I don’t play “allegiance” exactly in TPS, but I have divided up all the red-texted gear evenly among my characters, and they don’t get to swap (outside of brief foreign exchange programs). It’s more like a random allegiance. To this end, Nisha has the Razorback, and sticks with it (not because there isn’t a better Diaub around, but because of personal rules about it).
Athena gets the Rapid Release, but I do give Aurelia the Nought to get the most out of Bitter Riposte (as the shortest delay Tediore shield )
With BL2/TPS back on track after the botched 1803 update , Athena picked up the No Such Thing as a Free Launch mission. One phase of it brings me to the “Printing Error” echo… makes me laugh every time I hear it. I love jump-based combat mechanics, and TPS delivers.
Smite! That zap from the sky is satisfying, and the subsequent nova is like Death From Above with smaller radius (and it’s ‘free’ where Death From Above costs Anarchy).
Hades’ Shackles! Combining this with Epicenter means that per jump, I get a singularity to pull enemies close for slam damage and Hades Shackles’. I also love stacking as many damage mechanics onto as many enemies as possible. With my shield up addressing a crowd, I’ll slam down for Epicenter, slam damage, and Hades’ Shackles, let them beat on my shield for some Prismatic Aegis and Superconductor (no Return Fire, lest it kill them prematurely in these sorts of situations). As Hades’ Shackles starts popping novas (and damaging nearby enemies), I’ll release the Aspis which will bounce to other enemies with Wrath of the Goddess, all of whom should be close enough together that Zeus’ Rage will overlap. If I’m lucky, I’ll see Flereous (Overload) somewhere in the chaos.
Then Athena will do that deep laugh, and I might swoon a little.