So... A lot of people have been complaining about the restrictiveness of the new enhancement system, and how one cannot make a unique build. Well, here goes:
This post is an attempt to do two things. First, it's to gain a little prestige by being the first one to break the new enhancement system (Ok, probably not the first, but one of the first.) Second, it's to prove that if one doesn't think about the old system and just looks at how to take advantage of the new system, it works just fine. Here's the build:
"Steamroller Engine." --It's built around abilities that gain advantages when a kill is gained.
Halfling 13 Monk / 4 Rogue / 3 Druid RMMMRDDDRMMMMMMMMMMR
Ending Stats: --Level 20, no stats, no buffs, +4 supreme tome
Str - 10
Dex - 24
Con - 20
Int - 18
Wis - 23
Cha - 12
Ending Skills: --Didn't go for any trap skills; this is pure dps with as much defense as possible. (At level 20, unbuffed, no items, no enhancements or EDs.)
Balance - 22
Bluff - 23
Jump - 20
Move Silently - 31
UMD - 23
Concentration - 29
Notable Feats: --No toughness. This is due to the build being feat starved because of the "mastery" feats, as well as it not being nearly as useful; 3 AP now gets you half the extra HP it used to. (Monk goodies, including abundant step, AC bonus, fast movement.)
Two Weapon Fighting - Level 1
Weapon Finesse - Level 2, monk 1 bonus
Active Past Life: Monk - Level 3
Stunning Fist - Level 3, monk 2 bonus
Fists of Light - Level 4, monk 3 path
Adept of Mastery - Level 6
Improved Two Weapon - Level 9
IC: Bludgeon - Level 12
Precision - Level 12, monk 6 bonus
Master of Mastery - Level 15
Greater Two Weapon - Level 18
Grandmaster of Mastery - Level 21
Vorpal Strikes - Level 24
Halfling (17 AP Spent)
Halfling Guile; 3d6 sneak attack
Bold; effective fear immunity
Halfling grants; +2 Dex, +2 saves
Druid - Nature's Warrior (13 AP Spent)
Fatal Harrier; 25% attack speed, steamroller.
Action Boost: Double Strike; 30% doublestrike clickie.
7 AP in non-notable abilities.
Monk - Ninja Spy (34 AP Spent)
Shadow Fade per Ninja Spy I, despite having fists of light.
Sneak attack tier; 3d6 sneak attack and Crippling Strike
Flash Bang; blind an entire room, with daze.
Subtley; 30% threat reduction
Shadow Double; 6 second 100% doublestrike clickie.
Misc other bonuses, all beneficial. --No filler in here.
Rogue - Assassin (28 AP Spent)
Dagger in the Back; allows me to apply dex mod to any finessed weapon as damage.
Sneak Attack Training; 4d6 sneak attack (making a total of 10d6 just from enhancements)
Venomed Blades; 1d8 poison / hit.
Killer; 20% Morale bonus to doublestrike, steamroller.
9 AP in non-notable abilities.
^Those are what I'd have in an ideal senario, minus the non-notable abilities. However, it totals at 92 AP, 12 over what I have to play with. That's pretty easy to take care of, however - six comes by dropping 1d8 damage from Venomed Blades, and the rest comes off either halfling grants or the first tier of Ninja Spy. (I maxxed out every abillity but one in the ninja spy first tier.)
Epic Destiny: Legendary Dreadnought
Action Boost: Haste; 30% haste clickie.
Advancing Blows; +5 attack and damage, steamroller.
Master's Blitz; the original inspiration for the phrase, +50% dodge, +250% damage, steamroller.
Twists will be 3% doublestrike from Flower Sniffer, Rejuvenation Cocoon from Primal Avatar, 15% fort reduction from Shadowdancer.
So as you can see, we've got a pretty formidable build on our hands here. When capped and geared, this thing is going to be a mountain coming down on enemies' heads; it starts out slow and gains momentum till it is nigh unstoppable.
While leveling, many builds like this struggle; this one won't. It'll use Reaving Roar, Jitz-Teka, Fire Stance, and Fists of Light to allow it to run up to one mob, stun it and gain HP back. When that mob is dead, it polishes off one or two more, killing the rest with Reaving Roar.
Is it as good as what we have on Live right now? I don't know... but you can't look at that and tell me it's not going to be good, or that it's being restricted as to playstyle any more than a build on live would be.