I am writing with the assumption that I may not know everything even though I would like to convince you otherwise.
I TRd my Arti before making it into Shiradi which really made me sad.
Everyone raves about Shiradi and complains that as an Arti it is pointless to start out in the Arcane circle.
I really tended to agree until last night when I realized something...most Artis are full-blown INT based ...or should be anyway imho, and Shiradi offers nothing for this.
As Magister or Draconic I can take the full right side line of INT feats up either destiny and place points into other useful enhancements as well. This in turn boosts certain skill and feats such as DD, Search, Insightful Reflexes and my To-Hit from Insightful ?Strike? (the spell that lets me use my int for my TH bonuses with a repeater).
So, while the DPS from my repeater may go up while in Shiradi (mostly due to procs) it really strikes me that Magister or Draconic (with some Shadow Dancer splash or maybe even full blown Shadow Dancer) really is the better way to go which in turn seems like the Dev team that worked on the ED system actually knew what they were doing on this front.
Does someone want to give me some non-flaming yet still opposing insight on this?
It would be nice to hear from someone with an Arti that has already been through Shiradi and the Arcane circle and has something to compare each to...opinions are OK as well though
Is there a big bad no-no that says an Arti can't go full blown Dex and gimp Int and all the rogueish skills and be a pure ranged DPSer?
If this is the case then I can understand wanting Shiradi to be the main destiny...I also think this would gimp your spells though (possible not even allow you to cast?)