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Taugrim's Guide to Bounty Hunter Powertech Mechanics and PVP

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Taugrim's Guide to Bounty Hunter Powertech Mechanics and PVP

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taugrimtaugrim
01.09.2012 , 01:30 PM | #1
Here is my free in-depth Guide to Powertech Mechanics and PVP:
http://taugrim.com/2012/01/04/guide-...anics-and-pvp/

Table of Contents
  1. Advanced Class Overview and Playstyle
  2. Talent Tree and Stance Overview
  3. Talent Tree and Stance Pairings
  4. Talent Tree Analysis
  5. Heat (Ammo) Mechanics
  6. Damage Mechanics
  7. Defense Mechanics
  8. Crowd Control and Debuff Mechanics
  9. Mobility and CC Counter Mechanics
  10. Global Cooldown Management and Rotation
  11. Recommended Specs
  12. Stats and Gear
  13. Narrated Gameplay Videos
  14. About the Author

Let me know your feedback / questions, either here or on my blog.

I'll be updating it multiple times a week on my blog, and I'll be posting significant content changes here.

Look forward to dialoguing with you!

P.S. if you want to see Vanguard PVP live, check out my stream with commentary, the schedule is posted there, and I tweet whenever my stream is starting.
Taugrim
PVP Maven, Guide Writer, Host on GAMEBREAKER's The Republic show
@taugrim | taugrim.com
Guides: Resolve | Powertech/Vanguard PVP | Defense/Shielding | Bolster

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01.09.2012 , 01:34 PM | #2
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01.09.2012 , 01:35 PM | #3
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01.09.2012 , 01:35 PM | #4
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01.09.2012 , 01:37 PM | #5
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Guides: Resolve | Powertech/Vanguard PVP | Defense/Shielding | Bolster

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Slooop
01.09.2012 , 02:46 PM | #6
What's up Taugrim? Good to see you on the official SWTOR forums. My buddy showed me some of your stuff the other night. I completely changed how I do keybinds because of you. It sucked for awhile, but now that I'm used to it It's improved my gameplay alot.

Here's what I have to say about your guide - It is not only the best I have seen for the Powertech/Vanguard ACs, but it is the best I've seen of any AC guide!

Love the intelligent breakdown of class mechanics and gameplay, as well as suggestions for PVE vs. PVP.

Keep up the good work my friend.

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AnAcuteAngle
01.09.2012 , 03:14 PM | #7
I disagree with a lot of the things in this guide. For example:

Useless skills- Flame Sweep? Great when enemies are attempting to cap an objective, especially if you are specced into it.

Unload is good if you are out of options and the enemy is too far away.

Flamethrower / Missile Blast are much more useless than these.
He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat.

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taugrimtaugrim
01.09.2012 , 03:15 PM | #8
Quote: Originally Posted by Slooop View Post
What's up Taugrim? Good to see you on the official SWTOR forums. My buddy showed me some of your stuff the other night. I completely changed how I do keybinds because of you. It sucked for awhile, but now that I'm used to it It's improved my gameplay alot.
It definitely takes time to get used to a new keybinding setup, so I'm glad to hear you made it past the re-learning curve and that it's improved your gameplay

Quote: Originally Posted by Slooop View Post
Here's what I have to say about your guide - It is not only the best I have seen for the Powertech/Vanguard ACs, but it is the best I've seen of any AC guide!

Love the intelligent breakdown of class mechanics and gameplay, as well as suggestions for PVE vs. PVP.

Keep up the good work my friend.
Thanks!

I still have more content to add to the Guide, some sections to fill in and more narrated videos to crank out.
Taugrim
PVP Maven, Guide Writer, Host on GAMEBREAKER's The Republic show
@taugrim | taugrim.com
Guides: Resolve | Powertech/Vanguard PVP | Defense/Shielding | Bolster

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offensivex
01.09.2012 , 03:15 PM | #9
Fantastic to see you here, I haven't really kept up with your blog since you moved from WoW to Rift. I'll look forward to it once again.

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taugrimtaugrim
01.09.2012 , 03:21 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by AnAcuteAngle View Post
Useless skills- Flame Sweep? Great when enemies are attempting to cap an objective, especially if you are specced into it.
Use FS as part of your rotation if you want.

The thing to keep in mind is that FS is a PBAoE - which is only good if you are right in the center of the group you are trying to stop capping a node.

Missile Blast can be used from 30m to prevent opponents from capping by targeting the middle-most opponent.

Quote: Originally Posted by AnAcuteAngle View Post
Unload is good if you are out of options and the enemy is too far away.
Yes, that is basically what I wrote:
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The only use case where this ability makes sense is when you are at long-range from a target who will remain in your field-of-fire for 3 seconds and your Explosive Dart (Sticky Grenade) and Rail Shot (High Impact Bolt) are on cooldown
Quote: Originally Posted by AnAcuteAngle View Post
Flamethrower / Missile Blast are much more useless than these.
FT is under-rated by a lot of players. It deals very good damage, you can redirect the cone as needed.

At first I believed it was underwhelming until I realized its utility and effect.
Taugrim
PVP Maven, Guide Writer, Host on GAMEBREAKER's The Republic show
@taugrim | taugrim.com
Guides: Resolve | Powertech/Vanguard PVP | Defense/Shielding | Bolster