So, I just return to EQ2 and have a paid sub for now. Curious about the status of Brigands. I am looking for a class that is useful in groups, but would also like something that can solo for the times when I do not have to find a group. My current Brigand is 54, so I sould need to relearn how to play him a little bit. I do have a few questions.

1) Should I level lock at the Master Crafted levels and farm AAs, or should I level straight through?

2) I remember someone telling me that I need to get 4.0 spd weapons or something, and that I had a UI item downloaded to time my hits (ACT?). Is that still applicable?

3) Does anyone recommend a good guide on how the adornsments and reforge system works and recommended paths for Brigands? Been reading a few other posts and didn't know that was an option.

4) Should I craft my own poisons?

5) Any other advice you think a returning brigand would need, would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.