"Asgeir Dragonrender: Battle Master, Favored of the Spirits of the Wild, Builder of Hoelbrak. The Norn who fought alongside the Spirits of the Wild and earned their favor. The Norn who struck down Jormag's favored lieutenant Frostfang in a single blow, and then a tooth from the Elder Dragon himself, proving to the world that these abominations were very much mortal. Ages have since passed, and time has claimed Asgeir's life since, but his spirit and legacy lives on forever. And now, it has echoed through the mists, where his legend has arisen to pass on the torch, for someone to finish what he started.
That someone is The Broodslayer. Calling upon the legend of Asgeir, the Broodslayer becomes undeniably connected not only to him, but to the Spirits of the Wilds that once aided him as well. With their eyes upon them, the Broodslayer may embark on a Spirit Quest in order to earn the favor of the Norn's guardian spirits. If they succeed and gain their favor, they can realize their true inner potential and grow into warriors of legend, worthy to call themselves heirs to Asgeir's will. The Spirits may be the Patrons and Matrons of the Norn, but anyone who manages to catch their eye are given a chance to prove themselves true warriors, regardless of their race."
The Broodslayer is a Bruiser/DPS archetype with massive potential for dominating a battlefield, provided they're played correctly. Broodslayers start off as humbly as any other profession, but as they undertake Spirit Quests during the battle, they eventually earn the favor of the Spirits of the Wild which empowers them greatly by increasing their Attributes and granting them several unique buffs, depending on which Spirit(s) they have honored with their deeds.
Broodslayers are versatile warriors that must rely on both strength, speed, cunning and loyalty towards their allies. They thrive in the thick of the fight, swinging their massive blades across enemies and challenging them to the claim of a legend. As they complete Spirit Quests, they can eventually reach Apotheosis, drawing upon the true strength of their channeled Legend to empower themselves further and drive on through the battle. Unlike other Revenants, Broodslayers only channel a single Legend in battle, however. They come with a high risk/high reward playstyle that rewards aggression but punishes carelessness and hesitation. They can specialize heavily into Sustain or focus more on dealing heavy Direct Damage, synergizing heavily not only with the Legendary Slayer stance, but also Dwarf and Assassin stances.
"Broodslayers are Revenants who commune not only with the legends hidden in the Mists, but also holds the attention of the spirits that reside within. Specifically, channeling Asgeir has caught the attention of the Spirits of the Wild, and the Broodslayer can make claim towards their blessings. However, these blessings do not come easy even to the likes of heroes, and the Broodslayer must prove themselves in the eyes of Bear, Wolf, Raven and Snow Leopard to earn their respective boons. Because of their stronger communion however, Broodslayers only invoke the raw power of a single Legend in order to harness the true power, eventually embodying the very virtues they possess."
The Broodslayer’s F1 Skill is replaced with a new skill called Apotheosis, which is only made available whenever they complete a Spirit Quest, which are bound to their F2-F5 keys by default. Apotheosis instantly restores the Broodslayer to 75 Energy if they’re below the threshold (But not if they’re above it) and instantly Refreshes the Cooldowns on their Legend Skills, along with other bonuses gained from Traits.
Spirit Quests act as Legend Swap as well, triggering any traits related to Legend Swapping and resetting Energy to 50 when swapped to. Only 1 Quest can be attempted at any time, and all Quests share a 10s Cooldown between swapping.
In order to Complete a Spirit Quest and earn the Spirit’s Favor, a powerful boon, the Broodslayer must spend 100 Energy in total while in Combat, gaining 1 stack of a Unique Buff for every 1 energy spent, however each Spirit allows them to earn extra stacks by performing specific actions. At Full stacks, the Spirit Quest completes and the Broodslayer gains access to Apotheosis and a 45s Duration Buff unique to each Spirit. However, stacks of a specific Spirit Quest fall off after a time if no new stacks are gained, slowly in Combat but faster out of combat.
Last but not least, completing Spirit Quests also enhances the effects of the Broodslayer's Elite Skill. The more Trials that are completed, the stronger these Elite Skills become, each one improving in usefulness in different ways.
"The Greatsword is perhaps the most fitting weapon for those who aim to slay dragons. Asgeir commanded the blade with the strength of the Spirits behind him, but also with his own Ferocity and Skill. The Broodslayer seeks to follow in his steps, and has mastered the use of this massive blade in combat."
The Greatsword, in the hands of the Broodslayer, is a powerful melee weapon with High Spike Damage and plenty of acces to Weakness and soft CC, with a devastating AoE Attack at the helm of their outfit. It works best when surrounded by enemies, and the Auto-attack not only cleaves through them but fires short-ranged shockwaves that strike even more targets, enhancing the effective range of their fighting style. In return for this, the Greatsword is on the slower and more well-telegraphed end of the spectrum, better suited for group fights than duels. The Burst is easy to tell, so setting it up with CC or Immobilize first is often necessary to succeed with it.
"Channeling Asgeir, the Broodslayer gains access to his powers and the boons he gained from the Spirits of the Wild. Representing fortitude, ferocity, lethality and wit, the Broodslayer can summon aspects of the Spirits to aid them in battle. Ultimately, they can call upon Asgeir's Blade and unleash a devastating attack that, like their predecessor, can slay their enemies in a single blow."
Legendary Slayer stance is a very versatile and multi-faceted stance that splits its focus between Offense and Defense. Each of the 3 Utility Skills and the Healing skills are designed to aid the Broodslayer in completing respective Spirit Quests. Because Broodslayers lack Legend Swap, the Legendary Slayer Stance possesses more versatility than the Core Legends, but trades this strength for the specialization of other Legends. The Elite Skill, like other Legends, grow exponentially stronger as Spirit Quests are completed, capable of dealing absolutely devastating damage. It is however highly telegraphed, and shouldn't be thrown out without consideration.
"The Broodslayer requires both offense and defense mastered in order to succeed on the journey. They need the strength to remain on their path against any adversity, but they also need the destructive prowess to make use of the Boons they gain. The path they choose from the beginning can easily decide wether they succeed or fail in their quests."
The Broodslayer's specialization line focuses primarily on two split approaches: Offense or Defense. They can increase their power or their sustain, or find a suitable mix of the two as they progress onwards. The upper line focuses heavily on sustain through counter-play, granting them increased recovery and tools to deal with enemy trickery such as CC and conditions. The middle line focuses entirely on offense, empowering the Broodslayer with set bonuses and unblockable attacks. The final line focuses primarily on their new mechanics: Spirit Quests and Apotheosis, which can be enhanced further to improve their Snowballing playstyle.
[Minor Adept] Spirits’ Chosen - Legend Swap is replaced by Apotheosis and you gain access to Spirit Quests and the Legendary Slayer Stance.
[Minor Master] Determined Quester - Gain bonuses depending on which Spirit Quest you’re undertaking. Bear: -10% Incoming Damage and Condition Damage. Wolf: +10% All Healing. Snow Leopard: +10% Outgoing Damage and Condition Damage. Raven: +33% Movement Speed.
[Minor Grandmaster] Transcending History - Gain Boons and remove Conditions when activating Apotheosis. Conditions Removed: 4. Boons gained: Protection (5s), Regeneration (5s), Retaliation (5s), Swiftness (10s).