Eh, that isn't the same comparison. You aren't bringing something in that's GM; that list is just being BM.exile is bm everywhere but europe i think. not being in the top 5 dueling classes isn't an excuse to bm imo. that's like saying my wolf druid can't kill teleporting characters so i should be allowed to fade, enchant, juve and have a merc up when i duel.
The Exile is GM depending on place, and isn't like the listed examples.
The "sub par range" doesn't matter when you tele smite. PB's are used because they are fast, and you have a much easier time "stacking" IAS to counter act being frozen (mostly, to counter Holy Freeze), or slow (golem, decrepify, etc).can you explain why pb > ba? i can't fathom why. i would say ba > pb every single time in gm environments, especially if you can use it with minimum investment in str.
BA only have the range (1) advantage, but are weakened when you get frozen.
BTW, Trappers don't use facets or conviction.
Agreed with disadvantage with barb (all smiters are, but BA helps).to win as a smiter, stop thinking like a cookie cutter one. ditch the dracs and exile, throw away the 'recommended' phase blade for a zerker and trade the pcomb lifers in for shimmering scs of vita.
However, the recommended PB is a situational thing, not recommended for vs all opponents. It's best when telestomp / porting, but otherwise a BA's range would suit you better.
It'd definitely be stupid--if that was why they aren't a top tier char.the reason why smiters can't compete with the top tier chars is mainly because smiters want to saddle themselves with lower life, lower resists and an inferior range 2 weapon, so that they can use a curse which only works at a max of 20% of the time.
you got to admit it, it's stupid.
They're certainly top 10, but top 5 would have the necs, windies, trappers, BvC, and Hdin. I'm sure the fifth varies from person to person, but Hdins are the most prevalent in public duels, and in GM, they aren't good 1v1, but some are and the build itself has only a few holes in it. Whatever it is, the smiter build (not just the char's gear) is at a disadvantage to them.
He's certainly good, but not on that high of a scale.