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PvE: Powertech or Merc?

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PvE: Powertech or Merc?

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Darkscis
02.17.2013 , 05:29 PM | #11
Quote: Originally Posted by Grues View Post
Only for PvE, i am not a big fan of PvP in this game.

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I am playing as a Level 20 PT atm and seem to be losing to alot of Mercs near my level.
What do you mean "losing to alot of Mercs" when you say you aren't interested in PvP? If it is just that they seem to be killing quicker well that is going to change drastically throughout the levels as each class unlocks key talents and gets specific skills. You can't judge kill speed towards 50 based on what you experience at 20. I am currently leveling a Merc, just hit 40 and it has been an absolute blast so far. I have solo'd every single heroic 2+ thus far with ease and breeze through the normal quests without needing to stop to heal (or even a remote chance of death).

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JimmyTheCannon
02.17.2013 , 06:08 PM | #12
I regularly would out-DPS equally geared Marauders and Snipers in raids on my Merc. I *certainly* out-DPSed Sorcs.

I can't post recent parses because I haven't run with those guys regularly, but they're one of the top PVE guilds on the server.

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bbare
02.17.2013 , 09:36 PM | #13
Quote: Originally Posted by Grues View Post
Only for PvE, i am not a big fan of PvP in this game. I like killing bosses and supporting the team, also looking into maybe a Sniper imperial agent as well.

I am playing as a Level 20 PT atm and seem to be losing to alot of Mercs near my level. I have pretty good equipment and am Specing into the Pyro tree.

Any tips or suggestions?
Powertechs don't really get good until you get prototype particle accelerator in your tree. Powertechs will out dps mercs, assuming the same level of skill and gear. Both have pretty easy rotations. Mercs have more utility and powertechs do more damage. Its really up to you whom you want to play. Both are more than viable.
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Slicksteezin
02.17.2013 , 11:54 PM | #14
Quote: Originally Posted by ScytheEleven View Post
Nope, wrong. Sorry buddy, but nothing is beating out a BiS Sentinel/Marauder right now.

Here's the thing about PT vs Merc DPS: PT Pyro is higher, but Merc brings a little bit more utility (CC, a cleanse) to a raid group.

Mercs will disagree with me completely, but you frequently see parses from PT Pyro's hitting over 2k DPS and laughing while they do it. Mercs can hit like a truck, but not as much as their PT counterparts can at the moment.
Nope, sorry buddy... I have both a 63 geared merc and 63 gear powertech, and even though i consider my PT to be my main, i will not deny that my arsenal merc can dish out more DPS PvE. I would absolutely consider them among the best in PvE damage and an absolute neccessity in high tier raids.

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Omophorus
02.18.2013 , 03:30 PM | #15
Quote: Originally Posted by Slicksteezin View Post
Nope, sorry buddy... I have both a 63 geared merc and 63 gear powertech, and even though i consider my PT to be my main, i will not deny that my arsenal merc can dish out more DPS PvE. I would absolutely consider them among the best in PvE damage and an absolute neccessity in high tier raids.
And I'd strongly disagree.

Marauder and PT are stronger than Mercenary. The utility might be handy depending on your raid group composition, but I'd hardly call it essential or anywhere approaching necessary.

Mercenary has terrible mobility. Bosses in TFB all require significant movement. Likewise, to a lesser extent, in EC. PT is not penalized at all for having to move as a part of the fight. Mercenary is.

Frankly, I see little need for any RDPS. Ideally, I'd take 2 PTs and 2 Marauders with at least 1 Assassin tank. 2 healers + 1 Assassin have enough utility that you don't need it from your DPS, and you can trade utility for raw output, which is something Merc just isn't top-tier at.
Srs'bsns, GM of <Proper Villains> of The Ebon Hawk
5/5 Nightmare Power DF & DP
"This is why we don't bring Assassin tanks"

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ScytheEleven
02.18.2013 , 09:42 PM | #16
Quote: Originally Posted by Omophorus View Post
And I'd strongly disagree.

Marauder and PT are stronger than Mercenary. The utility might be handy depending on your raid group composition, but I'd hardly call it essential or anywhere approaching necessary.

Mercenary has terrible mobility. Bosses in TFB all require significant movement. Likewise, to a lesser extent, in EC. PT is not penalized at all for having to move as a part of the fight. Mercenary is.

Frankly, I see little need for any RDPS. Ideally, I'd take 2 PTs and 2 Marauders with at least 1 Assassin tank. 2 healers + 1 Assassin have enough utility that you don't need it from your DPS, and you can trade utility for raw output, which is something Merc just isn't top-tier at.
This. Don't know if I agree on the last statement, but yeah, this.

Instant cast and mobility >>>> cast bars.

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Raekor
02.18.2013 , 10:07 PM | #17
If constantly getting interrupted is going to annoy you, stay with the PT. My Merc is my main, but I find the PT more fun due to not getting annoyed at the constant interrupts. Going for 10 stack DT at the moment, you lose about 300 DPS from the knock ups and moving on a Merc. Still more than enough to carry my own weight.

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JimmyTheCannon
02.19.2013 , 12:40 AM | #18
I've never had a problem keeping up my end as a Merc, even with casts.

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Raekor
02.19.2013 , 06:44 PM | #19
Quote: Originally Posted by JimmyTheCannon View Post
I've never had a problem keeping up my end as a Merc, even with casts.
People aren't saying you will have a problem. A Merc's DPS is more than sufficient for everything the game has to offer.

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Omophorus
02.19.2013 , 07:37 PM | #20
Quote: Originally Posted by Raekor View Post
People aren't saying you will have a problem. A Merc's DPS is more than sufficient for everything the game has to offer.
Bingo.

The question wasn't "what is workable?". The question was "which is best?".

The answer is Powertech.
Srs'bsns, GM of <Proper Villains> of The Ebon Hawk
5/5 Nightmare Power DF & DP
"This is why we don't bring Assassin tanks"