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Zen and Heroic Indecision

Though I did conduct a few investigations into coming up with a better hero, my alt-a-holism in City of Heroes seems to be abated, for now.

The seeds were planted yesterday. I compared the hours played for my Scrapper and Controller and was surprised to see it was less than a 1/10th total difference. If the Controller's damage was really so piss poor, why did he have a level lead and such a small gap in time played?


Playing my Level 33 Spines/Dark Armor Scrapper this morning against Unyielding difficulty Freakshow missions, I was sent to the hospital twice. A single Metal Swiper Freak's three-hit combo could take off over half my health. It was satisfying to defeat them, but this made them dangerous to solo.

Returning from classes today, I fought those same Freakshow again, this time with my Controller. It was much safer, thanks to having summoned pets around to take the damage for me from most foes, and monster control powers to take care of the rest. My Controller could safely solo things my Scrapper couldn't.

Putting two and two together, I had solved the mystery of why my Controller had a similar speed of progress as my Scrapper: the Controller dies a lot less often.

So it was that the idea that settled my alt-a-holicism was established: Psi-Caster, my level 34 Controller, is clearly the superior character in terms of overall potential to safety take down foes and contribute to groups ability to do the same. The Nanites, my level 33 Scrapper, is a choice for the burned out and impatient.

I just resubscribed, and I'm not burned out yet. If I'm enjoying the game, that it takes a minute more to take down a boss should not bother me. A simple desire for haste is an excellent indicator that I'm not enjoying the journey. If this happens again, I should try to take control back from my Ego or play another game for awhile. Lesson learned: But will I remember?

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