I just wanted to share a Drow Ranger/fighter hybrid build I have been playing with and I really enjoy.
The goal of the character is to stay in the Drow darkness the entire encounter and use the darkness to punish my enemies as much as possible. I use Heavy blade opportunity to enable my attacks by making it as unpleasant to stay in the darkness as possible. Most enemies will have to provoke opportunity attacks due to difficult terrain to escape the darkness and then I can either Twin strike them or Cleave them depending on which power is most advantageous at the time.
The darkness has the following traits.
Close burst 2.
Difficult terrain for anyone except me.
When I use cleave within the darkness the extra damage hits everyone inside it.
When I use Twin strike inside the darkness, The darkness will follow me.
When I spend an action point to take an extra action I regain the use of Darkness.
Next level All creatures that start their turn inside the darkness will take 5 poison damage
Drow, Fighter|Ranger, Curseborn
Hybrid Ranger: Hybrid Ranger Reflex
Hybrid Talent: Fighter Combat Talent
Fighter Combat Talent: Tempest Technique (Hybrid)
Versatile Expertise: Versatile Expertise (Heavy Blade)
Versatile Expertise: Versatile Expertise (Light Blade)
Darkfire: Darkfire Charisma
FINAL ABILITY SCORES
Str 18, Con 12, Dex 22, Int 9, Wis 12, Cha 14.
STARTING ABILITY SCORES
Str 15, Con 11, Dex 17, Int 8, Wis 11, Cha 11.
AC: 27 Fort: 22 Reflex: 25 Will: 19
HP: 85 Surges: 8 Surge Value: 21
Perception +11, Stealth +17, Intimidate +14, Athletics +13
Acrobatics +11, Arcana +4, Bluff +7, Diplomacy +7, Dungeoneering +6, Endurance +7, Heal +6, History +4, Insight +6, Nature +6, Religion +4, Streetwise +7, Thievery +10
Level 1: Xen'drik Weapon Training
Level 2: Hybrid Talent
Level 4: Lolthdark Style
Level 6: Clutch of Darkness
Level 8: Versatile Expertise
Level 10: Toughness (retrained to Heavy Blade Opportunity at Level 11)
Level 11: Darkness Reign
Hybrid at-will 1: Twin Strike
Hybrid at-will 1: Cleave
Hybrid encounter 1: Two-Fanged Strike
Hybrid daily 1: Skirmishing Stance
Hybrid utility 2: Battle Fury Stance
Hybrid encounter 3: Sweeping Blow
Hybrid daily 5: Rain of Steel
Hybrid utility 6: Begin the Hunt
Hybrid encounter 7: Come and Get It
Hybrid daily 9: Dervish's Challenge
Hybrid utility 10: Unbreakable
Prime Shot Drow Long Knife +3, Cloak of Survival +2, Challenge-Seeking Drow Long Knife +3, Predator's Hide Hide Armor +2, Acrobat Boots (heroic tier), Quickhit Braces (heroic tier)
Sadly with the change to magic missile, it is easier to hit the darkness now 8(