I am surious which builds (or variations thereof) people currently see as meaningful from a pure power point of view (talking EE here). For the sake of the argument lets define that a build is meaningful is no other build can do better in all or almost all situations.
WF Shiradi 18 Sorc / 2 Pal, 18 Wiz / 2 Rog or 18 Wiz / 2 Mnk come to mind as prime damage dealers with excellent surviveability and self-sufficiency. The version with / 2 rog can even handle traps and chests as well if that strikes your fancy. Possible downside is the unpredicability of their damage which can sometimes screw up fights where you have to kill stuff simultaneously or not kill something till later.
Monkchers of various class combinations also spring to mind. Manyshot with Adrenaline makes for the most potent burst damage in the game to my knowledge. Running speed is high so they kite well. Cocoon and scrolls make for decent self-healing. Saves can be good but maybe not stellar - but killing stuff fast when it counts makes that less of an issue.
WF Juggernauts are the melee flavor atm. I dont understand these well enough to entirely explain what it is they do exactly - but damage through ED is very high and self healing is good with Reconstruct.
Thats the 3 builds I mostly see mentioned these days but hopefully other builds can compete by actually being better in certain situations. I am curious to hear about other such builds - not just builds that work well enough but builds that surpass the 3 above in certain quests, raids or single situations.
None of the 3 heal others too well so I figured I would try to give my idea for a healing build that works well and by virtue of healing others well has something over the shiradi/monkcher/juggernaut.
CHA based FvS in EA. Dumped Wis and no Spell Pen. High HP and SP as feats arent used on Spell. ED SLA for offense (Avenging Light, Divine Wrath and Energy Burst (all CHA based DC). Can even fit in Enlarge to make it easier to solo heal raids by being in range of everyone at once. This can be 20 FvS (capstone and more mana) or 18 FvS / 2 Pal (higher resists).
I know about flavor builds and simply enjoying a particular class even though its not top of the heap atm and I definitely encourage playing such builds rather than only going for the current top dog build. I certainly also understand that often its player skill rather than build that matters the most. But I am still curious if its only really those 3 builds that dominate. It should would be sad if the optimal group from a pure power stand would only consist of 6 or 12 taking from as few as those 3 types of builds.
Note, this isnt in any a call for a nerf of any types of builds. Infact, its the opposite. I hope to hear that other builds actually shine more than any of those builds mentioned in certain EE quests/raids.