Saturday, August 23, 2008

Warrior Priest class review

For the Warrior Priest, faith is life. A Warrior Priest’s Righteous Fury grows strong with every swing of his arm against the Empire’s foes. With enough Righteous Fury built up, the Warrior Priest may call upon Sigmar to heal himself and his companions. Additionally the Warrior Priest's faith provides buffs to strengthen himself and those nearby. One will not find the Warrior Priest in the rear of the battle, as true devotion to Sigmar is celebrated at the front lines. The healing abilities embolden this medium armor class, but a ranged enemy will lessen this ability to regenerate life.

  • Up close and personal melee combat.

  • Group bolstering spells

  • Heals powered by combat

  • Less effective at ranged combat

  • Heals require melee combat

  • Less armor than tank classes.

PvE Overview
The Warrior Priest is a very effective soloer, and a great addition to any group. In solo play a Warrior Priest must keep track of the build up of Righteous Fury, indicated by the small globe at the bottom of the screen. Righteous Fury is required to power the healing spells, and can only be increased through melee combat. Ranged spells are few, but the few low damage attacks can be used to pull enemies from a short distance away.

In group combat, the Warrior Priest's buffs provide aid to those nearby, while the heal spells will also bring some aid. Taunts are not part of the spell book here, so holding aggro in a group situtation can prove troublesome.

RvR Overview
A Warrior Priest never fears the combat of RvR, but will cautiously appraise the battle's layout. He must beware the ranged combat fighters; while he can do some damage to them, we will not generate the Righteous Fury needed to keep his heals active. Close up, an enemy that moves around quickly can make landing a hit difficult. He must not stand his ground as a tank would, but be prepared to move and glide with the swing of his hammers.

Those with lighter armors will fall quickly under the Hammer's close range onslaught, while a higher armor class can be defeated with the lasting ability the heals provide.

Warrior Priest Mastery Paths
Path of Salvation: A Mastery Path focused on healing and restorative powers. A player who specializes in Salvation will become a much more powerful healer, although they will still need to place themselves into the front lines of a melee combat in order to build up their Righteous Fury.

Path of Grace: A Mastery Path centered around melee attacks which inspire and bolster the Warrior Priest and his allies. A Master of Grace will be able to simultaneously wreak havoc upon his enemies with his warhammer and improve himself and his companions, making him an especially valuable player when standing side-by-side with other allies.

Path of Wrath: A Mastery Path focused on crippling melee attacks which weaken, hinder, and harass the player's opponents. Someone who specializes in Wrath will certainly be the most offensively-focused type of Warrior Priest, as they will be both damaging their enemies and weakening them with each swing of their warhammer.

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