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Do you /others find ice/ice fun to play though? Curious about it, always liked ice motif.


I certainly enjoyed making other Tankers "cry" on Tanker Tuesday ITF runs where NONE of them could pull aggro off me (or get any of their own, because I'd Taunt whatever they tried to draw the attention of).


To play Ice/Ice "properly" to its full potential, you need to be playing your Tanker more like a Brute (who doesn't worry about Fury).  You want to be the center of attention like a eye of the storm of a vortex of flypaper keeping everything locked up on you where they will Exist To Death on your Icicles and Chilling Embrace and Frozen Aura stomping and "hop 'n' pop" use of Frost to convert Frost from an attack that only hits 1/4 of the pie on one side of you into a DOWNWARD facing cone that hits EVERYTHING clustered up around you.


You don't do this with Frost (in 2D) ...




Instead you do THIS with Frost (in 3D!) ...




That gives you 1 Debuff Aura (Chilling Embrace), 1 Damage Aura (Icicles), 1 PBAoE Click (Frozen Aura) and 1 Cone turned (range enhanced!) PBAoE(ish) Click (Frost) "ruining the day" of everything clustered up around you.  That's a pretty decent amount of "output" for pretty much ANY Tanker, AoE-wise, before including just how much Recharge debuffing all of that is doing to help keep You (and therefore everyone around you) from taking damage from the dogpile flailing away around you.




To borrow a popular phrase often said in (decidedly) other contexts ... it's not the SIZE, but how you USE your Ice/Ice Tanker that makes all the difference in the world.  I'm of the opinion that HOW you play your Ice/Ice Tanker may be perhaps the most important limiting factor in getting the "most" performance out of the potential hidden away inside of the build.  You need to play VERY aggressively with an Ice/Ice Tanker, to the point of achieving Scrapperlock in your single minded determination to draw EVERYTHING into your Vortex Of Doom™ (+3!) where you can drain them of everything they've got (including their dignity!).


However, if that's not the way you like to play your Tankers, then Ice/Ice may not be for you ...


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@Redlynne, I have been highly considering rolling an Ice/Ice tanker solely because of your build and the play style you have mentioned for it.


The only thing holding me back is the alternative choice of Ice/Rad that sounds just as enticing with the pairing of Irradiated Ground + Icicles and a few more AoEs from Radiation Melee to pair with it.


How do you think Ice/Rad would compare with Ice/Ice in terms of holding aggro and dishing out a surprising amount of DPS/Debuffs for a tank? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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I have experience with Ice/* (obviously) but no experience at all with Radiation on any Archetype, I really don't feel "qualified" to comment on the combination of Ice/Radiation on a Tanker.


For me, I found the -Recharge stacking of Ice/Ice to be extremely useful, but your mileage may vary (of course).


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Now STOP!  Freeze up and LISTEN!

CoH back with brand new INVENTIONS.

Somethin', grabs a hold of me tightly.

Ice sword to the face, then swingin' my MIGHTY!

Will it ever stop?

Yo,  I don't know.

Turn off the lights, and I'll glow!

To the extreme, I rock the crooks wearin' sandals.

Light up the map, cubin' chumps who can't handle





Bum rush the mobs and make them go BOOM

I'm arrestin their ass, every last little goon!

Deadly, when I drop it sub-zero

Can't touch me boys, cause I'm the TANK HERO!

Wear your warm clothes

No you can't run away

Your feet froze to pavement

This Ice Tank don't play!

If there was a problem.

Yo I solved it!

Paddy wagon for the goons, while the DJ revolves it....





This is my Ice/Ice/Energy Tank as he existed on Live.


Hero Plan by Mids' Hero Designer 1.962



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Brownian Cessation: Level 50 Magic Tanker

Primary Power Set: Ice Armor

Secondary Power Set: Ice Melee

Power Pool: Fighting

Power Pool: Speed

Power Pool: Leaping

Ancillary Pool: Energy Mastery


Hero Profile:

Level 1: Frozen Armor -- LucoftheG-Def:50(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx:50(3), LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(3)

Level 1: Frozen Fists -- CrsImp-Acc/Dmg:50(A), CrsImp-Dmg/Rchg:50(5), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/Rchg:50(5), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx:50(7), CrsImp-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg:50(7)

Level 2: Ice Sword -- CrsImp-Acc/Dmg:50(A), CrsImp-Dmg/Rchg:50(9), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/Rchg:50(9), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx:50(11), CrsImp-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg:50(11)

Level 4: Hoarfrost -- DctWnd-Heal/EndRdx:50(A), DctWnd-EndRdx/Rchg:50(17), DctWnd-Heal/Rchg:50(17), DctWnd-Heal/EndRdx/Rchg:50(19), DctWnd-Rchg:50(19)

Level 6: Frost -- PstBls-Acc/Dmg:50(A), PstBls-Dmg/EndRdx:50(21), PstBls-Dmg/Rchg:50(21), PstBls-Dmg/Rng:50(23), PstBls-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx:50(23)

Level 8: Chilling Embrace -- PcnoftheT-Acc/Slow:50(A), PcnoftheT-Dmg/Slow:50(25), PcnoftheT-Acc/EndRdx:50(25), PcnoftheT-EndRdx/Rchg/Slow:50(27)

Level 10: Wet Ice -- EndRdx-I:50(A), EndRdx-I:50(27)

Level 12: Boxing -- Empty(A)

Level 14: Tough -- RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx:40(A), RctArm-ResDam/Rchg:40(29), RctArm-ResDam/EndRdx/Rchg:40(29), RctArm-ResDam:40(31)

Level 16: Icicles -- ScrDrv-Acc/Dmg:50(A), ScrDrv-Dmg/EndRdx:50(31), ScrDrv-Dmg/Rchg:50(31), ScrDrv-Acc/Rchg:50(33), ScrDrv-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx:50(33), ScrDrv-Dam%:50(33)

Level 18: Hasten -- RechRdx-I:50(A), RechRdx-I:50(34), RechRdx-I:50(34)

Level 20: Weave -- LucoftheG-Def:50(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx:50(34), LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(36)

Level 22: Super Speed -- WntGif-ResSlow:50(A)

Level 24: Ice Patch -- RechRdx-I:50(A), RechRdx-I:50(36)

Level 26: Energy Absorption -- EffAdp-EndMod:50(A), EffAdp-EndMod/Rchg:50(36), EffAdp-EndMod/Acc/Rchg:50(37), EffAdp-Acc/Rchg:50(37), LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(37)

Level 28: Glacial Armor -- LucoftheG-Def:50(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx:50(39), LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(39)

Level 30: Taunt -- MckBrt-Taunt:50(A), MckBrt-Taunt/Rchg:50(39), MckBrt-Taunt/Rchg/Rng:50(40), MckBrt-Acc/Rchg:50(40), MckBrt-Taunt/Rng:50(40), MckBrt-Rchg:50(42)

Level 32: Freezing Touch -- CrsImp-Acc/Dmg:50(A), CrsImp-Dmg/Rchg:50(42), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/Rchg:50(42), CrsImp-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx:50(43), CrsImp-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg:50(43)

Level 35: Greater Ice Sword -- SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg:50(A), SprMghoft-Dmg/Rchg:50(43), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/Rchg:50(45), SprMghoft-Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg:50(45), SprMghoft-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx/Rchg:50(45)

Level 38: Frozen Aura -- ScrDrv-Acc/Dmg:50(A), ScrDrv-Dmg/EndRdx:50(46), ScrDrv-Dmg/Rchg:50(46), ScrDrv-Acc/Rchg:50(46), ScrDrv-Acc/Dmg/EndRdx:50(48), ScrDrv-Dam%:50(48)

Level 41: Permafrost -- StdPrt-ResDam/Def+:30(A), GldArm-3defTpProc:50(48)

Level 44: Combat Jumping -- LucoftheG-Def:50(A), LucoftheG-Def/EndRdx:50(50), LucoftheG-Rchg+:50(50)

Level 47: Conserve Power -- RechRdx-I:50(A), RechRdx-I:50(50)

Level 49: Physical Perfection -- PrfShf-End%:50(A)

Level 1: Brawl -- Empty(A)

Level 1: Prestige Power Surge -- Empty(A)

Level 1: Prestige Power Dash -- Empty(A)

Level 1: Prestige Power Quick -- Empty(A)

Level 1: Prestige Power Rush -- Empty(A)

Level 1: Prestige Power Slide -- Empty(A)

Level 1: Sprint -- Empty(A)

Level 2: Rest -- Empty(A)

Level 2: Swift -- Empty(A)

Level 2: Hurdle -- Empty(A)

Level 2: Health -- NmnCnv-Regen/Rcvry+:50(A), NmnCnv-Heal:50(13), Mrc-Rcvry+:40(13)

Level 2: Stamina -- PrfShf-End%:50(A), PrfShf-EndMod:50(15), EndMod-I:50(15)

Level 1: Gauntlet

Level 4: Ninja Run

Level 50: Agility Total Core Revamp

Level 50: Ion Core Judgement

Level 50: Reactive Core Interface

Level 50: Vanguard Core Ally

Level 50: Rebirth Total Core Invocation

Level 50: Assault Core Genome





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That song is stuck in my head now...thanks a lot. You’ve inspired me to roll an ice/ice tank when I get home from work.


I used to have an ice/EM tank back in the day...was my favorite toon until the sad sad day ET got hit with the nerf bat. I had to find a new favorite after that...

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