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By on Oct 16, 2012 at 9:45 am, in Article, RIFT  |  Comments: 3 comments

Patch 1.11 hit the Public Test Server last week and players have been anxious to preview the changes to their favorite souls. Along with hefty alterations to the individual souls, the PTR also shows a new direction for RIFT in combat design. All the changes deserve a close look over the next few weeks, starting today with the Cleric healing souls Purifier, Senticar, and Warden.

The current design of skills in original RIFT encourages players to stack similar spells with cast times using macros. In Storm Legion, Trion seems to be moving towards more instant skills with different cooldowns. The result is more skills being used routinely during combat, and more space being taken on your hotbar. Arguably combat is about to get more difficult, although also more fun with each player having a more diverse toolkit.

By on Aug 30, 2012 at 11:00 am, in Buzz, RIFT  |  Comments: 13 comments

Like Rogue and Warrior players, Cleric players have been anxiously awaiting our Storm Legion soul unveil. Some Cleric players are more excited about the announcement of the incoming fixes and changes to our current souls than the unveiling of the shiny, new soul (Defiler!). That alone should tell the community that something is amiss about the current state of Clerics. And there certainly is– when it comes to Cleric DPS.

For quite a few major patches now, we’ve seen Band-Aid fixes of sorts, where numbers are tacked on to Mien of Aggression, certain abilities, and well, that’s about it. Mien of Aggression itself is half the problem, since we’re dependent on it for DPS. And even with it, our DPS scaling constantly falls behind. Clerics need a true overhaul to really be competitive on the DPS playing field. Yesterday, Zinbik, RIFT’s Cleric Lead, admitted just that.

By on Jan 27, 2012 at 9:10 am, in Article, Featured, RIFT  |  Comments: 9 comments

Exploring the Preset Builds - Cleric Edition

RIFT’s preset soul build addition, also known as Calling Purposes, is fresh out on the PTS and available for player testing. Information about this feature and other additions Trion has in store for new players and old players alike can be found here. The preset build feature promises to be a helpful aid for new players leveling in RIFT, and also a handy, optional way for veterans to experiment with new builds, classes, and class roles. Let’s dive into some of the specifics about this cool feature, focusing on the Cleric class.

New players will probably gain the most benefits from this system. The benefits are seen as early as the character creation screen. When creating a new character, players will be prompted to choose their faction, then gender and race. Added to the race selection screen is now a handy set of buttons that allows players to preview the character in various sets of obtainable gear.

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