Im Playing shadow on Deamonize and i beat every mage on my lvl (1330) Cause most people dont even know how to use engravings etc.
I decided to try a Deathblade as Alt. Used Burst engravings arround 2-3H to understand the system and i get MVP. The minor diffrence is if you play deathblade you HAVE to back attack to deal dmg if you miss out on it you will probably end up at 4th place in dmg cause everything resolves arround your ultimate.
So yes you have to understand the class to deal dmg its harder then other ones cause you have to actually use your brain ^^
Real talk, you probably don’t excel with the playstyle of Deathblade, which is fine.
I ran my Shadowhunter up to T3 and wasn’t loving it, felt a lot like you did. Swapped to a Deathblade, now at T3 as well. I’m MUCH better at Deathblade than I was Shadowhunter. The mobility and easy repositioning is my bread and butter and I get frequent MVPs.
Another anecdotal experience, Fatespire felt near impossible at ilvl with Shadowhunter where I mostly breezed through it on Deathblade, most floors taking me 1 to 3 minutes less to complete on my Deathblade.
Find what you love to play, and MVP should come more frequently.
It is not underpowered at all. I also main Deathblade.
The thing that I don’t like about Deathblade is that too often, in my opinion, you end up having every ability on cooldown for the next 6+ seconds and you’re stuck with basic attacks that deal 0 damage for 6+ seconds straight, which in a boss fight feels like an eternity.
Sounds like your losing uptime due to anxiety from boss attacks, which tells me that you will have a better time playing ranged. Most boss attacks don’t require you to run fully out of range of the boss to avoid. You learn those patterns through repetition and guides.
For the ones that do have point blank AOE attacks, I usually dash out and then use Dark Axel to get right back on the boss with little downtime.
If you are playing Remaining Energy you need to make sure you have high Specialization since you are constantly trying to get your orbs back up as fast as possible or else you will have downtime due to not triggering the cooldown reduction from your trance activation
That is why Surge Deathblade is a bit easier early on since you can get to your rotation with even small amount of Specialization and have a bit more leeway in equipment to start out.
In general you always want to stay at the back of the boss and attack, it gets easier once you learned the fight but if you don’t you will not do as much damage as you can.
I main Surge Deathblade and I get constantly MVPs.
Right now i’m in Tier 3, Master of Ambush 3 and Surge 2 atm (working on it), spec + crit.
This class just destroys content, it’s not underpowered at all.
Yes. You need to know the boss and know how to engage and disengage. When the boss goes into certain motions you know its time to get out. When he finishes that motion you jet in and wreck. This isn’t a standard MMOG where you just stand there and some healer triesd fervently to keep you alive. My main is a bard and people like that just annoy me. They get mad when they die as if its my fault they tried to face tank vertus.