Rift has gone a long way towards dispelling some of our preconceived notions about what roles certain classes can perform and how they perform them. While some souls are brazen in their defiance of standard convention, the Warlord is a bit more subtle about it. Typically used in conjunction with tanking builds, the Warlord is a support soul that buffs allies, debuffs opponents and can change the shape of battle with their timely enhancements.
- Excellent threat generation
- High synergy with other tanking souls
- Support role offers more non-conventional gameplay
- Direct damage output is weaker than other souls
- Viability limited to larger groups
- Slowest leveling soul in warrior calling
Most warriors are all about hacking, slashing, tanking and spanking. The Warlord is fine those conventions, but adds an element of strategy into the mix as well Â less meat and more shield if you will. Warlords make excellent off-tanks in raid situations as they can simultaneously increase damage output, reduce incoming damaging and park hostile mobs until the raid is ready to dispatch them. While most of the WarlordÂs abilities are user controlled, some are reactive and require timing and proper cooldown management to be most effective.
Solo play is the least effective utilization of the Warlord and using it as a primary soul would result in a comparatively slow leveling experience. This doesnÂt mean it canÂt be done however, especially if the Warlord is a secondary or tertiary soul. Featuring statistical buffs to virtually every facet important to the warrior, Warlord enhancements are an excellent tool for many tanking builds and players will want to learn to incorporate them into their repertoire earlier rather than later.
Like beer and pretzels, the Warlord was made for parties and in this case the bigger the better. Raid groups are where the soul really begins to shine, even though its effectiveness can be felt at all levels of group play. Not to beat the analogy horse to death, but the Warlord is a lot like 3M Â it makes things better. Warlords can stack Calls, Orders and Distractions to increase the damage done by allies and increase damage taken by enemies to reap huge DPS gains. The Warlord isnÂt a passive participant though by any means, many of the Distractions are coupled to several abilities that greatly increase their threat generation Â which is where they become efficient and powerful off-tanks.
Pairs Best With
While Paladins have impressive levels of mitigation, the added protection from Warlord abilities can create a formidable tank that healers will gravitate to. Any of the callings three tank souls will find benefit in pairing with the Warlord, but the synergy with the Paladin is unmatched. Both No Permission to Die and That Which DoesnÂt Kill Me fit well into the PaladinÂs world; granting a protective ability that saves a party member from certain death and a passive self heal whenever youÂre the victim of a critical strike respectively.
After all this talk about the Warlord being a defensive/support soul and a perfect off-tank, it seems counter-intuitive to suggest pairing it with a DPS soul, but there is a method to the madness. It is true that there is undeniable strength in linking this soul with other tanking souls, but the flip side is a DPS centric support build Â and the Beastmaster is the perfect soul to make that happen. The Beastmaster not only has several beneficial damage increasing abilities but at as few as 10 points spent will grant increased armor and reduce incoming damage Â not to mention the free pet.