Blue Mountain Special: Whistling Fist Survival Build

The Whistling Fist

Fist/Chaos Survival

A Blue Mountain Special, by Ryahl

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This is the second part of a fist/chaos build that was assembled based on a discussion with a board reader.  The “My First 60″ version of the build has been a reasonably successful build and its time now for it to grow up into a 400 point Blue Mountain build.  With the Whistling Fist, you develop fairly significant damage and turn escalation into even more of a multi-effect ability.

**UPDATE** I have played around with this build on test.  Wearing green QL10 gear and using this build, ghouls and vampires in Besieged Farmlands were quite simple.  Impair immune targets were harder, but very survivable.  Additionally, as soon as you have the points, dump Gunsmoke for From the Abyss.  Your DPS meter will thank you!**

Active Abilities

  • Escalation
  • Four Horsemen
  • Tear ‘em Up
  • Surgical Steel
  • Domino Effect
  • Armor Fati
  • Helter Skelter

Passive Abilities

  • Intensity
  • Hot Iron
  • Healing Sparks
  • Shoot ‘Em Up
  • Paradigm Shift
  • Gunsmoke
  • Salt in the Wound

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Key Features

This build takes advantage of the fact that Escalate currently brings a ton of utility in a two skill package.  The core attributes of Escalate include a frenzy PBAOE damage that quickly stacks up the exposed weakened state.  10-stacks of exposed will increase your damage by 30%.  Further, the Intensity passive means subsequent applications of escalation give you the minor ward ability, extending your soloing ability just a bit. Paradigm Shift assures that each of your escalate hits increase your hit rate, reducing your likelihood of glancing or missing.  Finally, Gunsmoke piles on a bit of damage each time you escalate.

The build goes VERY deep into assault rifle to pick up a single skill, Shoot ‘em Up.  SeU turns your escalate into an affliction starter in addition to its already stacked up pool of benefits.  Since escalates are now adding afflictions, Tear ‘em Up will give you a 10% damage boost on usage.  Also, Salt in the Wounds is piling on damage every time you apply an affliction, helping scale your escalation damage upwards.

Your chaos finisher is Four Horseman, a burst ability (Call for Eris works well here too).  FH as a burst triggers Healing Sparks, keeping a heal over time running for most of your damage rotation.  You will also use Surgical Steel periodically as a self-heal, which will also trigger Healing Sparks.  Surgical Steel starts stacks on Hot Iron, adding to your heal throughput and additionally adds a heal component to Tear ‘em Up.

The build features three utility abilities, you have Helter Skelter, a dash with a built in impair.  This lets you start every fight against an impaired opponent.  When that impair runs out, you can use Domino Effect to lock down targets again with another impair.  Finally, you have Armor Fati as a buff to make sure you land hits (removes glancing and evasion for 10 seconds).

Rotation

This is a stun lock build.  Open with Helter Skelter to shut down your targets.  Even though you have fist resources on charge in, your fist consumer needs afflicted state, so follow up your charge with Escalation to set the correct state.  Then, use Tear ‘em Up followed by a weak Four Horseman (only one chaos resource built, but the 10% damage boost is better on FH than on escalate).  Your first impair is likely over, so a quick Domino Effect can lock the targets down again if you wish.

Your standard rotation is Escalation x5, Tear ‘em Up, Four Horsemen.  Rotate in Surgical Steel early in place of Tear ‘Em Up.

Armor Fati can be used one of two ways.  On harder fights, throw it at/before your initial charge.  This makes sure everything hits and helps you get paradigm shift stacking.  On easier fights, toss it at a point where you just want to finish off a target.

Alternatives

You may find that life is too risky with just a fist consumer to heal.  If so, swap out surgical steel for cauterize and you have a spam heal.

Build Instructions

This build goes very deep into AR with very little to show for it.  Do NOT spend into the AR tree until you have most of this build assembled.

However, you don’t need Salt in the Wounds until you get Shoot ‘em Up.  Additionally, you might as well use Wild at Heart as your fist closer until you get Shoot em Up.  The nice things in TeU require affliction and this build needs SeU to set that.

Gear Needs

Paradigm shift helps you with your +hit budget, but you will probably find you need some additional +hit as you level up.  Armor Fati doesn’t have enough uptime to ignore +hit.

Your damage bursts are probably best coming from critical rating and critical power.  Since you have passive and self-heals in this build, penetrate has a bit less utility. You can’t penetrate heal, but you can crit heal.  I would recommend either a 1:1 or a 2:1 crit rating to crit power investment.

You need all three types of talisman in this build.  You need some high hitpoint gear, some attack power gear and a bit of healing gear.  I would probably use a tanking headpiece (20% HP), three majors and a minor attack power (60% damage) and two minor +heal pieces (20% healing).  Use the attack power minor (10%) as your “fiddle with” piece.  If you need more HP, swap it to tanking, more healing swap it to +heal.

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My First 60: Survival using Fist/Chaos (WIP)

Fist Chaos

A My First 60 Survival Build

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Build Notes: Our “My First 60″ builds are targeted for about 60 total points. They represent the initial builds for a player starting the game, but wanting to play a focused role. Thus, inner wheel builds are incomplete builds and NOT intended for mid-game or later play.

We occasionally create builds based on reader request.  In this case, the reader was looking for a survival oriented build with a chaos base.  The build has not been tested.  However, it works from a base similar to our other MF60 survival builds, so it should perform well.

 

The updated 400 Point Blue Mountain Version of this build.

 Active Abilities

  • Escalation (Chance)
  • Call for Eris (Theory)
  • Wild at Heart (Primal)
  • Nurture (Primal)
  • Go for the Throat (Feral)
  • Paradox (Chance)
  • Illusion (Chance)

Passive Abilities

  • Lick Your Wounds (Fist)
  • Nurturing Gift (Fist)
  • Intensity (Chance)
  • Paradigm Shift (Theory)
  • Gunsmoke (Shotgun – Control)
  • Chaos Adept (Theory)
  • Predator (Feral)

Key Features

This build requires just under 60 total AP to put together.  The build uses one builder, Escalation.  This is a lower damage builder than some of the other fist/chaos options, but it is does damage to multiple targets.  Further, combined with the Intensity passive, escalation is building up the exposed weakened effect, increasing your damage output by as much as 30%.  The weakened effect is triggering processes for the Paradigm Shift and Gunsmoke passives, causing your subsequent attacks to hit more often, for more damage respectively.

While escalation is an AOE, this build has been assembled as a single target build.  Your chaos finisher, Call for Eris does substantial single target damage as does your fist finisher, Wild at Heart.

This build features two utility abilities.  Illusion is there for those situations where a bit more defense would be helpful.  Go for the throat is your elite ability, a single target 5-second stun.  Right after using Go for the throat, follow up with Paradox, which exploits impair for additional damage.

As with any survival build, this build has a few healing sources built in.  Nurture exists to provide some on-demand healing and can help keep a constant heal over time running if rotated frequently.  Nurturing Gift increases both the heal and heal duration of of Nurture.  Lick Your Wounds keeps a constant heal effect running as your damage output stacks up.

Rotation

This is a very straight forwards build.  Consider opening with Go for the Throat and Paradox for a nice 1-2 punch.  Follow that up with Wild at Heart (fist resources should recharge out of combat) and you will have put some serious hurt out right at the start of the fight.

Your standard combat rotation is Escalation x5, Call for Eris, Wild at Heart.  Rotate in Nurture roughly every full rotation to keep the hot effect running.  Use Illusion early in fights against duo’s, giving you a bit more defense until you take out the first target.

Illusion, Go for the Throat and Paradox should be used on recycle.  Later on, if you face targets with significant special attacks, save GffT to interrupt those abilities.  Always use Paradox immediately after GffT.

Build Consideration

Our general rule of thumb for MF60 builds is:

  1.  Get a finisher equipped for each weapon asap (go deep in Primal)
  2. Pickup any cheap passives that synergize with your builders (Gunsmoke and Paradigm Shift)
  3. Go deep in the cell that provides the most remaining used abilities (not really relevant for this build)
  4. Grab remaining abilities based on cheapest to equip

Gear Consideration

Talisman are very important parts of making any build work.  Survival builds require talisman from all three factors (high hit point pieces, high damage pieces, and high healing pieces).  I would aim for 50% high attack power pieces (all three major’s get you here), 30% high hit point pieces (all three minor’s get you here) and 20% high heal pieces (head piece alone gets you here).

You will probably have enough +hit from the stacking paradigm shift.  Look for gear that adds either critical rating and critical power, or gear that adds penetrate.  However with most early game gear, focusing on the primary stats (atk, hp, heal) is more important than the glyph secondary stats.

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Single Target Elite Dungeon: Chaos/Hammer

Elite Tanking – Weakened Build

Hammer and Chaos Synergy

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This build uses a weakening trigger to synergize a number of damage and mitigation effects.  The build has worked well through elite dungeons.  It is a relative easy build to put together for those on an AP budget.

Active Abilities
Smash (Hammer) – 1AP
Escalation (Chaos) – 1AP
Razor Shards (Hammer Pit) – 9AP
Call for Eris (Chaos) – 1AP
Stoicism (Turbulence) – 50AP
Reality Fracture (The 4th Wall) – 27 AP
Blowout (Hammer Pit) – 34 AP
Passive Abilities
Turbulence (the Fourth Wall) – 21AP
Forged in Fire (Battering Works) – 50 AP
Below the Belt (Hammer) – 1AP
Intensity (Chaos) – 1AP
Paradigm Shift (Chaos) – 2AP
Inevitability (Building Blocks) – 12AP
Agitator (Turbulence) – 12AP
Key Features
This build uses two builders, since both contribute useful weakened effects.  Smash (with Below the Belt passive) provides one of the easiest accesses to the Debilitate debuff (target damage output weakened up to 30%).
Escalation (with Intensity passive) provides pbaoe hate generation, access to the Exposed debuff (target takes up to 30% more damage) and keeps a near constant minor ward (7.5% reduction from all damage sources).  Escalation also triggers the Turbulence passive, giving you roughly 150 bonus to your evasion.
Additionally, since your builders both generate the weakened effect, you are routinely triggering Paradigm Shift (up to 150 bonus hit rating) and Inevitability (flat 10% bonus to evade).

The Razor Shards finisher is a hate generator which also boosts the hate level of your next attack.  Use Razor Shards and follow it up with either Call for Eris or Smash to significantly boost hate without burning a taunt.

The build also features Stoicism (hate generation with increased mitigation).  Stoicism works wonderfully at the opening of a fight and between transition phases to pickup extra agro.  While it also provides some survivability, it’s real power is that boost to hate generation.

Blowout extends your health bar and Forged in Fire gives your healer a bit of help for those fights where you take some spike damage.

Rotation
Open with stoicism and razor shards since it should be at full resources outside of fights.  From there alternate Smash and Escalate until 5 Resources, use Reality Fracture and Blowout on your first cycle (this is when it’s completely safe for DPS to go all out).  From that point on cycle your builders with Razor Shards and Call for Eris (depending on your chaos finisher, Razor Shards may be best used last).  After the initial round, use Reality Fracture and Blowout on cooldown, even if firing with less than full resources.

Alternatives
I often rotate the Call for Eris active depending on the situation. Karma provides pbaoe damage with a heal to next target.

 

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The Brandish Tank – by Arctus

Designed by Arctus
Submitted 19-Jul, via our board submission tool

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Weapons – Blade/Chaos

Utility level – this works in Nightmare dungeons

Actives

Escalation
Matador
Crimson Theatre
Brandish
Pulling the Strings
Illusion
Stoicism

Passives

Brandishing Support
Intensity
Inevitabilty
Sixth Sense
Agitator
Fuel to the Fire
Master of Illusion

Key Features

This is a standart build for NM. Its tested by many players, but you need to know the boss and adapt your build to the boss.  Usually you are expected to bring exposed debuff (30% more dmg)! In exchange 1 dd brings the 30% less dmg debuff.   Chaos is the only reasonable source for the exposed debuff and usually you dont see any melee’s in NM.


1.  Escalation also offer’s a good aggro generation, aoe aggro, 7,5% less dmg and minor evade chance.
2.  Cornerstone is brandish. Use it as often as possible.
3.  Crimson Theatre is a filler, usually this is the spot where you fit in abilities you need for a boss. Taunt, Crimson for aoe (use shadowplay instead of brandish support), 3. CD
4.  I really like Pulling the Strings because it has some range and gives you a decent hit buff, but of course you could use Karma or Consequence instead for more defense)

Rotation

1. Use escalation to build 10 stacks exposed
2. use matador for 5 stacks defense
3. Brandish on CD or on a strong attack from the boss (depends on the fight)
4. Crimson Theatre for additional AOE aggro
5. Illusion and Stoicism as CD’s
6. Pulling string for hit cd and to have a medium range attack.

Gear Needs

1. defense
2. evade
3. phys / magic protection
4. block

 

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