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    Pressing attack useless?

    I've been talking to other captains, they all use pressing attack as their main attack for battle-hardened state. I find hard to understand why; I haven't had a good explanation, most are like "it is the newer skill, so it most be better, because every other captain does, etc."

    For me I find it rather useless. It has some pros, such as a slight damage advantage over devastating blow when all hits land normally, and because of 2 hits, less of a chance to miss battle hardened state altogether. But crits with devastating blow are over twice as much as those with pressing attack. That beats very quickly whatever small amount DPS advantage pressing attack had; especially when you have high crit %

    So what do you think? Am I missing something here?
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    Don't know what level you are, but if you've got your legendary weapon, you should take a look at the Pressing Attack Max Targets legacy.
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    Yeah, it's underwhelming when you first get it. The +targets legacy makes it way better. You can get nearly guaranteed crits off it with a decent amount of crit chance and a big crowd.

    But, even then, Devastating Blow still has its place. It does have a higher innate Critical Magnitude, so I still rely on it whenever I only have one target to deal with.
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    Also, when you use Lead the Charge along with certain armor sets for 6 second cooldown on Rallying Cry, you'll find that Pressing Attack with legacy is a really good source for keeping that 6s cooldown busy and heal your fellowship a good lot

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    Simply put:

    You want AOE?
    -Pressing attack

    Only one target?
    -Devastating blow

    AOE prohibited?
    -Devastating blow
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    I very rarely use PA. I like the bigger hits from DB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chufa View Post
    I've been talking to other captains, they all use pressing attack as their main attack for battle-hardened state. I find hard to understand why; I haven't had a good explanation, most are like "it is the newer skill, so it most be better, because every other captain does, etc."

    For me I find it rather useless. It has some pros, such as a slight damage advantage over devastating blow when all hits land normally, and because of 2 hits, less of a chance to miss battle hardened state altogether. But crits with devastating blow are over twice as much as those with pressing attack. That beats very quickly whatever small amount DPS advantage pressing attack had; especially when you have high crit %

    So what do you think? Am I missing something here?
    I'm assuming you are talking about single target situations? Only reason I know to use PA in single target is if you value the crit more than the damage for the defeat event, and you have the PA Crit legacy on your LI.

    Multiple targets, PA is a clear win. It defaults to 2 targets, but you can expand that with the associated LI legacy. I tend to go for 5 targets myself. It is an awesome provider of defeat events...

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    Thanks. I forgot about the AoE of Pressing Attack. I guess I'll use PE when facing 2+ mobs, and devastating on 1v1's. I am on my first legendary, and unfortunately it has neither PE or DB legacies.
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    one more point to add:

    there are also Legacies that increase the base crit rating of Pressing Attack and for Devastating Blow.

    before i hit crit-cap, i had the PA legacy on my weapon and it allowed THAT skill to be crit-capped... giving PA about a 1% better crit chance than DB...

    so, for a time i used it on single targets too, as a defeat response is more important, to me, than the dmg output.

    would only use DB in those, no AoE, situations.


    7 targets all with a 30% chance to crit is something i think all capns favor. it rules!
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    Going off of what others have said, since there are two +crit legacies, one for Dev Blow and one for Pressing Attack, but you may only have room for one, Pressing Attack is the better choice for two reasons. One, it'll raise the crit chance on each mob that it hits. That will obviously raise your chance to crit overall. Two, Pressing Attack can be used as a single-target skill as well (as long as you're more concerned with the defeat response than the DPS, which most captains are, since cappy DPS is laughably low) whereas Dev Blow can ONLY be used on one target.

    Obviously what everyone else has said already also holds true. As a skill to generate defeat responses, Pressing Attack will almost always win. I don't think that needs any elaboration though, everyone else has done a pretty good job of explaining.
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    Due to the way legacies work and the fact I'm looking to open as many defeat responses as possible in order to do my job I only use Pressing Attack. But I don't Raid either, so I don't have much worry about hitting things I shouldn't, assuming that is even a problem in any current Raids.

 

 

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