I forgot which of my guildies said this about the Sith Assassin the other night, but I thought it was pretty funny:
“The (SWTOR) devs thought it was a good idea to wrap a Sith in toilet paper and throw them at the boss.”
Or something like that. I’ve played quite a few different classes on SWTOR (which perhaps can be a post for another day), and my Assassin, Dianah, is my favorite. She is the alt that became the main! So here are seven reasons why I love my Sith Assassin, who is normally specced into the Deception skill tree:
1. Pretty light armor.
Sith wear light armor robes, or “toilet paper” as someone said. But before the days of Adaptive Armor and the Cartel Market, I hated my Juggernaut because I had to wear the damn heavy armor all the time. I guess it wasn’t so bad, kind of had that Samus Aran thing going on, but still. I wanted my female toon to wear the cute crop tops and maxi skirts (because basically, that is what a lot of the female Sith light armor looks like), so I rolled an Assassin. Now any of my characters can wear whatever I want, but they do look coolest from a roleplaying aspect if you put them in gear designed for that specific class.
2. Stealth and burst DPS in PVP.
Honestly, I don’t make it into the warzone very often because it stresses me out to have to follow an objective and then get gang-banged by 4 different Republic players at once for trying to get some orb. But if there is a random, flagged Republic character out in the world, it’s on like Donkey Kong. With the stealth ability and burst DPS, I can pretty much almost kill someone before they realize what’s happening. If I happen to go into PVP as a tank, it’s even better because I’m harder to kill, but that’s a rare occasion.
3. Stealth rez!
This was ahhmazing when I first figured it out. In our operation runs I’m not the tank, so if someone vitally important goes down, I can quickly stop DPSing and stealth revive that essential raid member. The bad thing is that I have a 15 minute cool down on Revive. If we wipe and I stealth out to avoid having to run back, you won’t get revived until someone else does it, because I want to have the Revive up in case of an emergency.
4. Better animations than the Shadow.
So you might say, “If she likes her Assassin, she’ll like the Shadow too.” Nope. When I first started leveling a Jedi Shadow, I was thinking, “OMG so cool, it’s gonna be just like Dianah.” Unfortunately, Jedi Consulars throw around ugly rocks and don’t make cool purple lightning and shock noises. I was disappointed. But I still have one, sitting hopelessly at level 28 or something. One day I will level her so I can run Pub-side operations.
5. Backup tank FTW
Sometimes it is just useful having a pretty little Sith Assassin DPS sitting in your operation with backup tanking gear, defensive cooldowns and taunt abilities. Most of the time I would probably just try to stealth revive the tank. But on other bosses, like Nefra in Dread Fortress for example, if a tank somehow goes down, there is the mechanic where the two tanks split the cleave damage from the boss. If the tank stays alone, it’s pretty much instadeath for them. What an Assassin DPS can do is run in real quick, hope their healer quickly battle rezzes the dead tank, pop defensive cool downs and hope they have enough force to switch to tank stance, and then get cleaved with their buddy tank. This sounds like I’m a grossly exaggerating my tank abilities.
Despair getting ready to pull Nefra.
My healers shouldn’t have to worry about me running in front of the boss, because I will always be attempting to stand behind or on the side to use my big pokey double-lightsaber to Maul the boss from behind. Somehow, this doesn’t always happen in my case, because I end up standing a little too close to things sometimes. So yes, healers, I hear you when you say don’t stand in front of the boss, and I’m sorry! Anyway, Maul does a crap-ton of damage, and you get it pretty early while leveling up as well. I typed out a whole PVP rotation using Maul, but that should be secret, right?
7. Awesome DPS!
According to Dulfy’s site, Assassin DPS is “lackluster.” Well, I guess since she (he?) has the experts from Hatred writing then they must be right. Now, I wouldn’t vehemently argue that I was the best, because I know I’m not, but personally, I can keep up with any of the other supposedly “best” DPS classes. To state that Assassin DPS was lackluster just hasn’t met the right player, or one who knows how to play the Deception skill tree. I have run into a few fail-Assassin DPS players, and the Deception skill-tree is extremely weak regarding AOE damage. However, I would have chose a different word. Maybe AOE-impaired… haha.
At the end of the day, most of us play Star Wars: The Old Republic to relax and have a good time because it’s fun* and a break from work and real life, so I play the class that I love, which is not necessarily the class that they say is the best.
*If it wasn’t fun, I’d be impatiently waiting for Elder Scrolls Online, which I’m not for a few reasons (NDA! NDA!).