Does Archery Have a Place?

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  1. Garresh

    Garresh Member

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    So Im looking over potential PvP builds since my main is mostly done, and I have a reliable source of other players' income. One thing Ive noticed more and more looking over these forums is the opinion that archery is essentially useless, and based on what Ive seen that Magery can do, that certainly seems to be the case. But what Im wondering about is if archery has any burst potential.

    Now I havent done much combat. I fireballed a few rats once. But magery combos and spells all have a casting time. If youre a baddie like me, you'll still drop fast, but players who are on their toes could ride away and only eat maybe one spell. Additionally, it seems like everyone is packing magic resistance these days.

    So what if you only use a bow at just outside point blank range, and only equip the slowest firing highest alpha strike crossbows you could find? If you ride up with 3 people and all unload at once, would there be any value to that, or would it be too unreliable?

    What about with gates or hiding or things like that. Is there any potential for archery to out-burst magery against stationary targets, or is archery objectively inferior in all categories? I ask because in any game where people can move around a lot, I view high alpha strike potential as king, since you can fire and withdraw or control a fight. So do bows have any place there?
  2. Mes

    Mes Well-Known Member

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    No, not really.

    There will be plenty of people that are going to come to this thread and tell you that they remember so and so doing really well with the template but that never happened. Or they'll tell you to play what's fun to you.

    And if you really want to just find out for yourself, then you are welcome to.

    Archery is slow, inconsistent damage. It will never be as effective at killing players who heal and move quickly as burst damage and paralyzing moves. That's why spear dexers and stun mages are so strong on this server.
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  3. Garresh

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    Disheartening, but Id rather find out sooner than later. I dont want to relive finding out Santa wasnt real on my 21st birthday.
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    Get a squad of 3-4 stealth archers though...that would be one dead and surprised target.
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  5. Garresh

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    But is there any reason not to use magery instead?
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    In this situation, no cast time... come out of hiding and pop... if they hit.
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    http://www.uorenaissance.com/player/474792
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    GM fencer as well...
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    I just got my first 2v1 kill on this shard vs Bartimus and Binx with my archer tank. I love it.
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    The best ones never get captured...Gotta Catch em all!!!
  12. Mandevu

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    Archers blow
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  13. Zyler

    Zyler Well-Known Member

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    Archers are support characters (in PvP and PvM) unless you have a battery of them
    They arent a solo type build like many seem to want or wish they were
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  14. Meradin

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    This is a good answer, although I disagree with the last bit, Vanq Heavy X-bow with MS can kill very easily.
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  15. Zyler

    Zyler Well-Known Member

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    Ya, I was thinking about that some... I havent tried it but can see how it would be effective
    One basically needs to learn how to play the template

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