I’M one of the THE WEAKEST CLASS IN THE GAME
but I still have at least a decent build going for me
Commando has been talked about a lot in the Mastery Feedback Thread and most feedback are focused on three things: (1) physical non retal commando sucks; (2) soldier as a support class is worse than others (mainly talking about fire mando); (3) retal commando lags behind other retal classes after the turrion nerf. However there weren’t really any conclusive statement regarding the current state of turrion commando as @John_smith didn’t update his build after the nerf. It was just seen as “decent”. I made this build to see how decent it would be.
18.104.22.168 UPDATE - Retal on Ulzuin’s Wrath is a nice buff tho it’s not even half as good as Counter Strike. Tried Avenger relic for the lulz and it’s actually on par with Honor as far as clear speed goes. My current fastest run at exactly 5 mins is with Avenger tho I think Honor can do better just because of the burst.
GRIMTOOLS - 22.214.171.124. Replace relic with Honor if that’s your thing. Performance is at similar levels.
GRIMTOOLS - 126.96.36.199
FAQ - even if no one asked questions yet
What exactly is that build? - Turrion BWC spamming retaliation commando. The shield grants retal damage added to Blackwater Cocktail, which stacks for every puddle you make.
Why Commando? Commando is chosen over Shieldbreaker cause the latter has a reputation of being a glass cannon and that still applies to retal shieldbreaker. Also, I was aiming for an offensive approach (for a retal build) and soldier just gives you a lot more retal damage than oathkeeper.
I thought soldier as a support class sucks? - For retal soldier is almost mandatory unless you’re doing acid. Counter Strike and Menhir’s Bulwark carry a shitton of retal damage and the entirety of the soldier’s defensy system fits retal very well. Acid builds aside (and warlords for obvious reasons), the only retal build I can think of where the oathkeeper variant is at least equal to the soldier variant is Zucc retal DE because of all the lifesteal, the tankiness isn’t needed and the passive RR is very valuable on a channeling build.
What to look for items? -
WEAPON - BiS Gun is Viper Sandspitter of Celerity You want a prefix that doesn’t convert physical to anything cause that’s a dps loss. I chose Runecaster cause alex. Things like Earthbound or Relentless prefixes might be as good, but I haven’t tested them. Sufix is anything with casting speed, yellow gives the most of it so that’s the best. If you can, look for max conversion. I think decree of circle of five is shit for this build because of the spirit reqs.
SHIELD - This is obvious but in case someone’s still asking: Turrion’s Reprisal.
SHOULDERS - Korvan Spaulders with affixes that give you what you need in terms of resists. If you can, get OA and retal damage on it. In my case, I got both. Similar to the gun, look for the highest conversion you can get (Max is 36).
BOOTS - whatever caps resists and gives you OA.
THE REST - these are usual BiS items for non set phys retal.
Why are you placing a lot of importance towards cunning? - For RtA builds OA is super important especially on phys because you want crits for assassin’s mark. I used to only target around 2.7k with zucc back then but with this approach, get as much as 3k and the damage boost is quite noticeable for me. This was known since FG release but the going up to 3k like you’re melee thing imo should be credited to @Alkamoshater
Scales of Ulcama? - Build is too mana hungry. Scales solves that by itself
Any videos? - Continue reading.
Cruci Performance and Video
Cruci 5:00 run (188.8.131.52)
Cruci 5:08 run
Average run is around 5:30. My best run is currently 5:08 and that’s probably close to the limit of my piloting. Gameplay is super simple, just drop puddles and let yourself get hit.
Shattered RealmsSR 90 boss room:
This is like my third time in SR 90 in all of my GD life so I didn’t know who to tank and who to kite. I had 2 deaths there but imo that’s all due to inexperience. I could’ve stepped away from the Darius puddle earlier and then later on I should have kited Zantarin cause he doesn’t take normal retal damage anyway due to no melee.
Credits to @Alkamoshater for his retal builds, @John_Smith for the original Turrion, and all the guys in the mastery feedback thread who discussed commando a lot. I still think commando needs a bit more support in the retal department (especially fire), just put it on a shield so it can’t be mixed with turrion which might lead to some super strong stuff.