Things you need to know about Blade And Soul Assassin

1.Switch charge stun air poison web smoke charge lightning shave hook stun shave. This is the basic combo that takes off >60% of your health, minus the L/R damage portion in between major steps (they are just damage filler). It has no cooldown longer than 24s involved, and it’s coming over and over and over until you die. The switch can be prevented by iframes, but not by anything else, and you won’t be able to act before the stun lands. If your opponent lags or hesitates on the combo, you might be able to act in between, so feel free to mash the hell out of Searing Strike or Typhoon if you’re in a bad way. Note that they can only use switch while OUT of stealth.

2.Lotus of Escape gives them an extra stun break. Just don’t let them get too far, or they’ll plant it and rear charge so that you can’t do jack for damage before they teleport back across the arena and re-stealth or re-initiate. Best to be near it if possible.

3.Lotus Fury is the 5-hit combo they will use when left out of stealth. They are immune for the duration and for 1 second afterward. Bonus points, they will usually use Decoy (counter) afterward, or Hook Kick to restealth.

4.In addition to the switch stun, if you are hit with Throwing Dagger, you can also be hit with an infinite-range rear charge daze. You can see the silly looking pink man debuff icon if you get hit by Throwing Dagger. Throwing Dagger only comes while IN stealth. Throwing Dagger can be deflected or blocked.

5.Ice Mine can be prevented with iframes only, same as Turning Leaf (switch). Even Typhoon is penetrated. I see this ability rarely in Platinum anyhow.

6.Stealth lasts 6 seconds in most cases, except Smoke Screen which is 10 seconds. Knowing this will help you judge when he’s going to exit stealth and then try to switch combo you. Note that if you’re in CC, his Shadow Dash puts him in stealth for 6 seconds if he hits you from behind and has a 6-second cooldown.

7.Shadowless Step is the one you often see early in a fight, where the Assassin appears above your back and then falls down. It has a 60s cooldown and stuns you if you’re not spinning, or blinds you if you’re not in iframes. You can’t counter it in any way since he’ll be invulnerable while bouncing 8m behind you, so don’t worry too much about it — just make sure you’re spinning for it, or you’ll get stunned, and that would be very bad.

A few other considerations:

1.This should go without saying, but use Persistence and daze variant Gust. You can’t Fury a semi-competent Assassin. He’s got 2 stun escapes, and your stun protection is useless against him.

2.Unless your ping is absolutely spectacular, most people go with the standard T2S3 Deflect Hurricane and T2S3 defense break Knee. If you’re in Austin, you can use T3S1 Hurricane and T2S1 Knee, which penetrate Decoy and can offer you the opportunity to grab or just Knee through it — and even if you screw up, you’ll penetrate the 50% evade and knock him right out of stealth when he ends up behind you. Bonus points, no one has any idea what the *cricket* blue spin even is, so lower-tier players may be paralyzed with confusion. =P

3.T2S3 Knee and Piledriver disable use of Decoy. Piledriver is a trap, though, because Shruiken Flurry lands before you regain control after Piledriver. You probably know that already. Using one of those is a good time to force him to use his tab escape.

4.If you’re terribly lucky, Ram can give you the iframes you need to avoid Turning Leaf. You can afford to take some risks with your iframes here and there over the fight. You’ll need the luck, and your opponent can’t afford to get onto you.

5.5m Axe Sweep is a given. Helps to take defense penetration to avoid Decoy in rare cases, or to penetrate ground counter after Power Slam. Their counters are especially nasty because they stun you, which gives them another combo to overwhelm your defenses.

6.Helps to have 5m Judgement for poking to break stealth. He still has 50% RNG evade, though, so don’t think you can rely on it. Also, can be bad about proccing his counter.

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Journey of a 2000 plat sin to new blade and soul gold

Let’s start with, NCSoft is incapable of making a good game AND programming. Game is badly optimized, I have better fps (45-50) in Witcher 3 on medium settings with NO stutters than here with all low. Other than story and PvE, nothing is good with this game. PvP was fun last season, when bots were easy and showed who can play and who can not. At 1700-1800 it was all sins obviously, because those Destro bots were tasty and easy as as cricket. Long story short, it’s an awesome design, but the shittiest work ever.

So, I hopped on my Sin to get at least those 30 soulstones for my main KFM.

First 5 games, ez pz, didn’t even lose 10% hp. Then it happened. Destro bot. Pff, easy right? Popped Fury in first second, easy kill. Fury ended. He switched it on again? Wtf? Okay, I heard about those bots last season, but I should be able to stack poison and wait it out? Nah. Typhoon+Fury+endless Ram with Immunity. 2:1, lost.

Next match, second bot. No CD hacks? Okay, EZ then, right? Well, NO. Body Kick and 3 (forgot the name) on every single skill aaaaaaaand, wait for it! JUDGEMENT THAT HITS FROM 30 METERS XDDD He literally stood in place and hit me with Judgement to get me out of stealth. He didn’t even spin. Spin? Oh, let’s move on to the third type of Destro bots.

Third type. Spin-1ms-reaction-time-can’t-do-shit-to-me. We all know that type. Spins as soon as you are close and ani cancels in Fury. Not as annoying, ez pz. Can be a pain, you can lose a round or two because of their 1ms reaction time but can be beaten.

15-4, 1598 rating. Just one more match, right? Scummoner. That class for hairy big fat men that like playing little girls and socially awkward otakus that watch incest 12 year old hentai. Okay, Scum spec, PvE it to death, right? Nope. No-CD-permastealth-to-res-cat-Scummoner.

Few matches more, met one normal person, beat the crap out of him. Aaand 3 CHEATING DIFFERENT SCUMMONERS IN A ROW. One was… flying. YEAH, THEY STILL HAVEN’T FIGURED IT OUT. At 17-10 now. Funny, because on my KFM and 3 alts (BM, BD, Destro) I got to blade and soul gold with 10-0 scores each. Bots were just PATHETIC, there were more players, as every PvPer wanted to quickly come back to their rank. Getting this 10-0 was pretty satisfying, 3-4 matches were against really good players.

24 hours later bots have ALL the cheats you could imagine. They effed something up in update and it took 24 hours to get EVEN BETTER hacks with EVEN MORE exploits. This “maitenance” should be called “DOWNdate”…

Okay, back to pvp. KFM. THANK YOU LORD. Easiest class to play against. Too bad noone told me KFM got a buff and can use Fighting Spirit all the time and Daze Flurry your ass every 3 seconds… Next match, BM. Okay, THIS should be easy. No ani cancel and combo you can’t dodge unless you are russian shinigami with a macro you eff up on stream. Yeah, shots fired. A didn’t he get banned like 3 weeks ago by the way? w/e, it wasn’t him anyway. BMs have this skill. Lunar Slash. Daze and 45 sec cooldown, can use Daze-less Lunar Slash while DazeLunar Slash is on cooldown I believe with all stealthing I did and his counter its cooldown is like 3 seconds? Daze every 3 seconds? Wait, it shouldn’t have Daze after using it for 45 seconds, right?

Human Blade Dancer, ani cancel Draw Stance with 60% hp gone and if you dare to TAB it you get grabbed and you are as good as dead. This is pretty retarded but they can be killed. 1590 rating. Never thought I’ll be so glad to be close to freaking Blade And Soul GOLD. 1590.

Warlock. This is the next shitty class that requires no skill to use (and gets punished hard for it, unlike summoner) and has insane damage and survivability if played correctly. I wouldn’t complain about them if not for the fact you have to literally PvE them and some of their skills are un-decoy-able. All classes that require you to PvE them like Waido or Kit Chul are just badly designed. They are easy anyway, unless you get hit by their dragons. Well, 2-0 and 1602. This is the end. I won’t even try to do 1v1 dailies for a week or two hoping no CD bots get to high bns gold.

Now to sum it all up. By UPdating the game they opened EVEN MORE ways for botters to cheat, fly, screw CDs of skills and teleport. If they can’t fix something this simple, this game WILL be dead. Soon. Like ArcheAge. Is everything client side in this game? For christ’s sake. Login servers are in NA, there are insane lags in arena (maybe it’s the reason for 30m Judgement? Do those bots live in NCSoft servers though?). I wouldn’t be surprised if cross server was also in NA. I don’t have any lags while doing bsh24 or poh24. When I got to Poh4 and BSH4 on Cross Server however…

Lunar Slash Daze is 45 sec cooldown. Fury is 45 sec cooldown. Typhoon is one minute cooldown if interrupted with other skills. Flurry is 45 cooldown.

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