Saturday, December 6, 2008

Dark Elf Black Guard review

Not just any Dark Elf can hold the relished title of Black Guard. As the elite guards of the Witch King Lord Malekith, these soldiers are cool, efficient, and show no mercy to anyone in combat. Deadly with a halberd, they stand on the front lines of battle and protect their group with the ferocity you'd see from of any good tank. This class adds more variety to the battlefield and finally breaks up the Chosen/Black Orc duo.

  • Damage actually increases attack power

  • Can use a Halberd vs sword and board

  • Abilities aren't based on Action Points

  • Lack of ranged attacks mean combat must be up close

  • Has trouble defending against ranged DPS classes

  • Class is still being adjusted

PvE Overview
Black Guards are an offensive tank who utilize hate mechanics very similar to the Grudge of the Iron Breaker. When damage is taken, or Action Points expended it allows the use of certain abilities which can translate into attacks, buffs, or debuffs.

In a group, the Black Guard has a very clear tanking role which will put them right in the mix. They can be speced to serve a variety of playstyles which can include increasing block, parry, or focusing on debuffs and damage. They willl pull their weight as well as any Chosen or Black Orc

RvR Overview
The Black Guard has a very simple role in RvR, to rush the enemy with a focus on ranged casters and healers. While they will need a healer themselves to be effective, pairing up with an Chosen or Black Orc could prove to be a very dangerous combination.

In a keep siege a Black Guard will likely find themselves trying to hold a doorway or keeping ranged classes busy by charging. In more open situations, a solid tank like this can occupy a number of DPS which would have normally targetted weaker classes. Plan to make room in your warband for plenty of these as they are sure to be popular.

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WorldmedTourism on December 7, 2008 at 5:28 AM said...


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