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    I read some of the specialisations for each "calling" on the Rift site, but it only covers the lore and some superficial details, really. I'm mostly interested in the Mage calling but also the Riftblade, Bladedancer and Riftwalker. Can someone give me a rundown on each spec? In terms of control, survivability and damage. I tend to like casters who "tank" damage, either through shields or talents improving their endurance, with heavy damage output. Also, what's the Cabalist exactly? New attunements?

    How do the attunements work, exactly? I got an answer in another thread but I thought I'd make this one to go into more depth in the topic. I'm quite excited from what I've seen of the game so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naralthan View Post
    I read some of the specialisations for each "calling" on the Rift site, but it only covers the lore and some superficial details, really. I'm mostly interested in the Mage calling but also the Riftblade, Bladedancer and Riftwalker. Can someone give me a rundown on each spec? In terms of control, survivability and damage. I tend to like casters who "tank" damage, either through shields or talents improving their endurance, with heavy damage output. Also, what's the Cabalist exactly? New attunements?

    How do the attunements work, exactly? I got an answer in another thread but I thought I'd make this one to go into more depth in the topic. I'm quite excited from what I've seen of the game so far.

    Here's a basic rundown...

    Riftblade is a burst DPS elemental Combat Mage/Magical Knight type calling. They have a nice mix of ranged, melee, and utility attacks, but are bit lacking in defensive options.

    Bladedancer is the Swashbuckler-esque evasive melee Combat Rogue. More focused on sustained DPS and counter-attacks than burst damage and massive crits. Get one of the better silences in the game though, 5 seconds on a 10 second CD.

    Riftstalker is the teleporting Rogue Tank. Riftstalker by itself is not a DPS tank, not an Evasive Tank, but a mitigation/damage reduction high HP meat shield.

    Cabalist is the Death/Water Magic AoE Caster Cleric. All about drowning enemies, cursing them.and placing sigils on targets to blow it and his nearby chums up.
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    Sounds good. Pyromancer, Necromancer and Warlock? The sound of the latter two makes me think they're closer to "cloth tanks" where as the former is like WoW's Mage, very evasive with bursty damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naralthan View Post
    Sounds good. Pyromancer, Necromancer and Warlock? The sound of the latter two makes me think they're closer to "cloth tanks" where as the former is like WoW's Mage, very evasive with bursty damage.
    Pyromancer is the Archetypal Glass Cannon Fire Mage. Mainly about direct high damage nukes at the cost of lower utility and mana conservation compared to other mage souls.

    Necro is the standard Death Magic Undead pet mage. . They can sacrifice their life to cast a heal and or a HoT on someone else or their pet. Recover health/mana through their pets. Can only have 1 pet out at a time, but have a versatile selection of pets that can fill pretty much any role but Healer. Caster magic DPS pet, Rogue physical DPS pet, Warrior Tank pet. Only soul in Rift that gets Feigned Death, but they don't get a rez.

    Warlock, the Death Magic DoTer. Standard suite of death magic spells, Dots, Life Taps, Fears, Snares, Curses...ect. Can sacrifice their own health to recover mana or boost damage. Like most DoT/HoT based classes in other games, they have great sustained DPS and mana conservation for long haul fights, but they lack burst damage for short encounters.
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