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    Default Val's Guide to 34 Champ/26 BM/6 RB (Best AOE DPS)

    Val's Guide to 33 Champ/26 BM/7 RB (V2)

    By Valthirus - Warrior of Seastone

    Most Recent Update: November 28th, 2011

    Table of Contents:

    First Words:
    1.1 - Introduction

    Preparation (things you need to know):
    2.1 - Spec
    2.2 - Macros
    2.3 - Skill Explanation
    2.4 - Toggle Buffs
    2.5 - BM Greater Essense (Required)

    Rotations Cycles/Explanations:
    3.1 - Single Target Rotation Cycle
    3.2 - Rotation Explanation (Single Target)
    3.3 - Full Rotation Cycle (AOE)
    3.4 - Warrior Rotation Video Guides

    Updates:
    4.0 - Most Recent Update
    4.1 - Update History


    1.1 - Introduction:

    This is by far the best spec for AOE. It is 100-200 DPS below my Rising Waterfall Guide Macros's Single Target DPS, but it's a worthwhile spec to keep for AOE. I use this spec for fights like Herald, Alsbeth, Matron, Zilas (sometimes), and Grugonim.

    This is a very easy spec to learn and it requires little to no micro management. You should always have this spec on hand as a Warrior.

    2.1 - 33 Champion/26 Beastmaster/7 Riftblade Spec:

    ZAM Soulbuilder Spec: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=1c...0uz.EIczV0bhbz

    2.2 - Macros:

    Backhanded Blow/Power Strike:

    #show Backhanded Blow
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast bite
    cast backhanded blow
    cast power strike
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip

    Slashing Strike/Fierce Strike:

    #show Slashing Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast bite
    cast slashing strike
    cast fierce strike
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip

    Fiery Burst:

    Fiery Burst as a skill (No Macro)

    Tearing Slash:

    #show Tearing Slash
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Proper Timing
    cast Tearing Slash

    AOE:

    #show Mighty Blow
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast Claw Swipe
    petcast Bite
    cast Mighty Blow
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip
    cast flamespear

    AOE Finisher:

    #show Bladefury
    suppressmacrofailures
    petcast Claw Swipe
    petcast Bite
    cast Bladefury
    cast feral sweep
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip
    cast flamespear

    2.3 - Skill Explanations:

    Power Strike (PS) - Your Attack Point builder. No Cooldown.
    Backhanded Blow (BHB) - This skill hits harder than Power Strike due to the damage bonus it gets from bleeds on your target. 8 Second Cooldown.
    Slashing Strike (SS) - A bleed that lasts 10 seconds. 6 Second Cooldown.
    Fierce Strike (FS) - A 30% damage buff for your pet damage. No Cooldown.
    Fiery Burst (FB) - A fire damage tick. Does the most DPS out of all the Finishers. No Cooldown.
    Tearing Slash (TS) - A hard hitting finisher with a bleed tick. No Cooldown.
    Mighty Blow (MB) - Your AOE Attack Point builder. No Cooldown.
    Bladefury (BF) - One of your AOE Finisher. 8 Second Cooldown (4 with Bladefury Synergy Crystal). '
    Feral Sweep (FS) - The AOE Finisher you use when Bladefury is on cooldown. 8 Second Cooldown.

    2.4 - Toggle Buffs:

    Storm Blade (SB) - A ticking damage bleed.
    Slayer's Bearing (SB) - A 25% damage bonus to critical attacks.

    2.5 - BM Greater Essense (Required):

    The 50 inscribed sourcestone greater essense is mandatory for this build. It gives you 50 DPS more than any lesser (80 DPS Total).

    3.1 - Full Rotation Cycle (Single Target):

    Slashing Strike -> Fierce Strike -> Backhanded Blow -> Fiery Burst
    Power Strike -> Power Strike -> Power Strike -> Fiery Burst/Tearing Slash (Tearing Slash if below 60 power)


    Rinse Repeat.

    Video of the Rotation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Br_Zmbyk1E

    3.2 - Rotation Explanation (Single Target):

    Your goal is to keep your bleeds/fierce strike up almost 24/7. By the time you are through the rotation above and restarting your bleeds should be about to run out.

    3.3 - Full Rotation Cycle (AOE):

    Mighty Blow -> Mighty Blow -> Mighty Blow -> Bladefury
    Mighty Blow -> Mighty Blow -> Mighty Blow -> Feral Sweep


    Rinse Repeat. There's really no need for an explanation here. It gives the Best AOE DPS.

    3.4 - Videos/Links:

    Spec Links:

    RW 38 Paragon/26 Champion/2 Riftblade ZAM Soulbuilder Spec

    BM 34 Champion/26 Beastmaster/6 Riftblade ZAM Soulbuilder Spec

    DW 38 Paragon/22 Champion/6 Riftblade ZAM Soulbuilder Spec

    Videos:

    Valthirus' Youtube Channel for Warrior Rotation Guides

    RW Rotation Guide Thread

    RW Rotation Guide Video

    BM Rotation Guide Thread

    BM Rotation Guide Video

    DW Rotation Guide Thread

    4.0 Most Recent Update: November 28th, 2011

    4.1 Update History:

    Thread Started - 9/1/11

    9/18/11 Updates:

    V2 BM Thread Updates - 9/18/11:

    Buffs
    Table of Contents
    Videos


    Added Feral Sweep on Skill Explanations - 9/18/11:

    9/19/11 Updates:
    Added BM Greater Section - 9/19/11

    10/9/11 Updates:
    Removed Bloodthirst - 10/9/11

    10/27/11 Updates:
    Removed Bash - 10/27/11

    11/28/11 Updates:
    Updated Specs - 11/28/11

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    51 champ w/ synergy crystal will dwarf this in aoe :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by lameboi View Post
    51 champ w/ synergy crystal will dwarf this in aoe :P
    ^ Wut he said! 50 Marks away.

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    lol 29 rb does better aoe as well xD

    2h para can come close if u dont fck up using fiery burst sli and blade dury
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    Power Strike (PS) - Your Attack Point builder; this is used to proc Rising Waterfall.
    So....
    I got confused up to this point. But I'd supposed you just copy, pasted from your other guide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IllusiveMind View Post
    So....
    I got confused up to this point. But I'd supposed you just copy, pasted from your other guide.
    Huh?

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    Rising Waterfall. There is no RW present in this build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IllusiveMind View Post
    Rising Waterfall. There is no RW present in this build.
    He ninja edited it and played dumb.

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    Default Slashing/tearing v.s FB

    This is the top dps build atm in my honest opinion. I am not sure if they nurfed deadly strikes or not but this build is pretty much cookie cutter. Any how, I would like to bring up the point that Just spamming the Power strike combo point builder macro and only using fiery burst for finisher appears to be netting the best dps, this was pointed out by kutsu in his post as well. Just a side note, if your the only bm you will definately want to include fierce strike in your rotation but if there is another bm doing it you can just spamm 3 ap and FB for finsher.

    I am curious though, with the sanguine greater essence, will keeping the slashing strike dot up and using tearing slash with proper timing be a dps boost? what about without the bm greater? Slashing strike is a bit of a curious ability, it would seem that keeping it up all the time would net more dps regardless of the greater essence but I could swear just powerstrike spamm gives more dps.

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    Slashing Strike is always a DPS gain. Always. It does way more damage than Power Strike. BHB is in a similar boat. 25% greater power cost, but also 25% more damage.

    The only way this could ever possibly be a DPS increase is if you're not running a tablet and fervor/clover. But for max dps, you want to use Slashing Strike and BHB. Obviously you never want to overwrite the bleed from Slashing Strike, so you don't want it in the macro.

    Fiery Burst > Tearing Slash unless you're low on power, then rotating in a Tearing Slash is good. At end game gear (4pc HK with BM trinket and HK epic+ sword with oilstone), then TS may overtake FB.

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    Allright thank you Rizaz, this will clear up a lot of confusion regarding slashing strike for me. Appreciate the help!

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    Tested this self-buffed with just a tablet. Had energy issues naturally, not sure if that will be reduced in a raid setting. Full T3 plaque gear and using Dhel's Spear of the Beast.

    Single target: 1414
    AOE: 2569

    Do those numbers reflect what the build should roughly be capable of given my gear?

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    Yeah. Those numbers aren't bad.

    If you don't have fervor/clover or don't want to use a tablet then just don't use Bash on cooldown. You'll save a lot of power. You can also rotate 1xTS and 1xFB to save more power.
    Last edited by Rizaz; 09-02-2011 at 12:33 PM.

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    Its a minor change at most, but if you use fb instead of a tearing slash you should insert 1 more power strike into your rotation, otherwise you end up overwriting ss and fs. I parse around 20 dps higher using this rotation then when using the originally posted rotation.

    So it ends up:
    ss -> fs -> ps -> fb -> ps -> ps -> ps -> fb -> ps -> ss -> fs -> ps -> fb -> ps -> ps -> ps -> fb -> ps ->ps -> ss -> fb -> fs -> ps -> ps -> fb

    Then rinse and repeat from there. Still gives 100% uptime on fierce strike, and you won't overwrite the last tic of ss. If you don't like that basically use ss when you see the debuff at 0, it basically ends up being the same thing.
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