Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dwarf Ironbreaker Review

The Ironbreaker willingly and gladly positions himself in the front lines during battle and holds Grudges against those who harm his allies. In this way, he manages to simultaneously epitomize the role of the tank without being a boring warrior that can only try to control aggro and wait for his friends to do the rest of the work. Despite a disposition that is gruff, quarrelsome and taciturn, the Ironbreaker is your best friend on the field of battle. He is easy to spot in his gleaming and ornately adorned gromril armor. The Ironbreaker often carries a massive shield as well.

  • The ability to take great damage and get stronger because of it.

  • Oathfriend can make any group last longer when things go bad.

  • An integral part in a winning RvR team.

  • So powerful in RvR that they can be targeted over healers.

  • Low DPS depending on build.

  • Grudges take time, which makes the Ironbreaker a slow starter.

PvE Overview
Ironbreakers are an asset to any group because of their stalwart defenses and the effect their Grudges have on a battle. Most groups will lean on the Ironbreaker as the main tank over a Swordmaster--if for no other reason--because of the Ironbreakers Oathfriend ability. When the Ironbreaker uses this buff on a healer or melee DPS who frequently draws aggro, the entire group's chances of survival increase.

Ironbreakers who specialize in the path of Vengeance will be able to contribute a fair amount of damage to a single foe, but the Ironbreaker truly shines when he concentrates on pure tanking (Path of Stone) or bolstering his allies (Path of Brotherhood).

RvR Overview
The roles of the Ironbreaker in RvR play is to break enemy lines and to keep distance between the forces of Destruction and her allies. She is hearty enough to survive the assault of several foes at once long enough to disrupt enemy formations, and a Ironbreaker with a reliable healer can outlast many foes.

Ironbreakers who are not focused on damage through the Path of Vengeance may not get many kills, but they'll be able to make the forces of Order last longer as their taunts in RvR battles cause enemy attacks to become less effectively against everyone except for the Ironbreaker. Combine that knowledge with an understanding of Oathfriend and the Path of Stone, and they day could very well belong to Order.

Ironbreaker Mastery Paths
Path of Vengeance: Some Ironbreakers hold their Grudges close to their heart, slowly nurturing them until they are filled with the fury of Grimnir himself. With a single-minded focus, a specialist in this path becomes more and more dangerous with every Grudge he holds, pushing himself to fight more brutally as he strives to avenge the insults that have been dealt.

Path of Stone: As stubborn and unyielding as the mountains themselves, Ironbreakers who master this path are specialists in defense and will expend every last ounce of energy protecting their sworn oath friends. Since an Ironbreaker builds up Grudges quickly when under direct attack, this mastery takes advantage of that by consuming his Grudges to fuel potent defensive abilities.

Path of Brotherhood: A specialist in this path understands the balance between camaraderie and retribution, and is a natural leader on the battleground. Alternately holding and discharging his Grudges, the master of Brotherhood serves as a shining example of the greatest of Dwarf traits, inspiring his allies to push onwards to greater heights. Equally adept at breaking the enemy line or standing his ground and holding back waves of foes, the master of this path has the ability to bolster his Oath Friend as well as himself.

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