Maelstrom Arena is the solo version of DSA, the four player based arena combat. This will allow players to test their own skill to determine who is really the best player, or for players that love solo content and want to play with a challenge while having fun. Also there will be weekly rankings where players have chance of getting gold rewards if they are the top 100 score of their class. Yup, your class, so essentially 400 people will be receiving gold rewards. Sounds like a good reason to run The Maelstrom Arena.
Where to go?
The Maelstrom Arena is in the northeastern part of Wrothgar.
There are two modes to Maelstrom Arena, normal and veteran mode. Maelstrom Arena is located in the North-East corner of Wrothgar. Upon entering you will have a path leading to a house where you will need to talk to Fa-Nuit-Hen to start the quest for the Maelstrom Arena. Beside her is the merchant, Tutor Riparius, which will sell you various food, drinks and potions of standard rating. Just like DSA there are multiple rounds which will have waves of enemies in each round and at the end being the boss fight. After completing around a chest and the merchant will appear to give you your rewards and allow you to repair before the next round. Finally at the 9th round will be the final boss fight.
Each round are going to have a set amount of buffs the player can use.
Sigil of Haste
Sigil of Power
Sigil of Healing
Sigil of Defense
General Change to Veteran Mode
Veteran Maelstrom Arena is extremely tough to complete, even the first few arenas. It will force players too alter champion points and abilities to adapt to each arena and sustain is very much needed. In general bosses and mobs hit much harder, it can be fairly easy to kill they player if not prepared. Bosses and mobs will also have more health. Furthermore when a round is completed a player’s stats will not be restored to full.
The Maelstrom Arena is completely going to rely on a players ability to sustain their resources. Engine guardian is going to be a must have for every class because it is the best sustain set in the game. Magicka users should think about running a restoration staff to use its heavy attack to restore magicka and stamina classes should use possibly more sustain sets. Also if sustain is still a problem think about switching over to the thief or atronach mundus stone which gives stamina and magicka recovery which will be your friend in this. Don’t forget you only need to sustain for a round because after each round your stats will be restored to full.
Unlike how players can attack enemies before they come out of their portals in Dragonstar Arena you can’t damage enemies in their portals in Maelstrom Prison. Although attacking the portal before they come out will allow the player to get damage on the enemy right when they come out.
Don’t be afraid to use you an ultimate against mini-bosses and bosses. Your ultimate will regen fairly quickly if you are using abilities that procs ultimate or you are light attack weaving or just add a few light weaves into your rotation.
So far the best class for the Maelstrom Arena seems to be the magicka and stamina templar for a few reasons. Magicka templar has puncturing sweeps which will heal the player for an amount depending on the amount of mobs hit. And both classes have repentence, which will heal the player and will restore stamina depending on how many dead bodies are around, and then purifying ritual which will cleanse the player in The Vault of Umbrage. A close second for a class will have to be the stamina sorcerer because of crit surge and steel tornado. Steel tornado on stamina sorcerer is already powerful enough and crits often so the sorcerer will be seeing a ton of heals. Coming up next will be the magicka dragonknight because the sustain on it is crazy because of the battle roar passive and dragonknight has reflect which will reflect four ranged attacks for four seconds. Finally the stamina nightblade, the reason why the nightblade is last is because it is glass canon of eso, but if the player uses rally and vigor along with relentless focus which will give more stamina recovery.