I'm psyched! I found out there were some viruses on my PC. I had been suspecting this for a while, but finally got to the point where I knew it was something more than regular spyware/adware. So I installed some new AV software, and sure enough, there was a pair of trojans trojan'ing it up on my system.
Why is that good news? Because, after a lengthy but not difficult process, I successfully exterminated them. Still not good news? Well, now when I play AoC in Noble District and Field of the Dead, instead of 4-8 FPS I get a fairly consistant 20fps (modest, but extreemely playable). Woot!
So I took advantage of the rainy holiday morning and played through a bunch of FotD quests. Leveled from 43 to 46, which allowed me to fill out the Dark Weapon feat. Next I'll get Vampyric Nature and then Nec. Leech, which will add to survivability, which as always is awsome.
After that, I'll have to back-track to pad my feats enough to move on to the next teir. Since I'm not interested in decreasing the CD of my Swift Strikes, I'll put 3-of-5 points in Vile Corruption. I'm not stoked about that feat, but it's not bad either... nice adding DoT damage for PvP.
Anyway, I'll go though some combat logs and take a look, but I think with 5/5 Unholy Strength and the lvl 44 rank of Swift Strikes, that SS finally meets or surpased Cunning Strike as far as damage. And it's a two-button combo compaired to three.
I'll end by saying that each time I enter a lvl frame that people before me have complained about how weak we are at that stage (first it was 30's. Then 40's. Next will be 50-60), I'm finding I'm certianly not experiencing the same problems/complaints. Yes, that could all change when I hit 50, if the "50's sucks!" people are right...guess I'll find out when I get there. But plenty of people said 30s and 40s sucked...and I'm feeling more powerfull by the level.
Happy 4th to all you fellow American'ites!
Edited to add: Meant to include a link to my build as of lvl46. Here you go. Thadias' Lvl 46 Build