Remember my post about Even being gimped? (You will if you’re one of the two and a half people who read this blog.) Lately I’ve been taking a little flak for how she’s set up. Strangely enough, the worst of it has come from people who have run with her and think she’s a good player; in fact one of them routinely invites her along on quests.
It’s nothing really THAT bad, just kind of crosses the line, IMOH, from, “Can I give you some advice?” to, “I’m telling you what to do.”
Among the things I’ve heard are that paladins should never, NEVER use two-handed weapons (oops, Even’s been using a greataxe or greatsword as her go-to weapon pretty much since Day 1); and that she’s never going to make it through raids and epics without a metalline weapon of pure good for a DR breaker (well, um, I shelled out the plat and got her one because of that comment, and her Insanity still does WAY more damage to devils and demons and big ugly raid bosses).
Normally this kind of stuff doesn’t really bother me that much, I think it’s just getting it from a couple of different people whose supporting evidence doesn’t hold up (that, and I’m running on serious lack of sleep even for me and feeling under the weather, so I’m grumpy). I DO know what DR is and how important it is to break it, but when the Insanity is doing about triple the damage of my new DR-breaking weapon on the very same mobs I got the DR breaker for, why would I use the DR breaker over the Insanity?
And the two-handed weapon thing – I know sword-and-board paladins are the norm. The reason I was given is that Even will get a bonus to her intim if she’s using a shield. She DOES use one on occasion; her best deathblock item is a shield, so she goes to her +5 crippling rapier of pure good (which, not being metalline, is not good enough to be a DR breaker… or so I’m told) or occasionally her Rocksplitter along with the deathblock shield when she goes up against beholders. But she’s got a 54 intim, which is plenty for most (yes, I know not ALL) mobs.
Yes, there’s actually a real girl behind Even. Yes, I came into the game nearly a total noob, and I freely admit there’s a lot of stuff she doesn’t know. Yes, there are mistakes in my builds and my toons probably use different gear than what seasoned players would choose. But that doesn’t make me stupid. Even probably has at least 20 weapons. She’s used them all enough to know what works for her. Just because someone has a better build and/or better gear doesn’t mean they get to point out all the things I’m doing wrong.
OK, rant over, and if by chance you stumble across this blog and recognize yourself as one of the people I’m talking about, please don’t take it personally. In each instance, the advice giver was someone I’ve run with enough to like and consider a good player. It’s just the approach that got to me.
After that it’s not like I really need to bring more hate upon myself, but I’m gonna risk the wrath of ComicRelief because – well, I just am. I’d had Even running around Necro with a guildie for a bit last night, and we were back in the public area standing around the tavern when my mail icon came on. I sauntered Even over to the mailbox to see what was up and discovered that she’d just won an Eberron Unlimited Anniversary Lottery, which netted her 10K plat and… um… Comic, you might not want to look at this:
At least MyDDO loves me! 😀