My character in ESO is coming along nicely. Â I guess you can say I play a “Blood Mage.” Â I’m a Nightblade with a Restoration Staff, and I plan to one day become a vampire. Â I take the life force from others and siphon it off to heal myself and my allies over time. Â I can also lay down some great ‘smart hots’ and ‘aoe hots’ (heal over time) abilities to a group. Â Everything I do is based around living longer than the enemy, and killing them in the process.
Honestly, I haven’t spent a lot of time in PvP. Â Most of my time is spent PvEing with Graev and enjoying the world. Â My healer has been more than capable of all content I’ve encountered. Â Graev (tank), our friend as a DPS, a random DPS, and myself cleared all of the 20-23 dungeons (3 of them) yesterday in a marathon session. Â All of them were actually pretty easy for me to heal. Â The hardest encounters are those with lots of monsters all activating abilities at once. Â If people stay out of the red circles, block when they need to block, and play it smart then my spec works great. Â I contribute to the DPS and keep everyone alive with moderate effort.
I say moderate effort, but it’s not quite the same as other games. Â Healing can be frantic. Â I feel almost like a Druid in WoW. Â I won’t ever have the direct heals of a Paladin, and I have to keep everyone hotted up. Â I don’t stare at hotbars and play wack-a-mole. Â I pull out my bow and fire off some shots, cast lots of siphon spells, and contribute to the DPS as much as possible. Â I’m enjoying myself.
The dungeons themselves have been pretty decent. Â The boss fights are fairly straight forward, and the trash mobs are just enough to give you pause but not enough to feel like you’re wading through trash. Â We’ll have to see how the later ones pan out.
My build is still missing 3-4 very key abilities that will make everything I do 10x better. Â Part of that involves becoming a vampire, which itself is pretty involved and carries with it a series consequences like you find in previous Elder Scrolls games. Â If I can convince Graev, well go into PvP tonight and I’ll be able to bring you more of those impressions.
Overall, I have to say my class choice has been superb thus far. Â I can kill things quickly, live almost forever, and bring a ton of group utility. Check out a video of us killing a boss in last night’s dungeon run after the break.