This is a short video showing two clips that I thought were very interesting.
I can’t narrate videos at the moment due to technical stuff, at least I got the quality right. Though you can expect narrations from me in the very-near future.
The first clip is me getting jumped by a Rogue (Assassin, MM I think).
I was killed riding to my quest hub by a large group of Guardians, they were everywhere looking for the Death Rifts and had the same quests etc. It was a lot of fun, never the less and was my second bit of major World PvP. The first bit of World PvP I had will be no-doubt covered by Taugrim, you’ll see that soon.
When this Assassin jumped me I had put up my Dex buff and my 50% snare buff (on every melee ability), but didn’t get the chance to summon my Pet nor buff my weapon damage.
So, taken from the Official Rift Druid Soul Description, the weakness reads as follows:
“A Druid’s bond with their Fae Spirit is both the key to their power and their greatest weakness. Enemies who destroy a Druid’s companion greatly reduce the Druid’s prowess and endurance.”
Is this true? Without my Greater Fairy I had a good deal less survivability but managed to win the fight and come out on top, still.
What did I do?
Assassin / Marksman
You’ll see I try not to panic as I was expecting a Rogue to camp me, I get my bearings and pop my win macro (pet rage, 5% plus damage & trinket). I fail to put him to sleep (slumber) as I made a mistake and put a small DoT on him before hand.
After, I try and kite him as long as possible to keep the healing up and let my HoTs do their job, unfortunately he was Marksman too so that was no issue for him. His crits gave me heals through Gift of the Chosen (which I touched on in my Cleric overview). When I was at a similiar health pool to him, I let rip and revolved my rotation whilst trying to keep my health always above 1k.
Eventually, he uses the ‘Slip Away’ ability just before he dies, (essentially the Assassin version of Vanish from WoW) and I get killed by two other Guardians near-by. I was pretty happy!
Necromancer / Warlock
The Second clip is my getting jumped by a Necromancer / Warlock not long before the previous clip. His pet is a Rogue-like one, so he gets a Stun off before I even notice him. An important thing to note is that my mana battery spell was down because I was grinding and that plays a huge part in this fight.
I come out of it and heal up, the Greater Fairy really impressed me during this ambush, she was constantly spamming her heals and HoT, never letting it drop. She was really brilliant, and unless I have a dedicated healer in any PvP group I’m in (be it Warfront or World), then I will definitely trade the Satyr (which I’ll touch on in a later video, only just got it) for the Greater Fairy.
I immediately go mental at him and let him know I could rip his face off if he didn’t try. I knew straight away Soul Purge was coming any time soon (channelled, deals damage and heals for tons) and wanted to use my silence then. Only when he started to actually use the spell did I realise I subconsciously used the Silence at the start whilst I was pressuring him! Big mistake there.
My mana always seems to dry out in bad situations, (Taugrim always makes fun of it) and this was one of them. You can see my spamming my Shift-V when its about to come off CD, desperately willing it to hurry! What that does is ensures every melee hit restores about 10% mana on contact, though what good is it if you have no mana to hit with? That was my issue, whilst trying to balance self-healing I only got 1 strike off whilst the mana battery ability was up, giving me about 150 mana…
Luckily, my pet was being Pro and helped keep me up, I tried using LoS and finished the guy off with two Ranged attacks.
Do we (Druids) NEED the Pets that badly?
I don’t know, time will tell! On one hand, the Assassin was fine to solo without my Pet, on the other hand – I couldn’t see myself winning that fight with the Mage with my Pet helping me so, so much.