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Pros & Cons of Max block for Fire Druid

Discussion in 'Druid' started by Gotcha, Sep 7, 2006.

  1. Gotcha

    Gotcha IncGamers Member

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    Pros & Cons of Max block for Fire Druid

    Pure Fire Druid (not Shaman)

    I am still stuck between maxing block or no block at all and would like to get some comments from others who have played a fire druid (PVP only):

    I will be using a JMOD/Faceted to get max block which will require about 150 of my stat points along with my other items and I keep thinking if I am not using SS for the PDR is the max block really going to help. I am loosing only 150 stats (300 life before BO & Oak). What do all you past and current Fire druids think?
     
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    Ankeli IncGamers Member

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    Up to you but no block = deeds against melee chars. Excluding nubs.
    Simple as that ^^
     
  3. Verashiden

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    ^ I agree

    ~500 more life isn't going to matter if you can't block a charging Smiter or a WWing Barb coming right at you. I'd take the hit to life if that means blocking an attack that can easily do 3+ k damage to you :)
     
  4. LorveN

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    75% block means 3/4 of the physical damage is blocked, meaning you take only 1/4th of the damage you would else. As a result, you live 4 times longer, increasing your chances of winning the duel by... a lot.
    Max block is worth it, unless you for some odd reason decide to duel casters only.
     
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    I definately vouch for max block, It's essential on all characters... Pubs are filled with chargers, BvCs [mostly crap ones but...], WWsins... ETC.

    I remember using my volcano druid in PvP and max block kept my butt living.

    ~LesC
     
  6. MortIIs

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    Erm correct me if i'm wrong but there's a 75% chance to block not 75% block iirc.
     
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    and that only after the block timer has cooled down.
     
  8. Valvolux

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    Without block, bowazons, chargers, ww barbs/sins will tear you apart.
     
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    fissure will destroy any charger or ww character
     
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    Err absorb?
     
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    if someone absorbs you're going to lose anyway so wtf is the point of your post?
     
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    eh, you're wasting your time anyways if you'r eusing a jmod, you should be no block, base dext


    stormshield, hell yeah max block

    jmod, no


    I've had a good pvp fire druid on ladder this season

    as far as the person who said smiters are a problem, no they're not


    you can't block smite anyways

    and chargers are ez

    only thing no block really leaves you open to is bowazons, but generally if you teleport fast and are skilled they won't touch you
     
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    My point was that "fissure will destroy any charger or ww character" was wrong, Fissure can be easily negated, that's why most single element chars don't make good duelers.
     
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    The JMOD is only costing me like 25 extra dex points so you think that is not really worth the extra 25. Also without max block don't you think in a fire druid vs fire druid duel that without max block the fire druid with max block will have a better chance since volcano can be blocked. At least I think it can, correct me if I am wrong.

    I am trying to build this chr around jmod with -70/+50 in facets while casting at 68% and having 40 deep in resists with lightning at the 90-100 range. The jmod seems like the best all around shield unless like I was questioning earlier the PDR from SS is real huge. With a necro it is since the necro has BA but with a druid in the 3000 life range I am not sure the PDR will mean all that much. I may be wrong though but somehow the extra 25 or so dex just seems like the right way to build around the sorbing/stacking issue while maintaining max block with less gear switching.
     
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    The point claniraq is making when saying that maxblock is useless, is that if you get caught, youre dead either way, with or without max block. One ww is pretty much all it takes.
     
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    Volcana can't be blocked afaik no spell can be blocked.
     
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    Indeed, but that means statistically that you should block 3/4 of the time, as long as the below mentioned blocktimer cooled down etc etc.
     
  18. Gotcha

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    well that may change my thoughts a bit now grrr. Now I will have to rethink this whole build idea for PVP.
     
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    What does everyone think about facets -70 resists/+50% damage idea. Is it still real easy do absorb. Am I building this chr on the wrong idea. The 50%damage boost is huge to fire and fissure along with the idea that not many players stack 100 to fire (-70 along with if they die loosing the added 30%).
     
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    -70%? where does the 20 come from?
     

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