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#1 Blowi

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 03:22 PM

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INFO: 8th September will I be leaving for 4 months where I'll be going to Bangladesh in order to do charity work on St. Matthew Schools. My job is to help maintain the schools, and help the younger children with educating themselves. I'll probably still have internet access a couple of times, but I'll be nowhere near as active as previously. If you notice any changes in-game or anything related to this guide, or me I'd love to get a PM about it. Takes for the support so far guys, I really appreciate it. I'm far from done with the guide, and I'll keep it updated and still work on it as best as I can while I'm in Bangladesh.

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Greetings fellow Mesmers and newcomers to this lovely profession!  The purpose of this thread is to help you as much as possible to get into the profession.  I’ll do my best to give you some tips and also explain various aspects about the Mesmer.  I will largely be discussing the PvP aspect of the Mesmer and more than likely will not be touching the PvE side.  All information (builds, thoughts, comments, etc.) are related to PvP, so please keep this in mind.

--  If you have anything to add or anything, be free to PM me --


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Mesmers are maestros of mirage. They weave mental magic that confounds, controls, or evokes emotion in their enemies. With a wave of the hand, they can shatter their own illusions to produce even greater special effects. As a scholar profession, mesmers wear light armor.

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The mesmer profession is capable of producing a good amount of control or burst when needed. At the moment the mesmer excels at 1v1 and 1v2 in sPvP compared to a larger fight where they tend to fall a bit off compared to other professions. This doesn't mean it's not useful in a 4v4, since we have Chaos Storm, Time Warp, Stealth and we are good at removing conditions and boons to help our allies.

You may use a lot of different builds with your Mesmer.  Some of them are based around shattering your illusions, while others will make you stronger for keeping an illusion up.  If you like a profession where you can be difficult to kill once you master:  The use of illusions, shatters and other subsequent tools given to us through weapons, then you will love this mind twisting Mesmer.

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a profession which is hard to master (in my opinion) and enjoy being rewarded for outplaying the opponent, then I would definitely recommend Mesmer.  You can really feel when you outplay an opponent and trust me, it feels great!

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There are ten possible weapon sets for this profession and two while underwater. The mesmer can switch between two weapon sets while in combat.

I'll go through each weapon and explain the use of the skills, and my thoughts on each weapon.
  • Main-hand
    • Scepter — Causes blind or confusion at range
    • Sword — Focuses on melee-range attacks and character movement
  • Off-hand
    • Focus — Offers offensive and defensive illusions
    • Pistol — Offers thief-like dps and multi-target conditions
    • Sword — Offers a defensive clone created by blocking and an offensive swordsman phantasm
    • Torch — Gives user short invisiblity or confuses target
  • Aquatic
    • Spear — Focuses on damage and manipulation of position
    • Trident — Damages and applies various conditions and boons
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Posted Image Spatial Surge
  • This is a pretty straight forward skill:  The further away you are, the more damage it does to your target.  However, remember that if you create clones through dodging, they will copy your #1 attack.  So in this case, you will have a couple of clones doing laser beams from a distance.  Also, it makes a sound that you will either hate or love.
Posted Image Mirror Blade
  • If you are using GS, this skill can be pretty good if you use it well. It'll bounce fairly fast and do decent damage, plus leaves an illusion at the first target hit. The boon you receive is Might which increases your damage. It applies vulnerability now as well. It'll bounce twice onto your enemy. Really use this well, and the cooldown isn't even long!
Posted Image Mind Stab
  • This is hard to use, but removes a boon and does it in AoE. You have to land it yourself, and the animation is quite long. Takes a while to get used to. I'd suggest to play around with this and try to land with combined with some sort of CC for best use.
Posted Image Phantasmal Berserker
  • A really strong phantasm, it is also extremely annoying for the enemy due to its way of attacking. It basically spins through your enemy and applies a cripple and damages everyone it hits in its spin. This means it puts itself at a distance from the enemy, so he will have to use a specific target spell or wait until it's in range, though it spins really fast.
Posted Image Illusionary Wave
  • A good spell to peel for someone, protect yourself or knock someone away from a capture point. The range on the knockback is pretty good, and you can really set a distance between you and your enemies if you time it well.
Traits affect Greatsword My thoughts on Greatsword
Greatsword is a pretty strong weapon at the moment, and its only major issue is #3 being rather sluggish with its animation. You are locked in place for quite a while, besides that the #4 and #5 are both amazing. The damage you get from #2 is also great, especially if you are standing right next to the enemy. I really suggest to try this weapon out and play with it, another thing which can be quite bothering is the amount of "casting" you do, and can get stuck in #1 channel. You are easy to interrupt and can be a little inbetween pressure.

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Posted Image Winds of Chaos
  • This is a pretty good spam spell. When you spawns illusions while wielding this weapon, they will copy this attack. They might not inflict huge damage, but the conditions or boons from those attacks are the real deal. Your illusions applied burning, it scales with your burning stats. So in theory it's pretty good damage from illusions.
Posted Image Phase Retreat
  • An amazing spell. You can use this to escape from someone. It's also on a fairly low cooldown. It's a great counter to those professions that rely on being in range to deal damage. Just remember, it won't break a stun, however you can use it while stunned! This means you can still put yourself at distance from burst.
  • Basically, you can use Phase Retreat during a stun, but it won't remove the actual CC on you, but you can still get a distance between the enemy and you. Amazing if a warrior knocks you down and wants to unleash hundred blades.
Posted Image Phantasmal Warlock
  • A good range on this phantasm, and he works really well with your #1 attack. His damage will increase really fast. It's 10% extra PER unique applied condition. It's really worth the use, but watch out with shattering it, or replacing it too fast; its cooldown is sadly rather long.
Posted Image Chaos Armor
  • An amazing spell. Probably one of the best a mesmer has for almost anything. You're fighting a thief or warrior sitting on you? Pop that combined with a chaos storm, and they will be pretty scared. It also works on ranged attacks. It grants you 5 seconds of protection upon use, this is insanely good. Remember though that you can only get the protection from Staff, not through combos.
Posted Image Chaos Storm
  • Again a Chaos spell. Both Chaos Armor & Storm both amazing. This is such a great spell for defending a capture point as it almost takes up the entire space, leaving them to take damage and conditions while the mesmer gains boons. It's brilliant in a larger team fight as well.
  • Another thing is the psychological aspect of it. A lot of people see this huge storm and they rather stay away until it ends. Basically, if people back down from staying in the storm you will have time to gain the advantage, get your health back up, conditions on you will most likely decrease and so forth.
Traits affecting Staff My thoughts on Staff
It's really amazing. It does everything. It gives you offensive pressure, defensive boons and situations. You can escape from someone. It's one of the best weapons for a mesmer in sPvP by far. The utility is just too great to say no to. It offers so much utility as well, plus the iWarlock does a good amount of damage from a far distance.

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Posted Image Ether BoltPosted Image Ether BlastPosted Image Ether Clone
  • This is a Chain spell. Basically you attack a target one time, and it'll do the Ether Bolt, you then have the option to use Ether Blast for a few seconds.
  • This opens the last stage of the chain, Ether Clone, which in this case is a little higher damage and you create an illusion. It's a decent #1 because the damage isn't the worst, however you should really watch out with overriding important illusions/phantasms through the spam of this skill.
Posted Image Illusionary CounterPosted Image Counter Spell
  • If you use Illusionary counter, you will block an attack. However, if you use Illusionary Counter but it doesn't seem anyone is going to attack you, then you can terminate the counter and use Counter Spell, which will blind your enemy. However it doesn't do both.
  • It's a decent spell, but the cooldown is rather long. 12 seconds until you can block again, and if you use it mindlessly you won't block an important spell, so it's rather tricky to use efficiently. Remember that you don't have to stand still for the block to work.
Posted Image Confusing Images
  • This spell is pretty much the main reason you would use Scepter. It's a channel spell where it attacks the enemy 5 times if you channel it from the start until the end. Each attack it'll deal damage and apply a stack of Confusion.
Traits affecting Scepter My thoughts on Scepter
It's decent for a confusion build since you can spam illusions and apply confusion with each shatter, plus 5 stacks on a target from 1 spell is good. The #2 was recently buffed in its modifier which means higher damage. The Scepter doesn't really allow burst, but more damage over time. It's a really dangerous weapon in a confusion based build now.

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The sword can be used in both slots and 2 swords at the same time if that is what you want. I've split them up so you can see what you gain from each hand.

Main-hand

Posted Image Mind SlashPosted Image Mind GashPosted Image Mind Stab
  • This is another Chain spell. It's really great and I use it a lot when I'm playing. It deals decent damage, and first 2 attacks apply vulnerability, however the 3rd deals huge damage and it removes a boon from the target. That is really good.
Posted Image Blurred Frenzy
  • Most likely one of the best spell for a mesmer in the game. It's incredible, I love it with all my mesmer heart. You can use this to avoid damage, deal huge damage to everyone in front of you. The only downside of the spell is that you stand still while channeling it, but you can interrupt the channel if target should break your CC or run away. It works really well with proc sigils such as Earth and Air as well.
Posted Image Illusionary LeapPosted Image Swap
  • Another spell which is insanely good for a mesmer, the is our only real gap closer. The way it works is that you send out an illusion which applies cripple, and you can then for a few seconds swap position with the illusion. This action will immobilize the target for 2 seconds which leaves a good window to use Blurred Frenzy. The cooldown isn't bad either.
Off-hand

Posted Image Illusionary RipostePosted Image Counter Blade
  • Works the same way as your #2 on Scepter.
  • If you use Illusionary counter, you will block an attack. However, if you use Illusionary Riposte, but it doesn't seem anyone is going to attack you, then you can terminate the counter and use Counter Blade, which will Daze your enemy. However it doesn't do both.
  • Not really worth relying on in my opinion.
Posted Image Phantasmal Swordsman
  • This phantasm behaves like a ranged one staying still while the skill is on cooldown. On refresh he re-leaps at the target. It'll deal around 3k damage per leap and if you are specced into illusion damage it can crit for around 5.5k, and it performs a combo each time it leaps. Its attack rate is rather fast. It's worth playing around with.
Traits affecting Sword My thoughts on Sword

Main-hand
The main-hand is amazing and really allows your mesmer to be offensive while still keeping a lot of measures to escape, defend yourself and in general be a threat. This is a weapon I use all the time on my own mesmer. Really worth trying.

Off-hand
It has some potential, the #4 can be decent if you get the benefit of dazing all people in a line each target, and the #5 will do decent damage as well, but as I've said - It's trick to rely on as it can so easily be ruined.

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Posted Image Temporal Curtain
  • This is a really good spell. It's great for the mobility which a mesmer deeply lacks compared to a lot of other professions. This speeds you up and slows the enemy, however the Focus itself isn't that much of a good off-hand either.
  • Temporal Curtain when activated you can activate again and it will drag all enemies into the middle of the curtain.
Posted Image Phantasmal Warden
  • This is decent, it reflects all projectiles but the issue why I don't like this spell is that it's staying stationary while doing so. You move around a lot in sPvP and a lot of enemies can easily put out of position with spells. It's just not worth relying on.
Traits affecting Focus My thoughts on Focus
The mobility this offers is great, but besides that it's not worth running around with. The 2nd activation on focus is amazing though, you can really mess with peoples mind when you use that, combined with some time AoE damage it can leave people with very little health. However, unless they change the #5 I think it'll stay like this for a long time.

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Posted Image Phantasmal Duelist
  • One of your highest damage spells in the game. It'll unload upon an enemy with 8 attacks each time. It deals really good damage, and it works really well with the trait where illusions apply bleeding on crit combined with the Fury on illusions.
Posted Image Magic Bullet
  • Another insanely good spell overall for sPvP. It'll do 3 shots where the first target it hits is stunned for 2 seconds, the 2nd is dazed for 2 seconds and the 3rd is blinded for 5 seconds. This offers good CC which is needed for other our damage to work.
Traits affecting pistol My thoughts on pistol
This is by far the best off-hand for a mesmer at the moment it offers everything you want as a mesmer, utility, control and damage. The iDuelist is great for stacking up bleeds, he attacks fast and does a good amount of damage. The pistol is really amazing for 1v1 or a larger team fight.

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Posted Image The Prestige
  • This gives stealth for 3 seconds and blinds enemies for 5 seconds, and when the stealth ends you will inflict everyone with burning for 3 seconds. The damage is decent, and it is a great escape tool, but you can easily access the needed tools through utility instead if needed.
  • One really good thing about this spell is that it's multiplied for each target it hits. So if you hit 2 targets, the burning will last for 6 seconds. I think this goes all the way up to 15 sconds, or more. I've at least got it to 15~ seconds.
Posted Image Phantasmal Mage
  • It'll apply retaliation to allies and confusion to its target which lasts 9 seconds. That is quite a while, but it's not really anything impressive. It requires you to be close to get the boon, the damage it deals isn't impressive either.
Traits affecting Torch My thoughts on Torch
It's decent for a condition based build, but as I said you can easily find the tools in Utility if needed. I would hope for a change to #5 in order for this to be really useful.

I've honestly not done any underwater combat at all, so I'll wait with judging these weapons.

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Posted Image StabPosted Image JabPosted Image Evasive Strike (chain)
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Posted Image Illusionary Mariner
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Posted Image Siren's Call
Posted Image Ineptitude
Posted Image Spinning Revenge
Posted Image Illusionary Whaler
Posted Image Illusion of Drowning

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Shatters and illusions are what seperates mesmer from other profession. I'll explain the shatters fairly quickly and go through the use of each of them.

Traits affecting all shatters
Domination
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Posted Image Destroy all your clones and phantasms, damaging nearby foes. 15 seconds cooldown.
  • This is used as your burst, often you want to have 3 illusions up for maximum damage, but not always needed. When you activate shatter, you can summon new illusions without them overriding the current ones because they are already "set to explode" if you may say so. This is a good thing to keep in mind.
Traits affecting Mind Wrack
Domination
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Posted Image Destroy all your clones and phantasms, confusing nearby foes. 30 seconds cooldown.
  • If you are anything except for condition based this isn't worth using, unless the target already has confusion stacks on him or you are traited for a condition removal, healing or something. As this really lacks damage output, compared to often keeping illusions up. Though it's very situation based, so play around with it a little and see when you feel it's right to use.
Traits affecting Cry of Frustration
Illusions
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Posted Image Destroy all your clones and phantasms, dazing their target. 45 seconds cooldown.

  • This is a really strong shatter, but it's important to remember that daze cannot stack in this game, so if you are using daze when 3 illusions are already at the target, they will all daze and it'll only be 1 second. Though, if you have a ranged illusion up, and a melee you can daze with the melee and then the ranged illusion will reach your target a couple of seconds after. This is really good to mess with people. Rather long cooldown, so save it for when you can interrupt a heal or when they are about to set up a rotation of damage on you.
Traits affecting Diversion
Illusions
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Posted Image Destroy all your clones and phantasms, gaining Distortion for each one shattered. 60 seconds cooldown.
  • A really good spell, it's really strong. You can use it during CC as well, this makes it possible to completely block the damage when an elementalist knocks you down, a warrior hits his stun and is going all out with his hundred blades. You can also you this while channeling a stomp which secures a 100% kill. It's really great, but make sure not to use it bad as you will end up being punished for it and the cooldown is rather long. And always try to get 3 illusions if you can, but it's not always needed.
  • Remeber the illusions shatter instantly, they don't have to reach a target first.
Traits affecting Distortion
Illusions
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Clones — Have the caster's appearance, main-hand weapon, and name. Clones are attributed with low health, low damage and will use the slot 1 skill associated with the caster's weapon. These are often the ones you want to shatter, use as meat shield to block projectiles and such. They are fairly easy to generate.


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Phantasms — Have the caster's appearance with a purple glow, but have the name of the skill (e.g. Illusionary Duelist) instead of the caster's name. They have their own weapons that range in different appearances and behaviors. Phantasms are attributed with higher health and higher damage than clones.

It's important to keep this in mind as you can someone lose a fight if you used your shatter wrong, and killed those 2 phantasms you just created.

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I'll go through the spells available to pick from where we have signets, mantras, utility and 3 elites. This will help you get a better understand of the spells.

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Heals

Posted Image Ether Feast
  • Heals yourself after 2 seconds of channel, heals 650~ extra for each illusion. 20 seconds cooldown.
  • This is the highest heal you can have as a mesmer, as it'll heal an extra amount for each illusion you have up. A max of 3 illusion. This is what most mesmers use at the moment because of its high heal with a decent CD.
Posted Image Mantra of Recovery
  • Heals yourself instantly. 8 seconds cooldown.
  • Works like any other mantra, you can charge it up and then use when needed. The issue with this is, it may be good for the first but after that the cast time is just too long for its heal to work out in sPvP. I realize this isn't the case in hot join sPvP, but I'm trying to share my opinions mostly on tournament play.
Posted Image Mirror
  • Heals yourself instantly, and reflects a projectile for 1 second after use. 30 seconds cooldown.
  • This will heal you for a lower amount that Ether Feast, but it'll give you 1 second of reflection where the 1st projectile that hits you during that second will be reflected. This is rather hard to use, and if you cannot use it properly or the enemies don't have anything worth reflecting it's not really worth picking up.
Mantras
Mantras are spells you can activate twice after 4~ seconds of casting time for an effect. You have 2 charges of each mantra.


Posted Image Mantra of Concentration
  • 2x Breaks stun and gives you 2 seconds stability on use.
  • This is a decent mantra as it offers a stun breaker and stability for 2 seconds where you cannot be CC'd. This is really good to secure a stomp, or escape a tricky situation where you are the target. This is fairly good with the trait though that allows you to activate it again, this is 6 seconds of stability combined with 3 stun breakers! This cannot be used to get out of a knockdown though, remember that!
Posted Image Mantra of Distraction
  • 2x Dazes your target for 1 second on use. 20 seconds cooldown.
  • Fairly decent spell. You have 2 two interrupts combined with your other spells as a mesmer this can be really huge when fighting someone who relies on casting a lot. It'd suggest to try this out and go for an interrupt build where you deal damage at the same time.
Posted Image Mantra of Pain
  • 2x Damages your enemy on use, scales with power. 1 second cooldown.
  • Decent damage, you need the trait which allows you to use three times for the damage to be worth while. It's decent burst though if all three crit, it can really be good for the initial engage and take an enemy by surprise.
Posted Image Mantra of Resolve
  • 2x Removes all conditions on use. 15 seconds cooldown.
  • This is the same as Concentration. It removes 2 conditions per use, and it can be really great in a fight if you are focused, however we already have a couple of ways to get conditions off. Which is why it might be a little lacking. It's still worth taking up if it's a heavy condition based team you are up against.
Traits affecting Mantras
Domination
  • Harmonious Mantras - Mantras can be activated three times before needing to be channeled again.
Dueling Inspiration Signets
Signets are spells where you have an activation spell and a constant passive spell.

Posted Image Signet of Domination
  • Stuns your target for 2 seconds. 45 seconds cooldown.
  • The passive increases condition damage.
  • Really great spell. It has a fairly long cooldown so make sure to use it right, and not waste it. Those 2 seconds stun is what you need to land the perfect burst, interrupt a heal or escape. Really a good spell.
Posted Image Signet of Illusions
  • Resets all shatter skills. Cooldown 90 seconds.
  • The passive increases your illusions health by 50%
  • Not a bad signet at all, but it sort of works against each other as the activation resets all your shatter skills which is really good, but the passive increases the health by illusions/phantasms by 50%. However, it might work still as you can always save the reset if you quickly need that 2nd burst or distortion to survive a tricky situation.
Posted Image Signet of Inspiration
  • Copies your boons to all nearly allies. 45 seconds cooldown.
  • The passive generates a random boon every 10th second.
  • This is another good signet, as you can get a lot of valuable boons and the whole copy mechanism is really strong. Let's say you have 8 stacks of might, and you copy this to someone else, they will also gain those 8 stacks combined with his current stacks of might. This can really help in a team fight.
Posted Image Signet of Midnight
  • Blinds nearly enemies for 3 seconds and break stun. 35 seconds cooldown.
  • The passive increases boon duration by 10%.
  • I've not really played with this a lot, but it can be decent against melee profession who are just sitting on you, but I think any of the other signets outshines it.
Traits affecting Signets
Domination
Dueling Chaos Manipulation

Posted Image Archane Thievery
  • Steals all boons from your enemy, and gives him your condition instead. 90 seconds cooldown.
  • This is a decent spell, but I think the cooldown is rather long to make it worth of taking up an utility slot.
Posted Image Blink
  • Teleports to your targeted location and breaks stun. 30 seconds cooldown.
  • I've not really felt it was needed to use this spell, as with #3 on Sword being fixed, we have a gap closer if you are using MH Sword, plus we already have a lot of tools to escape and avoid damage. The stun breaker is of course nice, and perhaps if you are not using sword and you feel like you are lacking a gap closer, this might be it for you.
Posted Image Illusion of Life
  • Allows allies who die in the area of the Illusion of Life to get up and fight for a certain amount of time, and if you down someone during that you will remain alive.135 seconds cooldown.
  • I've played a little around this, and I think we might see more of this spell in the future, if you are facing a strong burst team this can be really good to get back up and continue the fight. I see a lot of potential with this spell.
Posted Image Mimic
  • Absorbs an incoming projectile attack and lets you send it back to an enemy for 4 seconds. 15 seconds cooldown.
  • There is some potential if you are fighting someone who uses this, but it requires a good amount of skill and fast reaction to use this properly, but the cooldown isn't awful so perhaps this is worth testing and toying with on release.
Traits affecting manipulation skills
Dueling
Chaos Glamour spells

Posted Image Feedback
  • Reflects projectiles around your enemies for 6 seconds. 45 seconds cooldown.
  • I don't really find this to be very useful, as it relies on the enemies using a lot of projectile based spells which isn't always going to happen, I cannot think of a situation where it is beneficial. It might be different when game is released.
Posted Image Null Field
  • Creates a field which removes boons from enemies and conditions from allies every 2 seconds. 45 seconds cooldown.
  • A really strong spell which I recommend almost any mesmer picks up when you are playing a tournament game, simply because of how strong it can be in both regards of offensive and defensive.
Posted Image Portal Entre
  • Create a portal yourself and allies can go from one point to another. 60 seconds cooldown.
  • This is fun, but I've not really found any use in sPvP, or perhaps I've not given it a fair chance. The good thing is when you place your first portal, you have quite a bit of time before you need to place your 2nd. This allows for a rather huge distance, I suppose it's fast to swap from 1 point to another for quick defending.
  • I am certain you can make some good play it with if you are up against a high mobility team in tournament play (which you are aware of) as this could certainly help in Kyhlo to help defending the trebuchet or taking down theirs, moving from waterfall to middle in Foefire and so forth, but honestly I think you need way more organized teams and game knowledge for this to be optimized perfectly.
  • This is also extremely good for repairing your own treb in Kyhlo. USE IT IF YOU ARE ON TREB!
Posted Image Veil
  • Give yourself and allies stealth when they run through your wall. 90 seconds cooldown.
  • This is actually a much stronger stealth that your elite. The wall lasts 8 seconds, and your stealth from the wall lasts 4 seconds, however if you pass through the wall it refreshes your stealth. This can be pretty good in a large teamfight as people will lose target and you can really get the edge there.
Traits affecting glamour spells
Domination
Inspiration Illusions Illusion spells

Posted Image Decoy
  • Gives you stealth for 3 seconds, breaks stun, and creates an illusion. 40 seconds cooldown.
  • This is a pretty strong spell, the stealth is really good in this game as you cannot be seen in stealth unless you break it yourself by casting a damage spell onto the enemy. It's good to get a stomp in, or take people by surprise as you open up on them.
Posted Image Mirror Images
  • Creates 2 illusions of yourself, and breaks stun. 45 seconds cooldown.
  • This is decent, but I'd say that Decoy is mostly always a better pick unless you are built around shatters only.
Posted Image Phantasmal Defender
  • Summon an illusion that redirects half of your incoming damage to itself. 30 seconds cooldown
  • This is decent against high burst teams, combined with the 50% extra health from a signet its cooldown isn't that long, and it's worth picking up if you are focused a lot. It'll tank quit a bit of damage for a short cooldown.
Posted Image Phantasmal Disenchanter
  • Summon a phantasm who removes boons from enemies and conditions from allies. 20 seconds cooldown.
  • This is decent as well if you are against a heavy condition based team, as its cooldown isn't too long, however its attack speed isn't the best. You can of course improve this through traits, but without it's around 8 seconds per attack. Still good!
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Posted Image Mass Invisibility
  • You and your allies gain stealth for 5 seconds. 90 seconds cooldown.
  • Honestly, I don't find this to be worth of an elite, sure the CD isn't too long but if you really want to pick up a stealth as mesmer, you have Veil. The other 2 elites outshine this by a lot.
Posted Image Moa Morph
  • Transforms your enemy into a Moa! 180 seconds cooldown.
  • This is also a really strong elite, it goes through stability as well. This means you can moa a necromancer's elite, a guardian's elite and so forth. It is really strong 1v1, or 1v2 if you need to wait for an ally to arrive. It's good to have if you are engaging a point where the other team only has one player standing, basically they aren't capable of doing anything but running for 10 seconds.
Posted Image Time Warp
  • Gives everyone in the Time Warp quickness for 10 seconds. 210 seconds cooldown.
  • This is an insanely strong team fight spell, quickness is in my opinion a way too strong buff, and this gives it to everyone inside the Wrap for 10 seconds? Yes please! You can use this to win the initial fight when you're waiting in Foefire for middle, since it's very crucial to get that point. This Elite will help you get that edge.
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I'm not saying all builds that I'm going to create will be viable for top play, but the game isn't only about top play. Some of these builds are just for fun, or perhaps they will all be viable when game is released. No one knows.


It all depends on how you build your team composition as well.

If you have a build which you believe should be added, I'm more than happy to hear from you!

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Sword/Pistol & Staff

Sword/Pistol & Staff v2

Greatsword & Staff

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Scepter/Pistol & Staff

Sword/Pistol & Staff Hybrid

Sword/Pistol & Staff Hybrid v2 - Minor change


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Sword/Sword & Staff

Sword/Sword & Staff v2

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Sword/Pistol & Staff

Greatsword & Staff


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Sword/Pistol & Staff

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KEY: GREEN = pretty good idea of tooltip, but unsure. RED = I just don't know

DOMINATION:

Minor/Auto-traits:
  • Adept - Illusion of Vulnerability: Inflict 5 seconds of vulnerability when you interrupt a foe. MUST literally interrupt foes auto-attack or skill.
  • Master - Dazzling: Inflicting daze also causes 3 seconds of vulnerability.
  • Grandmaster - Wastrel's Punishment: 5% increased damage to inactive foes (don't have skill activated when hit)
Major/Decided-traits:

--- Adept---
  • Crippling Dissipation: Clones cripple nearby foes for 3 seconds when they are killed/overwritten
  • Empowered Illusions: Illusions inflict 15% more damage.
  • Halting Strike: v1.2 update - Deal 150-180 damage depending on power trait when interrupting an enemy.
  • Mental Torment: Mind Wrack causes 20% more damage.
  • Rending Shatter: Does NOT stack per illusion. Shattering illusions causes vulnerability for 8 seconds to nearby enemies.
  • Signet Mastery: Release update - (switched w/shattered concentration) Signet cooldowns are reduced by 20%. Signet of Inspiration & Domination is now 36secs, Signet of Illusions is now 72secs, Signet of Midnight is now 28secs
--- Master ---
  • Cleansing Conflagration: Torch skills remove all conditions gradually. Torch Skill-5 does not work as of now (BWE3). Subject to change. Release update - Also reduces torch skill cooldown by 20%
  • Confusing Enchantments: Glamour skills cause confusion for 5 seconds to foes who enter or exit their areas. Does not activate for foes already inside.
  • Greatsword Training: +50 power while wielding a greatsword. Release update - also reduces greatsword skill recharge by 20%
  • Shattered Concentration:v1.1 update & Release update - (switched w/signet mastery) Shatter skills also remove 1 boon per illusion & must "hit" the target. (not sure if synergizes with Illusionary persona)
--- Grandmaster ---
  • Confounding Suggestions: 50% chance to cause a 1-second stun whenever you daze a target -- not stun, but daze.
  • Harmonious Mantras: v1.3 update - Mantras can be activated thrice, before needing to be channeled again. Mantra of Recovery DOES synergize with this.
DUELING:

Minor/Auto-traits:
  • Adept - Critical Infusion: Gain 1 second of vigor on critical hits. Does stack
  • Master - Sharper Images: Illusions inflict bleeding on critical hits Release update - was moved down from it's former master-trait position and switched with deceptive evasion.
  • Grandmaster - Confusing Combatants: Your illusions cause 3 seconds of confusion when they are killed/overwritten -- NOT shattered.
Major/Decided-traits:

--- Adept ---  
  • Desperate Decoy: Cloak and leave a clone of yourself behind at 25% health.
  • Far-reaching Manipulations: v1.2 update - The range of your manipulation skills is increased to 1200 range.
  • Phantasmal Fury: v1.1 update - Your phantasms have fury for 2 hours (yes. 2 hours really).
  • Retaliatory Shield: Gain 3 seconds of retaliation when you block an attack. Does stack.
  • Protected Mantras: Increases 250 armor while casting Mantras (v1.1 update)
  • Blade Training: +50 more precision & 20% less cooldown on sword & spear skills
--- Master ---
  • Deceptive Evasion: Create clone @ current position when you dodge.
  • Duelist's Discipline: Increases pistol attack range for you and your illusions (range unsure).
  • Blurred Inscriptions: v1.2 update - Activating a signet grants you 1 second of Distortion. Does synergize with masterful reflection.
  • Release update - Mantra Mastery: resolve is brought to 16s, concentration to 20s, and distraction to 24s.
--- Grandmaster ---
  • Empowering Mantras:v1.3 update - 4% Increases damage for each readied mantra (verified).
  • Furious Interruption: Gain 4 seconds of Fury when you interrupt a foe. Again, must actually interrupt attack/skill.
CHAOS:

Minor/Auto-traits:
  • Adept - Metaphysical Rejuvenation: Gain 10 seconds of regeneration when your health reaches 75% (30-second cooldown).
  • Master - Illusionary Membrane: Gain protection for 2 seconds when you gain regeneration.
  • Grandmaster - Chaotic Transference: v1.2 update - 5% of your toughness is given as a bonus to condition damage. 45 points max with 916 as base toughnes -- not including additional gear.
Major/Decided-traits:

--- Adept ---  
  • Chaotic Revival: Gain 5 seconds of Chaos Armor when you rally (not sure if has cooldown).
  • Release update - Debilitating Dissipation - only applies weakness for 3s, 3 stacks of bleed for 4s, or 3 stacks of vulnerability for 4s.  
  • Decent Into Madness: Create a Chaos Storm when you take falling damage. Falling damage reduced by 50%. 45 second cooldown on chaos storm.
  • Illusionary Defense: 3% reduced damage for each illusion you have in the world.
  • Release update - Master of Manipulation - mimic has a 25s base cooldown which goes to 20 with this trait.  Arcane thievery is 45s->36s.  Illusion of life is 130s->104s.
  • Retaliatory Demise: Gain 5 seconds of retaliation when you are downed.
--- Master ---  
  • Chaotic Dampening: +50 toughness while wielding a staff or trident. Release update - Reduces Staff skills by 20%
  • Chaotic Interruption: Apply a random condition when you interrupt an enemy. Conditions include burning for 3secs, bleeding for 10secs among some.
  • Cleansing Inscriptions: Activating a signet removes 1 condition.
  • Mirror of Anguish: When disabled (stun, daze, knockback, knockdown, sink, float, fear, launch), you mirror the disable back to the source. This effect can only trigger once every 90 seconds. v1.2 update - Also, you are STILL cc'd.
--- Grandmaster ---
  • Bountiful Interruption: Apply a random boon to yourself when you interrupt an enemy. Includes 6sec retaliation among others.
  • Prismatic Understanding: Cloaking skills last 1 second longer.
INSPIRATION:

Minor/Auto-traits:
  • Adept - Vengeful Images: v1.1 update - Grants retaliation to Phantasms for 2 hours (yes...REALLY 2 hours).
  • Master - Phantasmal Healing: v1.2 update - Phantasms grant regeneration to nearby allies. 3 secs of regen nonstop in area of effect size of null field. 3 secs of regen every 10 sec (range was very short, almost melee range from Phantasm
  • Grandmaster - Phantasmal Strength: Phantasms deal 15% more damage (not sure if stacks with Empowering Illusions from Power trait line).
Major/Decided-traits:

--- Adept ---  
  • Compounding Celerity: Move faster for each active illusion (Used to grant swiftness for 5secs on illusion production, not sure what it does now).
  • Glamour Mastery: Glamour skills recharge 20% faster.
  • Medic's Feedback: Create a feedback bubble while reviving an ally. (10s recharge)
  • Mender's Purity: Remove a condition when you use HEAL SKILL (slot-6) -- NOT other heals.
  • Persisting Images: Phantasms have 20% more health (not sure about standard health or gain yet).
  • Vigorous Revelation: Shattering illusions grants 2 seconds of vigor to nearby allies in 300 range.
--- Master ---
  • Malicious Sorcery: +50 Malice when wielding a scepter. Release update - also reduces scepter skill recharge by 20%
  • Restorative Mantras: v1.3 update - Heal allies and yourself for 2.6k AoE when you finish channeling the mantra.
  • Temporal Enchanter: Glamour skills last longer feedback lasts 8s. (v1.1 update - tentatively unsure).
  • Warden's Feedback: Focus skills reflect projectiles during casting duration. Release update - reduces focus skills by 20%
--- Grandmaster ---
  • Restorative Illusions: v1.2 update - Heal for 1.124k no matter how many illusions you have. Heals only yourself
  • Shattered Conditions: Using a shatter skill removes 1 condition per illusion. Removes on shatter animation. More elaboration: Let's say that you have a sword clone and an iDuelist up. If you hit Distortion, both illusions shatter instantly and you lose 2 conditions. If you hit Mind Wrack, then the sword clone shatters immediately (or close to it) and you lose the first condition, then you wait for the iDuelist to run up and do its shatter animation before you lose the second condition. It didn't seem to matter if the shatters hit or not. Mind Wrack was bugged to hardly ever hit anything in BWE2 but I was still losing one condition per illusion consistently.
ILLUSIONS:

Minor/Auto-traits:
  • Adept - Illusionists Celerity: Release update - 20% faster cooldown on all illusion-summoning skills. Not the illusion's skills, but just the skills producing them.
  • Master - Illusionary Retribution: v1.2 update - All shatter skills inflict 1 stack of confusion per illusion & 2 stacks when used with Cry of Frustration shatter skill (not sure of duration, but assuming 5 seconds). Synergizes with Illusionary Persona.
  • Grandmaster - Shattered Strength: v1.2 update - Shattering illusions gives you 1 stack of might for 5 seconds per illusion immediately after shatter animation.
Major/Decided-traits:

--- Adept ---  
  • Compounding Power: 3% more damage for each of your active illusions.
  • Confusing Cry: Cry of Frustration grants 5 seconds of retaliation per illusion. Does NOT synergize with Illusionary Persona.
  • Illusionary Invigoration: Recharge all of your shatter skills at 50% health (90-second cooldown).
  • Master of Misdirection: Confusion you inflict lasts 33% longer.
  • Masterful Reflection: Distortion Shatter grants 1 second of reflection per illusion. Synergizes with Illusionary Persona for +1 second.
  • Precise Wrack: 10% higher critical-hit chance with Mind Wrack.
--- Master ---
  • Blinding Befuddlement: Cause 1 stack of confusion when you blind an enemy (not sure of duration).
  • Dazzling Glamours: Glamour skills blind foes at target location.
  • Illusionary Elasticity: Release update - Illusionary Elasticity - magic bullet will bounce to a 4th target and cause confusion but it will not hit a single target more than once.  Winds of chaos will hit 3 targets, mirror blade will hit 4 targets, and both of these abilities can bounce back and forth between the mesmer and an enemy.  It does not apply to staff clones.
  • Phantasmal Haste: Phantasms have 20% faster skill recharge. Majority of phantasms have 6sec wait on skill. Brings down to 4.8. Release update - has a much larger effect on the iwarden, essentialy doubling his attack rate.You only benefit if illusion uses skill 5 times over a span of 30 secs. Only then will you be a whole recharge ahead. Example Below:
  • Attack 1 (vanilla) 6 - (hasted) 4.8 = 1.2sec difference
  • Attack 2 (v) 12 - (h) 9.6 = 2.4sec difference
  • Attack 3 (v) 18 - (h) 14.4 = 3.6sec difference
  • Attack 4 (v) 24 - (h) 19.2 = 4.8sec difference
  • Attack 5 (v) 30 - (h) 24 = full 6sec difference & now has become "efficient"
--- Grandmaster ---
  • Illusionary Persona: You count towards total number of illusions. Must have illusion active for shatter to work. Does NOT cause visual shattering effect on yourself. v1.2 update - Also, it cause an unerring hit & CANNOT be used w/out at least 1 illusion.
  • Imbued Diversion: Diversion becomes AoE with same range of Mind Wrack & Cry of Frustration
OTHER BONUS FACTS:

F1-F4 SKILLS:
  • mind wrack depends on power attribute. More power, more damage.
  • Cry of frustration: 1 stack per clone. 2 traited
  • Diversion: Can be staggered for additional dazing If clones reach target at different times.
  • distortion: activates immediately & illusions shatter in place.
UTILITIES:
  • Release update - Portal has been nerfed slightly. There is a grace period after setting down the entry portion, and the exit portion. If you take too long, it will not work. Also, even if you happen to make the grace period, if you're too far away, the visual effect will set off, but no interaction will be allowed. In addition, you can't set a portal, die, then use portal to get back to where you were. Still however, can be used with small cliffs and such, and underwater too.
  • Moa CAN be dodged & avoided in line of sight.
  • mantra of healing is technically the new goto skill as it heals for 6500 off the bat, while ether feast @ 5600 & a small bonus amount for extra illusions.
  • temporal curtain: when it ends, it regularly pulls enemies towards you. Also you cannot run through it twice to stack swiftness.
  • mimic doesn't go on cool down if it doesn't work (for now)
MECHANICS/OTHER:
  • Release update - skill 2 has been fixed and stealths for 1 second while splitting you into 2 downed copies. Phantasmal rogue still effective, but attacks with lower frequency & moved to skill 3.
  • phantasmal rogue 2x damage from behind. 900 front, & 1.8 behind to armored target. 1.5 front & 2.9 behind for a necro (non-crit).
  • v1.3 update - Chaos Storm now dazes instead of fears in order for target to stay in place.
  • v1.3 update - Vulnerability now does +1% damage per stack instead of -30 armor.
ILLUSIONS:
  • Release update - Phantasms seem to have LOWER health than clones at the moment.
  • Release update - greatsword & staff clones activate auto-attack at slower rate
  • Release update - if naked, clones will copy your appearance.
  • Relase update - not sure if i didn't look hard enough, but it seems clones don't shatter on a newly clicked target, but rather what they've been attacking previously.
  • v1.3 update - clones have gotten hp buff since 2nd to last stress test & base hp is at 2k.
  • v1.3 update - clones benefit from toughness ONLY. They DON'T benefit from vitality. You need Signet of Illusions for that.
  • Sword clones: v1.2 update - now stack vulnerability, not cripple. They stack it FAST. They actually use the FULL mind slash chain, so they apply vulnerability 2x, then remove a boon.
  • Illusions "die" when killed, mesmer dies, or overwritten,.scepter clones: now spawn in melee range. Ok for single targets, bad for mobs & AoEs.
  • some people swear you can rally from illusions, some don't. I'm inclined to believe you can not.
  • clones now have symbols & reflect signets if you have them.
  • illusions die whenever you do. No more phantasmal rogue harassment.
(New) RUMORS:
  • (True) Clone on Dodge switched place with Sharpen Images (15<->20 points in Dueling).
  • (False) Clone on Dodge doesn't proc if you have 3 illusions up /OR/ doesn't override phantasms. (Some people have).
Thanks to Nuu & others! Link to original thread: http://www.guildwars...ription-thread/


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I'll talk about the use of combo spells which adds another layer of depth to the sPvP in GW2 and how you can use those effieciently, this knowledge will improve greatly as game is released but it's to help you get an idea and what to look for.

I'll also try to give some helpful tips with a couple of spells and such.

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What do you mean by combos?

Combos, also called cross-profession combos or skill combinations, happen when skills interact with each other to create an additional effect. A skill must be a combo field or a combo finisher to be combined, which is an effect which is included in the skill description. For a combo to occur a combo field skill is used creating an area effect and then one or more combo finishers can interact with the field to create a combo. The largest number of combos are available through two characters of different professions working together but combos can also be created with two of the same profession or a single character.

The combo field, or initiator, is a skill that creates an area effect of a particular type. The type is a recognizable element or characteristic which determines the effect they cause on a finisher; for example, a Flamewall will allow some eligible finishers to inflict burning. Fields are either a circular field or a linear "wall". For circular fields, all finishers will combo if they activate while the character is inside the field. For linear combo fields, leap and projectile finishers will combo so long as they pass through the combo field on the way to their destination.

The combo finisher is a skill which causes movement through or within the initiator's field such as creating a projectile or spinning or jumping the player. An eligible initiator augments the finisher by adding damage or creating other effects. For example, using Cyclone Axe near a Flamewall throws fire projectiles in different directions. Finishers can only interact with one initiator at a time.
Whenever a combo is created, a notification will show on the player's screen, acknowledging it and indicating which skills were used to create the combo. However, the indicator's appearance is independent of whether the combo was actually performed - for example, using Vital Shot only has a 20% chance of triggering a combo, but the indicator will still appear to notify the player of the combo whether it was performed or not."

These two pictures will help you get an understanding about them as well:

Fields

Finishers

Good and easy selfmade mesmer combos
Ethereal: Chaos Storm, Null Field, Time Warp and Mirrored Feedback.
Light: Temporal Curtain and Veil.

Projectile
As a mesmer you have 2 projectile attacks (Mirror Blade & Trick Shot) and Illusionary Duelist's bullets are projectile, each of them.  This means that combined with an ethereal field you will be able to apply confusion upon the target which is hit by the projectile.

Ethereal
1. Place a chaos storm upon yourself and make your duelist stand inside it, 20% chance to proc confusion on each bullet.
2. Throw your mirror blade or launch your trick and make sure your projectile crosses through an ethereal field and you will inflict confusion which is 100% guaranteed when it's done by yourself.

Light
1. Place a temportal curtain and make your duelist shoot through it, and it will remove a condition, same goes for the Mirror Blade & Trick Shot. This can come quite in handy if you are against a heavy condition based build.

Whirl
As a mesmer you don't have any whirls yourself, but two of your illusions do: Illusionary Warden and Phantasmal Berserker. Both of them are capable of applying confusion bolts.

Ethereal
1. Make sure that your phantasms cross/spin through an ethereal field such as Chaos Storm when reaching the enemy, this way they will shoot out confusion bolts.

Light
1. When your phantasms whirl through your Veil or Curtain it will shoot out cleansing bolts which will remove conditions, again this shouldn't be underestimated in a team fight!

Leap
You have two leaps yourself, Phase Retreat and Swap and then your Illusionary Swordsman leaps each time he attacks.

Ethereal
1. Placing down an ethereal field and using one of these is an incredible way of generating an extra chaos armor which you should try to utilize as best as possible if you are using the weapons required for these spells. This will help with survivability, apply extra pressure and keep you in the middle of the heat.

Light
1. You will gain retaliation when you leap through your curtain or veil. This can be pretty neat for some extra damage returned to the enemy.

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1. If you need to escape from people chasing and you are using Sword as MH it can sometimes really trick them if you send your #3 onto the furthest away enemy and wait a couple of seconds, even if the illusion dies you can still swap if the timer isn't up, and then swap position. Often helped me escape tricky situations.

2. I recommend binding Inventory to a fast key and organize it on your UI so it pops up right at your mouse, for me it's on the right side where I have Focus as 1st item available and then Greatsword. This is simply because sometimes it's really good to swap into GS and knock people away from a point if you really need to neutralize. Focus offers a lot of mobility, quickly place #4 on the ground and go back to your real Off-hand.

3. Distortion and Decoy can both be used to secure a stomp, can be used while channeling the stomp.

4. The #2 on Sword MH is really great as it gives Evasion during its channel. This can be used offensively, if an elementalist is riding the lightning toward you, and you begin to use this - You will win the trade, same with a warrior using Eviscerate on you and so forth. It's also really good to quickly avoid a lot of damage if you are immobilized and don't have any CC breakers.

5. If you have already activated a shatter effect, you won't lose those illusions by generating new ones. You can also summon while casting a new illusion/phantasm.

6. Phase retreat is not only great for escape, if you quickly turn your back with a fast mouse turn you can use it to teleport toward people. This is great for chasing people, requires a bit of practise but give it a go!

7. When you are defending as a mesmer and people are approaching, more than you can handle and you ask for help - placing down a #4 in Focus is a great way of slowing them down. Remember, you don't get into combat until you actually take damage yourself, this way you can prolong the enemies from reaching you, thus giving more time for allies to arrive.


Playstyle

When you are playing as a mesmer people will often think are you immortal if you are fighting 1v1 simply due to our amount of immunities, but with mesmer we aren't tanky as a warrior or a lot of heals as a protective guardian. We are avoid all damage or avoid none, since we take a lot of damage if it should hit us.

When you are playing a mesmer you want to analyze the fight and decide rather easily when and how you will engage the fight. In a real 5v5 we aren't capable of soloing a player insanely fast when fighting in a large teamfight. We are good at helping with a kill due to our quick burst, daze, stuns and we can quickly engage an opponent and deliver burst and get out.

As a mesmer you don't want to be one of the people in the front, but you can follow up with the needed spells for that moment. Cleaning, a chaos storm, a daze or perhaps a stun on the warrior who is smashing your elementalist or an immobilize on the guy with stability trying to kite. Your decisions are game changing, so communicate with your team - ALWAYS - and judge the situation.

When you are defending and people are approaching I often like to summon my illusions when they are at a far distance as this is will get damage out without me being close to them, they are in combat thus moving slower, and you have the advantage. A reminder; you don't get in combat until you take damage! This means you can easily swap back and forth with your weapons which is something you should abuse and make them cry when they are 60% and just reached you.

Useful facts

1. Sigil of Superior Batlle - add 3 stacks of might on 20 sec, which means 35 power and 35 condition dmg (cdmg). For example at 1400 cdmg it will increase to 1505. 3 stacks increase burning(BU) of 4,44% and bleeding(BL) of 5,25%. If you go cdmg. build, power is unimportant.

2. Sigil of Superior Force - add 5% of dmg. Does not affect cdmg.

3. Signet of Domination adds 6,18% of cdmg stat. But if signet is on CD(45 sec default), you have no passive bonus!!!

4. Rune of Undead - last rune add 5% of toughness to cdmg. At 916 toughness and 1454 cdmg, it's 48 cdmg, which is increase of cmg stat of 3,32%. It's increase of stat not real dmg.

5. Power stat doesn't affect cdmg. Conditions also don't crit.

6. Every condition tick every second. But at my build BL duration is 9 sec, but tick 10 times. I don't know if it's only a bug in description of staff skill or it's a bug of skill. Maybe everything is ok and in duration is added bonus from sigils. BU has 3,5 sec duration (torch skill), but tick 4 times.

7. Conditon duration - this is very interesting. First I need to say that if you have 1 sec duration BU and sigil which increase BU duration by 10%, it will have no effect. 1 sec or 1,1 sec or 1,5 sec, it will still tick only 1 time. So consider and test sigils regarding duration. 30p in domination add 2 tick(on staff) of BL but no tick to BU. So BL will incerase from 7 to 9 sec. Or from other side - 15 points to domination add 1 tick, which means 12,5% increase of overal BL dmg. 30 points add second tick, which means additional 11,1% increase of overal dmg. In general % increase of duration has better effect in last long conditions - 5+ sec.

8. BL at 15 points in Domination increase dmg per tick. But is't a bug.

9. Confiusion - if you go confusion build try to give as much as you can. Confusion stack in intensity, but if last longer, there is higher probability that enemy use some skill with low cd or no cd(atuoattack).

10. Retaliation - ammount of reflected dmg scales only with power. In case of condition build it's useles.

11. Chaotic Dampening - reduce cd of staff skills, but it affects only #4 and #5. The same situation is with torch and Cleansing Conflagration.

12. Torch skill The Prestige gives burning for 3 sec. But it increase according of numbers of foes you hit. At my build (max. BU dmg), it last from 18 to 22 sec at 5 foes. At training dummies in Mists it will kill 5 heavy dummies with one skill!!! If you will not any BU duration items, it will tick 16 sec. Max. enemy which you can hit is 5.

13. Empowered Illusions - Illusions 15% dmg - it doesn't affect cdmg from illusions. Only direct attacks.

14. my little advice - if you use blink, don't forget to bind 180° rotation of your char.

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Elementalist

Warrior

Guardian

Ranger

Thief

Necromancer

Mesmer

Engineer

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Here I'll go some of the basic things, not really 100% mesmer related but I wish to deliver a whole package for a sPvP mesmer.

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Please don’t start a discussion about whether clicking is fine or not.
If you are not binding most of the spells that you use in sPvP you will be facing a disadvantage. If your opponent is faster than you all the time, especially if it’s same class, then they will always have and edge to win that fight which may very well lose you the match.

What I think most people are doing wrong is making their keybindings too difficult. If you are wasting too much time reaching a spell that you use a lot, like using "K" for an elite, it’s quite stupid. It’s a very important spell for your class, and if I need to reach back and forth constantly, it’s simply a waste of time and your precious energy!

Try to keep it simple and within reach. I recommend binding weapons display as well, to stop casting instead of turning with mouse or pressing esc.

When you are making keybindings ask yourself this:
  • Which spells do I use the most?
  • Which spells are based on fast reaction, timed usage and position required?
  • Is this keybind appropriate for this spell?
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There are a couple of things I think a player should remove/change in order to become faster and more precise with your actions. Remember though that this is purely based on my opinion, and if this isn't working out for you find what does the trick for you, and stick with it.

1. Enable Fast-Cast ground targeting
  • This speeds up your use of Chaos Storm, Null field and such. Sometimes you need a clutch placement, and you'll only have to click once instead of twice where you first place it as well.
2. Disable Double-Tap to evade
  • I personally removed the chance of doing a double tap for a dodge, I use V to dodge and that only. I prefer that instead of accidentaly using a dodge which you can easily get punished for.
3. Disable Auto Attack
  • Again, this is personal experience but I really hate the auto attack being activated, you can remove this by holding down CTRL and right clicking on the icon. It sometimes attacks and takes up time where you should have used another spell.
4. Disable Double-Click to Attack
  • Again, if you are quickly swapping to another target just to CC them, you don't want AA to prolong the amount of time you are spending on that target. These things may be small, but it's still important.
5. Enable Show Skill Recharge
  • Enable Show Skill Recharge, this will show you the exact amount of seconds before your skill is ready again. This isn't enabled by default for some reason, but you should really have this on as you can properly time your spells between weapon swaps then.
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As the game gets released I'll love if people who streams will PM me with their stream and I'll add it to my list of streams. This should make it easy for people to specificly find mesmer streams.

I'll also begin to add up to date movies and organize those by spec, type of PvP, commentary and such.

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Streams

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Tournament games

Tournament games w/ commentary
Blowi:
sPvP games

sPvP games w/ commentary

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I'd like to thank those who have given me inspiration, help or basically anything made possible so that I could make this guide. Should you notice any mistakes regarding the facts I've written, English language, wording and so forth please PM me with the change and I'll correct ASAP. I hope you enjoyed the guide.

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  • Usk Delt is the man who delivered my all these amazing banners, title everything! I simply asked in Guild skype conversation if anyone had some knowledge with making pictures and such, and this guy said he would help. Been impressing me each time with the designs, keep up the good work man. You're the boss!
  • I've borrowed the charts from a thread by Gelroller. Thanks a lot! (If you read this) Link
  • Starcookie & Rudy helping with some wording and spelling.
  • Credit to Nuu & DarkReavers for the traits
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I really hope you have enjoyed, and perhaps learned a little about the mesmer and if you are up for playing it when the game is released. As I said earlier, I'll keep working on this guide and make sure it's up to date when game is released, and I suspect several changes to come. If you have any things that should be added, questions, or anything - please don't hesitate to either PM me, or write here.

Updates to the guide
v1.1 - August 3th, 2012: Changed a lot of wording and spells
v1.2 - August 4th, 2012: I've added some more information to the combo section, fixed spellings, links and wordings.
v1.3 - August 5th, 2012: Changed the order of content, added Match Ups and Traits.
v1.4 - August 13th, 2012: Added Playstyle section.

v.1.5 - September 1st, 2012: Changed some things, added builds and fixed changes since release.
v.1.6 - September 10th, 2012: Added traits, useful facts to the guide.

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Edited by Blowi, 10 September 2012 - 11:23 AM.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

A beautiful, well-presented guide. A few thoughts.

IIRC Mirrored Blade now creates its Clone at its first target, and I never noticed it bouncing twice to to myself or an enemy.

My problem with Phantasmal Warlock is that it's a Power-based Phantasm in a condition-based weapon. It gets bonus damage from unique conditions only: so if you're just spamming WoC you're going to get about +20% damage, and perhaps ~20% more if you're consistently applying Chaos Armour. If you don't have any investment in Power, multiplying lackluster damage is still lackluster damage. I prefer having another Staff Clone out, using Warlock as Shatter Fodder.

You mentioned popping Chaos Armour with Chaos Storm. Would it not generally be better to pop Chaos Storm and Phase Retreat, gaining free Chaos Armour in the process? If that was what you meant I apologise, though you did put it under the Chaos Armour section.

Regarding Confusing Images, you can interrupt the channel by dodging to put the skill into interrupt CD, allowing you to get most of the full effect on a much lower CD. Probably an exploit, but still.

I was under the impression that Illusionary Riposte conjures a Clone like any other. The Line Daze is Counter Blade and doesn't activate if the Block is triggered. Was this changed?

Temporal Curtain, when it ends, pulls all enemies in a very large area into it. This is a very versatile effect and IMO is the primary selling point of the skill (if you don't take Warden's Feedback): pull all enemies out of the point with a distant Curtain, pull that pesky Ranger off the cliff, pull all enemies into your Blurred Frenzy... I love this skill.

I actually feel that being stationary is useful for the Phantasmal Warden. If it followed your target around it will be trailing behind them, which means it won't block anything at all if the target is going for you (which is likely).

Did not know about the Burning thing with The Prestige, but it sounds like a bug.

For section 4.5, I think it's meant to be "Clones" rather than "Illusions"?

Mantra of Distraction can be worth it if taken with Harmonious Mantras, although this pretty much applies to most Mantras.

For me, the main benefit of Blink is that it can be used to escape knockdown and Immobilise. I don't think any other (Mesmer) skill does this. Mantra of Concentration can prevent knockdown, but it cannot be used to reactively escape from it.

Edited by Blowi, 03 August 2012 - 05:37 PM.


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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:08 PM

really nice work! good layout, fency pictures and everything important is (will be) covered!
looking forward for more details later on :)

I've used the same traits/equip as your glass cannon builds but other utilities (illusion of live is awesome) and it worked really well while shattering the crap out of people.

View PostBlowi, on 03 August 2012 - 03:22 PM, said:

  • When you activate shatter, you can summon new illusions without them overriding the current ones because they are already "set to explode" if you may say so. This is a good thing to keep in mind.

I think this is the most important sentence in your whole guide. I have not read that before in any thread. It was great to "bomb" someone with a full 3+1 shatter followed instantly by a full 3+1 cof! It tears people apart especially with swordclones.

some further thoughts:
-cof is quite strong even without high condition damage if traitet in Illusions line; 8 stacks of confusion hurts even with a power build.
-diversion + illusionary persona is really good. If you see someone healing you hit diversion and the effect from persona hits instantly. even without a clone up, just a quick dodge to summon one and instantly after hitting dodge interrupt with persona.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:13 PM

Illusion of Life is not a bad skill, but when you compare it to other reviving abilities from other professions (and IIRC every profession has a true revive coupled with fancy effects, unlike the Mesmer's fake revive with no effects), the only thing IoL has is a relatively short CD; and even then its CD is considerably longer than the Engie's true AoE boon-applying revive...

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:32 PM

perhaps it could use a little love but nonetheless it is helping with the whole stomping/reviving thing wich is at least very very important to win a match imo.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 04:34 PM

Great feedback guys! I'll look into these days when I have time later today! Keep it coming!


@Happy Cat. Thanks for the great feedback, I'll add the changes. Regarding the chaos armor/storm, it was mostly meant that if a warrior or thief is sitting on you, popping both can truly save your life, considering how easy it is to gain chaos armor in between the actual cd as well.

You can prolong the effect through the use of leap & phase retreat that is true. Think I mentioned that, else I'll edit it.

@Grimmson regarding the effect on yourself with persona, that is true! I love that and I forgot to add it, my mistake! Thanks for reminding me.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:41 PM

Great guide.  Couple little things that I noticed:

4.1 - It's "Mind WRACK" not "Mind WRECK".
5.1 - It'd be nice if you could separate the Glamours and Manipulations like you did with signets and mantras.



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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:44 PM

lol why do people say mesmer is not good in big team fight .. It can turn a 4v4 to a 4v3 fast or focusing the enemi burst so the team fight turn better for our team

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 05:49 PM

Very good read Blowi!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:08 PM

View PostSuburbanLion, on 03 August 2012 - 05:41 PM, said:

Great guide.  Couple little things that I noticed:

4.1 - It's "Mind WRACK" not "Mind WRECK".
5.1 - It'd be nice if you could separate the Glamours and Manipulations like you did with signets and mantras.

Cool, thanks for the feedback. Not sure how I didn't catch the e instead of a, lol.


I'll split them up later today.

View PostKillyox, on 03 August 2012 - 05:49 PM, said:

Very good read Blowi!

Thanks ;)

Edited by Blowi, 03 August 2012 - 06:07 PM.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 06:32 PM

Blowi, I think you could add something like Lowell in his guide. Mainly 1v1 vs other classes/builds as well as your role in team and team fight in greater detail. Point out what is the thing that puts you on guard the most that other class can do and so on.

This way it will not only become better guide for mesmers but for anyone interested in pvp.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:49 PM

Great idea. Ill work on that!

So far I'll try work on 1v1, I'll cover downed state.

Is there anything else people would like for me to work on in the guide?
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:57 PM

View PostBlowi, on 03 August 2012 - 07:49 PM, said:

Great idea. Ill work on that!

So far I'll try work on 1v1, I'll cover downed state.

Is there anything else people would like for me to work on in the guide?

MY guess is as follows; People would probably want to know what kind of "combos" you had. In terms of burst. So for example leap + duelist + leap with cripple + blurred frenzy

You know, the kind of stuff they can copy err, i mean learn from you instead of researching it themselves. Besides that Do's and Don'ts of a mesmer. Skill/action priority like... "don't heal while tanking Unload if you can move a meter to the left to LOS it and heal to full" or such but that may be more for general pvp guide. Or like what are the best targets for moa morph, like Lich form/tornado/guy about to stomp your team mate etc.

EDIT:

or like:

Combo #1
Have staff, use Clones, switch to sword/pistol use Duelist. Which results in 2 clones applying burn bleed and vulnerability (vuln along with sword) while providing you with bouncing might and fury stacks for even more burst while duelist pounds with you on target. All illusions at safe distance. Results in target getting often double the number of stacks due to them going to him, to you and back to him.

One of my favorites but probably not many people use it. I used a lot of it in BWE1 & 2

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:09 PM

Sure mate. I'll try look at all this when I get home from vacation tomorrow :)

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:10 PM

View PostBlowi, on 03 August 2012 - 08:09 PM, said:

Sure mate. I'll try look at all this when I get home from vacation tomorrow :)

Thanks for the feedback!
You're welcome :)

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 08:47 PM

Wow dude!! Keep up the good work!! +20 kudo's for you :D
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:02 PM

Awesome job!  This will help me a lot!  Thank you!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:20 PM

Just doing a little reading, you should probably include that while Phase Retreat doesn't break stun it is useable while stunned meaning its amazing to get out of a Hundred Blades while still putting it on cooldown.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:26 PM

View PostOzielol, on 03 August 2012 - 09:20 PM, said:

Just doing a little reading, you should probably include that while Phase Retreat doesn't break stun it is useable while stunned meaning its amazing to get out of a Hundred Blades while still putting it on cooldown.

Forgot to add that, good catch. Thanks!
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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:28 PM

View PostOzielol, on 03 August 2012 - 09:20 PM, said:

Just doing a little reading, you should probably include that while Phase Retreat doesn't break stun it is useable while stunned meaning its amazing to get out of a Hundred Blades while still putting it on cooldown.

I don't think bull's charge is stun, rather KD and thus i am not sure if you can retreat while knocked down

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:42 PM

View PostKillyox, on 03 August 2012 - 09:28 PM, said:

I don't think bull's charge is stun, rather KD and thus i am not sure if you can retreat while knocked down

I am positive you can Retreat while knocked down, it was my main way of laughing at warriors in BWE3 as they have no way of actually hitting you with staff out.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:45 PM

View PostOzielol, on 03 August 2012 - 09:42 PM, said:

I am positive you can Retreat while knocked down, it was my main way of laughing at warriors in BWE3 as they have no way of actually hitting you with staff out.

ah! Great to know!

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 09:56 PM

If you keybind dodge to "V" and disable double tap, you only dodge backwards. Does that mean you never dodge to the right, left, or foward?

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:23 PM

View Postlammy, on 03 August 2012 - 09:56 PM, said:

If you keybind dodge to "V" and disable double tap, you only dodge backwards. Does that mean you never dodge to the right, left, or foward?

You dodge to whatever direction you are currently running when you press dodge. If you're not moving in any direction you dodge backwards.

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:34 PM

View PostOzielol, on 03 August 2012 - 10:23 PM, said:

You dodge to whatever direction you are currently running when you press dodge. If you're not moving in any direction you dodge backwards.

What if I am CC'd/stunned and I'm not technically running, but can I still for example hold down the "strafe right" button and press the "Dodge" button to dodge to the right after the CC/stun wears off?

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 11:57 PM

Amazingly well done :) Was a great read for me. Lots of useful information.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 12:05 AM

Swap gives 4 second immobilize and all summoned things are Illusions. The difference is Phantasms and Clones. Clones are the ones that have your appearance and name.

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 02:00 AM

So amazing Blowi, thank you!
P.S. Tell Reyon we need a necro guide. kthnxbai!

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 08:53 AM

Well done, excellent for new players. You might want to up the damage on swordsman a bit tho. Iv gotten way over 5k crits with it, its just a matter of build...

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Posted 04 August 2012 - 09:26 AM

View PostStrigidae, on 04 August 2012 - 08:53 AM, said:

Well done, excellent for new players. You might want to up the damage on swordsman a bit tho. Iv gotten way over 5k crits with it, its just a matter of build...

What was your damage on? As my 4.5k crit was based on the dummies in Mist.

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