2H Champion build for leveling
As I'm rather new to the warrior class, I'm currently doing a S&B Reaver, Riftblade, Paladin build for leveling, that I found in the Soul Library at RiftJunkies. However, I was looking at and playing with Zam's Soul Tree Calculator, and I found myself wondering;
Would a Champion focused build, with all those off-GCD attacks they have, be a good leveling build? Considering the fact that they'd hop from single target to single target in a matter of seconds.
If any of you could possibly enlighten me wether this would work or not, that'd be much appreciated.
As Champion does pack a punch, it has been tested time and time again using a dps-focused spec for leveling over a leveling spec involving a survival soul like Reaver, Justicar, Riftstalker or Chloromancer, and time and time again it doesn't compare. Champion has a lot of pvp/crowd control which makes it look enticing for leveling, but it has zero mitigation compared to other dps souls like Riftblade and Paragon which have mitigating talents here and there, so paired with a soul like Reaver give it the nice mixture of Mitigation and Damage, which is wanted to decrease downtime.
The problem with a pure Champion or other pure dps spec for leveling is just that: downtime. You'll be much squishier, especially with multiple enemies, which in turn means more downtime drinking, running back from dying, etc. This is prevented by doing the recommended mixture of a dps soul and survivability soul. Reaver, in warrior's case, is chosen over the other tanking specs due to it's very nice mixture of dps, mitigation and self-healing capabilities. Spec'd correctly you can trample through rift invasion after rift invasion with ZERO downtime. This is just not possible with a Champion-focused spec.
In conclusion, the extra damage from Champion may look faster in theory, but I guarantee you it will be a slower and more tedious leveling experience. If you like the Champion soul or just want to try it out, I recommend doing so in PVP or Dungeons.
Last edited by Eaux; 09-09-2011 at 10:49 AM.