take responsibility and taunt (with actual taunt, not an aura) and not run off and try to bring carnage, and I want Brutes to bring the carnage and not try to be a responsible tank and lead us (tauntless) into situations in which you can’t protect less durable teammates just because you know you can survive it. 

    But then again, I’m old now and a bit of a traditionalist. A good tank and a good brute working together is a thing of absolute beauty in team play. 

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  13. 10 hours ago, LlyranKeen said:

    "Have you ever played a character that never got stuck in melee?" is a paraphrase of something someone said to me years ago when questioning why one of my blasters was purely ranged. The general intent was to argue for me having melee attacks. They are part of the AT design and you do often sacrifice some DPS in a build by not leveraging them. My take was that you need to be prepared for those times when your character is in slapping range of the enemy. I don't think you have to be ready to slap back, but you do need to be ready to avoid face planting.


    Blapping is a totally normal and intended part of the AT, but so are a lot of other things like power sets being balanced around secondary effects. Not all of my blasters have been fire since launch (well, a few weeks after launch) either. I'll punch things with a blaster when I want to, or not. Both are fine so long as the team isn't getting screwed over because of my decisions.

    In end-game, though, say you have a high recharge perma-hasten build as many, or even most, blasters do now, your big ranged attacks work just as well in melee as they do from range. My Fire/NRG for example has Blaze or Blazing bolt, or both, up every 4 seconds, so never far away from firing off a big attack. 

    That said, I do also have Smashing Haymaker in the build because, you know, sometimes it’s just nice to punch something in the face 😂

  14. I have a Sonic/Regen Sentinel that has solo’d AVs (not all of them, but some) so certainly wouldn’t say Sonic Blast was a moot set. It’s not the best, obviously, but it can work. 

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  15. On 5/7/2019 at 7:57 PM, havoc93 said:

    I have a fire/fire blaster and I mostly play in mission groups. Anytime I do my AoEs (fireball, fire breath, rain of fire, combustion, fire sword circle) I get so much aggro almost instatly and then I die. I was wondering since hes not that high lvl should i just make a sentinel to have some more survivability? Or am I not supposed to go so hard with the AoE?

    This post reminded me of my first ever day on CoH. I was off work ill so thought I’d give it a go. Must have been around 2007. 

    Made myself a fire/fire blaster and off I went. Solo’d for a few levels at first as I didn’t have the confidence to interact with other humans yet given I was an MMO virgin. 

    Before long, I found myself in The Hollows and got invited to a team. It was the Atta mission. Now, up until then I’d been on my own, so never confronted by more than three foes at a time. Suddenly I was looking at a sea of trolls and - you guessed it - in I went lobbing fireballs into them before a tank had agro 😂🙈 In fact I’m pretty sure I was always dead before the tank had even arrived at the mob! 

    God I love fire blasters 😍😍

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  16. 1 hour ago, tidge said:

    Feh, I'm not voting on this one simply because my opinion is that playstyle depends both on the player attitude and the construction of the character via power choices and slotting.


    I also would like to note that with my favorite Blaster, when I am solo I will usually end up "Blapping", but on PUGs it performs much better when he holds back and uses its cones, AoEs and controls to support the team... and if I am being honest, speeding up clear times by drawing distant spawns (via Snipe) towards the area where the fun is.


    Think what you are fighting when solo makes a big difference too. When soloing an AV, for example, you will likely strip them of half their attacks or more if you stay at range. Even with my most robust blasters, there have been times I have tried to go toe-to-toe with an AV and taken too big a hit in melee to last the fight. 


    For me, melee attacks on blasters are very situational. Great, but situational. 

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  17. I don’t think Blapping is a sub-class. Blapping also isn’t the normal way to play blasters, otherwise the AT would be called blappers. So I guess my answer is neither. 

    I tend to view my blasters as primarily ranged but with some situational melee attacks too. I am loathe to describe either ranged or blapping as a ‘playstyle’ tbh, as think it’s up to players to adapt to a character to get the most out of it. I certainly don’t think players should be trying to shoehorn a powerset into a rigid style of play. 

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  18. Does anyone else ever find themselves so focused on making new characters they forget how good older ones are?


    Fired up my Fire/NRG blaster today for first time in a months and was almost blown away by how powerful he was. I mean, he’s fully T4’d, has 44 veteran levels and 3000 reward merits, so I obviously played him a hell of a lot once upon a time. Feel bad for neglecting him recently now! 

    Sure I’m not the only one this happens too, so what are your lost hidden gems lurking along your alts? 

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