I’ve had an idea for a build in mind ever since I first started playing Athena at launch - namely, involving the skill Elemental Barrage. After maxing that skill and picking up a Vladof launcher that I found, I realized that rocket spam could be a viable playstyle given the low ammo consumption of vladof launchers and the insane reductions in chance to use ammo available with high(ish) maelstrom stacks. However, I’d like some ideas for how to complete/play the build, and how to gear up for it.
Basic structure of build:
The points in CS should be self explanatory - Gathering Tempest and Unrelenting for mag size and fire rate on the launcher, and smite and zeus’ rage for insane buffs to basic actions.
As for the Phalanx tree, I grabbed some of the basic buffs for when the Aspis is up to help maintain survivability (Ephodos for evasion, Hold the Line and Vanguard for healing when necessary, Prismatic aegis and clear! for more damage from the throws).
What I’d like to know:
Would it be worth it to grab points in either Gun Kata or Clarity to get O-S and mercurial? If so, which? The tier two Xiphos skills are both very good buffs from my experiences, but I’m unsure which tier 1 skill to dump points into - Gun Kata offers nothing AFAIK, but Clarity’s supposed to be pretty weak…
I’m trying to figure out whether I should get a skill like Overload or Superconductor for faster Maelstrom stacking/better maelstrom retention - which would be better for this?
I want to get down to Wrath for the combo of that and Zeus’ Rage, but am unsure of what to spec into to get there - I was thinking Invictus for better aspis throws, but Return Fire also seems appealing to me.
Which COM would best suit this build? I was thinking a blue Raging or Surging Storm might be good with a shock launcher, but other suggestions would be good.