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#1 Mar 18 2011 at 8:10 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm completely new to Rift, however I've played WoW for almost 6 years now and know my way around talent trees. Though I will admit I was a little daunted by the sheer number of things to keep track of in the souls of Rift, this is what I'm wanting my cleric (whom was my first class and character on Rift) to be at 50.

It's a shaman 45/druid 11/sentinel 10 build. The points spent in Druid and Sentinel are mostly for passive % boosts that the lower tiers offer in those classes. I'm finding the Shaman class plays alot like my enhancement shaman from WoW and was just wanting opinions on if anything needs tweaking or not or if there's a better soul to choose than the sentinel.

I know it's a healing soul, but I took it for the Endurance buff, instant targeted heal, spell power boost, as well as the +20% crit damage/heal bonus booster. I had 1 point left over when I finished with the 45/10/10 so I stuck it in the talented instant targeted heal that the Druid soul offers. With enough points in the Druid, I essentially get 2 Ageless Ices to help with mana recovery so long fights wouldn't be an issue. The shields offered by the druid and shaman souls also help to mitigate incoming damage to me as well so it helps with soloing larger packs

Just looking for input on if there's something else I could choose that would be better. Thanks!
#2 Mar 21 2011 at 5:49 PM Rating: Decent
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In general, it's really advantageous to go a full 51 in shaman due to the % scaling of Call of Ice.

Call of Ice: Passive. Increases the damage of your Massive Blow by 5%, plus an additional 4% per point spent in the Shaman soul above 36. Also increases the Attack Power bonus of your Massive Blow by 5%, plus an additional 1% per point spent in the Shaman soul above 36.

5% + (4% x 15) = Damage bonus of 65%
5% + (1% x 15) = Attack power bonus of 20%

Add that to an ability that's already being modified by:

30% chance to crit (Frozen Embrace)
Critical Hits with melee attack abilities cause you to deal an additional 30% damage with your next melee attack ability.(Lust for Blood)
Increases your Critical Hit damage and healing bonus by 20%. (Overwhelming)
Increases your Physical damage by 5%. (Dauntless Courage)

All of that together, plus it's cooldown being potentially resettable with the base spam attack makes that a very beastly attack.
Faraque Corinthar
#3 Mar 22 2011 at 5:40 PM Rating: Decent
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i still think this build wins out over 51 in shaman:

40% extra crit dmg on all attacks sounds better than 24% extra dmg and 6% more AP to massive blow.

on top of that, the other passives from sentinel/inqisi are quite delicious as well.
#4 Mar 23 2011 at 8:58 PM Rating: Decent
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Does anyone know whether "Faith in Action" stacks with the same passive in the druid and justicar trees? Part of the reason I went with the pairing they suggest is to gain this stacking bonus. If not, I would have to argue for sentinel/inquisitor crit buffs. Then again, I do like "Boundless Growth" and "Crag Hammer" in the druid tree...especially with "Weight of the World" adding an additional 10% Crit dmg to all attacks. I even picked up Natural Dedication to remind me of the awesomeness of heroism in WoW.

PS> The "Stormborn" soul points in the Shaman tree seem wasted since the only real Air dmg is on the lightning hammer dot. Hence, I skip these 5 points altogether.
#5 Mar 29 2011 at 6:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Of course they don't stack. That would be ridiculously overpowered. Anyhow, I wanted to throw my 2c in for Shaman/Inquisitor/Sentinel, as that's the build I currently run, as well.
Helsing / Defiant Cleric / Carrion Shard (PvP)
#6 Apr 06 2011 at 10:53 PM Rating: Decent
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@ Neph, Skol, and Far

Have any of you three parsed any of these builds? Parsing would be more informative for the readers of this forum, which, information is the goal of this forum, presuming the authors in the forum stay true to the title of the forum itself.

Also, these builds all have a lot of percentages, which vary in their functions. With that in mind, it's safe to say that depending on your gear, the value you get from these percentages will contribute to your overall DPS differently.

That said, all three of these builds look very well put together. I've stumbled upon quite a few "Is this person joking?" talent selections. So, it's more than I can say for a lot of the other Soul Build forums that I have been browsing through.
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