Hey guys! Due to the several recent discussions regarding combat learning curves and whatnot, I've decided to create a thread in which the pros of Aetolia can write out guides for the classes that they have had success with! People wanting to learn how to operate a specific class can feel free to come here for tips! I'm going to lay out a criteria that doesn't have to be followed to the teeth, but is just a general basis to go by. This Criteria includes:
*The class you are writing a guide for
*The pros and cons of the class
*Equipment and skills necessary for the route you are writing for in your guide.
*Suggested level of automation, whether full, semi, or none.
*What classes your class counters, and the other classes that your class can be countered by. It might be better to list specific skills.
*Explain the goal that your class needs to attain to ultimately kill the opponent, and explain how to get there from start to finish.
*Explain different routes to take if you're snowballing offensively, and or needing to stall and buy time to regain your footing.
*Explain the tools that your class has at their disposal to deal with annoying hinderances (like raze+blaze for shield/rebounding people for Templar)
*List what skills they can use for optimization in group fights, and which to avoid if any.
*List other classes that your class may synergize well, or poorly with.
*Optional: List any artifacts that would be particularly beneficial to your class, and any artifacts that can counter your class.
Now I'm sure some of you are probably thinking to yourselves, "There's no way I'm going to do that. I don't want X person to know all of my class' strengths and weaknesses." I personally pity anyone who thinks that, honestly. I believe that combat should be fair to everyone, and for everyone that participates to know what they're doing, and what they're up against. If you're continually winning fights because someone, say, didn't know know how to avoid Death or Wheel Tarot, then you probably don't deserve to win vs someone who knows what they're doing.
You should really be viewing this as an opportunity to help other people/guild members who are otherwise inept with a class you are familiar with to get them to understand it better. So pros, start writing!
Daskalos' Wall of Luminary ethics can be sifted through here