Hello fellow freeps.
So I've started to do some raid leading in U13, and we're in an interesting time as freeps. Creeps are buffed up and on BW of course there are lots of them, so I wanted to talk about what I've seen in my brief time out there and make a few suggestions to you. For your vets that have been out there the whole time, this will be a no #### sherlock post. But not everyone is out all the time and there's some basic fundamentals I think we freeps might be missing when we have to take on the additional challenge of pvp'ing in this environment.
I don't want to see a nerf bat coming to creeps. I like this challenge so I'd rather us adapt to the changes and get better, rather than look to remove the buffs that the creeps have gotten.
So, some suggestions...
Mini's, we need Bolster Courage to be used often. Because creeps are the FOTM right now, we're dealing with alot of them. While creeps aren't particularly good at AOE, due to the fact we're taking on many groups of creeps, it's like pseudo AOE because these various groups are attacking different targets. Because we have alot of different targets under attack, we need your AOE healing.
Hunters, you need to be four deep in the Predator sets. We have to be able to use Merci Shot to cut their incoming healing. I don't care how much healing a defiler can do these days, if it's cut by 50%, it's jack-all. Plus, unless they've changed it (please correct me if they have), the neg-healing debuff stacks with the ones from Captains and Wardens. When we start talking about 85% negative incoming healing, we're gonna rip down whatever we're fighting. Also hunters, I believe you should be red line. I love the mobility and the ground targeting the other lines give us, but you need to hit hard because creeps are buffed. Also, you want Merci shot to be active at 70% of creeps health and that only comes with Bowmaster.
Captains, have your bubbles. But they're not for you. Use them on your raid mates please.
To all freeps:
Trait Compassion and Innocence. Fell Wrought and Orc Craft damage types are physical. You won't see much shadow anymore.
Take outposts. The days of giving creeps the buffs OP's provide are over. We need those buffs now. If you're a roamer and you want to entice a fight, take and OP and watch who comes to take it back. We can use the help because due to not having maps, we can't protect all of those OP's.
Use pots. Creeps get buffs for cashing in things like wounds. So take those wounds off of yourself, even if you're not worried about the damage that particular wound may be doing to you.
FOCUS FIRE. I can't stress enough how important FF is these days. If you can't get a target down by 5k within the first 2 seconds of him being focused, there's a better than good chance you're not going to kill him at all. You have to be faster than maybe you're used to. If I had to pick one thing over all the others, it would be this. Focus Fire.
Neg-Healing armor. If your class has armor that will reduce incoming healing (off-hand I know Hunters, Wardens and Capts do) you should be making that a priority. Please get it, even if it's an alternate set.
And I'd ask a question to the community, LM's yellow or Red? Love the dps, but would yellow be more helpful overall?