I've been reading a ton of stuff on the forums (reddit, eso, and various others) and the two classes that always seem to get mentioned are sorc and templar, particularly a magicka templar and summoner sorc. I've asked on reddit before to get some opinions, but of course after a couple days the post goes to oblivion, so now that I've got more info I figure I'll ask again on another site with some more specific things.
1: I am ignoring PvP entirely. I do not intend to ever do it outside of getting some skills, so don't care if the build is terrible at it.
2: I am also ignoring grouping with the character. Or, rather, I am not going to build for groups in mind at all, I want the better soloer. I will make a grouper once my friends join to level with them, but this is not that character. Pure PvE solo.
3: I've seen posts that say both setups can solo group vet content but they tend to be 6+ months in age, is either setup currently better for this?
4: Building on #2, which would you say is better at soloing things not really meant to be solo'd? Again, I've seen posts for both but they are fairly old. I want to be able to take on everything that I can possible do. If I can walk into an instance alone, I want to be able to solo it (assuming it's possible, of course. Not asking for the impossible). This would include trying to solo vet group things and trial bosses.
5: Relevant to #2, although I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this one: In the event I wanted to use my soloer in a group, the templar is better. Yes?
Long story short, I plan to group later with a second character, but I want this one to be the best soloer I can play. Links to builds, or any info, would be hugely appreciated. This game is confusing as heck right now since I'm still new and don't know how all the systems work. Particularly important:
Best races: I've seen high elf and breton for templar, and high elf for sorc. At least for the two builds I'm looking at right now. Is this still accurate?
Weapon: Neither seem to use weapon skills at all, only passives. Both seem to look for dual wielding passives later on, and both seem to use resto staves early for the uber laser? Is the laser better than destro staves?
Armor: Sorc is all light, templar seems to be all light except 2 heavy pieces? Why is that, exactly? Is that still accurate.
I've seen end-game builds for both (but again, out of date) but never any advice for skills to take for leveling. Advice here is also appreciated.
Anyway, I'll stop rambling now. Trying to pick between these two characters is driving me so crazy I can't even enjoy the game. Silly, yes, but it's just how I am. Going in blind frustrates me too much to focus on the fun. Heck, if you think a third class option is even MORE viable for soloing anything/everything, have at it.
For some more info as well, which class do you think will survive nerfing better? I've been told that some of the upcoming changes to sorc will make their high end soloing suffer, which would likely push templar a bit ahead. But with future nerfs, rebalance, etc, which do you think would be able to take the hits better, so to speak, and keep on going? Obviously end-game is a long way away for somebody who just started, and high end soloing is even farther, but I really do want to at least know I'm working towards it with the best soloer I can get. I've re-rolled about half a dozen chars in the last three days since I started (so many wasted recipes...) and I would actually like to play some and make a tiny bit of progress.