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One thing I'd really like to work on, if possible, is to create a group repository of information on Sentinels as a whole, explaining what makes a strong pairing from each primary to each secondary and all of the pool powers, as well as what distinguishes Sentinels from Scrappers and Blasters. I understand that this is a big undertaking, but I think it could be extremely helpful to new players. I have some thoughts on these subjects, but the fact of the matter is, I didn't play CoX live at a very high level of proficiency and there are limits to how much I've experienced in Sentinel as-is. I will say that i would like to avoid contributions from people who are of the position that there is no such thing as a weak choice of powerset in CoX, or of the position that any powerset is so bad it should not be taken by anyone with an interest in m making the most of their characters. I believe it is possible and responsible to speak in general terms about average player performance and also support a diversity of interests. There is no wrong way to play, but I want players to be reasonably well-informed going into their choices -- at least, if they want to be. Some enjoy the discovery! I think the best way to create such a project would be for people to submit "sets" of opinions, where they analyze multiple different powersets in compare and contrast, so that we can get a feel for each reviewer's independently, then have a "czar" for that powerset synthesize all the submissions into something that succinctly reflects the consensus and any important divergences thereof. However, that assumes a large interest in this project. I don't know if anyone else would be interested in contribution. Also, accepting general feedback at this stage. Post inspired in part by @oldskool and their excellent comments in various threads. Set Sign-Up Sheet List of posters reviewing what powersets. Set Name Reviewer 1 Reviewer 2 Reviewer 3 Reviewer 4 Primaries Archery @drbuzzard @oldskool Assault Rifle @oldskool @Sunsette Beam Rifle @Sunsette [X] Dark Blast @drbuzzard @oldskool Dual Pistols @oldskool [X] Energy Blast @Sunsette [X] Electric Blast Fire Blast @drbuzzard Ice Blast Psychic Blast @drbuzzard @oldskool Radiation Blast Sonic Attack Water Blast @drbuzzard Secondaries Bio Armor @drbuzzard Dark Armor @oldskool Electric Armor @Hopeling[X] Energy Aura @Sunsette [X] Fiery Aura @drbuzzard Ice Armor Invulnerability @Sunsette [X] Ninjitsu @drbuzzard @oldskool [X] Radiation Armor @Destlin Regeneration Super Reflexes @Sunsette [X] @drbuzzard Willpower @drbuzzard @oldskool [X] Epic Pools Dark Mastery Electricity Mastery @Sunsette Fire Mastery @Sunsette Ice Mastery @Sunsette Ninja Tool Mastery Psionic Mastery @Sunsette Leviathan Mastery Mace Mastery Mu Mastery Soul Mastery Utility Pools Concealment @Sunsette Fighting @Sunsette Flight @Sunsette Leadership @Sunsette Leaping @Sunsette Medicine @Sunsette Presence @Sunsette Sorcery @Sunsette Speed @Sunsette Teleportation @Sunsette We can have more reviewers than four, but I chose not to assume everyone in the world ever would want to participate in this. I'll increase the number of slots if necessary. I intend to do the synthesizing of reviews into a coherent whole and will also be doing primary reviews on a number of sets; please feel free to keep me honest and call me on my shit if you think I've done a poor job somewhere. I'm initially going to be conservative on picking sets and stick to ones I feel I have a very, very strong grasp on; I'll branch out to ones I feel I have an OK grasp on if we have a lot of holes. If you're interested in submitting a review, this is the current format. Submissions are not yet open, but will be soon barring major disagreements. Set Review Format (Tentative) Powerset Name Basic Qualities:0 If damage primary: High/Med/Low Single-Target Damage1, High/Med/Low AoE Damage2 (# Cones/# Spheres/# PBAoEs)3, High/Med/Low Control4 If survival secondary: High/Med/Low HP/Healing5, High/Med/Low Defense6, High/Med/Low Resistance7, High/Med/Low "Clicky-ness"8. If pool: The main purpose of this pool. Special Qualities: For primaries, list secondary effects here: knockback, knockdown, stun, -regen, -res, -def, etc. Do not include the benefits of Passive or Active Opportunity. For secondaries, list things that aren't defense, resistance, healing, absorbs, or max HP here. So +recharge, defense debuff resistance, any notable mez protection the set lacks or is weak in, etc. If pool: Can skip Other: Anything else that you think should be noted about this powerset. Significant changes in this powerset from their implementation on other archetypes should go here. Beginner's Notes: Any powers or strategies that are especially beneficial to low level or new players to this set. This is a good place to put down slotting ideas for before level 50 (keep it to under 10 million inf. costs please) as well as early level rotations. Skippables/Must-Haves: For primaries or secondaries, list the powers that typically are considered optional or bad. For pools, list powers that are the strongest in the set. Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. Advanced Slotting: L50 builds. (sky's the limit for budget). Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. This will probably be a pretty long section that needs subdivisions, I'll work on this some more. Base Rotation: The standard attack rotation leveling up or at early 50s, for people to refine. Note any cooldown benchmarks that may be necessary for a specific rotation if it requires over 70% or so enhancement or global recharge. Complementary Choices: Suggest any primary, secondary, or pool (save ones that are mutually exclusive with this one) that synergizes with this one, and explain why. Ex: Energy Blast synergizes well with pools that contain an AoE immobilize with knockback protection and a strong melee attack to make the most of position with Nova; Dark Blast synergizes well with Dark Mastery to completely floor the opponents' accuracy. Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. Incarnates: Would skip this for pool powers generally speaking, but incarnate powers that pair notably well with this powerset. Whenever possible, please explain your reasoning. 0 All measures assuming fully geared and incarnated at 50; this is just so we have an empirical baseline. 1 High: ST damage of approximately ≥230+ DPS. // Medium: ST damage of approximately 190 DPS. // Low: ST damage of approximately ≤160 DPS. If damage type is mostly Smashing or Lethal, consider it one tier lower. 2 High: Has 3+ AoEs. // Medium: Has 2 AoEs. // Low: Has 1 AoE. If damage type is mostly Smashing or Lethal, consider it as having one fewer AoE. 3 The breakdown of the number and type of each AoE type. 4 High: Reliably reduces incoming damage from the average pack of enemies by 50% or more. // Medium: Reliably reduces incoming damage from the average pack of enemies by about a third or a quarter. // Low: Controls can be beneficial sometimes but not to be relied upon. 5 High: Unaided, can heal or absorb a third of base Max HP (400) every 10 seconds or less. // Medium: Unaided, can heal or absorb a third of base Max HP (400) every 20 seconds or so. // Low: Unaided, can heal or absorb a third of base Max HP (400) every 40 seconds or more. Does not include the benefits of Defensive Opportunity. 6 Use values derived from Reistorm's chart located here. High: Gets S/L/E or all Positional to ≥32.5%. // Medium: Gets some of S/L/E or Positional to ≥32.5%, or gets all of S/L/E to 20%+. // Low: Any other result. 7 Use values derived from Reistorm's chart located here. High: Gets S/L to ≥45% or S/L/E to ≥30%. // Medium: Gets S/L or E o to ≥45%, or gets all to 20+%. // Low: Any other result. 8 High: Has 2+ abilities with an enhanced cooldown of a minute or less used frequently. // Medium: Has an ability virtually used on 'autocast' or an ability with an enhanced cooldown of a minute or less that otherwise needs to be frequently used for a non-healing purpose. // Low: Active abilities with enhanced cooldowns of a minute or less are rarely used for any purpose but an emergency heal. Outline (Tentative) Why Play a Sentinel? Seize the Opportunity: Sentinel Basics The Never-Ending Battle: Attack and Defense Mechanics Zoom and Enhance: Enhancement Mechanics Four-Color Fantasy: Leveling Red, Blue, Gold, and Black Primary Colors: Blast Powerset Reviews Secondary Strategies: Defensive Powerset Reviews Fly Like an Eagle: Utility Pool Reviews EPIC!: Epic Pool Reviews The Alpha and the Omega: Incarnate Mechanics A Few Provisos: Badges, Macros, and other Miscellany At the moment these are all things I intend to write myself, but I will gladly take volunteers for any sections.
So after lurking around the stalker forums for a while, I made 3 and ran them through DFB and the Kin/En is what really grabbed me of them (the other two are the much-touted BS/Shield and a Psi/Dark, which I may still level up later). So, a few runs through DFB got me up to 16ish where I logged for the night (as this was at the end of my play session anyway). Today, of course, I've turned to Mids and build planning before ever logging in. I've done some poking around on the forums and used some things I learned here on the Stalkers board and then a few more things I learned in the Brute and Tank boards and I landed here. It seems okay, but I figured I should run it by some other people before actually investing influence in it. I'll note I'm already considering swapping Body Blow for Quick Strike to have another place to throw a FF+Rch proc to tap when something I really want is on CD, though I imagine the math says a proc on it would be infrequent (I haven't actually calculated it myself). Some highlights: 51% S/L def and comparable def to F/C/E/N (though N lags behind somewhat to 43.2%), mid-20% positionals. 50% S/L Resist with 30ish E/N and even 20% Psi (though F/C are only 17%). Just short of permahasten without a FF+Rch proc (of which there is only one in the build currently). Two meaty ranged attacks, despite being a melee AT. A PBAoE dmg+kd power, roughly 50% uptime on Shadow Meld to really slam those defenses to the hilt. Nearly perma Energize. Perma Energy Drain that can add up to 5.4% more defense with 10 targets (or, multiple activations on fewer targets - I'd guess it'd be fairly easy to keep up about 5 or 6 buffs constantly which is closer to a 3% def buff - plus buckets of endurance). Between Assassin's Mark procs and Concentrated Strike crits, Build-Up should be recharging frequently. Anyway, here's the build. Again - tell me how I can improved it 😄 Villain Plan by Mids' Reborn : Hero Designer 188.8.131.52 https://github.com/ImaginaryDevelopment/imaginary-hero-designer Click this DataLink to open the build! Surprise: Level 50 Mutation Stalker Primary Power Set: Kinetic Melee Secondary Power Set: Energy Aura Power Pool: Flight Power Pool: Fighting Power Pool: Speed Ancillary Pool: Soul Mastery Villain Profile: Level 1: Body Blow -- Mk'Bit-Acc/Dmg(A), Mk'Bit-Dam%(50) Level 1: Hide -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), Ksm-ToHit+(3), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(3), Rct-ResDam%(5) Level 2: Smashing Blow -- CrsImp-Acc/Dmg(A), CrsImp-Dmg/EndRdx(42), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(42), CrsImp-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(43), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(43), Mk'Bit-Dam%(43) Level 4: Kinetic Shield -- RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(A), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(5), RedFrt-EndRdx/Rchg(7), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(7), RedFrt-Def(34), RedFrt-EndRdx(36) Level 6: Assassin's Strike -- SprStlGl-Acc/Dmg(A), SprStlGl-Dmg/Rchg(13), SprStlGl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(15), SprStlGl-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(15), SprStlGl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(17), SprStlGl-Rchg/Hide%(17) Level 8: Build Up -- GssSynFr--ToHit(A), GssSynFr--ToHit/Rchg(9), GssSynFr--ToHit/Rchg/EndRdx(9), GssSynFr--Rchg/EndRdx(11), GssSynFr--ToHit/EndRdx(11), GssSynFr--Build%(13) Level 10: Entropy Shield -- EndRdx-I(A) Level 12: Placate -- RechRdx-I(A) Level 14: Fly -- EndRdx-I(A) Level 16: Power Shield -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(25), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(31), LucoftheG-Def(31) Level 18: Burst -- Obl-%Dam(A), Obl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(37), Obl-Dmg(37), Obl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(40), Obl-Acc/Rchg(40), FuroftheG-ResDeb%(42) Level 20: Kinetic Dampening -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(21), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(21), UnbGrd-Max HP%(23), GldArm-3defTpProc(36), StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(37) Level 22: Hover -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(23) Level 24: Afterburner -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A) Level 26: Focused Burst -- Dcm-Acc/Dmg(A), Dcm-Dmg/EndRdx(27), Dcm-Dmg/Rchg(27), Dcm-Acc/EndRdx/Rchg(29), Dcm-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(29), FrcFdb-Rechg%(31) Level 28: Energy Drain -- EffAdp-EndMod/EndRdx(A), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx(48), RedFrt-Def/Rchg(48), RedFrt-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(50) Level 30: Boxing -- Empty(A) Level 32: Concentrated Strike -- SprAssMar-Acc/Dmg(A), SprAssMar-Dmg/Rchg(33), SprAssMar-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(33), SprAssMar-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(33), SprAssMar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(34), SprAssMar-Rchg/Rchg Build Up(34) Level 35: Energize -- RechRdx-I(A), RechRdx-I(36) Level 38: Moonbeam -- SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg(A), SprWntBit-Dmg/Rchg(39), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(39), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(39), SprWntBit-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(40), SprWntBit-Rchg/SlowProc(46) Level 41: Shadow Meld -- RechRdx-I(A) Level 44: Tough -- UnbGrd-ResDam(A), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx(45), UnbGrd-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(45), UnbGrd-Rchg/ResDam(45), ImpArm-ResPsi(46), Ags-Psi/Status(46) Level 47: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(48) Level 49: Hasten -- RechRdx-I(A), RechRdx-I(50) Level 1: Assassination Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A) Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A) Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A) Level 4: Ninja Run Level 2: Swift -- Empty(A) Level 2: Health -- Pnc-Heal/+End(A), NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(19), Mrc-Rcvry+(19) Level 2: Hurdle -- Empty(A) Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-End%(A), PrfShf-EndMod(25) ------------ | Copy & Paste this data into Mids' Hero Designer to view the build | |-------------------------------------------------------------------| |MxDz;1500;690;1380;HEX;| |78DA9594594F135114C7EFA553A11B500A142C8B6511CA32A52ECF045914B109491| |35FEB502E65D2494BDAA9A12E0F3EF801F40597571770FB2CAEDFC11797448D1897| |7A98F3074CE6C9499ADFBDFF7BEF39FF39E74ED39B73C117676F4C0B199AB58C4A2| |59BB10DABA0CA4DE9AA6DD866A9E811423465AAE58DB259518D34E9C18E6C5A594A| |E94B6651D9662E3B63DB46AE10DB5F9C536BAA5851FA7C5195F3B5EC4CB56C88C07| |2A964E90B96995FB7433CDE1B9AC5BCDF996536945A0D3BC3C5E265B362AE989669| |D7BAE737CC9CBE1F3853AA5AD9B451B155B9D6457674FAAD84059EBA146B84114DA| |40ACC333EA274D63CA28306294D34FCA6692F71C9E3CCB52FCC5C185B45DD2B2F09| |474B18E02A734C8139B0C09CA53C1ECEE3F5F8398F16601E09822166BC9939D8C25| |CA5BC5E9CF5BE642FC157CCE6D7E01B66EB5BF01D53D1D946786E7CD0E0684D0FC1| |474CFF63709B19DC61CE93671FE715BE38BFC71AC50B703C1118672D400942D042D| |83747675B50D716D4B5AB95D91701DB99798A1986C7B060DF4375F630F49339F207| |FCC54C4CF3BE05CA13416D225F596BFF067E6776FE600E9E40ECA874FAEB23DF1D7| |C5676C063273C8A4E21A278A728D6D6C964377C766FF1FD397A07BCCBECB907DE67| |F6DD64BFE7C8674C7A9D7AC46EB196C43D48E21EA4D07F49BE7A91BBB74E8F30297| |33F32F76F6ACEAE6335F00A789519BF065E672E52E601DCFE01746C107C4F051946| |DCE16DDE7F7C077C023E658E3C634E3E67EE06851885CB51C4F390F37174631CDD9| |84037267641746532219D0A4D9EC6D7406775744347C593E8C600AD4D616D0AB952| |604C3BF8BAEB3D87E3BD29556ECCA54CB994944B39E9524EB9940B2E65593BF87F1| |0D2517CAD62EF3E3BDE3EF86955FEBBFAE950699071AE4ADB457EE3B6F35C9D8FAE| |539F0F1529B7F82675DD66D6FFE7F90BF0A61A1D| |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
Here is a Dark/Energy build Im in the process of leveling (along with my other 32+ alts!) No Incarnates yet. STATS Defense S/L = 47% F/C = 47.8% En = 54.3% Neg = 44.9% (close enough :)) Psi = 18.2% M/R/A = 25.8%/18.9%/20.8% Resistance S/L = 53.5% F/C = 41.7% En = 28.5% Neg = 26% Toxic = 23.8% Psi = 8% Health & Endurance* Regen = 224% HP = 153.6% EndRec = 3.2/s EndUse = 1.01/s MaxEnd = 105% * No Accolades The Build Hero Plan by Mids' Reborn : Hero Designer 184.108.40.206 https://github.com/ImaginaryDevelopment/imaginary-hero-designer Click this DataLink to open the build! Level 50 Natural Sentinel Primary Power Set: Dark Blast Secondary Power Set: Energy Aura Power Pool: Flight Power Pool: Fighting Power Pool: Leaping Power Pool: Teleportation Ancillary Pool: Ninja Tool Mastery Hero Profile: Level 1: Dark Blast -- Dvs-Acc/Dmg(A), Dvs-Dmg/EndRdx(3), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(5), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(31), Dvs-Hold%(48) Level 1: Kinetic Shield -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(9), LucoftheG-Def(15), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(17), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(43) Level 2: Gloom -- Dvs-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), Dvs-Acc/Dmg(3), Dvs-Dmg/EndRdx(5), Dvs-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(31), Dvs-Hold%(48) Level 4: Power Shield -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(9), LucoftheG-Def(15), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(17), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(43) Level 6: Abyssal Gaze -- SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg(A), SprOppStr-Dmg/Rchg(7), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(7), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(21), SprOppStr-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(37), SprOppStr-Rchg/+Opportunity(40) Level 8: Aim -- GssSynFr--ToHit/Rchg(A), GssSynFr--Build%(46) Level 10: Umbral Torrent -- Ann-Acc/Dmg(A), Ann-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(11), Ann-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(11), Ann-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(31), Ann-ResDeb%(46), SuddAcc--KB/+KD(50) Level 12: Kinetic Dampening -- StdPrt-ResDam/Def+(A), UnbGrd-ResDam(34), UnbGrd-Max HP%(37) Level 14: Hover -- Ksm-ToHit+(A), ShlWal-ResDam/Re TP(34) Level 16: Entropy Shield -- EndRdx-I(A) Level 18: Antumbral Beam -- SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(19), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(19), SprSntWar-Acc/Dmg(21), SprSntWar-Rchg/+Absorb(34), SprSntWar-Dmg/Rchg(37) Level 20: Power Armor -- GldArm-3defTpProc(A) Level 22: Dark Obliteration -- SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg(A), SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(23), SprFrzBls-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(23), SprFrzBls-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(29), SprFrzBls-Dmg/EndRdx(42), SprFrzBls-Rchg/ImmobProc(43) Level 24: Energize -- Prv-Heal/Rchg/EndRdx(A), Prv-Heal/Rchg(40), Prv-Heal(42), Prv-EndRdx/Rchg(50) Level 26: Life Drain -- SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg(A), SprWntBit-Rchg/SlowProc(27), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(27), SprWntBit-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(29), SprWntBit-Dmg/EndRdx/Acc/Rchg(40) Level 28: Repelling Force -- Rct-Def(A), Rct-ResDam%(48), Rct-Def/Rchg(50) Level 30: Kick -- Empty(A) Level 32: Blackstar -- SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(A), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx(33), SprAvl-Acc/Dmg/Rchg(33), SprAvl-Rchg/KDProc(33), SprAvl-Dmg/EndRdx(42) Level 35: Tough -- RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx(A), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg(36), RctArm-ResDam(36), RctArm-EndRdx(36) Level 38: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx/Rchg(39), LucoftheG-Def(39), LucoftheG-Def/Rchg+(39), LucoftheG-EndRdx/Rchg(46) Level 41: Tashibishi -- Ann-ResDeb%(A) Level 44: Sting of the Wasp -- KntCmb-Acc/Dmg(A), KntCmb-Dmg/EndRdx(45), KntCmb-Dmg/Rchg(45), KntCmb-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg(45) Level 47: Super Jump -- UnbLea-Stlth(A) Level 49: Recall Friend -- WntGif-ResSlow(A) Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A) Level 1: Opportunity Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A) Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A) Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A) Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A) Level 4: Ninja Run Level 2: Swift -- Flight-I(A) Level 2: Health -- NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+(A), Mrc-Rcvry+(13), Pnc-Heal/+End(25) Level 2: Hurdle -- Jump-I(A) Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-EndMod(A), PrfShf-End%(13), EffAdp-EndMod(25) ------------ Thoughts