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    Table of Contents:

    1. Introduction

    2. Builds
    2.1 51 Champion / 13 Riftblade / 2 Beastmaster
    2.2 51 Champion / 9 Paragon / 6 Riftblade
    2.3 40 Champion / 26 Beastmaster / 0 Riftblade
    2.4 44 Paragon / 22 Champion / 0 Riftblade
    2.5 38 Paragon / 22 Champion / 6 Riftblade
    2.6 38 Riftblade / 28 Champion / 0 Void Knight
    2.7 51 Riftblade / 15 Paragon / 0 Void Knight
    3. Comparison


    1. Introduction

    Since 1.8 is only a few days/weeks away and the changes to the warrior class are more or less final, i present you a guide for most of the relevant builds, that have been created in the 350 Pages long thread.

    Note: This guide is meant for people who have a basic knowledge of the warrior class as i wont go into details of each specc.

    First and foremost there is no "best" build. The builds are so close in their DPS Potential, that you can actually choose the play style that fits you. For Min/Max'ers the build you want to use depends heavily on the encounter and/or the weapons you have available.

    Obviously with the fix to our AP scaling, the value of AP has risen, exact AP:Crit ratios concerning statweight are dependent on your gear so dont ask for them. (Maybe Ferboten will create a calculator in the future :P). But if you just use a 2 Crit = 1 AP ratio you probably wont do anything wrong.

    2. Builds

    2.1 51 Champion / 13 Riftblade / 2 Beastmaster (Beastmaster Crystal/2H)

    Specc: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...udz.M.eM00z.-5

    The two unspent points go into Scald which is the replacement talent for improved freeze armor.

    This specc has the highest singletarget DPS of all 2h Speccs, its AoE capabilities are exceptional if you play it with the champion crystal.

    Selfbuffs: Destroyers Bearing, Stormblade, Avatar of the Wind

    Macros:

    #show Disruptive Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Disruptive Strike
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Fierce Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Fierce Strike
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury
    cast Flamespear

    #show Tearing Slash
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Proper Timing
    cast Tearing Slash

    #show Earth burst
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Earth burst
    cast Icy Burst

    #show Fiery burst
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Fiery Burst
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Mighty Blow
    cast Mighty Blow
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Bladefury
    cast Bladefury
    cast Titan's Strike
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury

    Rotation:

    If Cornered Beast is ready up you use this rotation:

    (starts with one attackpoint)

    Disruptive Strike -> Tearing Slash
    Fierce Strike -> Fierce Strike -> Cornered Beast
    Fierce Strike -> Fierce Strike -> Fiery Burst

    following into:

    (starts with one attackpoint)

    Disruptive Strike -> Tearing Slash
    Fierce Strike -> Fierce Strike -> Earth OR Icy burst (only press the macro ONCE!)
    Fierce Strike -> Fierce Strike -> Fiery Burst
    Fierce Strike -> Fierce Strike -> Earth OR Icy burst (only press the macro ONCE!)

    (repeat until Cornered beast is up again)

    As mentioned it's important to only press the EB/IB Macro once, otherwise you will use the attackpoint generated by Earth Burst for a single AP Icy Burst. If you are a buttonmasher you should probably weave in Earth Burst with an extra Button.

    If you lack the 4 PC Crystal Bonus or are playing with the Champion Crystal due to AoE, swap Fierce strike for Power Strike.

    2.2 51 Champion / 9 Paragon / 6 Riftblade (Champion Crystal/2H)

    Specc: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...rGudz.VL.xz.-5

    Highly flexible specc with quite strong singletarget and good AoE damage. Not really worth using anymore, due to 51/13/2 doing more AoE and ST damage.

    Selfbuffs: Destroyers Bearing, Stormblade, Way of the River

    Makros:

    #show Disruptive Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Disruptive Strike
    cast Flamespear
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury
    cast Turn the Blade

    #show Power Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Power Strike
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury
    cast Turn the Blade
    cast Flamespear

    #show Bladefury
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Proper Timing
    cast Bladefury
    cast Titan's Strike

    #show Fiery burst
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Fiery Burst
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Inescapable Fury
    cast Turn the Blade

    Rotation:

    (starts with one attackpoint)

    Disruptive Strike -> Fiery Burst
    Power Strike -> Power Strike -> Bladefury
    Power Strike -> Power Strike -> Bladefury

    (repeat)

    Similar to 51/13/2 Cornered Beast is a DPS gain and is used with the following rotation when ready:

    Disruptive Strike -> Fiery Burst
    Power Strike -> Power Strike -> Cornered Beast
    Power Strike -> Power Strike -> Bladefury

    Titan's Strike seems to do higher damage than Bladefury in a Raid - personally i just have an extra keybind for it, because i want to be able to not use it when i'm not in a raid ;)

    If you lack the 4 PC Crystal Bonus swap Bladefury for Titan Strike/Punishing Blow.

    2.3 40 Champion / 26 Beastmaster/ 0 Riftblade (Beastmaster Crystal/2H)

    Specc: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...udz.yVzbV0u.-5

    You can shift around the fillers in Champ. Hit in BM was skilled because the talent changes in 1.8.

    Strong singletarget and AoE Build, but dependent on the pet. Worth for one warrior per raid due to the raiddps gain of Enraged Companion.

    Selfbuffs: Enraged Companion, Slayers Bearing, Stormblade

    Makros:

    #show Slashing Strike (1)
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast bite
    cast slashing strike
    cast Disruptive Strike
    cast fierce strike
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Backhanded Blow (2)
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast bite
    cast backhanded blow
    cast fierce strike
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Tearing Slash (3)
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast bite
    cast Tearing Slash
    cast Proper Timing
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Feral Sweep (4)
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast bite
    cast Feral Sweep
    cast Bladefury
    cast Proper Timing
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Mighty Blow
    suppressmacrofailures
    petattack
    petcast Claw Swipe
    petcast bite
    cast Mighty Blow
    cast frenzied strike
    cast flesh rip
    cast Inescapable Fury

    #show Summon Greater Primal Companion
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Companion's Call
    cast Summon Greater Primal Companion

    Rotation:

    (starts with 0 attackpoints)

    Slashing Strike -> Disruptive Strike -> Tearing Slash
    Backhanded Blow -> Fierce Strike -> Fierce Strike -> Feral Sweep

    (repeat)

    In a nutshell: 1 -> 1 -> 3 -> 2 -> 2 -> 2 -> 4

    2.4 44 Paragon / 22 Champion / 0 Riftblade (Paragon Crystal/DW)

    Specc: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...M..E0czV0ob.-5

    Strong singletarget build especially with low support (10 man). Not recommended for AoE.

    Selfbuffs: Path of the Wind, Stormblade, Slayers Bearing

    Makros:

    #show Paired Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Paired Strike
    cast Dual Strike
    cast Path of the Wind

    #show show Rising Waterfall
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast rising waterfall
    cast path of the Hurricane
    cast path of the Raptor

    #show Shifting Blades
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Shifting Blades

    #show Reaping Harvest
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Strike Like Iron
    cast Reaping Harvest
    cast Frenzied Strike

    Rotation:

    (starts after first Strike Like Iron)

    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Frenzied Strike/Shifting Blades
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Reaping Harvest/Frenzied Strike
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Strike Like Iron

    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Frenzied Strike/Reaping Harvest
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Reaping Harvest/Frenzied Strike
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Strike Like Iron

    (repeat)

    Nothing to say here, good old 44/22 Rotation.

    If you lack the 4 PC Crystal Bonus, don't play this build. ;D


    2.5 38 Paragon / 22 Champion / 6 Riftblade (Paragon Crystal/DW)

    Specc: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...xz.E0czV0ob.-5

    This build scales better than 44/22 in a raid. Resulting DPS is around the same.

    Selfbuffs: Path of the Wind, Stormblade, Slayers Bearing

    Makros:

    #show Dual Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Dual Strike
    cast Path of the Wind

    #show show Rising Waterfall
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast rising waterfall
    cast path of the Hurricane
    cast path of the Raptor

    #show strike like iron
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Strike like Iron
    cast Icy Burst
    cast Fiery Burst
    cast Frenzied Strike

    #show Shifting Blades
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Frenzied Strike
    cast Shifting Blades

    #show Reaping Harvest
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Reaping Harvest
    cast Frenzied Strike

    Rotation:

    (starts after first Strike Like Iron)

    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Frenzied Strike/Shifting Blades
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Reaping Harvest/Frenzied Strike
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Strike Like Iron

    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Frenzied Strike/Icy Burst
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Fiery Burst
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Frenzied Strike/Icy Burst
    Dual Strike -> Rising waterfall -> Strike Like Iron

    (repeat)

    If you lack the 4 PC Crystal Bonus only use the Icy/Fiery rotations and ignore Shifting Blades

    2.6 38 Riftblade / 28 Champion / 0 Void Knight (Riftblade Crystal/2H)

    Specc: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c....EhMzV0bhoz.-5

    Very easy to play build with really high mobility (if played with Planar Blade). Mediocre AoE.
    Also high survivability through Avatar of Water and Void.

    Selfbuffs: Stormblade, Avatar of Water/Wind, Slayers Bearing, Void

    Makros:

    #show Rift Strike
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Rift Strike
    cast Frost Strike
    cast Searing Strike
    cast Frenzied Strike

    #show Storm Burst
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Storm Burst
    cast Earth Burst
    cast Icy Burst
    cast Frenzied Strike

    #show Fiery Burst
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Fiery Burst
    cast Frenzied Strike

    "Rotation": Builder Macro to 3 AP -> Finisher

    Finisherpriority: Fiery Burst > Riftstorm > Burst Macro

    2.7 51 Riftblade / 15 Paragon / 0 Void Knight (Riftblade Crystal/DW)

    Specc: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0c...EGstdsrGdsR.-5

    Pretty fun build with good ranged options though spears/PotW/PotR and bursts.

    Selfbuffs: Avatar of the Rift, Stormblade, Way of the River, Void

    Macros:

    #show Rift Strike (1)
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Rift Strike
    cast Frost Strike
    cast Searing Strike
    cast Path of the Wind
    cast Flamespear
    cast Windspear
    cast Stonespear

    #show Rising Waterfall (2)
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Rising Waterfall
    cast Path of the Raptor
    cast Path of the Wind
    cast Flamespear
    cast Windspear
    cast Stonespear

    Fiery Burst as a skill. (3)

    #show Storm Burst
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Storm Burst
    cast Earth Burst
    cast Icy Burst
    cast Fiery Burst
    cast Turn the Blade

    Rotation:

    Builder -> Followup -> Finisher

    1 -> 2 -> 3
    1 -> 2 -> 4
    1 -> 2 -> 4
    1 -> 2 -> 4

    In my opionion its also worth to add Riftstorm if the following happens

    First "4" is Storm Burst, Second "4" is Icy Burst and Earth Burst is still on cooldown (happens every ~40 secs)

    3. Comparison

    The builds have been compared with the following buffs/gear:

    Best in Slot T2 Raidgear
    Golem Inductor
    Legendary T2 Weapons (Spine/Str Sword)
    Weaponstones, AP Food, 40 Dex/Str Flask, Tablet
    Full Planar Attunement and Str Seal

    Which delivers:

    1122 Crit/1309 AP for DW
    1115 Crit/1294 AP for 2h (+50 AP 2h Procc)


    2.1 http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/88/champbm.png/ (3063 DPS)

    2.2 http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/259/champpara.png/ (3012 DPS)

    2.3 http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/545/80282812.png/ (Here my parser didn't add my pet, with it the specc is at 2960 DPS)

    2.4 http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/19/44para.png/ (3103 DPS)

    2.5 http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/190/38para.png/ (3005 DPS)

    2.6 http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/577/rbchamp.png/ (2950 DPS)

    2.7 http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images...1rb15para.png/ (2964 DPS)

    For pure singletarget fights you should choose either 2.1 or 2.5 depending on your weapons.

    If the fight features any kind of AoE go for 2.1 it has the best AoE damage and highly competitive singletarget with champ crystal. (Around 8k DPS on 3 dummys)

    For fights where you can't melee for long amounts of time - 2.7 looks like a really nice option, though its AoE is very limited.

    And last but not least if there is a fight which involves lots and lots of running (like Garau for example), or you are an inexperienced warrior which is looking for an easy specc, go for 2.6. or 2.7 with planar blade.


    For questions, suggestions and mistakes on my part contact me either via thread, pm or on the shard Brutwacht (EU-DE). (Characternames: Azune, Meeya, Lyssandore, Saku)

    Changelog:


    11.04.2012 Added rotational changes that deal with the possible lack of 4 PC Crystal Bonus.

    12.04.2012 Added 51RB/15Paragon

    20.05.2012 Some minor corrections
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    Question about planar attunement. You have full T3? Is this easy to farm or what? Did you have a seal on, too?

    Very nice work.
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    Can finally stop telling people to read the 400 page thread and have most of their questions answered, thanks.

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    Very very nice write up, will be directing the ignoarant here.
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    No i have full T2 PA, not T3. As T3 won't be available at the start of ID it would be detrimental to test with something you cant have. And yes i had the Str Seal (maybe i wrote sigil in the guide) with 33 Str (didnt bother to craft a proper one on the PTS)
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    Thank you for this. I hope you keep it updated with the constant changes on PTS. The 51CH/9Para/6RB spec I believe you use Mighty Blow instead of Power Strike since you use the Champ crystal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelwind View Post
    Thank you for this. I hope you keep it updated with the constant changes on PTS. The 51CH/9Para/6RB spec I believe you use Mighty Blow instead of Power Strike since you use the Champ crystal.
    I find that power strike does more damage than mighty blow, even with champ crystal.

    Overall, very nice write up thanks!
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    just to be clear for the 51 Champion / 13 Riftblade / 2 Beastmaster build, you have Slayer's Bearing listed in the buffs. Shouldn't it be Destroyers Bearing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by batou079 View Post
    just to be clear for the 51 Champion / 13 Riftblade / 2 Beastmaster build, you have Slayer's Bearing listed in the buffs. Shouldn't it be Destroyers Bearing?
    It should be destroyer's.
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    Yep should be Destroyer's Bearing - just gotta find out now who you have to sleep with to get a Guide Writer's Account.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azunia View Post
    Yep should be Destroyer's Bearing - just gotta find out now who you have to sleep with to get a Guide Writer's Account.
    Send a PM to Walsingham or report your OP to get editing rights.
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    Got my permissions, fixed now
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    Thank You!

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    Additionally, for the 51/9/6... is 1pt Surging Energy really that necessary?
    With the Power regen buff, + Fervor, couldn't i just go 10 Paragon for a full 5/5 TotFR?

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    You get Fiery Burst at 6 points. Surging is the only useful thing there
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