Another MKO refugee here. I'm going to give Achaea a try, and have been trying to pick a class. I'm looking for something that's viable for mid-tier pvp without arties (I don't want to artie up before I know for sure that I'm going to stay), but also has the potential to do well in high tier pvp eventually. Ideally this class would have potential to do well in both 1 v 1 and group combat.
I've been looking at bard in particular, but I've read some things that say that unartied bards struggle. Is this the case? If so, what other classes fit what I'm looking for? Jester seems to be another one that people often suggest.
Thanks in advance!
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I'm looking for something that's viable for mid-tier pvp without arties
Heartsfury and Riposte are amazing, so if you're fighting any physical damage class, you're pretty well off, unartied or not, as bard.
If you had issues unartied, I'd think it'd be against good players who are playing affliction classes.
Jester/Shaman are great unartied because they aren't very much benefited by artefacts at all, but they're pretty unique classes in how they function so they aren't for everyone.
Runewarden's a solid option.
Only if you're replacing a minimum of level 1 gauntlets with some other non-standard strength increase (rare minerals, shop of wonders elixir, truefavour, etc.), according to all of my testing. 19 strength (the maximum unartied as a Runewarden) is a bit over 96% of your target's maximum health with Lagua and level one torso damage, assuming you're disembowelling somebody who doesn't have a defence or active ability that reduces disembowel's damage.
Possibly enough in most cases, and obviously better than the other two Knight classes can get with the same number of artefacts, but then Paladin and Infernal have other avenues to pursue for kills that don't rely on damage at all, and other benefits that Runewarden doesn't get.
Results of disembowel testing | Knight limb counter | GMCP AB files
I run runie at 19 str and my DSB hits like a truck.