I STILL don't understand mindstars, but somehow they're doing solid 200s, and feel significantly faster at killing than my 33 did even with two of the shield attacks.
Mindstars aren't for bump attacks. Their damage increases exponentially with mindstar level (which is why bump-attacking with 1-tier mindstar is nearly suicidal), but their base damage is very
low and thus total damage output is still worse, compared to sword+dagger combo. Main purpose of Mindstar Mastery is boosting your Wil/Cun. Get randart tier-5 mindstar with storms ego (+stats), make a set
, enjoy huge boost to Cun/Wil/mindpower. Nature's Equilibrium (last talent in mindstar mastery tree) is primary source of damage: with Ancestral Life (Fungus tree sustain) it doesn't take turn, and it's cooldown can be reset with Nature's Balance (last talent of Call of the wild tree). Hit enemy with Nature's Equilibrium, optionally use couple of other wild-gifts, use Nature's Balance, cancel regen from Nature's Equilibrium, use it again. At least this is how my Oozemancers kills anything. At high mindpower values (around 100, easy to hit with Heroism and good mindstars) turn gain from Ancestral Life exceeds 120%, so you actually becomes faster by abusing regeneration effects.
Ah, nice! ....I seem to be bumping for 700+ now at level 34, though. I think I'm doing it wrong. Honestly, sometime shortly after my last post I...I don't know what I did right, actually. Just suddenly everything was like being level 9 in Trollmire with level 5 Stone Vines. I'm just running around willy-nilly slamming into stuff. Dreadfell, dead, The Master, dead and dead, Ambush, loldead. At this point I'm not even popping the bubble or the twins anymore.
ETA: I have no idea where I'm getting the massive lightning damage boost and lightning damage when hit from. Literally no idea. There's a few other combat values that appear to be redlined, but more possibly within the realm of stat over-abundance. I'm not sure if I broke something somehow or what.
ETAA: Just figured out how to pick prodigies. Took Superpower, although the fact that I could have unlocked Call of the Wild and had EVERY Wild Gift tree was REALLY tempting. Well, other than wyrmic and ooze. Meh.