Hello! I'm gonna start with an introduction but if you wanna skip it and answer the questions you could probably do so (may miss some key issues though)!
I've been on and off Achaea for nearly a decade now, and I believe this is mostly due to the fact that I didn't, or rather couldn't, really invest in it. With all the changes happening to trade skills, houses and classes I am very interested in coming back, this time around investing in an Iron Elite membership and no-brainer lesson packages to help me go along and enjoy the game more than I did in the past (never had a chance to trans two skills, rarely managed to trans one).
This time around, I would like to find RP and focus on a dream of mine, that of becoming a dragon that I could never really attain before due to very low lesson availability for improving my classes. Over the years I've tried many things but never knights, because I found the dual-rapier play style very unappealing RP-wise with respect to the Knight ideas, but now this has changed! Bard has always been a favorite if approached as a swashbuckling pirate, as a concept, but never attempt to do that.
Meanwhile, I've never tried combat seriously, other than requirements for guild/house at some low ranks, probably because I was intimidated by the concept. Evidently, I'm quite unaware of most approaches to offensive combat tactics (been working mostly on managing defenses), and especially how they would apply to different Knight skillsets and weapon specializations. I know this may be an issue with the changes taking place right now and that they will probably keep on going for some time.
That being said, here are my main questions (in order of importance I think?):
- How do different weapon specializations and skillsets fare in bashing to Dragon efficiently??
- How can the above be combined with regards to offensive combat (e.g. available instakills)?
- Any best race/stats for hunting, and how much would that affect combat or change for it?
- Any balanced hunting+combat artie wish-list for Santa next year, since I'll behave in 2015?
I know I'm asking a lot and especially in these confusing times, but any answers will get my undying gratitude! Some extra love for you guys if you are willing to answer 3 and 4 for bard and compare it to knight bashing efficiency, too. Many thanks in advance!