Maya, the Siren, hails from the greener pastures of Athena, where she was revered with something akin to God worship. Not one to sit idle, being gawked at by the locals, Maya rebelled against the cloistral order that sheltered her. Ultimately, this confrontation led to Maya putting a bullet in the Head Monk.
In the face.
Well, now she's in Pandora looking to expand her skills as a Siren.
Maya's action skill is Phaselock, not to be confused with Lillith's Phasewalk skill. When Sirens harness their energy, it manifests itself into a single spell or power. Lillith from Borderlands had Phasewalk, and Maya from Borderlands 2 has Phaselock.
Phaselock is a skill that immediately locks an enemy down, trapped in another dimension and incapable of fighting. Enemies who cannot be Phaselocked will take an immediate damage hit instead.
Maya's skill tree branches include Motion, Harmony and Cataclysm. Let's take a look at each, in turn.
First up is Motion, a branch that can totally change the way that Maya's Phaselock works. The branch also includes two kill skills, but let's take a look at how you can alter Phaselock first. Combining Quicken and Suspension will result in your Phaselock skill being both longer and requiring less cooldown time between uses.
Converge, on the other hand, causes enemies to be pulled towards the original target of your Phaselock. This also deals damage to the enemies being pulled in. The kicker, however, has to be Thoughtlock which actually causes enemies trapped in Maya's Phaselock to turn on their friends. The duration of Phaselock is increased with Thoughtlock, but so is the cooldown period.
Keep reading for more on Maya's skill tree!
Next up is Harmony, a skill branch that includes several nice options that co-op players will adore. To start things off is Restoration, a skill which allows Maya to shoot her allies to actually heal them. If you're wielding something that does massive damage, like a launcher or shotgun, this can be a great way to play 'medic' as it were.
Res is great as well, enabling Maya to use her Phaselock ability on an ally while they are in Fight For Your Life to instantly revive them from a distance. Basically indispensable in co-op play.
The last skill in this branch is Scorn, and allows Maya to replace her standard melee attack with an Orb of Slag that damages enemies nearby it constantly, rather than one single burst of damage. When Scorn is cooling down, Maya simply deals a standard melee attack.
Finally, we arrive at Cataclysm. This branch is heavy on dealing elemental damage and features multiple skills that do just that. Flicker increases your chance of causing status effects with certain elemental weapons, Immolate adds fire damage to all of your shots fired while in Fight For Your Life and Cloud Kill causes a cloud of acid to appear after you shoot an enemy, causing corrosive damage to remaining enemies nearby.
The final skill in Cataclysm is Ruin, a nasty action skill augmentation that turns Maya's Phaselock into an elemental nightmare. When applied, the Phaselock will Slag, Electrocute and Corrode all nearby enemies. This is on top of whatever augmentations you already may have applied to your Phaselock.
Maya is a formidable force and will doubtless be popular among Borderlands 2 players. When built the right way, Phaselock can be one of the most powerful action skills in the game.
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