A DM can screw him up, good and proper, by designing encounters around doing so - but the same is true of ANY class at all. If your DM's out to kill you, he will kill you. It may be slightly easier with a Berserker than most, but so what? If your DM's a dick, you'll get screwed, that's a fact of D&D, not a fact of this class.So... why exactly is it a terrible defender, when it's basically a Flail Fault Knight but with daily powers?
NETH4-1 Containing Shadow (co-author)
A DM can screw him up, good and proper, by designing encounters around doing so - but the same is true of ANY class at all. If your DM's out to kill you, he will kill you. It may be slightly easier with a Berserker than most, but so what? If your DM's a dick, you'll get screwed, that's a fact of D&D, not a fact of this class.So... why exactly is it a terrible defender, when it's basically a Flail Fault Knight but with daily powers?There are 4 basic problems:If you're a top-tier defender, your goal is to force both mark punishment and an additional attack on your mark. A Fighter with your setup can force the combat challenge and get the OA to flatten them. You just get the OA with a small amount of extra damage.
How does it compare to a cavalier?
Thought Switch Higher level build that grants upto 14 attacks on turn 1. If your allies play along, it's broken.
Elven Critters Crit op with crit generation. 5 of these will end anything. Broken.
King Fisher Optimized net user. Moderate.
Boominator Fun catch-22 booming blade build with either strong or completely broken damage depending on your reading.
Very Distracting Warlock Lot's of dazing and major penalties to hit. Overpowered.
Pocket Protector Pixie Stealth Knight. Maximizing the defender's aura by being in an ally's/enemy's square.
Yakuza NinjIntimiAdin: Perma-stealth Striker that offers a little protection for ally's, and can intimidate bloodied enemies. Very Strong.
Chargeburgler with cheese Ranged attacks at the end of a charge along with perma-stealth. Solid, could be overpowered if tweaked.
Void Defender Defends giving a penalty to hit anyone but him, then removing himself from play. Can get somewhat broken in epic.
Scry and Die Attacking from around corners, while staying hidden. Moderate to broken, depending on the situation.
Skimisher Fly in, attack, and fly away. Also prevents enemies from coming close. Moderate to Broken depending on the enemy, but shouldn't make the game un-fun, as the rest of your team is at risk, and you have enough weaknesses.
Indestructible Simply won't die, even if you sleep though combat. One of THE most abusive character in 4e.
Sir Robin (Bravely Charge Away) He automatically slows and pushes an enemy (5 squares), while charging away. Hard to rate it's power level, since it's terrain dependent.
Death's Gatekeeper A fun twist on a healic, making your party "unkillable". Overpowered to Broken, but shouldn't actually make the game un-fun, just TPK proof.
Death's Gatekeeper mk2, (Stealth Edition) Make your party "unkillable", and you hidden, while doing solid damage. Stronger then the above, but also easier for a DM to shut down. Broken, until your DM get's enough of it.
Domination and Death Dominate everything then kill them quickly. Only works @ 30, but is broken multiple ways.
Battlemind Mc Prone-Daze Protecting your allies by keeping enemies away. Quite powerful.
The Retaliator Getting hit deals more damage to the enemy then you receive yourself, and you can take plenty of hits. Heavy item dependency, Broken.
Dead Kobold Transit Teleports 98 squares a turn, and can bring someone along for the ride. Not fully built, so i can't judge the power.
Psilent Guardian Protect your allies, while being invisible. Overpowered, possibly broken.
Rune of Vengance Do lot's of damage while boosting your teams. Strong to slightly overpowered.
Charedent BarrageA charging ardent. Fine in a normal team, overpowered if there are 2 together, and easily broken in teams of 5.
Super Knight A tough, sticky, high damage knight. Strong.
Super Duper Knight Basically the same as super knight with items, making it far more broken.
Mora, the unkillable avenger Solid damage, while being neigh indestuctable. Overpowered, but not broken.
Swordburst Maximus At-Will Close Burst 3 that slide and prones. Protects allies with off actions. Strong, possibly over powered with the right party.
Spirited Away A Shaman Handbook
Shooting for the Moon: A Miniguide to Bow Clerics
Master of My Domain: A Miniguide to Warpriests
Ginzu Items: A Guide to Dual Purpose Implements & Weapons
Night at the Roxbury: Tricks for Parties With Multiple Defenders
Shaman Spirit Companion FAQ
This Party is Off the Hook! A Miniguide to Party Optimization
My Fun builds:
Exemplars of the Faith: A Cleric Build Handbook
Defender, Set Hammers to Stun: 8.5 Stuns an Encounter at level 23
Swampthing: Earthforger Lifespirit Warden Verdant Lord
St. Elmo's Fire: Satyr Monk/Chaladin, Challenge, Slide, and Shift!
Don't Come Around Here No More: A Catch 22 WorldSpeaker
Bear Trap: Polearm Momentum Protector Shaman Disciple of Winds
Boo The Ghostrager: Golaith Barbarian Ghostwalker
Raging Teleporter: Genasi Barbarian/Assault swordmage Ghostblade
If I wanted to post my build defender-bezerker build for comments, could I do it on here or is there a better place for it?