07/10/2013 05:20 PMThey see a GG geared player post a build and/or video. They then think that the build is a "good" build (in terms of efficiency). They then try to gear for it thinking they are getting something they are not. I had 3 people message me in-game asking about this build already because of this post. It also has nothing to do with Kim. He is just one of many that have done this type of thing for a long time now.
Posted by Fitz
I think just about anyone that posts a video about any given build is guilty of that, including yourself. My personal beef with any DW bell spec is the simple fact that if you can't one-shot monsters with your bell, then your bells are doing a lot of damage on the first strike, but on the ensuing strikes, the DPS of the bells would decrease due to the scatter effect and that on average, each subsequent bell will hit fewer enemies after the first bell drop. The only time this doesn't apply would be against champions and ubers, I think.
If you are playing in a group, this can be extremely annoying if some undergeared monk decided to run Nirvana bells thinking he is OP. Meanwhile, all he is doing is scattering enemies everywhere, making it less effective for the group. I recognize that I have little experience in playing alongside Nirvana monks, but from what little I have experienced, it has been more annoyance than fun as a group member.
This could be mitigated if you use PotA rune, but the problem with that is that if you aren't able to kill your enemies during your Nirvana phase, then any effort to build up spirit during the downtime will incur tonnes of knockback from your primary attack. This is annoying for any group member who is trying to also do their attacks. So in a group setting, Nirvana is most effective for people who are GG geared. Anything less, and it's more annoyance than effective.
The thing with a tri-gen build like this is that it is probably more group-friendly in that it does not scatter enemies since there is little if any use of any skill that has knockback. As far as group builds go, I think this could have potential as far as it's contributive factor to group play than a nirvana-bell build for an "undergeared" monk. As a second monk (where the first monk is the CS monk), I speculate this could be good for a group... especially if you are well geared.
Solo-wise, I think I would tend to agree with Fitz - it's hard to argue against the potential effectiveness of bells in the amount of DPS it can incur on a per-spam basis. But mathematics is not the be-all and end-all of calculating efficiency and effectiveness. And beyond that, the better geared you are, the more exponentially effective the bell builds will be.
That's my 2c on the whole bells vs. tri-gen debate. Take it as you will... it is only 2 pennies worth of thoughts. It ain't worth a whole lot. :)