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ESO: Stamina DragonKnight Build for PvP (& PvE) – Dark Brotherhood Update

ESO: Stamina DragonKnight Build for PvP (& PvE) – Dark Brotherhood Update

Brand new ESO Stamina DK build video for PvP. This build was created during the Dark Brotherhood DLC update for Elder Scrolls Online.

Increase in max mag and stam so ya. I have wanted to fool around with maybe doing something with the elf bane set since the dark elf has a passive that increases the spell power with fire effects…be interesting but I like how this build looks…right now mines been acting as a pack mule.

I’m not good in any version of its meaning at pvp. I got lucky and got 2 cold fire ballista’s and a cold stone in a row so I’ve been being really cheeky and just firing at people while defending a keep. Currently like a quarter through level 4.

Didnt take me long in Cyrodiil to realize that the basic combat mechanics of ESO is broken, boring and practically unplayable on the “EU” server. I held out a long time to go into Cyrodiil just to get a strong enough character and hoping it would get better but… it doesnt. It only gets worse.
The abundance of spammable CC yet no/broken ways to get out of it just ruin combat completely. Slap on stealth for all characters and it become a game of whackamole. Pop up, whack em on the head to stun them, kill and go invisible again. For larger, 50v50+ fights it isnt actually that bad and the less-circle-aoe-than-normal-in-an-mmo playstyle begin to shine through. Well, assuming skill popping through latency actually worked which it doesnt on the “EU” server. For 1v1, 3v3, 5v5 or whatever low havoc squad number you pick its just bad, completely awfull.
As a comparison GW2 WvW may be tiny next to ESO Cyrodiil, but the combat in GW2 actually works. In particular for one of the main features of combat, dodging is separated from any other combat skill (ie its a dodge bar) and it will avoid projectiles/damage, unlike the broken stamina dodge in ESO. Its far from perfect in GW2 but its just so much more fun in duels/smallscale. ESO combat feel like you’re in a wheelchair and whoever poke a stick into your wheel wins.

And about tankiness – most of it, in pvp, comes from blocking. Softcapped armor/resists (orange numbers) only provides about 30% damage mitigation. But if you are using a shield and wearing heavy armor, you can block ~80% of incoming damage(50% base, 20% from shield passive, 8% from def.posture) for a relatively low stamina cost (20% cost discount from heavy armor, 30% cost discount for using a shield, 8% discount from def.posture, possibly more from jewelry).

Early stages of this game … MMO PVP is fluid always in change… The Grandfather of PVP DAoC had tons of issues at first and always had OP classes which changed overtime … Keep in mind the game is only 4 months old… No MMO that I know of can pull PVP off without issues… The reason is you have humans you are fighting and they will always find the exploits and bugs to use to their advantage….

Elder Scrolls Online: How being a tank means absolutely NOTHING! in PvP and other gripes

Elder Scrolls Online: How being a tank means absolutely NOTHING! in PvP and other gripes

I have a couple of issues with the way certain aspects of combat work in this game. Especially in PvP in the regards of CC and TTK. Below is a short story to illustrate how I feel this way.
“I am a VR 4 Templar who is mainly a tank in setup. I have armor, spell resist, and health regen softcapped and have about 3k health in PvP. I like riding around in Cyrodiil in search of 1v1’s. I’m not the most hardcore skilled PvP’er out there but I can be more than average in a 1v1 and I tend to win often, even against some higher VR players.
Yesterday I got knocked off my horse by two guys. One was a VR 4 Nightblade and the other was a VR 2 Sorc. I get the KD for falling of my horse, which lasted for 5 freaking seconds! CC break didn’t work, I couldn’t do and could only watch how my tanky character gets destroyed within the 5 second duration.”

Elder Scrolls Online: How being a tank means absolutely NOTHING! in PvP and other gripes
In my opinion this simply isn’t fair and is crappy design. The knockdown duration for falling off your horse shouldn’t last that long and a fully specced tank character should not die in 5 seconds to 2 guys of a similar level. Armor and spell resist mean nothing in this game. And this doesn’t only happen when knocked down from horseback. There have been certain instances where I get charged by some DK and instantly get taloned to the ground. CC break doesn’t work, neither does dodge roll. I lol as I see the DK pop his little standard on my head and then continues to spam me with flame lash. By the time I get out of the stunlock I am either dead or very close.
This isn’t a thread to complain about DK’s, but I’d just like to point out my frustration with how CC works in this game and how being a tank means absolutely nothing in PvP. I was disappointed enough to not see an additional effect to the taunt abilities in ESO, as in where they reduce the damage done by an individual by a certain percentage, except if that individual is attacking you. Also there no feature like ‘guard’ that games like WAR and TOR had. Being a tank in PvP is just being gimped DPS that has a tiny bit more survivability than other roles. Let’s not forget how light armored players can easily get softcapped on armor and spell resist by a simple press of a button, or how every other role has acces to the same defensive abilities. The only thing you could call being tanky is being able to focuss on countering casters by using skills like eclipse, defensive posture and reflective scales.
PvP seems to be all about who can do the most damage in the least amount of time and about choosing the right targets to unleash upon. It is ridiculously easy to drop a target within 6 seconds.Tanking is non-existant and having a big health pool and stacking defensive stats will not make you much harder to kill.
I really love this kind of PvP though and enjoy it in ESO, I just hope ZOS will do something about TTK and the viability of defensive roles in PvP.

Niches in Elder Scrolls Online I think could round out the class system

Niches in Elder Scrolls Online I think could round out the class system

I think there’s a few niches that could really round out the class roster for this game. For example:

-Disease+Poison: Currently, only NB and DK melee have access to these elements and their uses are very limited. I think it would be wonderful to have a class that could capitalize on these elements.

Ice magic: Exactly why do we not have a class that uses ice magic yet? If an ice magic line were to be introduced into a certain class, I would switch over in a heart beat. It could be possible to introduce a more tactical combo system with ice magic relying on crits.

A proper summoning class. Sorc are not a summoning class despite what the tool tips might say and even their summoning line is flip floppy with its’ passives. Plus, in group PvE and PvP the pets suck. Period. A summoning line needs to be all about the pets and synergizing them with the passives and each other to bring the fantasy to life.

These could easily be part a Necromancer class line.

Nature magic: From what I understand, nature magic was supposed to be a thing but was backed out at the last minute. It would be great to reintroduce it back as its’ own class again

A Hot/Shield based healer: Would be interesting to incorporate these as alternatives to templar healers. Furthermore, it could really introduce more strategic options for PvE and PvP and would allow ZoS to introduce more clever mechanics into PvE as well.

A shape shifting line, possibly short term with both ranged and melee forms. Could also make for a really cool system and just be something different and be explained by the Daedric prince Hircine.

These could easily be part of the mysterious “warden” line.

Now, I know you’re gonna say the trite and completely absurd argument of, “ZOS cannot even balance 4 classes, why add another 1 or 2?”. First things first, MMO’s by their very nature are never going to be 100% balanced and there’s nothing you can do about it unless they give every class the same abilities with the same mechanics and the same numbers. That would be boring so it’s good that each class has their weaknesses and strengths and that not all classes will be capable of doing the same things. Some classes are always gonna be better at burst. That’s okay. Some classes are gonna be better at DPS or ganking or healing. That’s OKAY too.