Maya without Phaselock! Yep! That’s definetly something I’ve never tried. An endgame build with that in mind could look like this.
Your best COM options for this would be a Killer or Wild Cat (awesome SMG buff), Cunning Fox (Reaper and Blight Phoenix) or a Mirrored Trickster (Kinetic Reflection and Life Tap). You’ll need to move some skill points around to get 5/5 in Kinetic Reflection. It’s a very nice skill in areas where enemies use regular guns.
To get the most out of her, I strongly recommend using your action skill. So many skills depend on it.
Maya is my main character, and I start new Maya’s all the time. Here’s how I go down the skill tree.
2/5 in Sweet Release - Always nice to be able to heal yourself.
5/5 in Ward - Works wonders for your shield.
5/5 in either Suspension or Accelerate - Accelerate is a flat dps increase, but Suspension is really nice when you have a Badass enemy phaselocked, and your guns aren’t quite up to par. Players choice.
1/1 in Converge - A truly amazing skill for crowd control. Phaselock and throw an AoE grenade at the bunched up enemies, and watch them die horribly. Converge also synergizes very well with skills like Chain reaction and Ruin.
At this point, you can choose to either continue down the Harmony tree and get Wreck, or you can start down the Cataclysm tree. Cataclysm is a bit of overkill in NVHM, but at the same time, it’s fun to use. The skills to go for there are Foresight, Chain Reaction, Reaper and Ruin. Immolate is great, but gets canceled when you use Moxxi guns, so keep that in mind. The other skills needed to get furthe down the tree are a matter of choice, really. But Flicker does very little, so you might wanna skip that one.
Hope it helps! Good luck!