Sith Warrior, Marauder AC and Me. Part 2

>> Thursday, February 23, 2012

This installment of  "Sith Warrior, Marauder AC and Me." will cover from lvl21 to level 32.

So, when we left off, I had gone over the talent points I had picked and why I did so.  Well, that has changed a bit. As I got higher in level I found that I could have put some of my points to better use.  They worked great at lvl20, but at lvl30...not so much, lol.

So here is my old talent tree:



Here is my new talent tree:


As you can see I have made a few changes. First, I took out points from Defensive Forms,  Defensive Roll and Erupting Fury. Instead, I tossed them in to Cloak of Carnage and Enraged Charge. Why you ask, because it's all about generating rage. Rage is what allows you to destroy everything in  your path. Now you can see from the image above that I stayed in the Carnage tree. This is a personal preference, not a must. Feel free to experiment with the trees, but I found that this is working really well at this point in the game.  However, keep in mind that I did respec at about lvl28, so don't be afraid to change it from time to time to see what works best for you.

Now as far as rotation, I found that although my last rotation did do well, I ended up coming up with a new rotation that, although I am still experimenting with, is working very well. My new rotation is:

Force Charge
Vicious Slash
Assault
Battering Assault
Gore
Ravage
Force scream
Rupture

Now if you are charging in to a group, wait until they get closer to you and toss out a Smash to hit them all. Now this rotation is not so much a static rotation and more of a list of priorities as long as they are off cooldown.  If one of them is on cooldown, hit a different one.  It's more simply based on cooldown. However, there are some nice combos you can use that will do nice damage such as Gore, Ravage, Gore as well as Smash, Pummel Strike. Now you will notice you also have a nice AoE, Sweeping Slash and I recommend using: Force Charge, Smash, Pummel Strike, Sweeping Slash. This is great for larger groups as it gets you right in there, stuns them, lets you do the big damage from Pummel Strike and then hits them all with the AoE.

Now that you have a good idea of how to go forward and destroy everything in your path, do take a moment to think about your companions.  They need gear upgrades lust like you do. Now yes, there is gear out there that says it's for "Vette" or whoever, but in truth, they can use any gear that they can wear, ie light/medium/heavy armor. It does not HAVE to say that it is specifically for that character for them to use it. So keep an eye out on the greens, blues and everything else you pick up  and see if it's an upgrade for them. Also, don't be afraid to buy them commendation vendor gear if you don't need any.  Even though it says bound when you buy it, it can be put on them.

So there is the basics of lvl21-32 spec and rotation. Feel free to try it out and see how it works for you. I look forward to hearing any comments on this.
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Vanity pets......in swtor?

>> Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Yes, you better believe it.  There are several vanity pets in game at this point in time. So if you like to collect them, now would be a great time to start. There are currently 16 vanity pets, although there is one that is from the CE version only so if you didn't get that, you will be out of luck on the Minimech CE.  Now there are some that are from the Lightside vendor OR the Darkside vendor, so getting all of them will be a challenge. But if you have collected stuff in other games, you are no stranger to challenge.



Fresh Cryomoss: Summons and dismisses Smelly the Tauntaun


Hutt Observer: Summons a small probe droid which will follow and passively observe you on your adventures. (This pet is sold on the Collectors Edition Vendor for 25k)



Interrogation Droid: Summons a small probe droid which will follow and passively observe you on your adventures. (Purchased from Lord Davorak: Dark Side Vendor for 25,000 credits. Dark III required)



L2-P2's Call Signal: Summons and dismisses a miniature astromech. (Was given to all beta testers after the servers went live.)


Lil' Probey's Codec: Summons and dismisses Lil' Probey, the curious miniature probe droid.



Little SandCrawler: Summons a small mouse droid which will follow and passively observe you on your adventures. (Purchased from Lord Vassanar: Light Side vendor for 25,000 credits. Light III required)




Minimech CE:  Summons your Collector's Edition Minimech mouse droid which will follow and passively observe you on your adventures. (From Collectors Edition of SW:TOR only)


Mouse Droid:  Summons a small mouse droid which will follow and passively observe you on your adventures. (Can be purchased from any Security Key Vendor for 25,000 credits)



Red Wattled Orobird:  Summons and dismisses a noble Orobird.


Rhythm Augmentation Droid Summons an astromech droid to serenade you for 30 seconds. (Can be purchased from any Security Key Vendor for 55,000 credits)




Smelly: Summons and dismisses Smelly the Tauntaun


The Czerka Eye: Summons a small probe droid which will follow and passively observe you on your adventures. (Found on a vendor (mular"Stef) in the Aurek Base on Hoth)


T0R-CE Mk 7 Assembly Kit: Summons and dismisses Torchy, your very own T0R-CE Mk7 droid.


Tynock: Summons and dismisses Torchy, your very own T0R-CE Mk7 droid.

Tiny Delicious Energy Couplings: Summons and dismisses Tynock, the tiny mynock.


M0-GUL Thrall Droid: Summons the M0-GUL Thrall Droid which will follow and passively observe you on your adventures.



If you happen to know where some of them can be found that are not marked here, please toss it in a comment so we can keep this updated for everyone to use as a "shopping list". So it would seem that Bioware is very aware that people like to collect things such as speeders as well as vanity pets/droids. Next, I'll cover the frivolous clothing in game, the "slave girl" stuff and where you can find the different stuff.  
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WE GOT OUR PODCAST!!!

>> Saturday, February 18, 2012

I'm very happy to announce that the first of many Button Mashers of the Empire podcasts is up and ready to playing.

This is "BMotE Podcast Episode 01: Does your chest piece match your shoes?".  We cover the future of swtor patches and content that will be coming int he near future. Some basic information about PvP in the current warzones and we hit the "MMO Watercooler" with topics on RIFT Lite, World of Warcraft and Star Trek online. In this episodes "Hot Seat" is Niki from thegamersfridge.com and cantinacrawl.blogspot.com.  Stop by and check it out!



Edit: You can find the podcast on iTunes now as well.  http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/button-mashers-empire-podcast/id504179516
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Customizable UI....is it needed or just wanted?

>> Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm sure you have all seen forums posts scattered all over the place about people being mad that they can't customize their UI in SWTOR.  I've even seen people talk about going so far as to leave swtor until they bring in a customizable ui feature. Reading these, I laughed at first. But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered if it was something that was actually needed or if it was just wanted.  Now I'll be the first one to say that yes, I feel that they need to work a bit on the interface, ie being able to keybind other keys to the different action bars. Only having ` - = does make it a bit trying at times when you have so many different abilities you want to use. I for one am a big fan of keybinding all my normal 1 - 0 keys as well as F1 - F6 keys. But as far as a completely customizable ui, that I'm not sure if it is really needed.


You all know the current ui...



Is this or some other variation more of what we need?



I'm not sure that at this stage in the game if being able to move around your ui is really a needed ability. Yes it would be fun and give you the ability to put a personal touch on your setup. I personally think that if they allowed us to do far more keybinding, we find ourselves feeling less and less like we need a customizable ui and saying more that it's something we just want. Now I can see that if we had tons of addons on our screens, the need for a customization would be there.  But since we don't have addons at all at this point, it kinda takes the wind out of it's sails.

Like I said, I'll be the first one to say that I want a customizable ui, but I also understand that at this stage in the game, with no other addons to clutter up the screen, I don't actually need it. Feel differently? Please feel free to comment below on the subject.  I'll respond to your comments quickly and I'm always open to hearing a different opinion.

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5 reasons you should play Empire over Republic.

>> Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Ok, so you log in and decide you want to make a new character, problem is you don't know what you want to roll.  Well, first off, you should roll something on the Empire side.  Don't believe me? Well here are 5 reasons you should roll Empire over Republic.



1: Dromund Kaas is far more impressive looking and easier to get around then Corescaunt.  Not only does the city itself look better in design over all, but Dromund Kass is far easier to get around on. The main city alone is far more open and allows you to get around easier without having to walk in basically a giant straight line to get back and forth to anything.

Dromund Kaas

Corescaunt


2: There are no wrong choices when your conscience can't get in the way. Lets all be honest, there have been times where you wanted to make a certain choice in game but didn't because it was just not right. Well, since you are now playing the "bad guys" side, there is no "wrong choice".


3: Being bad is just so...... decadent. Much like a mocha frappachino and double chocolate cupcake.


4: Model changes.  As an imperial, you tend to have far less trouble choosing dark choices.  With that comes wicked model changes as you make more and more dark choices.  Eyes get dark in the sockets, skins gets pale, black veins begin to show on the face, etc.




5: A wrist rocket to the face, what more can I say.  No class starts off with a better ability then the bounty hunters wrist rockets.





Bonus 6: Remember, Jar Jar fought for the "good guys".




Ok, now granted, this is only my opinion on the subject.  I'm also sure there are about a million other reasons that make playing Empire over republic better. But I thought I'd take a rather light hearted perspective on it here. Now I've also played Republic on several different servers and there is one thing I have found holds true, at least for me.  There seems to be a far larger population of people playing Empire that are helpful and willing to give you the right information in chat then there are on Republic side. Far less "elitist jerks" running around with the Empire from what I can tell.  Is this really how it is in reality? I can't say, but it IS what I have experienced.
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Speeders:Fast, low flying mechanical creations of awesome!

>> Friday, February 3, 2012

I sure I am not the only person to have been walking around a Fleet station at level 10 and saw a person on a speeder fly past me and though "MAN! I gotta have one!"  The wait to lvl25 to buy one was a killer, though not too long. However, once I went to buy a speeder, I suddenly found myself in a very familiar situation. In WoW, I was a bit of a crazy mount collector and had 100+ mounts.  Now, here I am again, looking down the barrel of a blaster full of crazy collecting again. So I thought, Here is an opportunity to help out my fellow collectors and place some of the cards on the table about speeders.

First off, yes, there are a LOT of speeders in swtor. At my last count, there are about 54 or so speeders in swtor at the moment. The range from the simple vendor speeders you can buy at lvl25 all the way to the speeders that requires valor rank 65 and costs 1,000 commendations of both Warzone and Mercenary. There are basically 3 categories for these, Hoverbikes, Speederbikes and Landspeeders. Here is a short breakdown of just a few of the speeders that are available.




Hoverbikes:

Rendili Watchman: 90% movement speed increase, requires player lvl25 and speeder piloting rank 1.

Can be purchased at Fleet vendor, 8,000 credits.







Ubrikkian Striker: 90% movement speed increase, requires player lvl25 and speeder piloting rank 1.


Sold in Mos Ila Spaceport by Londrod, 8,000 credits








Gurian Hammer: 100% movement speed increase, requires player lvl40 and speeder piloting rank 2

Sold at Fleet vendor, 25,000 credits







Ubikkian Hunter: 100% movement speed increase, requires player lvl40 and speeder piloting rank 2

Sold at Fleet vendor, 25,000 credits






Rendili Fireball:  110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Drop from Hard mode Darth Malgus, the last boss of the False Emperor flashpoint.





Speederbikes:

Custom-Built Speederbike:  100% movement speed increase, requires player lvl40 and speeder piloting rank 2.

Binds on pickup, cybertech crafted.




Praxon Strato: 100% movement speed increase, requires player lvl40 and speeder piloting rank 2

Sold by Honest Nuen on Voss, 99,000 credits




Lhosan Stinger: 110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Sold by Honest Nuen on Voss, 55,000 credits


Exchange Bandit: 110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Sold by Security Key vendor for 1,500,000 credits




Aratech Scythe: 110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Sold at Fleet vendor, 55,000 credits






Landspeeders:

Dessler Avenger: 110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Drops off the last boss in the Eternity Vault raid. We got it from the 8 man Hard Mode version of Soa





Manta Landspeeder: 110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Sold: Location unknown at this time.




Tirsa Prime:  110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Sold by Honest Nuen on Voss. 1,500,000 credits




Korrealis Sovereign: 110% movement speed increase, requires player lvl50 and speeder piloting rank 3

Requires Valor rank 65 to buy/use and costs 1000 Warzone& Mercenary Commendtions







So with just being a small taste of what is available in the line of personal transportation, you can imagine the call to those of us that enjoy collecting.  This is going to be a long, fun trip getting all of them.  I gotta give Bioware even more credit in that they cover all three styles nicely and have enough diversity to make them worth trying to collect.  And is it just me, or does the Korrealis Sovereign look a lot like an A-wing? lol.

Hope this set your collecting bug ablaze, or at least let those of you out there that just want something different know that there are different ones out there, you just have to look for them. For the full list of speeders, head on over to SWTOR Things and let the drooling begin.
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