Along with a rotation video (outdated, better refer to the idn run below for more suitable showcase) :
If you got any question regarding the gameplay and black mara overall, I will try to answer the best I can
Since she's coming very soon, I will post my skill build here, I'm using the A spark build to make enhancement contract gathering easier (lv 1 is enough unlike B spark build which requires to max it because of the board dmg increase)
Do take note of the fact that most skills don't have any dmg spike at some lv like most classes, which is why I kept lv 12 ripping and lv 6 entomb (thinking of letting ripping at lv 7 to max entomb lately)
As for different builds, I've been thinking about it and there are so far 3 I can think of :
Enhancement contract build : lv 1 ebony spark A + Haze A => as described above, allows to max other fillers such as turbulence and insult
Versatile build : haze B + ebony spark B
=>keeping the double grouned haze while taking advantage of ebony spark B (right click variation's board dmg x7)
This build will make it easier for you to move as a mara, in many situations, as mara can use air blink and rc ebony spark makes you airborn
Example : void coil => spacebar (turbulence) => ripping => air blink + right click => left click (insult)
This kind of combo can reach its fullest potential with the third build (aerial build), same as the 2nd one except that you use haze A instead, haze A allows fast airborn usage of haze , good to end that kind of aerial combo and follow with enhancement contract + xform setup
Problem with these 2 builds is that you will have to choose between maxing insult/turbulence or investing some sp in ripping and entomb, this is truly up to your preference.
Idn 4 man norm run :
Make sure you read the description before asking questions
as for iframes :
Haze (2 slashs skill) : iframe during teleport, requires to press a direction to teleport, none will be straight slash
Wraith form : didn't use it much in that run, it wasnt necessary, you turn into smoke for a certain duration, iframe, heal + cd recovery, can be canceled anytime by anything
Ultimate : forgot the name, that's the thing you see at the beginning, with homing smoke, I used it to dodge several times, it is pretty accessible because of cm2 cd reduction
Nightmare black strike (line drive) : one of my favorite skills, it has iframe during the teleport back part
Inhale : emergency escape in normal form, a way to nuke and cancel the xform when transformed (you may see a scythe appearing on the floor when I did this transformed), the iframe starts as soon as you press the skill
As you may have noticed, black mara doesn't spend as much time as the other spin off classes transformed, her xform isn't a necessity but an asset to use in some situations, this allows her to switch between a ranged and a melee playstyle according to the situation.
Your main goal is still to gather bubbles as you will need at least 50 to xform, but it is recommanded to get 60 for something I will explain later.
Normal form mara has it easy when ranged but can be played melee under some conditions but with much more risk, her cm1, giving her the ability to use enhancement contract bubbles (yellow in the UI, up to 10) allows her to spam cleaving (fireball) and void coil (long range projectiles) instantly as long as you have enhancement contracts (1 used per skill), you do that by spamming left click after ripping (laser skill), much easier to use near to the target, it however leaves you vulnerable because the fireball animation is very unsafe, only the void coil animation of the enhancement contract is safe, which is why learning when to stop with EC void coil is essential as it is the only one you can cancel with anything (tumble, haze, ultimate..), you could still cancel cleaving's animation with wraith form but it'd be a waste
So yeah, EC is the best way for you to gather bubbles, once you reach 50, you can xform, normal and nightmare skills dont share cd and using xform will actually reset the nightmare skills's cd, this is one arguement in favor of the hybrid mara and this is why inhale becomes very useful on top of its dmg ability.
I said to get 60 for another good reason as well, if you use regular smoke storm (skull mark on the floor, tornadoes with xform) you can actually keep getting bubbles while using xform as long as the target doesnt get out of it, not only it gives you additional transformation time if you need to, but it will also make your time easier to xform again as you will cancel the form with inhale and you'll have more remaining bubbles.
The other purpose of this is mainly to use the xform 2 times or even more (very rare), the xform itself has a board dmg of 7.9k% if you press backward (same animation as fm's meteor but with huge purple explosion), can be used to cancel anything even in the air, you see me doing this during punisher just before he does dps check, the dmg potential of the xform itself tends to make you switch between normal and black mara form as much as possible.
Your priority aside EC, in this setup will be xform + nm void coil, this one truly being your bnb dps (~11k%, cd reset with double xform setup)
As for the black mara form playstyle itself, she becomes a melee char, most of her ranged skills become melee :
Ripping (laser) becomes a scythe attack just like void coil (projectiles), and black strike (chilling mist animation) becomes a line drive
Using EC during xform is much easier because you have many ways to cancel it, but don't just mindlessly spam EC while you're xformed despite the fact that's it's your biggest and fastest burst, because switching between the 2 forms makes inhale on cd, and you need to take advantage of cm2 cd reduction and xform cd reset for nm skills, mostly nm void coil
(5sec cd recovery for ulti/inhale each time main skill, EC excluded, hits the target, both in normal and BM form)
Spamming contract till you have none will also force you to either gather contracts again, which could lower your dps if the target is movie due to the nature of insult, or simply make you spend more time gathering xform bubbles because you'd spend more time xformed and would actually require some more to recover the bubbles used due to that extra time spent in mara form (95 cap seems to get rid of that aspect with wheeling staff linkage tho)
So yes, once again contract is your best BURST (I insist on that because some think mara is all about left click, thinking and playing mara like this comes with a price, especially in rudn) and thus comes with downtime if used mindlessly, downtime you can get rid of by using the double xform setup as well as other nm skills, the most convenient ones being nm void coil and black strike (cleaving is good, but too slow and should only be used as a filler, smoke storm simply takes too long to deal its full board dmg, but never forget about those if you need to reduce inhale's cd.
=>make also use of the shards dropping from contract cleaving and the ability to cancel anything into xform to gain bubbles for a short period of time after transforming, allowing you to use it twice and benefit from the nm skills cd reset
Here's a recap of how to get EC and bubbles in general :
Insult (airborne skill, many projectiles) : 1ec per hit, your fastest way to acquire them, 15sec cd
Ebony spark A(flame spark) : additional hits gained with the A passive on the left click variation, up to 3 hits = 3 EC, 6sec cd
Haze : 2 hits (haze , 1 EC each, haze isn't just a good dps skill, it's also your second tumble and one of your best iframe because of its cd
Turbulence : 2 hits, 1 EC per hit
Normal form skill (EC included) : creates black energy (bubbles for xform)per successful hit
Few more stuffs :
Entomb : that cloud you sometimes see, reacts to the main skill usage, throwing 2 homing projectiles per skill, mainly used before EC spam
Black mara : not only it has big damage on its own, but thanks to a passive (aftermath), it induces a 20% dmg debuff for 15sec
She also has an elemental debuff
=>meaningless : 10sec cd, 60sec duration
As for skill plates, I chose :
•Wraith form cd : all in one skill (self heal, cd recovery, iframe, cancels anything)
•Insult cd : your best way to gather EC bubbles on top of a great dps
•inhale cd : mara's core, using cd plate saves you from using 2 skills to completely recover its cd with sorc buff
Void coil dmg : because cleaving doesnt have dmg plate, regular, nm and nm ec ver are all very strong, that's why
Extra slot (optional) : black mara 20% dmg : because you can spam it easily and it doesn't cost you much if you do the proper setups
Hopefully it helped
Edited by ShineFactor, 15 May 2017 - 04:41 AM.