Transcript of Mod Rathe's Combat Beta Tips and tricks

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[00:02] The evolution of combat beta's live and since its launch,
1000's of you have been putting it to the test.
[00:07] Mod Rathe's been looking at how you can get the most
out of the tools at your disposal and in this video,
[00:11] he shows us just some of what he's found.
So without further ado, take it away Mod Rathe.
[00:18] Ok, so let's take a look at how you chat in the new combat system.
[00:22] Some people have been asking about this on the forums and
what you'll notice now about the chat box is the action bar.
[00:28] Now, by default, keyboard inputs are going to go to that action bar.
[00:31] So, if you want to type, you'll now need to press "enter"
[00:35] or alternatively, just click in the little box down the bottom,
then you'll be able to type again.
[00:40] Now, if you're not doing any combat or not using the action bar,
[00:43] what you can do is click that little button there to minimise it
and whilst the action bar is minimised,
[00:48] you can type just as you do in the live game at the minute
without having to press "enter".
[00:56] Ok, so let's take a look at how we can do some skilling
with the action bar because it's not all for combat
[01:02] So what you can do is use your new ability book that replaces
your spell book and drag abilities over to the action bar.
[01:09] For example, here we're doing some high alchemy.
[01:11] SO what you do is drag it over, pop it on the bar and then
all you need to do is press the key, in this case '1'
[01:16] and then click on the thing you want to alch.
[01:19] So it makes it a lot easier compared to the old system
[01:22] where you had to position everything just right in the inventory,
move your scroll bars up and down.
[01:26] Now, all you've got to do is press '1' and alch away!
[01:30] So, what we're going to do now is drag some emotes over to the action bar.
[01:34] So the action bar's not just for combat and skilling,
you can do all sorts with it.
[01:38] So, if you're doing like a social gathering what you can do is pop your emotes on the bar
and then just press (for example here, '1' or '2') to do yes or no.
[01:51] Now, something else you can do with the action bar is you can drag stuff
down from up there on the mini map down to the action bar.
[01:58] For example, here we've dragged down our quick prayers and our run button.
[02:02] Then to turn your quick prayers on, all you need to do is hit '1'
[02:07] Now this is really cool, for skillers what you can do is drag objects to the action bar
[02:13] and for example in this case we're doing some iron ore so if you're power mining,
[02:17] you've got an inventory full of ore and you don't want it any more,
drag it over to your action bar
[02:21] and then what you can do is just press '1' and it'll drop it on the floor.
[02:24] So if you want to empty your inventory full of ore (for example, iron ore
or sandstone or granite), just hammer '1' and away it goes.
[02:33] So let's take a look now at some combat because this is what the action bar was primarily designed for.
[02:38] So in a minute, we're going to look at some melee and then look at some range and mage in a second.
[02:43] Now the first thing you'll notice in the middle of the screen here,
this guy's got a really beafy looking shield on.
[02:49] Now this is a new item we've added to the game called
a Bandos Shield and we'll get this from God Wars.
[02:54] Now, something that's important to consider in combat now is
[02:58] do you go all out offence using dual wielded weapons or perhaps a two handed weapon
[03:03] or do you instead go for a more defensive approach using a weapon and a shield.
[03:08] And in this example we're going to be using a shield and you can see
we've got some cool abilities down here which need a shield to be used.
[03:15] For example, this one's called revenge. When you use it, anyone who attacks you
makes you do more damage back so it's a good tactic to use.
[03:26] So let's quickly run through some melee abilities here to see what you can use in combat.
[03:30] Now those of you who haven't had chance to play the Beta yet might not be familiar with what the abilities are.
[03:36] Basically they're split up into three categories. At the bottom end you've got what we call "basic abilities".
[03:42] "basic abilities" can be pretty much be used whenever you like
[03:44] and they do round about a medium amount of damage and moving up
you'll see that these ones here are greyed out at the minute.
[03:51] That's because they're called "threshold abilities". Threshold abilities can only be used
once you've filled your adrenaline bar up to 50% or greater.
[03:59] We'll touch on the Adrenaline Bar in a little second once we start doing some combat.
[04:03] And then finally, the aim of the Adrenaline Bar is to get it
completely full and then you can bust out "ultimate abilities".
[04:10] These do a lot of damage and they can really swing combat in your favour.
[04:13] So let's do some combat here - we're swinging away and you see down here
in the bottom left there, our Adrenaline Bar's slowly filling up
[04:21] and if we use a "basic ability" we get a little chunk of adrenaline added on so as we go through,
[04:26] we work our way through our abilities and we're building up our Adrenaline Bar
[04:31] and you'll see.. there, our Adrenaline Bar is lit up so we've hit threshold.
[04:35] Now we can use our more powerful abilities and you can see on the
character there, these lovely shiny effects and lots more damage.
[04:44] Now one of the cool tactics melee users can use is to use an ability called "massacre".
[04:49] Now this puts a bleed effect on your opponent but it comes with a caveat that if they move,
[04:55] they take triple damage so a good tactic to use is pop the ability on them
and run away and get them to chase you
[05:02] then you'll have them forced them to move and take triple damage.
[05:07] So, touching back on the earlier question we asked - should I use offence or defence?
[05:13] if you use a shield you've got access to two powerful abilities called "resonance" and "reflect",
[05:18] these can cause you to heal instead of being harmed and they can also reflect damage back at your opponent
[05:25] so it's always something to bear in mind whether you should use a shield or not.
[05:28] Let's move on now and take a look at range.
[05:31] Now range have got some cool tactics they can employ.
What we've got here is an ability called "Binding Shot".
[05:37] You use this on your opponent and it's like the mage spell "Bind",
it roots them in place so they can't move.
[05:43] Now a good tactic for range to use is use Binding Shot on your opponent like so.
[05:48] Then they can't move and use the ability "Escape". This moves you away to give you range on your target.
[05:53] Then what you can do is use another ability called "Piercing Shot".
[05:57] Now, Piercing Shot does a nice chunk of damage but if the opponent is stunned
while you use it, it does even more damage so it's a good combo to use there
[06:06] Now we're going to use a threshold ability called "SnapShot". This one fires two shots in quick succession.
[06:12] Now you may remember this because it was actually the old magic short range special attack
[06:18] and as we build up more abilities and more adrenaline we're going to get closer and closer to our ultimate ability
[06:23] so as we see here we bind the opponent in place, we get some range
on him and now we can see that we've got a full Adrenaline Bar
[06:29] so let's use an 'ultimate ability' - this one's called "Incendiary Shot".
This one you can see sticks an arrow in him and after a few seconds it explodes.
[06:37] Now we're actually using a test account here so it didn't do much damage
to him but fighting a real opponent in live PVP,
[06:43] this could easily do 3 or 4000 damage so these things are really powerful
and they really make combat a lot more interesting.
[06:51] So finally, let's take a look at mage.
[06:54] Now mages have a lot more options in the new system actually
and one of the options is actually just making your life easier.
[07:01] What you do is drag your spells on to the Action Bar
[07:04] and then you can choose to set them up as your autocast spell from the Action Bar
instead of having to hunt around in your spell book for them.
[07:11] So let's start some combat and you'll notice that as you fire spells now,
[07:17] they fire out of your weapon so we've got a Staff of Light here and we're firing our spells out of it
[07:23] and a good combo for mages to use is that the first ability they can use is called "Impact"
[07:28] " and this stuns your opponent and while they're stunned you can use an ability called "Torture".
[07:32] Now this, similar to what range was doing earlier, this does increased damage
if your opponent is stunned while you use it so it's a good combo to use
[07:41] but another tip mages may like to use is that they've got a number of abilities
such as "Chain" which is designed to be used on multiple targets
[07:50] but you can still use them on a single target so don't forget, if you've got an ability
on your bar and it's lit up, always use it because it always means more damage.
[08:00] So, now we've filled up our Adrenaline Bar we've got a glowing bar
we're going to use a cool mage "ultimate ability".
[08:06] This one's a little different to the others you've seen because this one isn't an attack,
[08:10] this one transforms you to an elemental and as you can see,
we've turned into a fire element because we've been casting fire spells.
[08:17] If for example I'd been casting water spells, I'd have turned into a water elemental.
[08:22] And the effect this puts on you is that it increases all your spells damage
and you can see here we're busting out 1000 damage pops at the same time.
[08:30] So, those of you used to max hits of 400 - 500, things are going to get a lot different in the new combat system.
[08:38] You'll have a lot more hitpoints but you'll have a lot more cool ways to take hitpoints off your opponent.
[08:54] OK, and finally, a final tip and trick for mages amongst you is how does a mage dual wield?
[09:00] Well, mages can't put a spell in each hand but what they can do, they can go down one of two routes,
[09:07] they can either wield a staff like here (we've got a Staff of Light) and if you're
using a staff and you autocast you'll notice your spells do 150% damage
[09:17] so it's always better to use a staff than nothing at all but the other option mages
have open to them is to use two new items that we've added to the game.
[09:26] We've got wands and off-hand items like books and orbs.
[09:31] Now if you're wielding two items like we have here (we've got the wand and the book),
[09:35] if you're wielding two then your spell cast time will be halved - you're casting twice as
many spells so you can see just how fast we're blasting away at him there.
[09:44] So the mages have the two options open to them.
[09:46] They can either go down the slow cast option which does high damage
[09:51] or they can down the fast cast option which does a little bit less damage but more damage over time.
[09:57] And you can try out Mod Rathe's tips and tricks when the beta is opened up to all members this weekend.
[10:02] If you've a tip or a trick and you'd like to share. Tell us about it by emailing it to [email protected]