Some time back in the land before the 1.0.3 patch seemingly screwed up my legendary drop rates… I picked up this weapon the Siege Breaker. I had mostly ignored it given that sniper rifles are not exactly my jam, but them noticed the perk. Three shots in a hit streak causes it to freeze the target. Now this only works if the shields are down, but unlike a lot of the other abilities does not require you to hit a weak point. This means you can do some freaking awesome crowd control tricks with this weapon, especially on shutting down cannons and turrets that are way the hell across the map from your current position. It does little unfortunately to most of the sniper types given that they are highly shielded. Even with knowing this I still didn’t really use it much because once again… I am not a big fan of sniper rifles.
Then in my travels I stumbled across a suggested Ranger build for easing into Grand Master 2 and given that I was feeling less than effective there I opted to give it a shot. First off the build in truth is a tweak of the sort of build I was already going through which relied on the double detonators of Recurring Vengeance and Last Argument that I have already written about before. Essentially this means you have to prime the target through other means, or in this case with either melee or siege breaker. Other than Siege Breaker it relies on Divine Vengeance that also seems to have a small chance of catching the mob on fire and priming them as well. Divine Vengeance has the interesting perk of causing a large fire explosion every time you land three weak shots in a row… and since this fires four round bursts it is pretty easy to get a proc pending you can dial in on a weak point. What I did not realize is that these explosions seem to have a staggering effect and do a somewhat effective job of secondary crowd control and even have a chance of knocking flyers out of the air.
As far as components go the build relies on a bunch of them that either increase survival, boost damage or cause you to get your combo faster… and quite frankly that last one is greatly increased by Last Argument that can fill half a combo bar if you get a really good multi target combo off. The goal is to always be able to combo something, and when in doubt use Divine Vengeance to mop up the little trash mobs along the way. So far it seems to be working extremely well and I feel way more comfortable roaming around in freeplay and doing GM2 strongholds. That said I didn’t have any luck last night with the drops since I firmly believe my account is now cursed post 1.0.3 seeing as I had been getting pretty much one Legendary a night up until the drop of that patch, and have gotten exactly one since. I hope they come up with a more permanent and generous solution in the near future, but I am booned to finally have a build that I am comfortable doing solo content with. I also need to hook up with Weiward at some point and do group content since we are both largely in the same position of just needing to farm a ton of legendaries.
At some point the very needy Kenzie the cat wanted to snuggle so I went back downstairs and chilled out on the sofa playing some Division 2. I wound up grouping up with other players for the first time and running a story mission with some randoms. I am not sure if that upscales based on the number of players that you have in a party, because if not… wow that was going to be a rough story mission. Unfortunately I seemingly clicked on the wrong mission and wound up running one two zones over instead of the one to open the zone I was organically planning on moving into. I am effectively finished with the first area and now will be moving into the second. For the seasoned players… is there a sort of check list somewhere in the game so I can see visually how far from finishing a zone I am?
At this point I am in need of both weapons… and the trusty shotgun seems to be peforming worse than it was previously. I forget who suggested that I would need to swap around level 8, but they nailed it. The only problem I am seeing is that replacement shotguns don’t have anywhere near the capacity of this one. The game seems to indicate that I might be able to upgrade the weapon… but I have a feeling that is more endgame stuff and not something I can realistically do right now given that I have no clue at all what the crafting component that I am missing is. All in all still enjoying myself but while Anthem is something I am still gearing up to play very seriously once I get a group of AggroChatters up to the appropriate level (or quite honestly Grace)… Division 2 is my solo jam.