With the recent retirement feature, I've found myself wanting to make a new character to take advantage of my pool of credits. I currently have around 4.5k to spend on developing a new main. The thing I'm unsure about is the class. I've been browsing the forums and reading other threads, and I have a general idea of what I want, but I'd like input on which actually fits my needs.
I'm looking for something that will ultimately be able to hold its own in high-end pvp, but that doesn't require a monstrous amount of coding like Occultist. I would prefer it to have somewhat decent bashing, but that isn't a heavy requirement since I can offset it a bit with arties. I also tend to prefer more physical classes as opposed to magic, so I would eliminate things like Shaman, Occultist, and Magi.
In particular, I've been looking at serpent, the knight classes, and bard. I really like the versatility the knight classes offer, but my main question is how do they stack up with pvp? Do they scale well with arties? Is there one knight class in particular that's better than the others? I'm somewhat familiar with Runewarden, but how viable are the different specializations as Infernal and Paladin?
For serpent, I've heard that it's very viable at the upper end, but is there a huge coding requirement like the old serpent classes used to have? Would I need to spec con at first to be able to hunt properly? I think I read somewhere that a Thoth's Fang and 15 dex maxes out the dstab speed, correct? Would you recommend going for a class that let's me max con and then buy a Thoth's fang and +dex boots? Or should I go with some artie distribution to make my experience better?
Bard is the one that I'm the most unsure about. I've heard that it's extremely good at killing people in a timely manner. I've also heard that the artied bashing is godly. However, does this one require a lot of coding? From what I understand, there's 3-4 things you need to be actively tracking during combat, and I think that might honestly be more than my combat abilities can handle. If that's not the case, what kind of arties could I be looking to go with here?
Are there any classes that I could look at that would fit my needs? I know that Sylvan is very popular right now, but I'm sure it's going to get nerfed in the future given the complaints about damage. I'm also not -that- interested in playing for Eleusis at the moment, since I came from something similar in other games. I'm not overly interested in Blademaster either, as the bashing is extremely awful. The limited functionality in group combat is also a bummer.