Heya all I am returning to EQ2 after a 5 year break. I last played end of ToT and did a lot of the harder heroics with a little light raiding. So I knew my stuff back then. Since then I have returned and used the free 120 boost to get my Dirge shipshape. Somewhat. But I am still playing catchup it seems. I even had to recruit help to do the solo zones except the last 2. So basically I got a lot of questions. First of all, AAs. With the revamp what do folks do for AAs? Ive seen a lot of changes that I don't understand like a move away from eluogy of the fallen and more speccing into rhythm blade and magnetic note? Secondly, ascension classes. I am looking at being an etherist but is there anything really worth knowing about ascension classes that isn't obvious? Buffs! Are any considered useless now due to stat inflation and not worth casting? I know Nox Symphony hasnt been worth it in aeons but are any others not worth the conc slot? Is there a faster way to buff the Epic 2.0 spells beyond apprentice? Rotations. What does a bog standard dirge dps and buff otation look like? Mine is pretty debuff and buff front loaded to go into RO/VC early and that worked well for me back in the way but we got ascension abilities etc now and I am unsure how they fit into my rotation if at all? Gear. I got told I wanted ability doublecast celestial cloak from sigline. I know I wanted goblin earring for its buff. I got the old death defying jewel (unsure if still useful). Is there any other old gear worth picking up? What should I be looking for on current gear as a priority? Weapon damage? Casting speed? Ofc ability doublecast. Is abilitymod worth it atm? Thanks all. I know its a lot of questions but I appreciate any and all help.