Merry xmas and happy new year to all! Been a while but been back for a month or so. Some of the builds on the front page are semi-outdated. Before going to the latest builds and setups, I recommend ng PvP, less tryhards, less overlv scrubs and 0% crit dmg which means that no parry fishing with jester and eventually a riposte that does 3k dmg. No bs fishing with buffed dagger or ultra that does 2,2k dmg. I´m actually enjoying the PvP immensely in ng, a shame I discovered it so late. If you´ve bad memories from ng+ PvP like I´ve and thought you´d never play again, I truly recommend starting a new toon, enjoying the quest, grinding for PvP and giving ng arena a proper shot.
I used 32 soul vessels
Went from 4 atn to 25, from 37 dex to 60 dex. 7 vit to 32 vit. 22 str to 25. From 100 agility to 105. Played a lot with different setups but the above is what I liked the most.
34 end is the breakpoint for an extra move. Quite difference to 20 end if you play aggro. 105 agility gives 1 invi frame over 100 agility. I couldn´t notice any difference. I recommend 100 agility to all builds. 98 was inferior thought, was getting hit mid roll several times.
10 ATT is for warmt, some say it´s cheap. I say:
-Long casting time that can be interupted with a throwing knife
-Caster has spent points to use it
Prevents back pedaling, forces them out of their comfort zone e.g never attack first. Prevents running unlocked and pressing R1 when opponent is in range. Favors aggro and controlling the zone. Imo adds spice. Not like it needs to be used in every fight, it´s situational.
25 Str for loyce GS and 42 dex for darkdrift PS.
For burden either 50% or 40%. Most ftw is to be under 40% with engraved gloves.
Rings: 3rd dragon,life+3,blades+2,flynn´s
LH: Parrying dagger
RH1: Channeler´s trident poison infused
LH1: Channeler´s trident poison infused
RH2: Old whip
LH2: Pyro flame
After parry PS tridents and L2, 450 dmg + poison, punish moss with 2H R1 from whip, spank that ass. After riposte you want to get close to prevent moss and let the DoT work its magic
I haven´t seen anyone use that riposte, it has picked up lately, got positive feedback hehe.
Darkdrift´s R2-R2 move set is sweet both 1H and 2H, use 2H r2s´ vs shields, mixing it with WD R1 and R1 slashes. 1H if you miss R2 and opponent rolls behind you or to your side, 2nd R2 is a pretty solid sweep that connects most times. Otherwise to connect 1st R2 with 1H requires opponent to miss his attack, you can´t go aggro and try to land it.
If you face 2H spear or poking setup lie some retarted 2H buffed rapier dude, use PS tridents and fish for L2 counter hit for poison and then swap to whip and spank that ass.
LH: Puzzling stone sword
Basic DW, here is R2-R2-L2 and then if opponent starts rolling around/towards you.. punish every roll with L1. Can be used very aggressively, mixing WD R1 and L1.
Other nice LH is dagger L1 spam from close range and L2 pokes. Either add back up weapons or be below 40%.
PS Dual claws infused to poison with sanctum soldier gloves and rat ring (instead of life+3) is fun. Warmth is used here, to force opponent to aggro and to small space. You inflict bleed and poison eventually, hard to win but fun. Below 30% here without backup weapons. Just L1 L1.
RH: Loyce GS
RH1: Warped sword
LH1: Ice rapier
Very good setup, back up weapons for finishing the opponent and if opponent just starts rolling or back pedaling. R2-R2-L1-L1, switch stance with Loyce. If you land L1-L1 look what opponent does, it´s possible to land R2-R2 or R1 or jump atk as follow up.
Then there´s all the warped main setups with puzzling stone sword/ice rapier/ espada to offhand. PS rapiers with ice and espada to off with Leo ring.
My common setup to counter everything:
LH:1 Puzzling stone sword
Can do warped PS or spear PS poke with PSS. Main setup Partizan + bone is good fun. I only use weapon 2H if opponents poise reqs it. Old whip as an exception but R2-R2 1H is good, 1st one as a bait and the 2nd usually hits.
Then there´s PS falchions infused to bleed or main as normal and buffed with bleed serum, with those I like to use PS spotted whips infused to poison.
Puzzling stone sword and ice rapier is a nice combo too as normal dw and as PS.
Just a few setups. Dex is very versatile, will not get boring. I´ll post Str next, mostly playing it nowdays.