In almost all games that give me the chance, I play as a tank. I find it easier. Get the biggest stick, wear the heaviest armor, load up on healing and move forward. It's how I got through Dark Souls and how I got through Dark Souls 2. Skill isn't something I've really tried to develop. I tend to brute force my way through.
That's becoming less satisfying, though, and I'm interested in going through some of my games and playing as the spell caster. One thing I noticed in Dark Souls 2 whenever I summoned players in who cast spells is that they royally wrecked shit. I mean, no contest. They just tore through whatever was in their way. I've checked out some builds and even experimented a little bit with some early stages in DS2, but it's not clicking yet.
Any advice on a duder who wants to change his style?