If I had to choose one class to play, and I tank mostly mind you, I would be hard pressed to not choose the Advanced Class Sorcerer. The potential for controlling the field of battle is unmatched for Sorcerers in PvE content. It’s this control, and damage potential, that would have me pause if made to choose only one class.
!Note: Sages have the mirror abilities and talents, what Sorcerers can do, so can Sages. Only with rocks, not Force Lightning. This build is amazing for everything but bleeding edge Operations.
At level 50 you have 41 talent points to utilize. Let’s get started.
(It’s been recently announced the level cap will be raised to 55. Will we get 5 more talent points? If we do, prepare for most classes to break hard. That will be a roller coaster, but I hope the Devs lock all the builds down before then.)
The Build : Control Talents
Oppressing Force – Madness tree. This talent lets you Crowd Control multiple targets and stun more often.
Suppression – Lightning tree. With this talent your Crowd Control has a much shorter cool down. A must have when soloing Heroic missions.
The Build : Damage Talents
Calcify – Madness tree. In one talent you can augment your two main damage abilities. You want this.
Chain Shock – Madness tree. Modifying your Shock spell isn’t mandatory, but it’s a great bonus to your instant damage spell.
Death Field – Madness tree. If you want to wipe out enemies instantly, this ability is for you. It’s also a must have in this build.
Disintegration – Madness tree. A must have for this build. More crits when casting Force Lightning makes your rotation smoother.
Madness – Madness tree. Force Lighting has no cool down. That’s not overpowered or anything… mwhahahahahaha. On the technical side, you’ll use Force Lighting as your key cast to make the whole damage rotation work.
Wrath – Madness tree. Taking this talent is another key component to the build. You have two options when this activates passively. Both options are big damage dealers, and you’ll find it a huge part of your rotation.
Deathmark – Madness tree. While not necessary for the rotation to work, it augments core components of the build. It’s too good to pass up.
Force Horrors – Madness tree. Again, this one doesn’t change your attack patterns, but it modifies your core Damage Over Time (DoT) ability that makes your rotation work.
Convection – Lightning tree. You’ve got to pick some talents in the Lightning tree to move up, might as well augment your damage.
Exsanguinate – Lighting tree. Picking this talent will make your casting more efficient. Allowing you to bypass a Crushing Darkness instant cast for a Lighting Strike instant cast, which could activate a Chain Lighting instant cast, which is just fun.
Chain Lighting – Lighting tree. To get the instant Chain Lighting, you have to have it. This is a bookend ability in this build, passing it up isn’t going to break anything, but why would you pass up so much destruction?
Lighting Barrage – Lighting tree. You will cast Affliction, and this talent makes your Force Lightning cast faster. More damage = more fun.
Lighting Storm – Lighting tree. When you attack packs of enemies you’ll be using Force Storm. You might as well take an OP (Over Powered) Talent to augment it. As a bonus, and bookend talent to this build, your instant Lighting Strikes can activate an instant Chain Lightning.
The Build : Endless Force
Taking these talents will grant you, Ipso Facto, endless Force.
Sith Efficacy – Madness tree. Your most used spell will regenerate Force.
Lighting Effusion – Lighting tree. Casting Force Lighting, while having this talent, actually generates more Force than used.
The Build : Your Rotation
- Single Target
Death Field (15 sec cool down, which means you have a maximum 15 second rotation)
Affliction (Talented it lasts for 20 seconds, you always want this DoT on the strongest enemy you are facing)
Force Lighting ’till Wrath activates. It’s ok to clip (cut short the cast) of Force Lighting. It’s always available.
Crushing Darkness It’s counterproductive to cast this if not instant. Wait for the Wrath talent to activate.
Force Lighting ’till Wrath Activates
Lightning Strike (If you activate an instant Chain Lightning, cast it)
This rotation can be practiced on a dummy. There are dummies on the Ziost Shadow’s Bridge Deck. In reality you’ll only use your full Rotation on Gold or Champion enemies. Everything else will be dead.
- Multiple Targets
Force Storm till Chain Lighting activates
Chain Lighting instant cast
- Casting on the Move
If you’re in a situation where you have to cast on the move, these are your options.
You can toss out a second or two of Force Lighting to try and activate a Crushing Darkness or Lightning Strike instant cast as well.
This information gives you the basics of the Hybrid Sorcerer build. When I visit this build again, I’ll drill into how your instant CC’s can impress and amaze your team members.
The Silverstrike Legacy can be found on The Bastion’s Vaiken Space Dock in the company of his fellow Zergadins.