I guess I'm a little tired of seeing all the Ranged-based Ranger threads, so lets have a chat about Melee Rangers.
U21 Lammania notes promise that the Tempest Capstone has now been fixed. and indeed, someone has been kind enough to test it and report it now working on all off-hand attacks.
So with some dodgy maths, I've worked out that in terms of Attacks per Minute, a Pure 20 Ranger with Tempest Capstone, Doublestrike bonus and 100% Offhand attacks can now easily surpass any other build combination out there.
That includes looking at Unarmed Earth-stanced Centered-Kensai builds with Shintao offhand bonus, pure Fighter 20 builds with the Alacrity capstone, and included all viable sources of Doublestrike for all types of build.I would of looked at Wind stanced Monks, but there fragility in EE content without a decent amount of PRR from Earth Stance (not to mention the +1 Crit Multiplier) meant I've excluded this point so far. A pure Ranger is looking at 24 PRR from Improved Parry and wearing Light Armour, so thought it fairer to think I would roll a Earth stance Monk if I wanted something similar.
Of course, Attacks per minute is only half the story. What I've not started looking at is the possible damage per swing, which then can translate into an actual DPS number. A Pure Ranger can organise his 5 Favoured Enemies quite nicely for End Game right now (Giants, Orcs, Humans, Evil Outsiders, Undead - Orcs can swap over to Gnolls / Monstrous Humanoids if you run alot more GH than Stormhorns) so I'm thinking that +10 FE Damage is going to sit in there favour quite nicely.
So in terms of EE content, what are your thoughts on a pure 20 Ranger Tempest in an appropiate Melee (LD/FotW) Destiny?