Welcome to the second part of the cleric calling overview! In this article, I will go over clerics as DPS. We will be covering our four DPS souls in more detail with a focus on PvE. This analysis includes mechanics, play style, build suggestions, and suggestions on DPS rotations or priorities. In addition to analyzing clerics, I will delve into general PvE/PvP DPS practices for beginners. I don’t claim to be the highest authority when it comes to maximizing DPS performance, but I’m not entirely bad myself. I will at least try to start you on the path to being a respectable DPS.
As you probably know by now, we only have four DPS souls. This isn’t a lot, but these souls give us a decent amount of variety. It’s a bit funny; in these four souls, we can find almost all of the DPS styles commonly found in MMOs. Clerics can be a traditional ranged caster, an AOE specialist and debuffer, a pet-based DPS, or even a heavy melee fighter. Right now, the only archetypes we cannot be are those traditionally associated with rogues like an archer/marksman or a dual-wielding combatant. So, don’t feel discouraged by the fact that we have less DPS souls. Clerics are definitely not lacking in the damage department. But before we enter the exciting world of cleric DPS, I will share some knowledge all DPS worth their weight in damage should have.
Basics of PvE DPS
Let’s get this out of the way first: DPS stands for damage per second and is synonymous with deeps, damage dealer, nuker, offense, attacker, and several other terms. The plural form of DPS is…well, DPS. The point to understand about being a DPS is that you will be in charge of killing your team’s enemies; your duty is to smash their faces in and do so as quickly as possible without endangering yourself or your teammates.
PvE means player-versus-environment. This term applies to all of the game’s content where you battle non-player enemies. People who dedicate themselves to this type of content are referred to as raiders. The ultimate challenges in the world of PvE (raids and other raiding content) will often be rigorous tests of your ability to work with your fellow raiders to formulate and execute strategies. PvE will also test your awareness, knowing and understanding what is going on around you is vital to success in PvE.
Now that you understand what it means to be a DPS, you must learn that being DPS entails a certain amount of discipline. Without a little bit of discipline, you will most likely not offer the best performance you could. I have compiled a partial list of rules or guidelines that you can use to help you stick to the DPS discipline.
Being DPS doesn’t have to be boring, even following some simple rules and instructions. The important thing is that you think of your fellow raiders and be as helpful as you can be. This isn’t exclusive to PvE, however; PvP will put your teamwork to the ultimate test, so get used to watching out for your teammates.
The World of PvP DPS
Ah… PvP, where there is glory to be had and grand stories of battle to be forged. PvP stands for player-versus-player and it is used to denominate any activity that pits players against each other. Most commonly, this kind of activity will take place in Warfronts or (mostly in PvP servers) in the open world.
PvP can either be organized or unorganized. Organized PvP happens when people form a group or raid (these groups are often called pre-mades) with the intention of engaging in PvP activities; these groups will sometimes use voice chat and other tools to communicate, and generally have a leader that coordinates the team in order to succeed.
Just like in PvE, you must be prepared to follow instructions from the leadership (when it is present) if you want to be an asset to your team. Since you are a DPS, it is your job to attack key enemy players when your team is on the offensive. These can be healers or people carrying game objectives such as sourcestones in Whitefall and the Fang of Regulos in Black Garden. When your team is playing defense, DPS will have to kill enemy players attempting to kill your healers or designated objective carriers. The use of crowd-control abilities to keep enemies off your teammates also falls under your responsibilities, this practice referred to as peeling enemies.
In organized PvP, your leader should be letting you know what your target is. If you are not competing in organized PvP, or your leader hasn’t given you a specific target, it’s usually not a bad idea to start by attacking healers. In PvP, teamwork between DPS is vital; your goal will often be to have all the DPS focus on important enemy targets in order to overwhelm enemy healers with massive bursts of damage.
Knowing Your Priorities
When you build your DPS roles, you will want to consider the environment in which you will be using those roles. Some features and utilities that may be useful for PvE, might not be so great for PvP and vice versa. The table below details which features or tools are most valued in each environment, in order of importance.
Generally, for PvE, DPS will want to focus on getting the most damage out of their build. High damage that can be dealt at a consistent rate throughout a relatively long period of time is especially valued in PvE. In PvP, however, you will want to make sure the enemy can’t just one-shot you. Survivability will be high in your priority list, as will tools that can disrupt enemy players to keep them from doing their job. Dealing very high amounts of damage in a short period of time is valuable in PvP, even if you can only do so occasionally such as with the use of powerful cooldowns. Note that crowd-control is useful in both PvE and PvP but raiding environments tend to provide fewer opportunities to use these spells; raid bosses and some regular raid enemies are often immune to most crowd-control effects.
By now, you must be wondering which soul offers what and when we’ll finally get to the cleric stuff. Don’t worry; we’re done with the basics of DPS! Now that I know you understand DPS in general, we can proceed to the juicy cleric info. In the next section, I will go into detailing each cleric DPS soul. By the end of this article, you should know what each soul can do for you.