Trap Shadow Base Upgrades
Trap Shadow Damage Numbers:
Trap Shadow: Feral Instinct's Path
Trap Shadow: Shadow Combat Path
Trap Shadow Base Upgrades + Trap Trickster Path + Prowler Path
Again, my apologies for this one not following the 5 Video format, but like I said, he was my test character for "Option 2."
For beginners I would recommend Feral Instincts and Shadow Combat. For veterans I would suggest Trap Trickster and Shadow Combat.
The top paths are tough because Trap Shadow is pretty salty as is in terms of his primary attack...However, the combo granted with Feral Instincts is a big time damage dealer. That said, Trap Trickster is likely the most beneficial as it enhances the tertiary attack more so than Feral Instincts.
On the bottom end you can't go wrong with Shadow Combat. Prowler Path is best suited for players who really like that sort of thing, or enjoy the challenge etc. I have yet to play in-game with these paths, but I have to say that from Woodburrow Shadow Combat is the definitive choice for the bottom end.