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    Default Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    So, everyone says erudite (or high elf - they are basically the same) for casters.

    I say no - recently did a race swap, and chose Half Elf. Human and Kerra are similar, though Human doesn't get tracking. You do lose a little bit of dps, but not much at all, and gain a ton of extra survivability and a few utitilies..

    Now, I have to add, that I'm an Illy, and from our fabled epic, we get illusions that give us in-combat, on-mount featherfall (spiroc) and water breathing (Yha-lei), so the hover stuff is useless to me.

    Anyway, the comparison:

    Erudite/High Elf gets:

    2% cast speed
    22 Ability Mod
    3% power
    5 in-combat power regen
    +38.5 INT

    Their other stat is WIS, which doesn't help. They get the 12-hour call in-zone to a groupmate, which is nice. And hover.


    Half-Elf (and Kerran/Human) gets:

    1% cast-speed
    1% crit
    1% double-attack
    +38.5 INT
    +38.5 STR
    3% health
    +270 Physical mit
    Tracking (Half-Elf, Kerran only)


    With all the new SF gear for mages having no STR (maybe some belts and symbols have 4 STR? That's it), I was actually running into trouble with encumberance after getting rid of all T8 gear. The +38.5 STR helps to never have to worry about it again (and keep all my character development attributes and adornments in INT rather than STR).

    The 3% health and +270 physical Mit is a huge survivability benefit for raiders.


    I'm happy with my new race. And believe it's a legitimate min/max choice for casters, along with Kerrans and Humans.

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    You know, another thing I noticed the other day on my Conjuror (a High Elf) is that some of the level traits now offer physical mitigation as well. Formerly the value was just a specific mitigation - crushing, piercing or slashing. The way those traits read now, they are simply physical mitigation. Casters should most definitely take a look at that.

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    ratonga, period.

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    Quote Originally Posted by Banditman View Post
    You know, another thing I noticed the other day on my Conjuror (a High Elf) is that some of the level traits now offer physical mitigation as well. Formerly the value was just a specific mitigation - crushing, piercing or slashing. The way those traits read now, they are simply physical mitigation. Casters should most definitely take a look at that.
    Yeah, the new physical mit option is actually available in all 3 of the resistance options in character development that now offer the choice of either +270 physical mit, elemental, arcane, or noxious (270 at level 90).

    For most characters the choice should be for physical mit for all 3 - definitely for casters. An extra 810 mit helps a lot. +270 more from the racial if it's available, that's over 50% more mit for most casters.

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    Quote Originally Posted by s3id0n View Post
    ratonga, period.
    Quote Originally Posted by Otis View Post
    Mod Vinyard,

    Admin Otis here. I don't do mod wars, see you in three days.

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    Most racials are almost trivial at endgame. Go with whatever gives you the "special" stuff (tracking/safefall/hover/sprint) that you care about. Tracking is my personal fav; I won't play a toon without it again.

    Kerra has 3 of the better specials, so that's my personal choice atm!

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    Quote Originally Posted by s3id0n View Post
    ratonga, period.
    QFE

    38.5 INT
    2% Cast Speed
    5.0 Subj/Disr
    2% HP
    4% PWR
    Disarm
    Tail, fur and cute ears!

    Only thing to wish for is tracking I guess ...
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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    Well, if you consider 2% more dps and a up to 5%+ better survivability trivial, then sure.

    I agree on tracking though..

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    Ratonga is win.

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    Default Re: Character Optimization - Min/Max Race for Casters

    Any enchanter that's not a gnome is doing it wrong!
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