Welcome everyone to my 2hander Tank/DD hybrid build. I am having quite much success with this build in veteran dungeons including some older veteran DLC dungeons and veteran Dragonstar Arena. The way we tank with a two-hander involves shield stacking through Brawler, Blazing Shield, hardening weapon enchant and psijic shield. Though we still need to block the big hits from bosses to prevent the stun.
Keep in mind this is a selfish tank that doesn't give any buffs to your group but it does damage and healing! And the fact that we are tanking with a two-hander, we are providing that badass 2h tanking experience they probably have never seen before. ^^
Update: I have slightly updated the skills I use. Now the build has one more extra shield from the psijic guild passive called Concentrated Barrier, which gives 5k shield whenever we activate block. So, to activate this passive, I've simply slotted Precognition as my front bar (2h) ultimate and Empowering Sweeps to back bar. I already get minor protection from Blazing Shield, so Temporal Guard morph would be useless for me. And then I am now using Heroic Slash instead of Deep Slash, for the ultimate generation. This allowed me to have much greater uptime on major protection buff through Empowering Sweep ult.
Race: Argonian is currently the best due to the passives, Nord and Imperial comes 2nd and 3rd but any stamina/health race is good. Even Altmer is decent. After the racial changes Nords probably will be the BiS though.
Attributes: All into stamina
Gear Setup: Nirnhoned 2h front bar, powered/defending/infused 1h sword and sturdy shield back bar.
6 heavy 1 medium, all sturdy.
- 5x Hunding's Rage / Seventh Legion Brute
- 5x Plague Doctor
- 1x Pirate, 1x Lord Warden (or 2x Blood Spawn)
Our monster sets give us the choice of either having permanent max resist (buffed) or 6% proc chance to max out our resists AND ultimate return.
Sevent Legion is also a great set. The uptime is quite high when you are taking the heat. It gives much more weapon damage and the heal is effected by the modifiers of our passives and CPs, so it makes us bit more tankier. However Hunding's Rage has a stamina set bonus and the 5th set bonus is always active.
2 weapon damage enchants and 1 magicka recovery enchant is I think the best. And if you can afford, you can have one infused trait for your mag recovery enchant but be careful not to drop bellow 30k health mark.
Dubious Camoran Drink
Stats and champion points (and the full build with active buffs) can be seen in the link bellow. Keep in mind these are self buffed stats and due to power scaling in dungeons, our weapon damage goes up to 6k!
2 handed sword bar:
- Brawler - Biting Jabs - Reverse Slice - Blazing Shield - Rally - Ult: Recognition
- Pierce Armor - Restoring Focus - Resolving Vigor - Repentance - Heroic Slash/Extended Ritual - Ult: Empowering Sweeps (or Spell Wall/Remembrance)
There are some flex spots. Most fights don't require cleanse. So Extended Ritual is in our bars only for the added HoT for our group and ourselves. You can use Heroic Slash instead of it.
You can then probably slot undaunted shield, i just find Brawler a lot more "fluid" when stacking shields. You can put it in place of Reverse Slice and have 3 shields going at all the time!
Rotation is quite simple. Blockcast the followings; Pierce Armor, Heroic Slash, Restoring Focus, Extended Ritual. Light attack once for weapon damage enchant, bar swap and pop a potion. Light attack(La)-Blazing Shield, La-Brawler, do a full heavy attack and quickly swap to back bar to cast Empowering Sweep then swap back to front bar, do Heavy attack(Ha)-Jabs, La-Jabs, rinse & repeat. We can do around 15k single target dps with this.
Reminders: Keep at least one shield up at all times. When surroundered by lots of mobs and out of magicka, dont panic. Do La-Brawler-Ha-Brawler-Ha-Brawler....until your magicka regens for Blazing Shield. Follow Up passive from 2h skill line also buffs our damage shield value from Brawler. So Brawler spam is usually enough to keep us safe when there are some mobs around. Save Blazing for boss heavy attacks. When you see mobs or boss charging heavy attacks on you, just quickly tap block and wait for the hit, it will activate the extra emergency 5k shield from the psijic guild passives.
That's all folks. I hope you all enjoy!