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#1 May 25 2009 at 12:32 PM Rating: Decent
So I'm playing my necro, and noticed that my snare is not landing much after the 1st time it wears off *it wears off when soloing names* and someone mentioned that I switch from Alteration as my specialty to Conjuration. Now, I asked why, and they have been nothing but an *** and didn't really explain so I thought I would bring this question to allak.

What is the best specialization for a Necromancer.

Is there an item I should have that can help my dots? I have full Ornate gear. Not much else. Broke necro and bst.

Edited, May 25th 2009 3:35pm by Kupoback
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#2 May 25 2009 at 3:02 PM Rating: Excellent
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If necro dots are like shaman dots they can be conjuration, most are IIRC. That is why you would want to have it as your specialty. Less manna, less fizzle. Snare is a dot but I don't know if is conj based.
As far as items, the elaborate and elegant defiant gear have dot damage focii on the wrists. (At least chain does.)
Another item has manna focus for dots. Sorry I don't know which one.
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#3 May 25 2009 at 5:28 PM Rating: Good
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Wow, you got really irrelevant advice. (Not from Jonwin, from the Necro on your server)

Specialization has nothing to do with your snare line. Our snare line has a resist check of (0) until level 63 when they start having (-20) or so meaning it is going to get resisted a lot.

On the other hand, our Fire dot lines have a resist check of (-100) which is why they rarely get resisted.

This is a simplified explanation but it's true. As far as helping your DoTs you need without a doubt 3 foci:

Affliction Haste
Affliction Efficiency
Burning Affliction << Above all, this one.

I don't bother using items to get these. Instead, I use Tribute. You can use Tribute for these all the way up to level 85.

I personally Specialize in Alteration because:

Soul Reaper's Pyre Rk. II Mana cost 1679 < Alteration
Clawing Darkness Rk. II Mana cost 416 < Conjuration
Mortal Coil Rk. II Mana cost 984 < Conjuration

Our most destructive Fire dots are mana expensive and Alteration. Just personal preference though.

In summary, snare gets resisted. Thus, you need to try and reapply it well before it wears off.

Edited, May 26th 2009 1:28am by Reyla
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#4 May 26 2009 at 5:20 PM Rating: Excellent

Yeah, Reyla's right. Whoever gave you that advice was a moron. Heck, nowadays, not even MAGES go Conj (and they easily have the most conjuration based spells). Your specialization has nothing to do with your resist rates. As Reyla alluded to, until 63, your dark's lack of a resist mod is what causes your problems more than anything else.

About the best way to help your dots as far as gear goes is with the aforementioned foci. At your first available opportunity, I would recommend ditching the ornate gear for defiant (if necessary). Few reasons for that:

First, ornate gear has the old slot foci assignments. For example, on the Vorshar's set, you have few focus effects (mana pres in the arm slot, spell haste on the feet) and the ones you do have are often minor or only affect one spell (for example, the hands only focus Neurotoxin like the Wizard hands only focus Strike of Solusek).

Secondly, you'll find that upgrading to defiant gives you a ton more mana, better foci, and mod 2s in abundance. It will also allow you to upgrade in the future on a 1 to 1 comparison basis. Right now, if you're looking to upgrade your hands (let's say), you have to trade Neurotoxin focus for COLD damage focus, which isn't really all that important for a Necro. If you upgrade your sleeves, you're trading mana pres for FIRE focus. You see, you have to give up something that might be useful to you for something that may be more situational (though obviously, a fire focus would be more useful on an everyday basis than a cold damage focus).

Thirdly, it's cheap as heck. Keep the ornate legs and robe for their clickies (if you're into that kinda thing) but that gear will make itself woefully inadequate around 65 or so.

If you're on Fennin, shoot a tell to any member of Rendition. I have a freakin' ton of defiant gear stashed on a few mules (I use it mainly for guild tribute fodder, honestly, since it doesn't sell at all).
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#5 May 28 2009 at 8:44 AM Rating: Decent
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#6 May 29 2009 at 12:41 AM Rating: Decent
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You are doing fine.

Get Velium Trio Rings, earrings, neck and face. Splurge on Taaffeite gems for them if you can afford them and it will bump your mana and hp by another 1000 or so.
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