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Old 11-30-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Hello all new to the game so forgive my noobishness. I played a shaman in EQ1 and a shaman "type" in just about all other games I've played since. So i just have a few questions to see if this is the right class for me to choose again. I will most likely be playing on a pvp server as well. Leaning torward the Mystic but would depends on what friends want to play too.

 -Is The Defiler/Mystic playstyle similar to the old EQ shaman playstyle (heavy dots with some nukes/buffs/heals)?

-Are the Defiler and Mystic essentially carbon copies of each other just on opposite factions? Or does one excel at one aspect and the other excel at a different aspect of the class?

-Are they both capable of solo'ing and do they bring usefulness to a group if they can solo ok?

-What would be the best AA path with either (preferably the Mystic)?

Thanks for any help and again sorry for the noobler questions.

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Old 11-30-2007, 05:23 PM   #2
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The biggest difference appears to be the Mystic Combat AA line that gives you Combat Arts to replace each of your offensive spells, making mystics into quite impressive meleers (especially since Mystics buff for STR and not INT).    This ties quite nicely to the Shaman AGI AA line that includes 100% melee crits.
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Old 11-30-2007, 05:44 PM   #3
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This is asked quite a bit. 

This is a brief answer that explains pretty well the differences.

Mystic = more burst dps, NO Power regen, better buffs overall, better healing against groups

Defiler = slow dps, amazing power regen (cannibalize), better debuffs overall, better healing against a single mob

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Old 11-30-2007, 08:50 PM   #4
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TheSpin wrote:

This is asked quite a bit. 

This is a brief answer that explains pretty well the differences.

Mystic = more burst dps, NO Power regen, better buffs overall, better DEBUFFING against groups

Defiler = slow dps, amazing power regen (cannibalize), better debuffs overall, better healing against a single mob

Mystics buff against a diminishing returns cap.  Defilers buff Hit points and attack buffs/debuffs.   If there was no cap the buffs might be equal to Defilers, as it stands they kill us buffing a tank.   Group buffs are identical.  Mystics are better soloers then defilers, but in raids we cannot equal defilers in anything other then our single and group wards.   Groups are about equal
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Old 12-01-2007, 09:55 AM   #5
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"Mystic = more burst dps, NO Power regen, better buffs overall, better DEBUFFING against groups"

our buffs are more or less equal - far better debuff against groups in reality has the defiler not the mystic by the way

"Defiler = slow dps, amazing power regen (cannibalize), better debuffs overall, better healing against a single mob"

mystic overall can even debuff a little more than the defiler but has to cast much more spells for it - with healing its the same mystic has to cast much more spells to aquire the same than the defiler in term of preventing dmg (but having this time there is no big difference between the two classes)

thats my experiance about the two classes -played/ing both in end game - if you have an enemy that often interupts/stuns stifles  a defiler much faster comes back to work while for a mystic such situations could mean death

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Old 12-01-2007, 10:17 AM   #6
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>>>if you have an enemy that often interupts/stuns stifles  a defiler much faster comes back to work while for a mystic such situations could mean death<<
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:32 AM   #7
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Really?   How much gear comes with Wisdom and Strength?   VERY LITTLE.     Gear wih Wisdom and Int.   ALOT    If you eqip a Mystic for melee... how much do you give up to heal?  Power regen is already an issue without loosing extra power and resists due to low Wisdom.    Not a fair trade off for a healer in my opinion.
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Old 12-01-2007, 12:09 PM   #8
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In grouping (non-raiding) situations, I usually have sufficient power to keep the group alive, although more power regen would certainly be nice.  Fortunately, in RoK, I am getting lots of power regen gear which is helping a lot.One option is to have some backup +WIS +INT gear to use in groups (and pull out your spells) and use CAs and +STR/+STA/+AGI gear when soloing.
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