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Rift Soul Overviews: The Void Knight

Posted Wed, Mar 16, 2011 by Medawky


The Void Knight


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Officially dubbed the anti-magic tank, the Void Knight is a defensive soul that seems to lack a strong singular role in the game so far. While there are many attractive talents in this soul, some tanks may elect to skip the tree altogether. Endgame mechanics may very well turn this soul from the red headed step child to the favorite son however but only time will tell.

Pros

  • Highly resistant to magic users
  • Excel in PvP
  • Able to drain mana
  • Pact system provides engaging gameplay
  • Strong interrupts

Cons

  • Mitigation abilities weaker than other tanks
  • Most defined role of the tanking souls limits versatility
  • Has had constant changes and tweaks due to imbalances in PvP play


Overview

A mana user’s worst nightmare, the Void Knight uses a combination of interrupts, silences and mana drains to confound and obliterate casters. The Void Knight uses a special system known as Pacts to help aide them in their fight. These Pacts are generated when dealing damage to mana users and can be stacked up to increase damage, increase threat or unleashed via various abilities, they do have a finite duration so proper Pact management can be the mark of an effective player. When spec’d properly the Void Knight also has a chance to gain pacts from attacking non-mana users or even from receiving heals. Rift Summon, a 21 point talent, pulls a hostile target to the Void Knight and roots them temporarily – a powerful tool for saving a friend or harassing a foe.

Solo Play

The same caveat that goes for all tanking souls goes double for the Void Knight; with so many roles available, most players will want to swap to an offensive soul configuration for solo play. That being said the Void Knight is capable of soloing, but it will be a slow road until you are well into your 20s as you will have low damage output and no self heal before hitting 26 soul points.

Group Play

The Void Knight is the most situationally dependent tank, excelling at countering mana users but mediocre at handling melee opponents. Using Spellbreaker to remove multiple magical debuffs from allies and Rift Shield to protect them adds value to the soul. Warfronts are where this soul really shines, bringing casters to their knees and keeping healers on lock down.

Pairs Best With


Paladin


Adding the strong single target threat and powerful survivability of the Paladin to the Void Knight is a no-brainer. The only potential problem with this pairing is that it will be hard to dedicate points to the Void Knight tree with so many tasty options staring you in the face in the Paladin soul.

Reaver

While the added bonus of group buffs and control offered by the Warlord may be tempting, the Void Knight will see far greater benefit from the extra damage of the Reaver. In addition to extra damage the Reaver adds more AoE threat generation and a tertiary level of survivability. Crest of the Abyss, at only 6 points into the root advancement, provides a powerful armor increase to help shore up the weakness against melee that is inherent in the soul.
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