A(nother) Storm/Ice. in Defender Posted 9 hours ago Reached level 38 after a marathon of TFs. My thoughts so far: The good: - Really good at locking down packs for my team. It may not be a Controller but for all effects and purposes it does a Controller's job just fine via Freezing Rain + Ice Storm all the way since Posi 1. What is not flopping is -slowly- trying to run away because of the fear effect of the rains. And then Tornado comes into play. It is easy pickings. - Noticeable meltage effect from Freezing Rain. Sure, it only shaves a few seconds, but that -30% res couples well with the power also acting as CC. - Snappy and pretty decent ST damage with the procced out attacks. I'm taking chunks out of the enemies even if it's not Blaster damage. A leftover Tornado and Lightning Storm that was dropped at the start also helps with the ST once its down to the harder targets. - The endurance is well in place with all three uniques in Health and the two slots in Stamina. By the time Victory Rush is nearly recharged I am usually in need of it again depending on how many Lightning Storms I threw. I have Power Sink for those last moments before Victory Rush is back up. I have still two toggles to get that will add to the drain of my endurance but so far things are self contained. I may have popped one single Recovery Serum so far. The not so good: - The vaunted AoE damage of Stormies is eh. Aim + Gaussian, Freezing Rain, Ice Storm and Tornado does not even kill grey mobs. They will just slowly run off the kill zone and then scatter without even half their HP off. I found it faster to kill grey mobs with ST attacks while doing the hunts for Citadel and Manticore. Seriously though, being unable to kill grey mobs is a bit eh... - Tornado is a bit of a disappointment. It's just a dot ticking for 8 damage (at my current level) which is gently tickling a mob's HP instead of helping to kill it. Mids says it has a 20y radius but it is difficult to say with all the numbers on the screen. City of Data to the rescue. The fear effect is indeed 20y wide, but the 'attack' is 7y radius which seems like the behavior I have seen. - Lightning Storm is another so. The cooldown of a nuke but the gentle caress shaving 1/10th of a even level minion HP every 4 seconds. Does this hit in AoE or purely ST? Delved into City of Data again. It has a tiny 5y radius that can hit five mobs. It does CC with the KD and the fear but things die too fast to warrant using it. Perhaps once at max level and running at +4. But by the time Freezing Rain + Ice Storm + Tornado is down I might as well continue hitting with my ST attacks that hit triple as hard as a single Lightning Storm bolt. It truly is a power for long fights as such I find I rarely bother putting it down during leveling. The purple proc may be a waste there since I use BiB far more often. It's upside is a stupendous 100y range for its attack, so it can be put down somewhere and it will keep on ticking as long as there is LoS. Veredict: Still enjoying the build. It is definitely not a solo character because even being able to survive with maxed resists and ranged defense it's AoE capacity is very very low. That said it feels safe. The Defender ATO heal proc happens often, the mobs scattering gives us time to pick them off and we can reapply while standing in the kill zone so mobs running back to hit us return to reapplied rains and a waiting Lightning Storm. The final slotting (BU proc in Tornado, purple damage proc in Lightning Storm) may further help. Of course I haven't used Blizzard yet since I just reached 38 but having it only every 50 seconds (less with FF procs) means I can't really 'rely' on it. But overall between a Controller and this I find this more entertaining with a blend of helping the team but still able to blast enemies with the super fast attack animations (a big annoyance with the Gravity Controllers/Doms was how the damage did feel ok/good with Impact, but dem slow animations meant things died before my hits would land).