My first character was an Orc Warrior hack and slash type and I got him up to level 31 and had quite some fun bashing enemies and getting up close to dragons in some epic fights. After that, I read a bit on stealth characters and thought it might be fun to create one even if I didn't think I had it in me to play one, I was always a tank or a mage in RPGs.
Started playing and it was quite compensating to go through whole areas without having to deal with enemies and one-hitting everything, but I was only able to see the full range of my thief today while I was travelling to Windhelm. I passed in front of a cave and got in, quickly noticing it had only trolls as enemies, fiends that could deal some massive damage even to my level 31 Warrior.
Thought I'd give it a try, see if I could sneak behind one and one-hit it. After a couple of reloads and deaths, I saw I could one-hit trolls with a sneak-double-blade-power-attack and started to progress through the dungeon. The moment I saw it, I had gotten through a troll-dungeon with my level 16 character. Thief build definitely rules. Starting to level up my Archery now.
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I agree, Theif builds are fun if not overpowered at times. Try as I might to make a theif build, it always turns into an assassin build. Then I end up using illusion to cast Fury spells left and right and things turn ugly, for them not me. It is fun to do however and I guess that is the whole point.
My first playthrough was on a 2h warrior. Level 57 I ditched him and made a thief. I'm finding thief a lot more challenging but more fun - Instead of just walking up to stuff and 1 button hitting it until it dies, I find myself having to think and plan every encounter.