My first Krieg was Mania-Hellborn, built solely with the express purpose of tanking and spanking. So I just booted up a LV30 Boosted Krieg and thought to take a whack at the Bloodlust tree this time, since it supposedly compliments the other two so well. I ran into my first issue when I took a good look at the skills: this makes no sense to me.
You get bloodlust stacks for dealing damage, and they decay fast. Meaning you’ll want to use stuff like Vladof guns and DoTs to get big stacks.
But that’s not what the tree benefits at all.
I see bonuses to melee, BXR, grenades, explosions, Torgue weapons? Meanwhile, Embrace the Pain is in the Mania tree. If you’re maining melee and explosions, how do you even keep your stacks?
On that note, how do you fight with this in general? Fuel the Blood wants you to kill with melee to buff grenades and Buzz Axe Bombadier, then Blood Bath wants you to kill with explosions to buff guns. But you don’t use guns in BXR, and when you use guns, you’re usually going longer range, so melee and re-entering BXR are more difficult.
What range am I supposed to be fighting at? Do I use grenades, melee, or guns? How do I keep up the bonuses, when they buff different kinds of damage than they require to activate? These are kill skills that run out after 6 seconds, and the bonus is dependent on bloodlust stacks which decay fast, so I just don’t see how to make the most use out of them.
Then there’s Blood-Filled Magazines, Blood Twitch, and Nervous Blood, which give buffs to guns that would be more useful and easier to use if two of them weren’t kill skills, and if BFM and Nervous didn’t take away from each other. I don’t really see where they fall into the equation.
And on top of all that, how do you keep up your survivability? Mania has Release the Beast for fast, reliable healing, and if you can’t get that, it has Thrill of the Kill and Fuel the Rampage for easier BXR heals. Hellborn has Numbed Nerves and Elemental Empathy, and with Fire Fiend, it can even work with melee and BXR. All I see for surviving with Bloodlust is Taste of Blood and maybe Blood Trance. Am I supposed to use the grenade buffs to spam transfusions?
I think that’s all of my confusion. I really don’t understand how I’m supposed to play this tree, and I’d like a bit of advice please. Thanks for reading.