phor.7952 Posted July 31, 2019 Share Posted July 31, 2019 Metabattle has expanded dramatically since I last played.They list all types of builds now such as open world soloing and event builds that never would have made the cut before because they're not endgame content and you're not trying to optimize yourself with regard to a group of other players who are similarly optimized. But most players don't raid; and even fewer raid with the same group and optimize builds against each other... so I actively welcome these new categories.Yet even with these solo categories, there's not a single Hammer build. And that confuses me. Did they do something to Hammer since PoF dropped to turn it into garbage? The skills don't look much different to me. A few traits that I would have used with Hammer at the start of PoF got nerfed, but a few others got buffed.This is going to come with a lot of caveats, so remember I haven't played in quite some time. I also don't have full ascended gear (just have chest, weapons, and the 6 accessories). I'm also not using food or sharpening stones. Basically, I'm like most casual players while soloing story or roaming the open world participating in map events.I went and tested my dps in the special forces area against an average weak golem (1m hp). Didn't give myself any boons or the golems anything special. First with the Radiant Greatsword build that they score highly. Took several attempts, adjusting my rotation a little here and there, ended up being able to get an initial burst around 9200 and sustain around 8200 on average. I think that's pretty decent for no buffs/consumables solo play.Then I swapped over to the Quickness Greatsword build they also score highly. Burst was higher at 11k and then sustain settled in at about 9400. So from a single target dps perspective it seems stronger. But you do lose some AoE from traps and you also lose Wings of Resolve which is a really good escape/re-engage for solo play. The regular heals from Mantra of Solace combined with the full heal from Tome of Resolve is definitely not bad though, and granting quickness to others during events is great. Pretty comparable to Radiant Greatsword.Finally, I tried out a Quickness Hammer build - Zeal(323), Honor(332), Firebrand(223). The initial burst and sustain were both over 10k. You're able to solo stack 25 Vuln as well as self-stack 25 Might, permanent Protection, Vigor, and Quickness all with a dead simple rotation that leaves you tons of time to dodge knockdowns and such. You also have several Break Bar skills for event champs. I don't know, it seems just as strong as the Greatsword builds, and feels even more survivable to me.Am I doing something horribly wrong with the meta builds, or are people sleeping on Quickness Hammer for Solo Play?edit: Deleted hyperlink because links still don't seem to be working on the forums. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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