Heya, been running a 3box combo of casters (lev 77 mage main with mage/necro sub + bard), and it is really powerful, but I want to mix things up and try other combos for fun. For this alternate box combo to try... I wanted just 1 character to be a melee, because 2+ melees in a box is such a headache!
I really wanted to try to make SK + Shaman + Bard work. I was hoping I could keep it going with two J1 rogue mercs and have shaman main healing (focusing entirely on healing AA's) for as long as I can before having to use a cleric merc. I am wondering if that combo with shaman pet + Sk pet + rogue mercs having both shaman and bard melee proc buffs (panther and storm line stack as far as I know) can kill as fast as the powerful 2caster/bard box combo, maybe even faster! (but I doubt it, the caster combo kills really fast). The problem is that the 76 mage pet has already passed the J1 merc in regards to tanking at level 77 (I have all the best pet focus items for the upcoming levels in bank, and have lots of pet AA's on mage). I'm worried the SK would never approach the DPS output nor the tanking ability of just the mage pet (who now hits in the 300's very fast with pet affinity + bard haste + overhaste) without massive twinking or AA farming on SK?
Summary: at what AA and gear level would the SK approach the dps output and tankability of mage pet from lv. 70-85? (assuming mage has best pet focus items). Will it ever happen at these levels?
Another idea: I wanted to try to make a rogue box work, because rogues just seem appealing in general to me. I have the ability to do a rogue/mage box, but would have to use the tank merc (I am solo 3boxing so upgrading the J1-J5 probably won't happen till the lev 80-90's) in order for rogue to DPS. This means I'd be using a subpar tank to the mage pet. I don't see a solution for this however, because running a rogue + character tank is just too much micro for me to want to box. I feel stuck here....
Anyway, any advice (or just 3boxing input in general, some of your favorite combos!) is appreciated