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    Default Jack of all Trades

    Which build would you recommend if I wanted to have some basic healing (bard) combined with mainly ranged damage, sprinkled with some melee? That's probably a very crazy idea, but I love such classes and really would like to know whether this combo could potentially work.

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    How about this spec :

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M....V0tom.VIdo0Vo

    The aim is to be extremely versatile - support my group while doing ranged damage and attacking isolated and weakened targets in melee.

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    Any feedback?

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    Something I tested at lvl 35 right before beta ended was Bard/Sabo

    I was soloing mobs with Mezz Blast Charge/Detonate repeat n rinse.

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    Your ranged damage is terrible. With the bard skills you have if your going to support heal you will be spamming cadence/coda leaving you no time to dps.
    You wanted a sprinkling of melee but have invested points there to detriment of the rest.

    If you really want a bit of melee, with ranged dps and bard support try this.
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...qzV0z.Ecb0V0oo

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo View Post
    Your ranged damage is terrible. With the bard skills you have if your going to support heal you will be spamming cadence/coda leaving you no time to dps.
    You wanted a sprinkling of melee but have invested points there to detriment of the rest.

    If you really want a bit of melee, with ranged dps and bard support try this.
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...qzV0z.Ecb0V0oo
    That looks very interesting. So the Nightblade is the best choice for this I guess, due to all of that passives. Too bad, I like Bladedancers Any other melee class I could weave into that? Perhaps Riftstalker for the oh shi- survivability? Or perhaps the Bladedancer wouldn't be so bad (http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...qzV0z.Ecb0V0oo) ?

    And what if I wanted to stay mostly melee instead, would my original build work with that?
    Last edited by Baharroth; 02-21-2011 at 01:06 PM.

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    You would def need riftstalker, but you would need to drop most of your points in bard. To be honest you can just switch roles in 10 seconds out of combat so why even go hybrid?

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    I simply like hybrid playstyle. Mixing various combat tactics.

    I liked Bladedancer/Marksman because you could speed yourself up with Marksman attacks and then move in for the kill. And you can do that while supporting your team.

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    Would really appreciate more feedback!

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    If you want to mix melee with ranged, I highly suggest you pick 2 melee souls (Assassin, Bladedancer, Nightblade, Riftstalker) and use 14 points in Saboteur for your third. http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M__T...VcMcz

    The 14 points in Saboteur lets you set up 5 Shrapnel Charges (slows the target by 50% when you detonate) on targets at range without aggroing them then blow them up with huge burst damage for your actual pull with detonate. They then slowly move towards you at which point you can put more Blast Charges on them and detonate those charges as the enemy SLOWLY moves towards you. When the enemy finally gets up to you (probably at half life), you can finish them off with the melee soul combo of your liking.
    Last edited by Vell; 02-22-2011 at 01:43 AM.

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    Yeah, but I want to have a bard in this build as well, friend.

    Would this do perhaps? http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...qzm0z.Ecb0V0oo

    Or this : http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0M...qzV0zo.Ecb0V0o
    Last edited by Baharroth; 02-22-2011 at 02:03 AM.

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    It may, but i think you will die so easily that you will give up on it quite quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo View Post
    It may, but i think you will die so easily that you will give up on it quite quickly.
    What about that second build, with more MM (and Strafe) ?

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    Keep in mind that a bard's cadence works just as well in melee as at range, so if you really have your heart set on the bard class and want to melee a bit, bard pairs very well with nightblade because unstable state and blazing fury both increase the damage of cadence (it also has some nice ranged attacks too). If you want something that melees well and uses the bard, you definately want the bard's cadence to be your main long distance (and healing) attack. That being said, try to make a build using this as your starting point:

    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0Mci_.Vc.Vh

    Do not add marksman unless you want to be mostly ranged. Do not use ranger unless you plan on putting in less than 7 points (and not using the pet) or put in more than 23 points (if you want to use a pet).

    Extra Tip: Riftstalker REALLY helps you not die if you plan to be in melee range a lot, so you may want to use it or even bladedancer as your third soul so you dont die in melee.
    Last edited by Vell; 02-22-2011 at 02:22 AM.

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    Cant comment until i see what this mm nerf brings.

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