So, I'm wanting to make my pro-Principi character a tank main, and after talking to folks here I've come up with two different ideas for how best to do that. First, I think I kind of want to share a little about what I've envisioned, and then run through the two ideas I have and discuss the pros and cons of both. So, without further ado!
The character I want is intended to be an iron wall in ship-to-ship combat, fearlessly wearing medium or heavy armor into battle and engaging with multiple enemies, cutting swathes through them as his allies provide support. He's meant to be fearless, and utterly implacable, but not entirely without a sense of humor, or fun. He'll allow a certain degree of leisure aboard ship and at port, provided his crew are ready to do their jobs when it comes time to take an enemy vessel.
The two builds I have in mind are...
1. Holy Slayer (Bleak Walker/Trickster): This guy is built as a Riposte tank who can stack up ridiculously high Deflection in order to proc full attacks while putting heavy pressure on enemies with Rogue Full Attacks and Flames of Devotion, augmented with extra Corrode damage from the Bleak Walker. Later on, gets access to Paladin's Stoic Steel for +3 armor while standing still, and maintains excellent defenses throughout with Deep Faith. The only downsides to this I can see are Riposte not being as effective in a full party and necessitating carrying awkward/clunky looking weapons to get the necessary engagements, and the Bleak Walker requiring Aggressive/Cruel responses and being somewhat limiting in terms of roleplaying them properly.
2. Swashbuckler (Unbroken/Streetfighter): A bit more thematically appropriate of a choice. Trades the raw defenses of the Holy Slayer for the ability to wear heavier armor that the Streetfighter grants, with its Recovery reduction plus that granted by pets and by Armored Grace from the Fighter. Works on stacking up as many engagements as possible and then punishing foes who try to disengage with heavy penetration disengagement attacks with high Accuracy and crit chance. The only downsides are that it's a lot more fragile than the Holy Slayer, requires being either flanked or bloodied (Meaning careful management with a Priest, and death if someone gets off Arcane Dampener), and has so many necessary passives that it doesn't allow for a lot of actives to be taken.
I'm curious to hear your thoughts on both of these builds. Right now, my opinions on both are about 50/50. I like the sound of the Swashbuckler, but the lower defenses hurt. I could mitigate that by using Trickster, but then that'd basically just be my Holy Slayer with a different class. Meanwhile, the Holy Slayer offers great defenses, but feels a bit slower.
My Holy Slayer build can be found here: https://forums.obsid...edback-welcome/
I don't have one written for the Unbroken/Streetfighter yet.
Edit: Added an Unbroken/Trickster option to the list.
Edited by Cyrus_Blackfeather, 11 August 2018 - 11:41 AM.