Kageseigi.2150 Posted June 2, 2019 Share Posted June 2, 2019 So I'm trying to figure out exactly what the purpose of the Thief is in PvP and why certain weapon sets are currently favored.If it's true that the Thief's viability is solely about decapping and +1, then why build for anything other than those specifically?DECAP:It's all about speed, speed, and more speed. At least, for the physical build (not taking map awareness/decision making into account). Power and defense matters absolutely zilch in this, technically. Swiftness, movement speed boosts, free-aim shadowsteps. Misdirection (Stealth) can also aid in this.+1:Once more, this is about speed. But it's also about power and control. The goal is to jump the target and get the kill as quickly as possible, or to set your teammate up for the quick kill by disabling the target.So if the above is accurate, then what does each traitline/weapon set bring to make the Thief the most efficient and effective in each/both "roles?"Shortbow is, of course, the king of mobility, and virtually required for both, especially decapping.But what do the other weapon sets bring to the table?Mainhand Dagger and Pistol/Pistol used to bring damage for the +1, but what about now?What does Sword/X bring specifically to decapping or +1?The Staff and Rifle?Deadly Arts brings some damage.Critical Strikes brings damage.Shadow Arts does have a movement speed boost, but not much else.Acrobatics brings Swiftness.Trickery brings damage and initiative for Shortbow.Daredevil brings mobility.Deadeye brings damage.Berserker amulet brings the most damage.Scholar's runes bring a lot of damage.Lynx runes bring damage and faster movement speed.Why build any other way than pure "Glass Lightening"?You're literally supposed to go from empty point to empty point, and from an empty point to smash a half-dead squishy back to an empty point.Anything that takes away from mobility degrades your primary purpose. Anything that takes away from your damage output degrades your secondary purpose.Sure, you can attempt to build for other purposes (dueling, side-node capping/bunkering, team-fighting, etc.), but you're not going to be nearly as effective as other professions. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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