SWTOR 3.0 Engineering Sniper DPS Guide by Camel

SWTOR 3.0 Engineer Sniper DPS Guide written by Camel of Begeren Colony.

Intro to Engineering Sniper

*Update for 3.2 Incoming!*

I’ve just finished updating the Gunslinger Guide, and I plan to Update this soon. For now, I’d suggest just glancing at the Republic version and try to translate it to imperial terms.

Out of the three disciplines, Engineering was changed the most, by far. EMP Discharge has been reworked, so now it deals damage, rather than reset CDs of Adrenaline Probe, Entrench, Shield Probe, and Covered Escape. Right there, you can tell that this spec lost a good chunk of its defensive power. The burst is still reliant upon Explosive Probe and Series of Shots, and that isn’t a ton. If you want burst, check out the other specs.

For those of you new to the spec, Engineering is an AoE/Dot based discipline. It relies heavily on Plasma Probe to burn up foes while poking a few people with some Explosive Probe and Series of Shots. On single target, there is a minor ramp-up time, but the results over a long duration fight are fantastic, whether or not you wish to include Covered Escape in the rotation. This discipline competes with others for the highest DPS overall.

Important Changes from 2.0

All of this will be touched upon later in the guide, but here are a few other key things that haven’t been stated yet. The mobility of the spec is wonderful, to say the least. You no longer need to be in cover to use Explosive Probe, Series of Shots, or Snipe. However, this does NOT mean you should use the latter of the two out of cover. Remember, you don’t suffer from pushback penalties while in cover. With that in mind, based off the new(ish) rotation, you only need to be in cover for 3 seconds at a time, every 9 seconds. This is critical, since Marksmanship is entirely stationary and Virulence requires roughly 2/3 of the rotation to channel abilities, such as Cull or Series of Shots. Also, you will find energy easier to come by, thanks to the inclusion of the re-worked EMP Discharge. It gives you a free Fragmentation Grenade every 18 seconds, which is key to energy management.

Author’s Note

This is for mostly PvE purposes only. If you want to talk PvP, go talk to someone who PvPs. I’m still a scrub at Engineering PvP. Also, to those returning to the guide, a few edits have been made to explain how to ‘sniper a little bit better.

Rating

  • Single Target DPS: 9
  • AoE Damage: 8
  • Group Utility: 7
  • Rotation Difficulty: 5, 9
  • RNG Dependent: No
  • Burst: 5
  • Sub 30% Talents or Buffs: Yes

Useful Utilities

Skillful

  • Ballistic Dampers – Entering cover grants 3 stacks of Ballistic Dampers. Each charge absorbs 30% of all incoming damage. Cannot occur more than one every 1.5 seconds. Cannot gain Dampers more than once every 6 seconds.
  • Vital Regulators – While in cover, you heal for 1% of your total health every 3 seconds.
  • Cover Screen – Upon exiting cover, you increase your ranged defense by 20% for 6 seconds.
  • Imperial Efficiency – Increases damage dealt by Suppressive Fire by 25%

Masterful

  • Seek Cover – When Entrench ends, or when you leave cover while Entrench is active, you gain Seek Cover, which increases movement speed by 50% and grants immunity to movement-impairing effects. Lasts 6 seconds.
  • Calculated Pursuit – Upon leaving cover, you are given 4 charges of Calculated Pursuit, which negates the energy cost of your next 4 Overload Shots. Lasts 15 seconds or upon usage of all 4 charges. Using one charge of Calculated Pursuit triggers a 20 second rate limit on this skill.
  • Augmented Shields – Increases damage absorbed by Shield Probe by 30%
  • Pillbox Sniper – Decreases the cooldown of Entrench by 15 seconds, and Cover Pulse knock enemies back by an additional 4 meters.
  • Counter Strike (Maybe) – Countermeasures now also purges all movement-impairing effects upon activation.

Heroic

  • Deployed Shields – Decreases damage taken while in cover by 6%. Also decreases the cooldown of Ballistic Shield by 30 seconds.
  • Siege Bunker – Decreases area of effect damage taken while Entrench is active by 60%.
  • Hold Your Ground – Reduces the Cooldown of Escape by 30 seconds, Shield Probe by 4 seconds, and Cover Pulse by 5 seconds.

Gearing Priority

100% Accuracy is a priority. To reach this, you need a minimum of 750 points into Accuracy.

  • 186’s (Dread Master) – 7 Accuracy Enhancements + 1 Augments
  • 192’s (Resurrected) – 6 Accuracy Enhancements + 2 Augments
  • 198’s (Revanite) – 6 Accuracy Enhancements + 1 Augment

Critical rating is 100% NECESSARY for this spec. Nearly every tech ability in the spec gains a +30% critical damage boost. (Exact points still to be determined.)

  • 186’s (Dread Master) – 175 to 350 Crit Rating
  • 192’s (Resurrected) – 200 to 400 Crit Rating
  • 198’s (Revanite) – 250 to 450 Crit Rating

You should run with 1 to 2 pieces of Alacrity (between 110-220 rating), then put the remaining points (those not fitted into Accuracy or Alacrity) into Surge.

Augments: Overkill (Power) or Skill (Cunning)

  • I would recommend Cunning here because this spec will not be useful for all fights. Meaning, often times, you will need to switch to specs such as Marksmanship or Virulence based on the mechanics of the fights. So you would need your gear to be as optimized between the three disciplines as possible, and Cunning seems to benefit all these Disciplines well, so Cunning would be the way to go.

Relics: Serendipitous Assault and Focused Retribution

Set Bonus: 6-piece Field Tech/Professional

  • These set bonuses work together, meaning if you hold one Field Tech set piece, and one Professional set piece, you will obtain the two piece set bonus.

Offensive Cooldowns

  • Adrenaline Probe – This ability grants you 50 energy over a 3 second duration. You should only use this if you are dipping below (or going to dip below) 60% energy. Otherwise, you will be over-generating energy. Also, try to avoid using this during a Sabotage Probe into Series of Shots combo. You will gain about 20 energy over the duration of the Cluster Bombs, plus the 50 energy from Adrenaline Probe. Unless you fall below 40-30%, do not use this combination. Wait until after the channel of Series of Shots. (Be wary of the free Fragmentation Grenade as well.)
  • Laze Target – Activating this ability gives you an Auto-Crit on your next Sabotage Probe (in this spec), so it should be used on cooldown for maximum DPS, or saved for important burn phases. The six-piece set bonus grants you another charge of Laze Target, granting you another Auto-Crit Sabotage Probe.
  • Target Aquired – Increases ranged and tech accuracy by 30% and armor penetration by 15% for 10 seconds. I would recommend using this immediately after using the first two DoTs in the second GCD block of the rotation. Alternatively, you can save this ability for important burn phases. This is a good ability to use in combination with Laze Target.

Defensive Cooldowns/Utilities

  • Shield Probe – A basic shield capable of absorbing a moderate amount of damage for 10 seconds. This is almost equivalent to the Sorc/Sage’s Force Armor, so be sure to use when you know damage is coming.
  • Evasion – Increases ranged and melee defense by 200%, in addition (New to 3.0), decreases damage taken from force or tech attacks by 75%. This ability no longer acts as a self-purge, but it able to deflect much more direct damage than before, so be sure to use this if massive damage is inbound.
  • Ballistic Shield – Decreases all damage taken to all friendly players inside the bubble by 20% (10 meter diameter). Lasts for 25 seconds. This is VERY important to use if massive AoE damage is inbound (Final Phase for Dread Council, for example), and normally can only be used once or twice during a fight, so make sure to use the duration of the ability to the fullest.
  • Diversion – Deploys a smoke grenade reducing accuracy to enemies within the 8 meter radius by 45% for 8 seconds. This does not affect operation bosses, HOWEVER, this can be used on hard-hitting adds to counter some damage. Use at a healer’s discretion.
  • Entrench – As long as you remain in cover, you are immune to all controlling effects and physics for the 20 second duration. If Seek Cover is taken in the utilities tree, then this also acts as an AoE Defensive ability. Try to anticipate when this ability will be the most beneficial. This is one of the Sniper’s most powerful defensive abilities, so use it wisely.

Abilities

plasmaprobe Plasma Probe: This is the most powerful DoT in the spec. While the grenade only lasts for nine seconds, and seems less damage dealing than its competitor Interrogation Probe, the grenade deals Elemental Damage rather than Energy Damage, so the damage dealt by this grenade isn’t affected negatively by armor, unlike Shock Charge. This also applies a debuff on the target that increases all AoE damage dealt to the target by 10%. It is affected by these talents:

  • Explosive Engineering: Increases Damage Dealt by 15%
  • Experimental Explosives: Increases critical damage dealt by 30%
  • Efficient Engineering: Reduces energy cost by 5
sonicprobe (1) Interrogation Probe: Another important DoT in the spec. This lasts for 18 seconds, and can only be applied to one target at a time. However, targets taking damage from this buff are vulnerable to EMP Discharge, which will be explained shortly. It is affected by these talents:

  • Inventive Interrogation Techniques: Reduces target’s movement speed by 30%
  • Experimental Explosives: Increases critical damage dealt by 30%
  • Efficient Engineering: Reduces energy cost by 5
reactiveshots Series of Shot: A high damage-dealing channeled attack. This ability should be used on cooldown to maximize damage output. It is also crucial for maintaining Blazing Speed, which burns the target for six-seconds. This is affected by:

  • Electrified Railgun: Burns the target for X damage over six-seconds. This stacks up to three times.
  • Imperial Auto-loader: Reduces CD by 6 seconds, and energy cost by one per second (one per damage tick)
explosiveprobe (2) Explosive Probe: A hard hitting single target ability. In addition to its primary detonation, it drops four Cluster Bombs, which can be detonated by continuous blaster fire. Each detonation returns 5 energy. With Laze Target popped, the next Sabotage Probe will automatically crit. This ability is also enhanced by:

  • Explosive Engineering: Increases damage dealt by 15%
  • Experimental Explosives: Increases Damage dealt by 30%
  • Efficient Engineering: Energy Cost reduced by 5
detonateprobe (1) EMP Discharge: This ability has been changed from a utility to an offensive ability. Now this deals direct damage to the target that is taking damage from Interrogation Probe. In addition, this ability makes the next Fragmantation Grenade free. This is also buffed by:

  • Experimental Explosives: Increases critical damage dealt by 30%
toxicdart Corrosive Dart: The final DoT of the spec. (Lasts 18 seconds)This is important to apply because not only for the damage itself, but it increases all ranged damage dealt to the target by 5%. This is not a high-priority move, however, you should keep this DoT applied to your main target to maximize DPS. This DoT can be applied to multiple targets, unlike its similar counter-part.
remotedetonationmine (1) Fragmentation Grenade: This is a low damaging, low energy cost “single-target” ability. The AoE now only affects targets of Strong difficulty or less, so don’t use this on big trash mobs. This is mainly used as a filler, but this is key to maintaining energy in the spec. When followed by EMP Discharge, the ability costs 0 energy, and with it’s in tree buffs, it gives 5 energy after use. This also keeps the Electrified RailgunDoT applied to the target. This is affected by:

  • Engineer’s Tool Belt: Increases Crit chance by 10%, and gives 5 energy after successfully hitting it’s primary target.
  • Experimental Explosives: Increases Damage Dealt by 15%
  • Electrified Blast: Applies one stack of Electrified Railgun
  • Scatter Bombs: Costs 5 less energy
  • Energy Overrides: After EMP Discharge, this ability costs no energy.
disengagesniper Covered Escape: The most debated ability of the spec. There are two ways you can play the spec, and this ability is why. You can either use it for strictly mechanics, or for a damage boost. To maximize DPS, you should try to use this ability when you can. However, you are responsible for any risks you take with it. Now onto the damage itself: This ability drops 5 Scatter bombs dropping a bomb every three meters (starting at three meters), and each bomb has a radius of 2 meters, but only 2 out of the 5 bombs will damage any target in the path. Meaning, you have to roll into the target to deal damage. About 70% of the time, two bombs will hit a humanoid target (starting 5-10 meters away from the target), therefore it is still useful to roll onto any target. The Scatter bombs are also buffed by:

  • Explosive Engineering: Increases damage dealt by 15%
  • Experimental Explosives: Increases critical damage dealt by 30%
orbitalbombardment Orbital Strike: This ability is an AoE Dot ability. Ticks 3 times (every 3 seconds) and lasts for a total of nine seconds. This can be used as a precast opener into a single target fight, but should not be used for single target fights otherwise. However, It is a great multi-target ability. This is affected by:

  • Explosive Engineering: Increases Damage dealt by 15%
  • Experimental Explosives: Increases critical damage dealt by 30%
  • Sector Ranger :Cooldown timer reduced by 15 seconds, and cast time reduced to one second.
barrage Suppressive Fire: A filler AoE ability. This does cost a good chunk of energy overtime, so be sure that energy will not be an issue while using this ability. Combined with Imperial Efficiency (25% damage boost), it can help make short work of large groups.
imperialagent Takedown: The Sniper execute ability. This is a hard hitting filler only usable under 30%. Note: I would be careful when using this ability. If you are used to the 2.0 set bonus, you will find that using said ability will energy strain you.
snipe Snipe: For the meantime, it’s pretty much useless. It’s a good ability to use if you a) Get lost somewhere in the rotation, or b) Find an odd hole in the rotation, and your Fragmentation Grenade is on CD. But if played right, you should never need to use it. It does give a stack of Electrified Railgun, so its use will be slightly beneficial.
fearsomecry Overload Shot: This is a weak damaging ability, and should only be used if Calculated Pursuit is being taken from the Utilities tree. Otherwise, use Rifle Shot where Overload Shot is normally used.

Rotation

What you need to know beforehand

The spec is really entirely dependent on the rotation. But there are a couple things to keep in mind.

  • Series of Shots should be used on cooldown if possible.
  • You can only use EMP Discharge on targets that are being affected by Explosive Probe
  • Activating EMP Discharge makes your next Fragmentation Grenade free.

The Rotation

There are two different forms of the Engineeringsingle-target rotation, each with a different priority set, which may be good to know transitioning from one fight to the next.

Standard Engineering: This rotation revolves around the use of Series of Shots. This ability should be used on cooldown if possible. Then the rotation is split into two GCD blocks. This is the priority list:

(Editor note: the numbered list don’t show anything beyond 9 so 0, 1, 2, 3 are actually 10, 11, 12, 13)

  1. Explosive Probe
  2. Plasma Probe
  3. Interrogation Probe
  4. EMP Discharge (Energy Reasons)
  5. Corrosive Dart
  6. Covered Escape (If possible)
  7. Takedown (If under 30%)
  8. Fragmentation Grenade (Free)
  9. Orbital Strike (If energy allows)
  10. Fragmentation Grenade (Regular)
  11. Snipe (If Orbital Strike & Thermal Grenade is on cooldown and energy allows)
  12. Free Overload Shot (With Hot Pursuit Taken)
  13. Rifle Shot (If none of the above is possible)

Quick Analysis/Pointers: Energy isn’t strenuous in this spec. However, you may wish to toss a Fragmentation Grenade before applying Corrosive Dart (for ex.) in order to maintain energy. Also be sure to use Laze Target on cooldown. Free Crits!

So how does this all fit into the rotation you ask? Simple. This is what we get (with this basic opener):

Opener: (Pre-cast) Orbital + Laze Target + Target Acquired + Adrenals + Explosive Probe + Series of Shots

Rotation: Plasma Probe + Interrogation Probe + EMP Discharge + Filler + Series of Shots + Plasma Probe + Corrosive Dart + Filler + Explosive Probe + Series of Shots

swtor-3.0-engineer-sniper-rotation

Rotation Analysis: Simple right? Let me just break down a little bit more. As you can see, Plasma Probe was used 1st during each GCD block. If you remember to apply it, your Plasma Probe will ALWAYS ware off at this stage of the rotation. (Oh look, each GCD block + SoS is nine seconds long. What a coincidence.) Then the rest of the rotation is similar. Interrogation Probe will always ware off at the 2nd GCD of the two GCD blocks. EMP Discharge will come off CD at the third… and so on. You have two places you can fiddle with the rotation, which are indicated as fillers. These fillers are indicated as priorities 6-13.

Here’s a tip: The spec is much easier on energy management than it was in 2.0, so now you can effectively use Adrenaline Probe as a mini-dps buff. Which means, if you hit a filler in the rotation, Adrenaline Probe is up, and you feel like burning some energy, you can toss in a Orbital Strike to add in a little additional damage. Doing so will most likely require you to use Adrenaline Probe.

Additional Note: Some fights, using Covered Escape can be a very sketchy DPS move (Revan, for example), so using said ability may not be possible.

Experimental Engineering: This is a rotation I’m still currently working on, but the core idea has been set in stone. The type of rotation is still the same, however the priority list is slightly different:

  1. Explosive Probe
  2. Plasma Probe
  3. Covered Escape
  4. EMP Discharge
  5. Corrosive Dart

Then the rest…

So how does this one ability change the rotation? Covered Escape, unlike the rest of its companions, does NOT fall on a 9 or 18 second cooldown. Instead, it is 20. Therefore, abilities have to be moved around in order to use the roll on Cooldown.

The opener is still the same: (Pre-cast) Orbital + Laze Target + Target Acquired + Adrenals + Explosive Probe + Series of Shots

Rotation:

Plasma Probe + Roll + Interrogation Probe + EMP Discharge + Series of Shots + Plasma Probe + Corrosive Dart + Filler + Explosive Probe + Series of Shots

swtor-3.0-engineer-sniper-rotation-2

Plasma Probe + Interrogation Probe + Roll + EMP Discharge + Series of Shots + Plasma Probe + Corrosive Dart + Filler + Explsive Probe + Series of Shots

swtor-3.0-engineer-sniper-rotation-3

See the difference? Interrogation Probe was moved in front of Covered Escape. It does clip one tick of the dot, however, it is more beneficial later on in the rotation to clip this dot than to apply it later for the sake of simplicity. I won’t go through this whole rotation, but keep this in mind: Think about when each ability is going to be used. If Roll is going to overwrite it, try to think about what to use next.

Experimental vs. Standard:

Experimental is much more difficult than standard, but does pull about 100-150 DPS greater (186’s with 100% accuracy). However, when bringing this to boss fights, it is crucial you know what you are doing BEFORE trying this playstyle. If rolls cannot be used, then Experimental is out of the question. But if it can, and has potential to increase DPS by a large amount, then give it a shot.

AoE Rotation Priority:

  1. (Pre-cast) Orbital Strike
  2. Plasma Probe
  3. Covered Escape
  4. Suppressive Fire

Orbital still prevails over the three, even with the buffs to Suppressive Fire. It gains the AoE damage boost, and the Crit Boost from the tree, making this ability still a very powerful tool to use. Plasma Probe is a nice low cost AoE, and Covered Escape is free, however needs correct placement to be used effectively. Suppressive Fire wraps up the list here, either with or without the damage boost in the Utilities tree.

Parse Analysis

swtor-3.0-sabo-parse_thumb2

Author’s Note: I’m sorry I do not have a Sniper equivalent yet. Too busy leveling other things for Pub side progression. I will get an updated picture as soon as I can.

  • This parse was taken using the Experimental method, but it still holds significance for both. Your Series of Shots (Speed Shot) and Plasma Probe (Incendiary Grenade) should take up a good portion of all damage dealt. While it’s not apparent immediately, Sabotage Probe (Charge) also does follow up closely behind. Don’t forget to take into account the Sabotage Probes’sCluster Bomb’s (Contingency Charge’s) as well, which does about half as much as the main ability itself. Damage Dealt with Sabotage Probe will also increase when you earn the 6-piece set bonus (2 auto-crit Sabotage Probes.)
  • If your using the experimental method, Scatter Bombs should be following up Sabotage Probe (+ Cluster Bombs), then followed by Interrogation Probe (Shock Charge). If not, then these two abilities should be flipped around. (If you decide to use Covered Escape at all.)
  • Your next two DoTs, which are Electrified Railgun (Blazing Speed) and Corrosive Dart (Vital Shot) should be fairly close together. Then the rest are simply the fillers of the rotation. And by looking at the chart, you can tell that there are a lot of them. If you noticed, EMP Discharge (Sabotage) surprisingly does not do a lot of damage itself, however, the ability is still important to use to maintain energy in the spec. Thus why it is prioritized over Corrosive Dart.

About the author

I’m the one known as Camel. I’m the GM of Don’t Worry Bout It on Begeren Colony (Yes it’s a RP-Server… I know), and we are among the few remaining PvE Guilds on the server. I’ve been playing Saboteur ever since I fell in love with it in 2.0, and I’ve used it in pretty much every fight where I don’t accidentally kill myself with the rolls. Even then, I sometimes do it because… why not?

Also lesser known, I’m a very experienced GSF pilot, however, “retired”. I started to re-live the space-sim age ever since I found FreeSpace on Steam, and pretty much dropped GSF after that. And I’m sorry to say that I’ll probably not fly again for a while. For those space-sim lovers out there, Elite: Dangerous releases in just a few days (12/16), so if I’m doing any flying, it will be there.

Said rotation(s) are still in its developing stages. So feel free to make adjustments as you see fit!

  • Edrall

    GREAT guides as always! Thank you so much for everything! 😀 😀 😀 :threeBIGthumbsup!: 😀

  • Dee

    Just a quick error correction. You can delete this comment if you like.

    “You can only use EMP Discharge on targets that are being affected by Explosive Probe”

    Should be

    “You can only use EMP Discharge on targets that are being affected by Interrogation Probe”

    Thank you for your work here. I have mained a sniper since I came back to the game around 2.6. Been waiting for this one specifically since the other 2 specs are nearly unusable due to the lack of mobility.

    Sniper dps is on par with every other class. There is no reason why we shouldn’t have a Utility that allows us to use Series of Shots, Penetrating Blasts, and Cull on the move. A utility like that would alleviate all the mobility problems that this class faces right now.

    Its not fair that 20% of the dps from Sniper in all 3 trees comes from a 2 or 3 second channel that needs to finish every time for full potential.

    • camelpockets

      Oh I did not notice that. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Jaheen

    Not sure if i’m reading your rotation wrong or what but in the Experimental rotation, the second roll is NOT cooled down in time to be used the second time. Am i confused? This is after multiple attempts on the dummy following your example perfectly.

    • camelpockets

      If server latency is not an issue, you will probably see a .5 second delay for your next scatter bomb. You can try either waiting for that .5 secs for that t come off, or apply corrosive dart, roll, and save emp discharge for the next gcd block. I normally run at 100-150 unfortunately, so by that portion of the rotation, its off cd

  • Xzenith

    Would just like to note here that Engi is in a great place right now. Even without using roll/scatter bombs, the damage is competitive. My best parse so far on the 1 mil dummy was 4505 without using covered escape at all (compared to ~4865 dps on my best parse with scatter bombs) but I’m hoping to improve upon that.

  • Yolo

    Just wanted to thank Camel for the guide. I’m learning Engi atm and enjoying it. I’m hoping to perfect the rotation soon™ and see what the class can really do!

  • Kubrickian

    What an amazingly fun class to play in pvp before the expansion. The bombs that accompanied the covered escape were devastating all while setting up an AOE with plasma probe and orbital strike. Can’t say this skill tree is even worth it now. Moved back over to Lethality aka Virulence.

    • camelpockets

      I still love using this spec against melee classes because of the kiting potential. If you take the speed boost from entrench perk, you can kite kust about every melee class out there besides shadows/sins

  • xzenith

    Been running engineering for awhile now and I really enjoy it. After some experimenting, I’ve found that the experimental engineering has some drawbacks the way it’s presented here. Mainly, EMP discharge has a static, 18 second cooldown, so “rotating” covered escape passed it gets kind of wonky. If you raise EMP above covered escape in priority the rotation smooths out again, but then you lose the opportunity to use frag grenade for energy management. A fix I have found for this is to change the order of the rotation:

    SoS > PP > IP > CD > (filler) > SoS > PP > EMP > (filler) > EP > (back to start)

    This allows covered escape to rotatate through and delay (if necessary) IP, CD, and either filler. Using this rotation, Covered escape is used on cooldown for 4/5 of rotations (as opposed to 2/3 rotations if using the standard engineering rotation.

    In situations where AoE is important, an alternative to any of the listed rotations (or the one I have above) is to change the rotation from an 18-second rotation to a 20 second rotation. This pushes back all of your abilities by 1 gcd every rotation, but allows covered escape to be used on cooldown. While this along is a slight dps loss, every other pass through your rotation, Orbital strike will be off cooldown and can be cast without the use of energy cooldowns. The end result is damage approximately equal to the standard engineering or experimental engineering rotations but with increased AoE potential. The rotation ends up looking like:

    SoS > PP > IP > EMP > FG > CE > SoS > PP > CD > (filler) > EP >
    SoS > PP > IP > EMP > OS > CE > SoS > PP > FG > CD > EP > (back to start)

    Using the free proc’d frag grenade before corrosive dart after using orbital strike is to limit time spent in the secondary regen range (can generally avoid it entirely). While at first glance delaying CD in the orbital strike-containing pass through the rotation seems like a DPS loss, in fact, as you let the dots fall off for a GCD in the 20-second rotation, it’s exactly the same as the next pass through re-applies without a GCD delay.

    Enjoy.

  • Dan

    In the gearing section, you mention that eng spec will not be as useful in some of the fights. What are some of the fight that makes eng spec less useful?

    • Noroxus

      I personally use it on all fights so far (besides Revan and Cortaani because my healers are terrible…and the other dps…and a tank…). There are cases where other specs could be seen as better, but I think it’s up to the sniper and to come extent, the tanks. I would say Sparky is the one I most consider switching to MM for. But since I’m using alac augments…and really don’t like MM I don’t. Still works fine.

      Also, you have to be a bit mindful on Torque with aoe placement…but it shouldn’t be an issue.

  • Taco

    “Laze Target – Activating this ability gives you an Auto-Crit on your next Sabotage Probe (in this spec), so it should be used on cooldown for maximum DPS, or saved for important burn phases. The six-piece set bonus grants you another charge of Laze Target, granting you another Auto-Crit Sabotage Probe.”
    I’m sure I’m just confused but what is Sabotage Probe? I thought that was a GSF thing? Did I miss a passive ability you are talking about or is this just a mix-up?

    • Kyle Patton Clark

      Sabotage probe is the Gunslinger equivalent to Explosive Probe. By using Laze target before Explosive in your opener, it starts you off with a crit.

  • DarknessOutrage

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q42v4JOycDM Hadnt seen any 3.0 sniper engineering videos so heres one for those who want it.

  • sammy walker

    ur the gm grats, im the gm of

  • sammy walker

    hey what type of color crystals are needed

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