[Disclaimer: wall of text-ish]
Hi there, fellow front liners!
I'm planning the future lives of my melee toon and i have a bunch of assorted questions on weapons, feats an other build decisions, so here we go:
1 - THF without THF feats: case in point i'm trying to plan a 36pt paladin life and i'm always short on feats, there's lots of things i want and no way enough feat slots ... so how bad would it be to plan a THF paladin without taking THF feats? Heresy? Too gimp to be true?
2 - THF until which level? At early levels (especially if hard/elite streaking) to-hit can be an issue and the benefits of TWF are not worth the -2 it gives, so i'm planning to use 2-handed weapons early on all my future lives. At which point should i do the switch? wait until GTWF, uhm may be a little late, what about ITWF? At which level are you comfortable enough to put away you big bad axe and pull out your two weapons of choice?
3 - Staggering weapons: the DC doesn't look so good on paper but maybe around levels 6-12 with ITWF and 2 crafted staggering weapons my melee can avoid incoming damage forcing enemies to sit on their butts? (trip and stunning blow are option that i tend to give to all my melee characters but between the cooldowns and the saves in some cases aren't enough)
4 - Paralyzing and Vorpal weapons: i can't craft those, but i can hunt the AH until i find nice ml 10 (or RR ml 8) para and vorp weapons, are they worth the effort? How well do they perform in Lordsmarch Plaza quests or Gianthold?
5 - Build decision: my paladin life is the most tricky one to plan, for the lack of feats,for the mess that enhancements are and for my inability to decide what the goals of the build will be. DPS? I'm hearing bad things about paladin DPS against non evil outsiders; tank? I don' have the equipment to build a meaningfull AC for endgame* and just having HP and some weak form of DR may cause issues paired with Defenders hate generation; Hunter of the Dead? The healing amp and immunities sound good for leveling but then what do i do? No-pre? Heresy! ... or a good way to spend 8 APs on usefull enhancements?
Thanks for the replies!
*Endgame for me means i'll do some raids (shroud, hound, vod) and i'll grind the 20 epic tokens needed to TR from epic quests (house p, fens and the new free pack so far), i know that's not endgame "enough" for someone else.