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Thinking of switching to Combat spec - Opinions?

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Thinking of switching to Combat spec - Opinions?

HonorThyGamer's Avatar

11.20.2012 , 12:24 PM | #1
I play mostly solo PVE, and only do PVP for my daily. I keep up with all of my dailies and do the flashpoints, which keeps me overleveled. For example, Alderaan is, I believe 28-32. I was at 32 when I first arrived on the planet.

Anyway, I have Doc now and he's doing a really good job of keeping me healed. Although i enjoy the Watchman spec, the recent nerf has made me consider changing to Combat. Is this a good move, or should I stick with Watchman? This is strictly for someone who plays 99% PVE. Oh and I'm a subscriber if that means anything at all.

It's not like I haven't done my own research on this, but most of that was before the nerf, and almost everyone said go with Watchman, but at the same time almost every bit of information I find is related to PVP with little to no advice about PVE.

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11.20.2012 , 02:04 PM | #2
Combat is fine for pve and does around about the same numbers for ops etc.
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11.20.2012 , 03:18 PM | #3
I just resubscribed this month and have been hearing about this Watchman nerf, but haven't really seen much of a difference in actual practice. I ran through my Black Hole dailies about as efficiently as ever. I attribute the slight reduction in performance more to me having five months off of the game than I do the effects of the nerf.

Personally I still think Watchman provides the best damage and survivability of any of the Sentinel trees. But Combat and Focus aren't bad. I've always played Watchman so it's natural to me and I don't want to make a switch to a new system. But if you don't have that ingrained in you yet, I'd say give it a shot and if it doesn't work out you can switch back.

Being overleveled and having Doc really should remove most of the danger anyway, so feel free to experiment.
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OMGitsCHARLIE's Avatar

11.20.2012 , 03:48 PM | #4
Leveled up watchman and played watchman for my sentinel for the longest time. Recently switched to combat for 1.4 as the TFB encounters cater to burst slightly more. I'm definitely enjoying combat as it does provide as good (if not, better) dps as watchman. Focus management is much easier on combat rather than watchman. The increased transcendance is nice as well as the 30% aoe dmg reduction.

However with the free respecs, I switch back and forth between watchman and combat depending on the operation. I feel watchman suits better for EC while combat is better for TFB. Again this is only my opinion. I reitemize my gear with two enhancements that I swap in my sabers depending on the spec.

Watchman is definitely still viable for ops, give combat a try and play with whichever you are comfortable with.

Ilayas's Avatar

11.20.2012 , 10:24 PM | #5
I soloed Chasing the Shadow post nerf (the 4h in the black hole daily area) survivability for the watchmen is just fine. I say if you wanna try combat then try combat. Respect are free for subscribers now so you really don't have anything to loose. Both watchmen and combat put out similar dps I'd say one is as good as the other what it'll come down to is personal preference and play style. Some people like combat better some people like watchmen. You'll never know which you prefer until you try.
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11.21.2012 , 02:38 AM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Ilayas View Post
I soloed Chasing the Shadow post nerf (the 4h in the black hole daily area) survivability for the watchmen is just fine.
Well, you can solo it with every spec. :-)

Ilayas's Avatar

11.21.2012 , 07:20 AM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Phoeniixx View Post
Well, you can solo it with every spec. :-)
My point being watchmen survivability post nerf isn't any worst then any of the other specs thus you don't NEED to switch because of it.
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11.21.2012 , 10:48 AM | #8
I would not spec combat before lvl 40 personally, Blade Rush is far to important to overall dps. Slash is pitifull in comparison.
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AidanLightwalker's Avatar

11.22.2012 , 11:32 AM | #9
The sooner you realize there is no better spec, the better things will be. They each have their strengths and weaknesses. It comes down to how and what you are going to be playing.
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11.23.2012 , 02:22 PM | #10
My experience with the different specs leads me to the following conclusions:

Watchman - Best for solo play. Whether you're solo PvE leveling or solo PvPing, all things considered, this is the best spec to go with, even post 1.5 nerf. Watchman's enhanced survivablility will make PUGging in PvP seem far less frustrating than the other specs, and you generally can make a greater contribution to the possible success of your team than any of the other specs assuming you're not getting a significant amount of heals from another player. However, Watchman is the spec that requires the most amount of "ability juggling." If you're not good at multi-tasking or gettin' jiggy with your rotation on the fly, then this might not be your best option.

Combat - Best spec to have in a coordinated group, whether PvP or PvE. Generally the best spec for any PvE content like Flashpoints, etc. Your role is to DPS the crap out of a single target as much as you, and none of the other specs do this as well as Combat. Slightly harder to level with, especially if solo, because the top end of the skill tree is VERY important to the success of this spec.

Focus - If you have more than one Sentinel in a PvP group or if you're attempting a Flashpoint or Operation with groups that have a lot of mobs in them, then this is a great choice. Soloing in PvP with them is almost completely wasted, as the damage you do to multiple targets will quickly be healed by the opposing team's healers since you're not typically as good at burning down a single target. The damage numbers they put out are insane, but ultimately not as useful if you're unable to coordinate your actions with a group.