Hehe, glad you asked.
Codewise the item spellbinds are mere copies of the original spells. So basically those are seperate spells with the same values at first.
Sometimes, when the original spell or ability changes (patch), the devs forget to also change the spell/ability on the items. This happened now and then.
- Knockdown was changed to a full attack, but on the Girdle of the Driving Wave it's still a primary attack.
- Whisper of Treason was changed from average to fast cast - on Munacta Arret and Spirit Spiral they used to be average until the devs realized and changed it there, too.
- Combusting Wounds has to overcome fort. The Ring of Searing Flames had an auto-hit until devs realized that and changed it.
and so on...
So maybe it was intentional that Vile Thorns on Bittercut has (or had - didn't test lately) no recovery and nearly no animation time. Or it's an minor bug. I don't know. But it's quite awesome to spam all 4 uses in a blink of an eye. Especially for a rogue who wants to hit while (short termed) afflictions that trigger Deathblows are still on.
Death Godlike's racial ability is generally rubbish if you ask me. Would be nicer if they had a weak form of Come, Sweet Winds of Death as an aura or so. Whatever...
The Executioner's Hood is a great item with on-kill effect.
Generally speaking it would be good to use Maggots with a char who can build up a lot of MIG and INT. A chanter comes to mind (stats +5 invocations), but it takes some time to cast them.
Another is priest of course, but there's no way that he would be good with sabres.
Barbs could be nice. They can buff MIG by 6 with Greater Frenzy alone and usually have a lot of INT (I mean they are barbs at last
). And if you use carnage to lower enemies' endurance in an AoE a bit, Maggots could be a nice finisher. Only bad thing is barbs' lowish ACC.
Melee wizard could also be nice. He can get MIG and INT bonuses plus ACC via Citzal's Martial Power and spell bindings still work with that awesome buff on.
And what about rangers? Dual Bittercut with Swift Aim and so on would lead to 0 recovery, while Maggots might trigger Predator's Sense in an AoE for the stag companion as well. Kind of a ranger/druid multiclassing. Also take Envenomed Strike and Aspirant's Mark. And use the stag helmet...
Edited by Boeroer, 12 January 2017 - 11:24 AM.