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    Hi all,

    Im currently planning my tank (leveling through his pre-life as barb), and recently found a post suggesting going Kensai II/DoS I instead of Stalwart II/HoTD I. Whats the general opinion about this, and do I have to make feat adjustments? The biggest problem seems to be which weapon to chose, since I have an assortment of greataxes (lit2, Elemental GA of Fire, Antique), greatswords (Terror, but no esos) and even Efang planned. Is Kensai II viable for tanking with efang, or just good as leveling build?

    Does anybody have build plan for the kensai version?

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    Are you going for AC, or just hitpoints, Evasion, and Healing Amp?

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    AC potential ... will get combat expertise but havent got full ac gear yet. Will swap between THF and eFang with tower as appropriate.

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    Well, the Stalwart 2 build can get more AC than the DoS 1 build (+2 AC from PrE, more dodge AC from stance), so if you're going for AC I'd say go for that.

    It also looks like you're focused on Greataxes, but you'll eventually get an eSoS, at which point Kensei doesn't look so attractive to you unless you recraft all your Greataxes as Greatswords, so I don't think that PrE is so great for you.


    What do you want the Monk for though? You mentioned you'd be using THF, so it doesn't sound like you're using the standard high WIS and DEX to get AC while wearing robes.

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    The more im thinking about the kensai build, the more i like it. Its just one enhancement reset away from the stalwart build, and the only extra feat I need is greater weapon specialisation, which is actually a good feat even for a stalwart. The specific weapon is also only dependant on enhancements, so as long as Im ready for an enhancement reset now and then, it looks good. Will probably have greataxe for leveling and maybe bastard sword for endgame.

    2 monk levels are for evasion and 2 extra feats. Even though 17 feats looks like a lot, the build is pretty tight on feats. Im dumping wis, so wis AC bonus will be lower than armor bonus from light armor.

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    What do you plan on tanking with this build?

    Personally, I think Stalwart Defender is better than Kensei these days. I played a 12 Fighter Kensei for 18 months. The only advantage it has over SD is the +tactics DC (and ki generation for monks), which isn't something a tank should be prioritizing. The additional 5% HP, +2 Intim and +2 STR, +2 CON from SDII (compared to DoSI) is better than KenseiII.
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