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    Default What is the best bard spec?

    I want to know what is the best bard spec overall? Is it a hybrid one?
    Is it a high utility one? Thanks!

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    61 bard / 5 riftstalker / 10 nb, taking all attack power buffs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiskerton View Post
    61 bard / 5 riftstalker / 10 nb, taking all attack power buffs
    OFC, he meant 61 bard / 10MM/5 nb taking all attack power buffs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiskerton View Post
    61 bard / 5 riftstalker / 10 nb, taking all attack power buffs
    I know this sounds right but i believe people will use something else ask TheGrinnz. check out his guide and see for yourself
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    61 Bard/10MM/5NB is the highest AP 61 Bard spec, providing the most healing, with the highest DPS potential, and an extra 5m range. This assumes that Increased Fire Power has 100% uptime (which it should after an initial delay, thanks to Motif of Regeneration and Cadence).

    Replacing 5 NB with 5RS gets you the same AP for healing, but sacrifices 2.5% in damage gift bonuses for additional self survivability.

    61 Bard/10NB/5RS should be slightly behind 10mm/5NB in terms of AP due to multiplicative bonuses, will have less range, and less damage.

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    what is MM?

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    ah yeah i forgot keen eye gives attack power
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    is 10mm/5nb also the top dps bard spec, or is there another subspec out there that does more dps for less heals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raviel View Post
    is 10mm/5nb also the top dps bard spec, or is there another subspec out there that does more dps for less heals?
    Not really, no. You'd be looking at hybrids for more DPS and how deep into bard you need to go depends on what buffs/debuffs/functionality you want from bard in total.

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    What those posts really mean to say is 61 bard / 10mm / 5 rs.

    ... because you're not going to miss the +2.5% of your additive base damage unless your raid is trying for epeen top raid parses.

    But the extra ~2k hp / 15 meter teleport?

    Priceless during any and all progression.
    Last edited by MoonfireSpam; 08-30-2013 at 01:09 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiskerton View Post
    ah yeah i forgot keen eye gives attack power
    Read the text for Keen Eye. It DOES NOT increase your character's AP (thus increase your healing). Instead, it increases the AP CONTRIBUTION applied to your attacks, thus higher damage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoonfireSpam View Post
    But the extra ~2k hp / 15 meter teleport?
    Wait, bards can die from not having enough HP? Is that a thing?

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    Wait, bards can die from not having enough HP? Is that a thing?
    That's how everybody dies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitnine View Post
    Wait, bards can die from not having enough HP? Is that a thing?
    Only if they're 50% worse than regular raid members
    Nope.

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