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Reasons I love my wife
"I can only equip one elite at a time? Gay."
"Um, I just saved Ascalon?"
"Can I has Kurzick armor AND cupcakes?"
"They should rename that skill 'bitch-move'."
"I'm Denicia, and this is my robot CORTEZ!"
"If ridiculous was a substance you'd bathe in it."
"If you do that I'll be fucking pissed. Fucking with a capital 'FUCKING' pissed."'
Defy Pain isn't a bad skill
Why do you hate Defy Pain? Forgive my ignorance/impertinence/whatever-ance, but it's not that bad of a skill. In fact, it's not really bad at all, it's actually quite useful. Not the end all be all of tanking skills, I'd never make that claim, but it offers astounding survivability with the only caveat of being an elite skill. It's maintainable without any effort, unstrippable, protects against all forms of attack (degen, physical damage, elemental damage, armor ignoring damage, life steal), and does not penalize the user. There are more powerful elite that can be used to tank, but not all of them are available to warriors. As such, Defy Pain strikes me as being a very good skill.
Well, riddle me this PvX. Build:W/any_PvE_Dragon_Slash_Warrior is vetted as a great build, and that's understandable. It protects the team, offers solid damage, and has all the Warrior amenities one would expect. What makes it so much better than Variant 2 listed below? Variant 2 offers the same "Save Yourselves!" spam, with more durability, but less damage. Before we start shitting bricks over losing the damage from Dragon Slash, think back to any single target Ranger or Ele build that's come down the pipe. It's been stomped on and mocked, ala "lol st dmg". So, why is it so vital that a warrior offer paltry single target damage, but other classes are mocked for doing the same? It's a pointless double standard, but I digress.
Dragon Slash, unlike Steelfang Slash or Lion’s Comfort, is self charging. Even though it costs a womping 10 adren, at a high enough swordsmanship, it charges itself halfway after every use, giving it a relative cost of 5 to 6 adren, during combat. However, Lion’s Comfort, while not self charging, generates almost as much adren by itself as D-Slash, while also healing the user. Variant 2 trades 6.33 DPS (+38 dmg every 6 seconds) for 19.33 HP a second healing/9.65 pips of regen (+116 HP every 6 seconds). Also, Variant 2 offers much more armor, DR, and HP for the tank, leaving the Monk/Rit with more energy to tend to the rest of the team.
Will a Defy Pain warrior out-tank an Obby-War? Or a Perma-Sin? No, but it makes for a good off-tank, allows a DPS based warrior to operate with relative ease. It offers great freedom of movement, better damage potential, and much easier use, than most other tanking builds. All I’m saying is that it’s relatively ignorant to vote down a build solely because of this elite, and I’d like to think that most of you aren’t ignorant.
PS: I hate Perma-Sins