This topic seems to come up fairly regularly, but I couldn't find any that answered all of my questions, so, here we go...
I'm looking for general thoughts and specific info on Syssin combat.
Unfortunately the character is Wise, and I don't see a gem of reincarnation coming soon. I saw, years ago, Seir being successful with a neutral balance statpack. How viable is that these days? Used to be that neutral balance rapier knight at 2.25 seconds balance was slowly able to get ahead. Wondering if 2.66 second dstab with sleights might be in the same boat.
Are there any things that wise can benefit from. I have a Snake class character on Imperian (somewhere) and +eq there allowed double suggestions per dstab. It looks like this doesn't fit here, though, because suggesting while off balance is 2 seconds.
Sleights: Abrasion and Dissipation seem really short. At times, I'll use it on myself, and be able to eat herbs or apply before my system responds to the affliction (e.g. dstab w/paralysis;sleight, system responds to me being paralysed, and sends command, sleight wears off before command goes through). My latency isn't that bad. Is the length of the knock affected by Hypnosis skill (not trans yet) or anything else?
My only thought on this one is to delay when I apply the sleight by enough time that latency doesn't cause issues.
Void: Used to be powerful. Sounds like it was made a bit weaker?
Sleep: Hypersomnia and sleep locks seemed to be a big thing for Syssin back in the day. Sleep followed by snipe+delphinium, for instance, or bind. Metawake appears to wake me up in about 1-2 seconds, which is faster than I recover balance. Is there any use to a heavy sleeplock route these days?
Camus limb damage: Exodus used to set up kills with this (or maybe it was just my crap limb curing). These days, it seems low (11.3% to one limb at 2.0 seconds neutral balance, plus slowed down by Silieris, and parry). Is there something I'm missing here, or has the skill just slowly become antiquated? Pondering the possibilities of using it alongside sleights.
Anything else I should know?