2K Subscribers on YouTube :)


I wanted to share this milestone with y’all:

I haven’t posted in a couple weeks, because I’ve been busy in RL and didn’t play Rift for a week. I was able to play again this past weekend.

Some gaming friends suggested that we check out Sunrest, the other RP-PVP server for Rift. I wasn’t terribly excited by the thought of re-leveling to endgame, but I gave Sunrest a go over the weekend. I was very pleasantly surprised by Sunrest’s community and the positive interaction between players in warfronts (battlegrounds). By comparison, warfront chat in the battlegroup for Harrow, the server I have been playing on with my Warrior, is extremely flame-oriented and can be tiresome to deal with.

Sunrest has been refreshing, and this time around I tried a Mage to the mid-teens as Chloromancer, then rolled a Cleric to play as Justishamitor (Justicar / Shaman / Inquisitor). I’m going to stick with the Cleric: the mechanics suit me well, and I’ve always loved melee-healer archetypes.

EDIT (2011/06/01): I’m not sure what I’m going to do with my Warrior. Right now Enhanced Burst is broken, so Riftblade burst and sustained DPS is below what it should be. I’m enjoying Cleric, so I’m going to level him and record footage along the way. Healers seem more needed than DPS, and Cleric can spec into any role effectively for PVP.

EDIT (2011/06/02): re-rolled the Cleric with the name Taugrim; a friend had been holding the name for me and he just released it. This time around I replaced Inquisitor with Warden, and IMO as a 0-pt tree Warden fits melee Cleric better, as you get 2 instant-cast abilities: a HoT (Healing Spray) and a spammable ranged attack (Waterjet).

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47 comments on “2K Subscribers on YouTube :)
  1. Nathan says:

    Congrats!

    Re-subbed to Rift recently, once I’ve finished my movie you might see me on.

  2. Lex says:

    Congratz! Been subbed to you since Allods online. Keep up the great work

  3. Excelsior says:

    Congrats. Im enjoying Harrow so far, but yet to make it to 50. When the character transfers go live, I might shop around a bit as well.

  4. Paravian says:

    Does this
    Mean the warrior is shelved? Or will you transfer it to sunrest when that becomes available?

    • taugrim says:

      Not sure what I am going to do. My guess is transfers TO Sunrest won’t be an option when the transfer functionality goes live. We’ll have to see.

  5. Paravian says:

    Grats on 2k aswell. I play on Briarcliff, same battlegroup as harrow an know exactly what you mean about the flame/blame community trend.

  6. zeeker says:

    Grats on 2K, I was also thinking in rolling in Sunrest I always liked RP servers as they tend to gather a more mature player base. Do you have a guild there or plan to create one? I’m a casual player but PVP is all I do when in game. Got my warrior to rank6 and I was thinking in rolling a cleric as well….

    • taugrim says:

      Do you have a guild there or plan to create one?

      Yes, we created a guild with some like-minded PVP players.

      Basically, we’re looking for mature, competent players who will try to get decently baseline geared/runed, want to run group PVP, and are not looking to get carried.

      If that sounds good, give me a shout in-game.

      • Zeeker says:

        “we’re looking for mature, competent players… and are not looking to get carried.”

        That’s exactly what I’m looking for, a group of mature players that behave as such,PvP is already full of childish loudmouths and we should set an example.

        Competitive to the max but always respectful regardless of the outcome is my MO.

        On my server I basically leveled my warrior to rank6 just pugging, never run a single pre-made since I was one of the few that liked PvPed there.

        Cant wait to hear what you have to say about clerics, I’m really liking their versatility.

  7. ahtchu says:

    Congratulations Taugrim. Your videos are always enjoyable- pleasantly narrated and detailed without being complex. Furthermore, your style enables the viewer to enjoy the game without actually playing it. Cheers!

  8. Dyu says:

    Gratz on 2k. What’s RL? I’m giving my warrior a break and try a Mage.

  9. Saure001 says:

    Gz Taugrim!
    You deserve this more then anyone!
    And gz with the new server too, and hope to see some really nice videos in the future.
    But u are also correct, always focus RL ;)

  10. Xeuraxis says:

    Well since a couple of days ago Trion got seastone, spitescar, sunrest, aedraxis, faeblight, Belmont and lotham onto the same WF queues. I noticed a much faster Q time, but also its refreshing to play against some of the other servers we havent played against before (originally in the same group as seastone, spitescar, belmont and Aedraxis). I personally didn’t notice much difference in amount of flame in WF chat from when sunrest was added to the group, you always get the kids, but majority of players are ok.

    If you roll on Sunrest would be great to play with you (or I should say against you – I am on Guardian Faction)

    I also noticed that RB burst enhance dmg is abit broken at the moment. Compared to my champ/vk/para build with the R6 2hander axe, you cannot even start to compare dmg @ 1K+ Chain Crits (Even compared to the R6 longsword).

    • taugrim says:

      If you roll on Sunrest would be great to play with you (or I should say against you – I am on Guardian Faction)

      What’s your character name?

      I also noticed that RB burst enhance dmg is abit broken at the moment.

      It is getting fixed:
      http://bit.ly/kUYnSl

      • Mike says:

        I’m on seastone aswell ill start watching for you taug so i know to avoid you haha

  11. Excelsior says:

    The culture on Harrow is pretty bad. Last night was a bad night for Defiants. Lots of guardian premades stacked with cleric healing across all the warfronts. One game in particular Guardians had 6 clerics, all in healing or hybrid heal/DPS specs. They only died a handful of times. People on our side immediately started to lay into each other. I treid to explian that with that much healing, we really dont stand muich chance and got flamed by the others, who then spent the rest of the WF blaming everyone else. it was really tiresome.

  12. Marc says:

    Taugrim,
    Could you post your Justishamitor spec? Is it 11 in Justicar and the rest in Shaman, or max in Justicar with overflow in shaman? Thanks!

    • taugrim says:

      I’m trying both, actually. Justicar is definitely worth stacking to 12 points, whether you continue in the tree after that is based on playstyle.

      If you have Inq as 3rd tree, then you should continue in Justicar to 16 points for Doc of Righteousness.

      If you have Warden as 3rd tree, you can stop at 12 in Justicar.

  13. Derezzed says:

    Glad you said you put your pvp warrior on hold. I did the same, just working on PvE at the moment on Rasmolov. I re-rolled a Cleric and I am lvl 18 at this point, any fun builds yet? Please post.

    • taugrim says:

      Basically, put 12 in Justicar until you have Reparation, just skip the Armor talent. After that, you can continue putting points in Justicar or go Shaman.

      I just re-rolled my Cleric again (Taugrim name was freed up by my friend who had squatted on it for me) and went Warden for my 3rd tree instead of Inq, and Warden is better than Inquisitor IMO for 0 points, because you get 2 instant cast abilities – a HoT and a ranged attack.

  14. Maximum says:

    OFF TOPIC :

    HELLL YEAH !!!!

    My comment is first in the picture he displayed !

    GOOOO TAUGRIM !!

    ON TOPIC :

    Hey Taugrim, so I decided to go with your 38 RB/ 17 CH / 11 PA. I love being a tank in pvp, all started in warhammer online *wink* *wink*.

    Is your build better or this build better?
    http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0ckug.ghRzqRMhzo.icx00V.te0o0z

    I really want to use a sword and shield and still kill people and stuff, you know like in warhammer, iron breaker killstyle :P.

    Someone said that I should go with your spec if there are no healers, and if I have healers to go with the second spec, what is your take on my comments, need advice, thanks.

    • taugrim says:

      Hey Taugrim, so I decided to go with your 38 RB/ 17 CH / 11 PA. I love being a tank in pvp, all started in warhammer online *wink* *wink*.

      Is your build better or this build better?
      http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=0ckug.ghRzqRMhzo.icx00V.te0o0z

      Which build is better partially depends on healing. If healing is strong, go 2H CH spec.

      You took 2 talents in CH that I would pass on: Don’t Make Me Angry and Titan’s Strength. Energy Retention in VK is a waste of talent points.

  15. Marc says:

    I guess I’m not seeing the synergy between justicar and inquisitor. Are you using 0 points in inquisitor and just spamming vex? Or are you using bolt of judgment to get convictions at range? And how does that interact with Doctrine of Righteousness? (you said get 16 for doc of right if you were using inquis as a 3rd tree). Right now I’m using 16 Just/22 sham/0 inquis at level 29. What do you think?

    • taugrim says:

      At endgame, Inq offers a lot for 12 points. But I agree with you that Inq is not a good choice for a 0-pt 3rd tree, I realized this after re-rolling last night.

  16. Aerdric says:

    Hey Taugrim can’t wait to see some new videos… You are rolling Guardian this time?PvP is my favorite thing in MMOs and I just picked up the game after trying it in Beta, so I was just looking for somewhere the PvP will be good and maybe some nice people to run with occasionally. Not sure if you saw my post on your Youtube, but have you ever played DAoC? Thanks.

  17. OC rock says:

    What happen to your rogue experiment? you didnt like it ? or is it underpowered

    • taugrim says:

      I’ve decided I wanted to play a class with better healing capability.

      Bard can heal but just based on playing in the 10-19 bracket with Bard, Chloro, and Cleric, Chloro and Cleric have better mechanics. The 20-yd range on Cadence is too short IMO, and overall Chloro seems to “flow” better than Bard in terms of healing. But then again AFAIK Chloro is considered a main healer spec whereas Bard is support.

      And I’ve always gravitated towards melee healers (LOTRO Captain, Allods Melee Healer, WoW Prot Pally, etc).

  18. Skargust says:

    Glad you got back to your Melee Healin’ roots, and looking forward to the vids

  19. Marc says:

    Thanks for your replys, I gather you are trying 12 Justicar/ (all the rest?) Sham/0 Warden and 12+ Justicar/(all the overflow?)Shaman/0 Warden. Which do you like better so far? I’ve been trying both as well and cant decide which is more effective. I think I definately have more survivablility with 12+ in Justicar, but I lose a lot of the burst from Shaman tree. Would appreciate any first impressions you have, before you post your videos. Thanks.

  20. Seth says:

    Hey was thinking of subbing to rift, and wanted to know if your guild is accepting recruits atm? Im either rolling a cleric or warrior

  21. Asura says:

    Sad to see ya go. There aren’t a ton of decent players left on Harrow. It’s a shame too cause Harrow’s community seemed pretty awesome for the first month or so; not sure what happened.

    I’ve actually been thinking about re-rolling/transfering to Sunrest if possible for a little while. I played there during the beta and also aimed for it day 1, but couldn’t handle the wait.

    What’s your guild over there?

    • taugrim says:

      Sad to see ya go. There aren’t a ton of decent players left on Harrow. It’s a shame too cause Harrow’s community seemed pretty awesome for the first month or so; not sure what happened.

      There are some great people I met on Harrow. The odd thing on Harrow is that there seems to be many more level 50 Defiant players than Guardians, but the Guardians have the more-skilled PVP players.

      I’ve actually been thinking about re-rolling/transfering to Sunrest if possible for a little while. I played there during the beta and also aimed for it day 1, but couldn’t handle the wait.

      That is exactly the reason I didn’t roll on Sunrest on Day 1 of Head Start. I couldn’t wait 2+ hours for the login queue, and I had never played the game so I was itching to get in and see for myself.

      What’s your guild over there?

      <Absolution>
      Guardian faction

      Hit us up if you re-roll there.

  22. Ladies says:

    Sweet! Great to find some likeminded people, this is exactly what a friend of mine and I are looking for, we just had to find a decent server. I’ll convince him to re-roll on this server if you guys want a couple of decent PvPers!

    I’m Ladies on Sunrest, not sure what he will be yet.

    • taugrim says:

      All we’re asking people for the guild is the following:
      1. own your gear / leveling / ranking and rune properly. It’s OK to ask for help, but don’t expect to be carried
      2. don’t complain / whine
      3. since we’re into PVP, be willing to play as a team and give / receive feedback

      If that sounds good to you, hit me up in-game and we’ll ginvite you and your friends :)

  23. Excelsior says:

    Followed you over to Sunrest with a few people I know and were currently leveling our Clerics (LoL we accidently all rolled clerics, but its fine as were speccing into different roles.) I am enjoying my stay and the warfront chat seems to be a bit better. I have a question:

    How is your DPS as a Sham/Just/? going. At level 18 Im finding the shaman DPS to be putird. The main problem im having is that massive blow seems to be the crux of the Soul, and you dont get the main procs and talents you need to higher levels. I abandoned it because I was pitiful in my shaman/druid build and went Cabalist where I saw a huge increase in DPS. Are you running more as a healer or are you having some of the same problems I am having with Shaman DPS?

  24. Excelsior says:

    Oh and if you ever want to run WFs, just hit me up. I can bring my friends fo a full group :) My toon is Excelsiorr

  25. Saure001 says:

    =( U rerolled to guardian…
    Aww…

  26. Dragonzz says:

    Stopped playing allods? Missing your MH guidance :(

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