This HD video is narrated PVP footage of my level 50 Rank 1 Warrior in the MMORPG Rift in Patch 1.11. The opening clip is World PVP in Stillmoor and the rest of the video is a Port Scion warfront (queued solo).
I have updated my Riftblade PVP Guide based on my experience over the past week in 50 PVP. Here is the 1H Riftblade/Paladin / Vindicator spec used in the video:
Tips / Comments
- As discussed in the video, fresh level 50 players (i.e. Rank 1) need to adjust to fighting higher-Ranked opponents who have epic PVP gear. Your opponents will be significantly less squishy than you are as a new 50, so don’t be discouraged if the initial experience @ 50 feels “rough” – it’s par for the course in most games and Rift is no different until you get geared up a bit
- If you feel too squishy and are not using Vindicator as your 3rd tree, I highly recommend you switch to it and invest 5 points in Resilient. The -15% crittable noticeably improves survivability. I initially was playing a 38 RB / 16 Pally / 12 WL spec, and even though that spec has more avoidance and health, I found having 5/5 Resilient and Break Free to be significant difference makers in improving survivability
- I was told that my Riftblade/Pally spec would tail off in performance in the 30-39 bracket, then in 40-49 bracket, then in Patch 1.1/1.11, then at level 50. My experience thus far is that the spec has been viable through the leveling experience and now at endgame. Keep in mind that I reached 50 several weeks after the “hardcore” PVP players did, so I am evenly-geared or under-geared relative to other players in 50 warfronts. While I hope that Riftblade damage scaling is addressed in an upcoming patch, my damage at Rank 1 with the easily-obtainable Legionnaire’s Longsword (Tactician’s Longsword for Guardians) is still enough to apply meaningful pressure
- The most noticeable different in PVP at 50 is the strength of AOE healing. Some fights, especially at the Bridge flag in Port Scion, can last minutes with very few players dying. You just have to pick the right target(s) and hope other friendly players do the same as well
If you have questions, post them below.