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    Default 4.1 Reaver DPS Guide

    Reaver is a Warrior ranged soul and is capable of very strong single-target DPS while remaining completely mobile.

    Point Spread:
    61 Reaver/10 Warlord/5 Champ

    Legendaries:
    61: None affect DPS. Enduring Survival for PVP, Resonating Strikes for PVE.
    62: None affect DPS. Soul Regeneration is the best for survival.
    63: Gladiator Combat Training is mandatory to shorten Viral Stream's cooldown.
    64: Precision Strikes makes your DOT timings line up.
    65: Power Manipulation is the best for ST DPS. If you need AOE (rethink reaver), you can grab Power Variation and just use it on cooldown.

    Legendaries:
    Dire Corruption - Is applied by Shadow of Dread, so more damage for the same cooldown. A+
    Shadow of Dread - DPS gain in general and has fantastic synergy with legendary Dire Corruption.
    Viral Stream - Huge damage boost and is fully mobile.
    Sergeant's Order - Huge damage boost.
    Punishing Blow - Enough of Reaver is flagged as AOE that this is a DPS boost to maintain.

    Synergy Crystal:
    Brutish

    Gear & Stats:
    Like all specs, you will want to get as much Crit Power as you can until you reach the softcap of 40% (~9k).
    After that, you'll want to build up your Strength, Attack Power and Physical Crit in no particular order.

    Buffs:

    Binding of Affliction
    Pestilence
    Soldier's Bearing [champion ability]
    Recovery Posture (optional, doesn't impact DPS) [warlord ability]


    Important Abilities:
    Spoiler!


    Rotation:

    EXPLOSIVE INFESTATION >
    DIRE CORRUPTION/RANCID CLEAVE >
    PUNISHING BLOW >
    SHADOW OF DREAD >
    INFESTATION >
    (SERGEANT'S ORDER)
    DESECRATING BLOW >
    VIRAL STREAM >
    DESECRATING BLOW >
    FLESH ROT >
    NECROTIC WOUNDS >
    SOUL SICKNESS >
    DESECRATING BLOW >


    Important Notes:
    Remember to cast Power Manipulation every 30s.

    Use Dire Corruption here if it is off cooldown, otherwise use Rancid Cleave.

    Punishing Blow requires you to be in melee range. If you can't do this, use Desecrating Blow instead, but use Punishing as your next finisher as soon as possible.

    Sergeant's Order will come off cooldown slightly before every 4th viral stream, it's very important to pair this ability with Desecrating Blow > Viral Stream (as this will also boost Infestation's damage (and possibly even Explosive Infestation's damage)), so make sure to wait to use it at this spot.

    Plague Bringer should be left on at all times to enable Punishing Blow's debuff. You can toggle it off for the manual application of Soul Sickness, then keep it on the rest of the rotation for a slight gain.

    Opener:
    This rotation is the opener, just jump right in there.

    Macros:
    SOD Macro:
    Spoiler!

    FR/NW Macro:
    Spoiler!

    SS Macro:
    Spoiler!


    Automatically tracks PB toggling for you.

    Conclusion:
    Reaver earned a very notorious reputation during Nightmare Tide for being incredibly powerful AND very easy to play. Not as strong as it once was, but it is still a great soul for new players to learn.
    As always, if you have questions, let me know.


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    Last edited by SecondBass; 03-28-2017 at 01:33 PM. Reason: 4.1
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBass View Post

    Rotation:
    EXPLOSIVE INFESTATION >
    SHADOW OF DREAD >
    RANCID CLEAVE >
    (SERGEANT'S ORDER)
    DIRE BLOW >
    VIRAL STREAM >
    DIRE BLOW >
    INFESTATION >
    RANCID CLEAVE >
    DIRE BLOW >
    RANCID CLEAVE >
    RANCID CLEAVE >
    PUNISHING BLOW

    Secondbass that looks like a lot of buttons, is there a way we can put these abilities in macro's? Any spec that uses more than 3 or 4 is wayyyyy too hard for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aayden View Post
    Secondbass that looks like a lot of buttons, is there a way we can put these abilities in macro's? Any spec that uses more than 3 or 4 is wayyyyy too hard for me
    Umm no joke but i think this will actually work

    THIS DOESNT ACTUALLY WORK MY B


    #show Viral Stream
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast [notactive] Plague Bringer
    cast Explosive Infestation
    cast Shadow of Dread
    cast Punishing Blow
    cast Dire Blow
    cast Viral Stream
    cast Infestation
    cast Rancid Cleave
    cast Sergeant's Order
    cancelbuff Skill
    cast @self Power Manipulation
    t Roughraptors please nerf me

    just turn around when you want to cast Rancid Cleave and go into melee to cast Punishing Blow.
    Last edited by SecondBass; 11-21-2016 at 11:23 AM.
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    I hate to brag but am one of those pro warriors who tries to push things to the limit, broken so many records
    4.1 Champion 4.1 Overlord 4.1 Riftblade 4.1 Reaver 4.1 Tempest 4.1 Warpest
    3.7 Beastmaster 3.7 Liberator 3.7 Paladin 3.7 Void Knight

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBass View Post
    Umm no joke but i think this will actually work

    #show Viral Stream
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Explosive Infestation
    cast Shadow of Dread
    cast Punishing Blow
    cast Dire Blow
    cast Viral Stream
    cast Infestation
    cast Rancid Cleave
    cast Sergeant's Order
    cast @self Power Manipulation
    t Roughraptors please nerf me

    just turn around when you want to cast Rancid Cleave and go into melee to cast Punishing Blow.
    Turning while dpsing is way too complicated shoot. For real though all hail reaver
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBass View Post
    Umm no joke but i think this will actually work

    #show Viral Stream
    suppressmacrofailures
    cast Explosive Infestation
    cast Shadow of Dread
    cast Punishing Blow
    cast Dire Blow
    cast Viral Stream
    cast Infestation
    cast Rancid Cleave
    cast Sergeant's Order
    cast @self Power Manipulation
    t Roughraptors please nerf me

    just turn around when you want to cast Rancid Cleave and go into melee to cast Punishing Blow.
    Inb4 everyone switches their main back to warrior and there are 2 of them for every rogue. *cries*

    That being said, I've always really liked the idea / playstyle of reaver so getting to play it again for more than 1 or 2 fights will be cool.

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    Have you tested VS, DC and SoD for legendaries? I tested your version at level 68 and SoD was stronger for me. Never looked back tbh. Rotation would change though:

    Inf > SoD > DB
    VS > DB
    ExInf > SP > *DB*
    FR > NW > Filler (SS or RS) > DB

    This rotation is 19,5s long. If lag allows for another GCD, add a RS before *DB*.
    Last edited by dunkelst; 11-19-2016 at 04:36 AM.

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    I've been using a 10 tempest, 5 champ spec and using the legendary skyfall finisher. Seems to hit pretty hard. Will try this spec out and change things up. Thanks for the guide
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    First off: DEV APPROVED MACRO

    Quote Originally Posted by dunkelst View Post
    Have you tested VS, DC and SoD for legendaries? I tested your version at level 68 and SoD was stronger for me. Never look back tbh. Rotation would change though:

    Inf > SoD > DB
    VS > DB
    ExInf > SP > *DB*
    FR > NW > Filler (SS or RS) > DB

    This rotation is 19,5s long. If lag allows for another GCD, add a RS before *DB*.
    Haha SoD was broken most of my time spent with Reaver, so this is a great find.

    Slightly higher than Champ for me.


    I shuffled the DOTs ahead of SP in your rotation because it gives them better up-time.

    And SP is a minor gain (over ravaging strike) so it's pretty easy for this rotation to stay ranged at all times so that's good.

    Can't make a sarcastic macro for it either but that's probably a good thing.
    Last edited by SecondBass; 11-18-2016 at 06:22 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kajib View Post
    I hate to brag but am one of those pro warriors who tries to push things to the limit, broken so many records
    4.1 Champion 4.1 Overlord 4.1 Riftblade 4.1 Reaver 4.1 Tempest 4.1 Warpest
    3.7 Beastmaster 3.7 Liberator 3.7 Paladin 3.7 Void Knight

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    I had a ST builder macro and ST finisher macro with AoE Builder macro and AoE Finisher macro on keys 1-4 with Viral Stream on key 5

    Any chance you could provide macros for these?
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    Looks like they stealth nerfed VS in hotfix 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aperthir View Post
    I had a ST builder macro and ST finisher macro with AoE Builder macro and AoE Finisher macro on keys 1-4 with Viral Stream on key 5

    Any chance you could provide macros for these?
    Sorry I should have clarified on this

    Can someone provide me with a ST builder macro I can spam to 3 AP then I would hit DB then VS, then DB again then back to the macro

    Could someone also provide an AoE builder macro I can spam to 3 AP then AoE Finisher, then VS, the AoE Finisher again them back to the macro

    My apologies for any confusion
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    Quote Originally Posted by Artak View Post
    Looks like they stealth nerfed VS in hotfix 2

    Yea the nerfed it by A LOT(50%+), funny thing is that tooltip still shows the old value.
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    Looks like it drop to around 1/3 of dmg per tick, if compared to the tooltip. And they eddited the Dire Corruption tooltip to make it clearer, but they didn't fix the dmg on it which is wrong and only counts 10 ticks instead of 15 ... Could they actually change something and do it properly for a change ...

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    Default macro doesnt work

    that macro is letting me push 180k dps compared to others who aren't using macro are pushing 400k dps

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    That's how it should be. Low effort, low results.
    Quit: I survived 4.0, but 4.1 broke my will.
    Replacing the "challenge" with a grind to get the best gear is just too much with what was already wrong since 4.0.

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