Heh yeah, I accidentally jumped the line one night in Reim during a HoA run and everyone had to stand around for like 10 minutes while I endlessly jabbed the empress. Haven't been to Reim in a while. I didn't know the maneuver at the time, but I reckon now I could use ki focus to get around the tier-up problem.

Reactive flares are definitely a bitch when your primary attack involves hitting stuff like 5 times. Before I learned 120, a focused mstrike against a shaper had the potential to very nearly kill me from HP loss.