Blade dancer is the 7th class in Blade and Soul, which may cause confusion among BNS players: what are the differences between blade master and blade dancer? What special features make blade dancer a brand new class? Today, mmogah wants to summarize them into several aspects.
Blade dancers are all cute Lyn dwarves, also called Lyn blade master; while blade master can be played with the Jin and the Yun. For people who like smart characters, LBM is a better choice.
Lyn blade master is a hybrid of Force Master, Destroyer, and Blade Master, a combination of attack and crowd control. It is not good at tanking or effective at solo while Blade Master is in the Top 3. BMs can tank solo on boss easily with their blocking skill.
LBM is easier to play in most respects due to an overall simpler skill tree, BM will be much stronger than LBM by a mastered player.
On a group PVE, BM = Tank/DPS, LBM = Support/sub DPS.
Compared with LBM, BM have a unique block ability which blocks or deflects almost all frontal attacks. BMs are also skilled in sustained DPS.
LBMs have special phantom grip skill and their block depends on 0.5 sec or 400% defense tab. They are good at burst damage but has a low DPS, which means they can only use a set of combo in PVP. After that, you win or lose. LBMs are heavily depend on lightning draw. However, their lightning draw has a longer CD than BM and they do a far lower damage than BM during CD. But their lighting draw and quick draw "LB" attacks do a lot more damage than BM.
BM has 3 stances: basic stance, draw stance and summons soulblades.
LBM: basic stance and draw stance.
5.Draw stance switch
Though LBM and BM has draw skill, BM can switch to draw stance through lightning draw, blindside , ss and divine retribution, LBM only has lightning draw.
To let players have a deeper understanding of this two classes, mmogah collected following information.
Extremely powerful defense thanks to block and evade spam
High overall damage output
Damage output can be very stable
Can protect party members from ranged attacks
Strong chi management while tanking
No party buffs
Can only block frontal attacks
Lots of damage comes from stationary lightning AOE, which can be avoided
Exceptional chi management post-rework
Very high sustained damage output
Extremely fast, rapid-fire attacks
Very high AOE damage
Strong crowd control; only class besides Destroyer that can hold a target down for 6s
Spin parry and blade draw deflect have the tightest possible timing (0.5s)
Can be extremely vulnerable without available chi; prone to downtime
Long CDs on many key abilities
Force Choke not as strong as destroyers' Seize/Suppress
No party buffs outside of Force Choke
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