Smitty’s Renegade CW: Crit Happens

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Smitty’s Renegade CW: Crit Happens

I figured I should make one of these considering we don’t have any CW guides. The ones that are on the NW forums are either outdated or craptastic. Anyway, I am running Renegade spec on Smitty. After weeks of playing Thaumaturge, it started getting boring for me so I decided to make a change, and it was definitely worth it.

This build was a result from various testings and research on the forum as well. I do dabble quite a bit on the test shard so I test things out before I make the switch in live server. I will not provide an in-depth explanation on how to play a CW. It can be very tedious to explain the intricacies and nuances of playing a CW. I found it easier to learn through actually playing the class. Instead, this is more of a guide on how to build an effective Renegade CW. Hope you guys like it. :d

Pros
High damage output, possibly the highest out of the 3 paragon trees
Huge critical hits (I get constant SotEA crits anywhere between 50-90k :cool: )
Offers just as much control as any CW spec

Cons
Needs massive funding :confused:
Highly gear dependent. Greater or Perfect Vorpal A MUST and 30+ crit to be fully efficient.
Unpredictable damage
Ridiculous aggro machine

Race/Ability Scores
Tiefling is the best race for a Renegade based CW. It gives everything you need. However, I’m starting to get bored of how they look. Every point of ability score should ALWAYS go to INT and CHA.

Stat Priority
~35% Crit > 22-24% Armor Penetration > ~3000 recovery > Power > HP > Defense

Recovery and Armor Pen still take precedence over Crit. However, due the nature of the stats on typical CW gears, getting soft caps on ArP and Recovery are easy enough that you could focus most of your enchantments on pumping Crit. Take note that I’m basing this off a CW that is nearly decked-out gear-wise. If you find yourself having troubles reaching these stats, then you are better off switching to Thaumaturge if you intend to maximize your effectiveness in party play.

Gear and Enchantments

High Vizier set and Ancient or Fomorian Orb/Talisman combo is only set that you will need.

Offense:
Azure (Crit)
Dark (ArP)

Defense:
Azure (Defense)
Radiant (HP)

Utility:
Dark (movement)

Weapon Enchant: Greater/Perfect Vorpal
Armor Enchant: Soulforged

Build
http://nwcalc.com/cw?b=ofj:4yerg:8feb,13n10n0:60000:bu000:b5551&h=0

There will be 3 points left to be spent for your powers. Feel free to spend them based on your personal preference.

Skill Setup

For Trash:

Eye of the Storm
Storm Spell
Arcane Singularity
Opressive Force
Entangling Force
Shield*
Shard of Endless Avalanche
Steal Time
Magic Missle
Storm Pillar

*Once you become better in dodging incoming attacks, you can switch out Shield for a more dps/cc oriented skill like Sudden Storm or Icy Terrain.

For Single Target/Debuff Stacking:

Eye of the Storm
Storm Spell
Ice Knife
Opressive Force
Ray of Enfeeblement
Chill Strike*
Shard of Endless Avalanche*
Icy rays*
Magic Missle
Storm Pillar

*For single target/debuffing, these powers can be switched out for other HV stacking skills based on personal preference. Other encounters that give HV debuff include Shield, Steal Time, Entangling Force, and Repel

Major difference between Thaumaturge vs Renegade?

Both paths have a somewhat different role in party play. They both give excellent mob control for the group. However, a Thaumaturge CW provides more debuffs that affect the whole party whereas a Renegade CW provides more DPS. Based on personal experience, Thaum is a more stable, constant dps whereas Rene is a spiky, high-potential dps build.

If you have any further questions, comments, or criticism, feel free to post or message me in game. Smitty out.

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27 Comments

  1. ed
    September 11, 2013, 12:07 am

    Hey how do you feel about using the frozen terrain+conduit of ice combo, along with steal time and entangling force on mastery and arcane singularity on daily? Its a setup that clumps together enemies then you provide nice dps+chills with the frozen terrain and conduit of ice. Would this be better than taking a SoteA?

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  2. Smitty
    September 14, 2013, 1:02 am

    I will NEVER replace replace SotEA in place for icy terrain unless I am doing CN. SotEA will be your highest hitting encounter with this build. I don’t use CoI as Renegade spec. The AP gain is mediocre and the damage isn’t very good. The only reason why that skill was viable was through Thaumaturge since it provided a 15% mitigation debuff.

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    Hellmans
    October 14, 2013, 12:23 am

    Hey Smitty i love your build ,but would you mind telling me what the best gear is? The best set and things like that

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    • Smitty
      October 19, 2013, 9:56 pm

      HV set is still the best set for Rene until SW is fixed.
      I like to use pyro rings and piercing belt for added arp and crit.

      Of course, you need the ancient or fomorian set for 2 pc bonus.

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        Hellmans
        October 20, 2013, 4:33 pm

        Thank Smitty! Would you mind taking a picture of your gear/companion? Much appreciated ^^

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        • Smitty
          October 20, 2013, 7:18 pm

          I’ll try to get it done this weekend. If not, you can add me in-game and you can just inspect me :)
          Smitty Werbenjager@realbo

          Cheers :)

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  4. Serapho
    October 30, 2013, 1:58 pm

    This is for PvP or PvE? If it’s for PvE, it works well on PvP too? Sorry if i missed something.

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  5. Tyler
    November 6, 2013, 11:13 pm

    Because of the way armor pen works, you’ll already have reduced all PvE mobs to 0% mitigation with this build, at which point the flat armor reduction provided by HV is somewhat pointless (correct me if im wrong here please). Wouldn’t it be better just to use Shadow Weaver instead and then stack power with the extra enchant slots that you dont have to use for crit?

    I know that is more of a greedy build for yourself as HV armor reduction aids the entire party. I also know that Shadow Weaver would also cause you to be even more of a glass cannon, whereas running HV gives more defensive stats.

    Mostly im just curious about your thoughts on running 24% armor pen, getting all the crit you need from Shadow Weaver (the crit severity bonus is nice, too), and then stacking power in your now open offensive slots.

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  6. Mark
    November 9, 2013, 3:50 pm

    What would be best cat/Stone? and what gear to go in?

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    Ethan
    December 6, 2013, 1:49 pm

    Hello Smitty,

    I made a build based (but not entirely copied) on your build.

    Now that the new module 2 is here, this build is unfortunately outdated:

    Firstly, soulforged is no longer a life saver.
    You die, resurrect immediately, still have all the aggro on you and you just get a couple of thousands of hp to get along.
    What enchant would you take instead? i belive barkshield and negation are the only alternatives.

    Secondly, entanglement on mastery has been nerfed and it is pretty useless now for AP regeneration.
    Perhaps having the “controlling action” feat is wiser than toughness and wizard’s wrath?
    You can get hp from enchants and aoe damage from evocation.
    Also, perhaps we need more recovery or wisdom?

    Please update this build cause currently this cw is much less effective than before.

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    • Deca
      January 17, 2014, 1:59 am

      Hey @Ethan,

      Why don’t u share your build since u say this build outdated??

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  8. ZeroSignal
    January 15, 2014, 1:08 am

    You might want to host the screen captures on Imgur instead of Photobucket, so that you do not get bandwidth issues cutting the images off.

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  9. jd
    January 15, 2014, 4:44 am

    O dear.. i made another CW because i realised id made some bad choices without looking at builds (stupid me) and now it seems the pics have gone.. i hope my memory is good. :S

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  10. ISJ
    January 15, 2014, 5:54 pm

    i cannot see the photo, is only me?

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  11. Nazgul
    January 16, 2014, 5:03 pm

    guys i have take picture from his account http://s171.photobucket.com/user/momoako00/library/?sort=3&page=1 take from here the pictures…

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  12. flea
    January 16, 2014, 9:02 pm

    is this build outdated now?

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  13. Dwamur
    January 17, 2014, 1:43 am

    It’s not just you. The pictures were deleted from photobucket.

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  14. JW
    January 22, 2014, 1:20 am

    Any chance of getting the pic’s back?

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  15. JW
    January 22, 2014, 1:41 am

    Never mind, I missed the link that Nazgul posted.

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  16. Nazgul
    January 22, 2014, 10:10 pm

    guys i have save these pictures in my computer if anyone want these can write here your email and i send it with email when i see your posts!!!

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    Vera Dias
    January 22, 2014, 10:10 pm

    Those images got over the bandwidth limit also.
    Could someone send us the images of this great guide to fix it?

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  18. Nazgul
    January 22, 2014, 10:14 pm

    Vera Dias write your email here and i send you with email that pictures i have save them before delete in my computer!!

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    Nazgul
    January 22, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Guys i have save these pictures in my computer if anyone want it send me message to send you with email when i see your message i hope help you!!!

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    • ze
      March 11, 2014, 2:25 am

      hi could you sent me those images thx

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    Vera Dias
    January 23, 2014, 12:15 am

    Fixed the images. Thanks to Nazgul

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  21. Buck
    February 20, 2014, 7:36 pm

    For a human, what would the best initial ability score roll be? 10/10/10 16/12/16 with the +2 on int?

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  22. Warlock
    April 5, 2014, 3:45 pm

    Is this build outdated? And this build is PVP or PVE focused? Or both? Thanks

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