My Brigand is about 50% away from hitting level 40. As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been a little busy lately, and I didn’t get to play him at all over the weekend. Yesterday I managed to get in a couple hours of solid game-play, and surprisingly I accomplished quite a bit in that short amount of time.
When I logged on, I intended on trying to get a Nek Castle group going, so I could get my Hadden’s Earring update off of Everling. I’ve been trying to clear out quests from my journal before they turn grey, though I know plenty of people with lowbie alts I can mentor if need-be. Anyway, I asked around and didn’t get much luck on the NC group. I ended up finding a couple people that were interested in doing a Runnyeye Citadel group, and not having been in that zone with this toon, I knew the AA would be great. And it was.
The group setup maybe wasn’t optimal, but it worked. We had a Berserker, Dirge, Templar, two Necros, and myself. The DPS was great, and we did end up blowing through the entire zone, clearing all of the named mobs that were up (if not all that reside in the zone… not entirely sure). I managed to ding level 39, along with gaining two AAs, bringing my total up to 38. Nearly caught up to my adventure level, now it’s time to pass it. The group wanted to do the instance within the zone, but unfortunately our tank was locked out, and none of us really wanted to hang around after that.
This was the second real group I’ve had since rolling the Brigand. Since I’ve been playing primarily after work, and the population of my server is quite low at this time-frame, I have been soloing the entire time. A week ago I managed to snag a Crushbone Keep Throne Room group, and we four-manned that. It went smoothly, as the tank knew what he was doing, and knew exactly what mobs to kill for access throughout the instance. The RE group was my second real group, and though we were successful in grinding xp, and clearing the zone, the tank was sub-par.
Sure, he could keep aggro ok. He also didn’t die once throughout our stay in the zone. He also knew where he was going, and where all of the named spawned. The problem I was having, is he was rushing. One pull, he would walk into a room, body-pull, but not turn the mobs, so I would end up drawing more when trying to pull of my positionals. The next pull, he would grab a whole room; but instead of grouping the mobs and setting them where it would be easy to see what angle their backs were exposed at, he would set them in a narrow corridor. At times, there were simply too many mobs and I couldn’t tell what he was targeting. My DPS was horrible (one of the necros threw out some parse spam here and there, and I was low on the list), partially because of the learning curve of a different role, and partially because the tank didn’t really know what he was doing.
This brings me to a different point, something I hope some other Brigands from the community can give some feedback on. When I tank, I have always insisted that all DPS assist me, so I can do the targeting, and they just do damage. This helps with aggro management, keeping the other classes from ripping mobs from me. This is what I was doing in RE with the Brig, but it wasn’t working as well as I would have hoped. The Necros had it easy, they just click the tank, and then click their nukes. With all of the positional attacks Brigands have, I can’t just sit still without taking a severe hit to overall DPS. But, I can’t do much when the tank is constantly changing targets, pulling into tight spots, or pulling too many mobs. Granted, our group could handle the encounters, but it was beginning to piss me off that I wasn’t performing to my best potential. At this point, I decided that it was a better idea to manually target mobs myself, so that I know which back I am trying to stab. I didn’t seem to rip aggro more than once or twice, and my de-taunts make short work of rips. So my question is this: Is it recommended as a scout class to target your own mobs, or assist the MT? I would assume the latter would be correct with a good tank, but I could be wrong. Maybe scouts in my groups have all been targeting themselves, without me even noticing.
My old roommate who plays an Assassin told me that he likes fighting behind me because he can always tell what I’m targeting, and that he can tell where he needs to move to get off his positionals. Maybe we just got used to eachother’s play-style, but I have a feeling that the tank I was with just happened to suck.