Do you planning to play solo ? If yes then, you sure should go with scordeo's + palm shield, with this setup your recovery time will come from scrodeo and time parasite, and attack speed from DW. Palm shield will give you +20 Deflection
You also needed cloak that scaled with history and bracers that give you +7 to deflection
From stats you only need int, dext, perception and as start bonus gift of machine, With Durance Effigy's Resentment . I suggest at least 14 CON instead of might
The real problem for this setup only int immune guys and guys with high fortitude (for dragons take helm that give you +10 to acc, for fampyr amulet + saber).
I'm not sure about Deadly Deadfire, but normal PotD you should complete without problems
The Red Hand (inactive slot)+Kitchen Stove!!!!+ any good small shield or shield that does not reduce accuracy too much for defense (active slot)+electric helm!!!!+ elementalist's bracers!!!!! (cast jolting touch)= 40% lash on thunderous report = big damage
don't feel like elaborating as this may not be in 1.2 as it is now but it can be done and is not class specific really.
bye bye queen - Potd upscaled deadly deadfire HARDCORE version in one shot
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