Enjoying the Warchanter

My primary character, Erdrique, is slowly making his way through the path to heroic completionist.  As such he has completed paladin, fighter, ranger, cleric, druid, monk, and rogue lives.  Although he will finally end his “career” as a paladin (my favorite class) he still has a long way go.  Currently, Erdrique is making his way through a bard life with a primary focus on the Warchanter prestige enhancement line.  Erdrique is currently level 16 (with level 17 “banked) and as such he picked up the majority of abilities in the Warchanter line.

One of the reasons why I decided to take Erdrique down the Warchanter path was because I felt it fit my play style more than the Spellsinger or Swashbuckler.  Another reason is that I also have another bard who is primarily focused on the Spellsinger path.  But, overall, I tend to favor more melee oriented characters.  I even tend to wade into the melee action a little more than I should with my casting characters.  With that said, the Warchanter tree just seemed to have a number of unique abilities that seemed fun to use in traditional melee combat.

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Erdrique prepping for battle in the Tomb of the Astrologer.

These abilities primarily include those that add ice damage to your attacks (Iced Edges, The Frozen Fury, Northwind, and Spinning Ice).  These particular abilities give your character a fun little twist by allowing to freeze some enemies in their tracks giving your melee character to add a little bit of crowd control as well as some extra damage.  However, the real power of the bard is the ability for it to add a number of buffs to themselves and their party members by using their spells and songs.  The Warchanter tree continues to augment this ability with abilities such as Song Heroism, Skaldic Rage, Fighting Spirit, Boast, and a number of others.  These abilities all give some small bonus to various abilities allowing your character to be more effective in combat (and in many cases adding some of these to your party members as well).  So far, I have found these to couple my play style quite well.

We’ll see how I feel once I get Erdrique into the epic levels.  Of course the epic destiny Erdrique left off on isn’t the best for a Warchanter bard but hopefully it won’t take me too long to move out of it and into a destiny that is more complimentary.  In any case, I have found the Warchanter bard to be a fun class to play.  It tends to augment my playing style quite well.  If you haven’t tried to play a Warchanter bard and you like to be a melee combatant, I would recommend giving it a try.

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting in DDO!!

 

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The Joy of Spinning Ice

I’m continuing with Erdrique’s first bard life and I’m having fun making my way through the War Chanter Tree.  Back in January I talked about the various enhancements that War Chanters get with respect to doing ice damage to their enemies.  That post was a general description of the various enhancements that add cold damage to your attacks.  In this post I want to focus more specifically on Spinning Ice.  Spinning Ice is a just a fun little attack.  It is basically a specialized cleave attack that not only does additional cold damage but also has the ability to do some fun and creative crowd control by having a save that monsters must pass or be in frozen in their tracks.  This freezing effect even occurs on undead enemies as well as other frozen/cold/ice based monsters (I believe this is also the case with Northwind and The Frozen Fury).  Nothing is more fun to see than a ice flenser get frozen in its tracks :).

So far, I have found Spinning Ice to be a great complimentary attack to cleave and great cleave.  I typically try to use Spinning Ice first because it is a longer cool down time than either cleave or great cleave.  When I wade into a large group of enemies, I’ll hit Spinning Ice, Cleave, and then Great Cleve.  I then focus on those enemies that aren’t frozen and continue to attack them with my other melee attacks, included The Frozen Fury.

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Erdrique using Spinning Ice in Under New Ravishment (Night Revels).

The save on Spinning Ice is based on your bard level and charisma modifier as well as any stunning modifiers that you might have.  So far, I have found this to be fairly effective.  In a group of enemies with about 5 or 6 attackers, I generally will freeze two to three of them in a single attack.  So not only am I doing damage to them, but I also stop the incoming damage coming from them as well.  At least for a few seconds.  Enemies will stay frozen based on your bard level (half the amount of time of your bard level) although I do believe there are some other saving throws that enemies can make to break free.

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Having fun with Spinning Ice in Diplomatic Impunity.

All in all, it is a very fun attack.  Erdrique is currently level 16 and is doing quite well with it.  It is really great to find a cold based enemy and watch them freeze :).

Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!