My first and most-cherished character on ESO is a sorcerer, which I've managed to get up to v5 at this point (it takes me a long time to get anything done in this game) but lately I've been playing around with magic-based Templars. I'm finding it a lot more fun than I thought (and, ahem, a heck of a lot easier to play) but I've recently run into an issue I'm currently soliciting feedback on.
The Templar I've been playing around with is using a 2h sword, despite being magicka based, for the following reasons:
- I like jumping into melee, and I mostly use Aedric spear for that. However, 2H Brawler does give me a nice little dot and a damage bubble. Sure, it won't be as impressive as a stamina based build but the light and and heavy attacks are mostly just filler to build up my ultimate, and that damage bubble has been handy. Not sure if it will be at the higher levels, of course.
- for some reason 2H raises my magic-based damage higher than a staff, which is counter-intuitive but hey, MMO.
- redguard 2H swords look really cool.
However, the other day it occurred to me, since Aedric Spear is my primary attack... holding a staff in my hand when I cast Aedric spear would look REALLY FREAKING COOL.
Now I realize appearances aren't everything, but I figure "if Aedric spear is my primary attack anyway, and I'm using my weapon just for filler, maybe I ought to consider giving destro staff a try." In theory it would increase my ultimate faster since the light staff attacks are a lot faster than the light 2h attacks. My overall magic damage would decrease, which is weird, but hey, MMO. Also I'd have a ranged attack that costs nothing, and while I really like Vampire's Bane I wouldn't always need it, I could put it on my second bar and get something else. Maybe, I don't know, a staff spell.
Thing is, while I'm willing to give up a little performance in order to maximize my style I don't want to go crazy about it. And since I do tend to prefer to play melee (Focused Charge is too fun not to use) other than the points for style it really does seem like 2h has more advantages tactically than staff does. BUT I'm not really an expert, so I don't actually know.
Your thoughts? Thanks in advance.