Archive for December, 2011

Plugging Through the Grind: Sniper at 30

December 27, 2011 - 11:59 pm 1 Comment

As we sit through yet another long six-hour maintenance window (this really makes a person miss the 10-30 minute downtimes RIFT sees), I finally have no more excuses to push back this post. It’s time to review the first 30 levels of playing the Imperial Agent: Sniper.

In general, the Sniper plays as typically as the scouts, rangers, hunters, and marksmen you might be used to from other games. It is, in fact, very similar to the Hunter from World of Warcraft – whether this is good or bad is up to you to decide. In the simplest terms, the Sniper blows stuff up while his companion, Kaliyo, keeps the enemies targeted on her. A Sniper that specializes in Marksmanship, the focus at this site, delivers that damage from around the 30 meter mark. But there’s a lot more to it then standing up and blasting indiscriminately, so read through the cut for the details.

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Introduction to the Sniper

December 22, 2011 - 7:35 pm No Comments

Meet The Imperial Agent: Sniper

While the servers are down for pre-launch maintenance, I thought I’d introduce you to the Imperial Agent. There are lots of primers out there already. I’m sure anyone interested in the class has already done their homework on it. So I’ll just touch on the obvious and throw in a little commentary as to what I’ve experienced so far.

The Imperial Agent is the star agent of, as Kaliyo Djannis puts it, “the freaking secret police.” That is, the Agent is employed by Imperial Intelligence, essentially the CIA of the Empire. Through your first 15 levels or so, you are tethered to the whim and command of Keeper, the head honcho of Imperial Intelligence, at which point you are given a much longer leash with near autonomy to deal the Empire’s bidding.

An Agent can specialize as an Operative or a Sniper. The Operative can go damage or healer, while the sniper is all out offensive action. As a Sniper you can specialize three ways: amping up your droids and probes, mastering your poisons (which is the shared tree with Operative), or provide massive damage from range with Marksmanship. Marksmanship is, of course, going to be the focus at Die by the Blaster. Read through the cut for an overview of the Imperial Agent: Sniper.

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Welcome to Die by the Blaster

December 20, 2011 - 10:51 pm No Comments

Hello everyone! Thanks for visiting.

In the same fashion as Die by the Arrow, this blog will feature my exploits in STAR WARS: The Old Republic and will focus on the ranged damage expert class, Imperial Agent Sniper. I will be providing leveling, build, and play-style advice. As always, it will be aimed towards mastering the end-game without bringing that “elitist” mentality, keeping things easy enough for and relevant to the average player. Along the way I will touch on Sith Inquisitors and general SWTOR gameplay and features.

In the next couple days I will be commenting on the first 30 levels or so of the game, featuring hotspots on Hutta, Dromund Kaas, Balmora, and Nar Shaddaa. I’lldrop some tips on the best way to solo and my planned build for level 50.

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