Now, since i love to be different, i pick the Physician class when i reached 50 and found that i am the only physician in a guild with 120 members on it while the other alchemist on my guild pick adept as their third job. I almost think that i am the only stupid one to pick the physician as my third job. Luckily after 1 month playing as an Physician i found that i'm not actually that stupid since physician is an awesome class to use.
So, i'd like to share about my opinion for Physician in this review. This review is strictly based on my build and experience so you are all free to comment, giving suggestion, or insulting me. Just, please, don't use the word 'noob'. Its just too 'noob' for an insult...
1. Injector EX+ healing shower = higher survivability, higher popularity
In the T4 update, enemies in dungeon now do significantly more damage and with the greatly nerfed HP suffix for every equipment, the class with the healing skill is badly needed for every nest party. The demand of healer class for the nest and raid party is so high that i even find some healer class who charge their party with gold if they want him/her as a healer in their team.
no offense ....
In this T4 patch, Physician as a DPS/healer class is actually gaining a lot of advantage. Since Physician still maintain the alchemist skill which can deal decent damage, it can take the role of DPS while at the same time healing their team with their 2 new skill, injector EX and heal shower.
The normal injector is probably not a very good skill since it doesn't do much damage, had a small range and only heal you way to little to be called a healing skill but the Injector EX is the steroid version of the alchemist injector with extra range, decent damage and a far superior healing ability where now you can also heal your allies 10% of your total injector EX damage. It might not heal like half of your max hp but with its low cooling down and a proper build, injector EX will help you in nest and raid party. The other new skill for Physician is healing shower which in this T4 update heals like half of my max HP in PVE and heals better than the cleric heals (its still depends on your magic attack though). Add it with cocktail and this 2 new skill, the demands for Physician is high and it will help every party to succeed in their dungeon.
2. Going solo? no problemo...
Some title in DN gives you a really nice stats that will give you a nice advantage both in PVE and PVP and some of that title requires you to go solo in a nest. In the previous cap, going solo for a nest dungeon is an easy job as long as you had decent equipment but in the T4 patch going solo is far difficult than it used to be. At the previous cap, the non healer class depends on their HP Suffix from their armor to survive longer in the nest. In this T4 update, they can't rely on their HP Suffix anymore because its greatly nerfed and the monster deal more damage. The cleric class may had an advantage since it was well known for its high survivability but some cleric class like saint can only deal little damage so it makes the dungeon run tend to take quite some time. Physician in the other hand is more balanced than the cleric class since it can take the role of DPS and healer. It can survive better than most DPS class and had a decent DPS ability to help her finish the nest faster but remember, you will still need a decent equipment. If you run a solo dungeon with Berlin set you might wanna check whether your brain is still in function or not.
3. Dark build takes your enemy into a dark future
Physician at its core is a dark element class so if you wanna be pure physician, like i do, you will be putting your SP in the dark skill tree. As a PVP player who used a dark build for my Physician, i had a fun using the dark skill to piss off another player since dark build tend to be a deadly slow killer build. I found that Physician is best used as a support fighter, the class that fight behind the main attacker dealing poison debuff to slowly and painfully drop the enemy HP.
Disease is one skill that will deal a massive poison debuff to enemy since its debuff will poison the enemy with 10% of its damage for 15 sec and it can infect nearby enemy teammate so it can be very helpfull if you had a proper build. Poison break is also the best burst damage which is similar to the priest detonate but it deals more damage which can deal even higher damage than magma wave in PVP. Having a good Physician in your PVP team (like me, of course :P) will definitely increase your winning chance.
4. Love virus? you will love the chaos.
This is why i picked Physician over Adept. This one skill is what makes Physician unique to other classes in DN and make it as a great supportive class to play. Its none other than the lovely love virus.
Surprisingly, not much peoples in DN SEA knows about how dangerous love virus can be. I once had a chat about physician with my guildmate and he told me that love virus animation looks good but he didn't know what did it do to the enemy that hit by its. So, for those who didn't know about love virus let me enlighten you.
Love virus is a skill that makes you invulnerable from the enemy attack and makes your enemy attack become friendly fire to his teammate for some seconds. It also lower the magic defense of your enemy by 10% and had a low cooling down for spamming purpose.
You can see that love virus really is an unique and dangerous skill if you used it in a proper way. I had this scenario on PVP where an Elestra who is an enemy captain charging with its teammate to kill my team captain. That elestra and its team gangbanged my captain until i saw the Elestra casting blizzard storm and hit it with the love virus. As you might suspect, that Elestra wiped out all his teammate in confusion and giving a chance to my captain to do the counter attack, leading our team team to victory.
Nothings feels better when you see your enemy kill his own teammate in confusion while you laugh evilly like Saturday cartoon villain in front of your PC. Its feels almost better than a sex .
1. Physician do less damage
Im going to be honest, Physician is a weak class if you don't know how to used it. Compared to any DPS class, Physician might be the weakest DPS class since it might take a time to kill your enemy both in PVP and PVE and If you are using a pure dark build its even harder because most enemy in the dungeon is a dark monster that will resist most of your dark attack.
This con is why people prefer to be adept rather than Physician. Adept can deal more damage with its new ice beam and magma punch EX while Physician new skill is mostly for support and debuff rather than DPS.
2. Physician is kinda sucks at 1 on1 batle
As a semi support class, Physician isn't well known for its 1 on 1 capability which make ladder fight rather hard. I wont said that playing in ladder as Physician is impossible since that title is still held by the saint class who is a full support class but its still rather hard compared to other class. Physician skill is mostly a ranged attack skill so you will mostly playin with hit and run tactic when you are using Physician in a 1 on 1 battle and rarely go in a frontal fight unless you really have to.
Adept in the other hand had a better chance to fight in a frontal fight compared to Physician because their skill is mostly for close combat purpose so they had a better advantage in ladder match.
3. Physician still had paper defense
Alchemist is actually a paper defense class in the previous cap and it always be the soft spot for merc and sword master to aim But in the T4 patch, alchemist now had more decent defense than it was before so it now had a better survivability.
But even though they increased the Physician survivability, the alchemist class is still a vulnerable class because they are weak in close range and didn't have much counter attack skill. when you are caught in a combo it will be rather deadly for Physician if you already used the hypnosis to run away from the previous attack
Physician isn't a perfect class, hell, there's no perfect class in DN unless you are Berlin. You will need a lot of experience to use physician since it wasn't an easy class to use at first, but when you get the hang of it there is a great fun to used this class. I recommend all of you to harness the power of love virus since i think its the sexy spot for physician so you can be a master in a battle.