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(The Latest News) Albion Armory: Vezin’s Assassin
We are shaking things up a bit with our build spotlight this time, as we will be covering a user-submitted build. Thanks to our community’s very own Keziki, a.k.a. Vezin, for providing us with his build for this week!

A proper assassin is not a jack of all trades, but rather a specialist that eliminates squishy targets from the battlefield. Vezin explains in greater detail what the idea behind his assassin build encompasses.

“The entire idea behind the build is mobility, alongside short bursts of massive damage. This is accompanied by weaving in and out of the enemy backline with dash and your refreshing sprint.” Vezin clarifies. “It’s a very niche playstyle that I personally really enjoy, as I’ve always preferred an assassin playstyle.”

Let’s delve into our armor and weapon of choice. 
1) Cloth Hood (Mage) 
 2) Leather Chest (Hunter) 
 3) Leather Shoes (Assassin) 
 4) One-handed Dagger and Torch

A plethora of poison abilities, as well as various mobility skills provides this build with both the damage and nimbleness necessary to perform effectively. It is a strong case of a slippery playstyle and couldn’t be defined better than that of an assassin archetype. 

Let’s go over the skill choices that we will forge onto our armor.
Mage Cloth Hood Skill: Poison 
Mage Cloth Hood Passive: Aggression 
Hunter Leather Chest Skill: Haste 
Hunter Leather Chest Passive: Increased Movement Speed 
 Assassin Leather Shoes Skill: Dodge Roll/Refreshing Sprint 
 Assassin Leather Shoes Passive: Increased Movement Speed 
 Weapons: One-handed Dagger and Torch

Sunder Armor: This is a skill that is always a great boon to have in your group, in terms of both, PvP and PvE. Not only does it provide some sustained damage, but it also reduces the target's armor and magical resists by a hefty portion for 8 seconds. What makes this even more valuable is the fact that it stacks, three times, with the potential of negating your enemy’s armor and magic resists entirely! 

Dash: This is one of the most vital skills in this build, as it provides you with both, a gap-closer and a method of escape that makes up for the inherent squishiness of this build.

According to Vezin, having such a short cooldown dash really helps me get getting you in and out of the fray when you need to. If you get crowd controlled, all you have to do is dash out, wait a few seconds for your cooldowns, and you are right back in the fight shredding your enemies.

Poison Coating: This is the bread and butter skill for your burst damage in this build. Similar to Poison, this skill coats your weapon to do additional poison damage. The difference here is that, instead of functioning as a damage-over-time ability, the damage is instantaneously dealt per hit. In other words, Poison Coating amplifies the damage of your next 5 attacks quite significantly. When you consider the potential synergy with Haste’s auto attack speed increase, it is easy to understand the burst damage that this build can dish out.

“This build is also great at dodging skill shots, if you are able to utilize dash properly. You could even use the Dodge Roll skill on your boots if you wanted to,” Vezin affirms.

A few notable cons of the build are that it provides no AoE (area of effect) damage, and is strictly a single target burst build. This naturally has its shortcomings in large scale battle, however it is still capable of picking off some stragglers. Vezin elaborates: “The build also has trouble combatting certain builds, primarily one-handed Cursed Staff users. Also, the occasional Warbow or Halberd user.”

Prepare your Poisons With access to both forms of poison in the game, as well as a high level of mobility and attack speed, your opposition will be knocked out before they can even assess what hit them. Coat your dagger with poison, and dash your way into battle.