My objective in sharing this build is in two parts. 1) It is important to share what works and what doesn't in order to strengthen the community and increase the over all skill of everyone participating. And 2) because I am seeking constructive criticism. Hopefully you have noticed that constructive criticsm is in bold, italics and underlined. This is because I do not want arrogant and insulting comments. If you have suggestions, by all means share, but please back it up with some explanation. I am aware it is still too early for statistics, so anecdotes and logic will just have to suffice.
Without further ado, my build.
After experimenting with every weapon in the Guardian's arsenal I have found the sword and focus to be the most effective at sustaining damage per second (DPS). For a time I was torn between the sword and the greatsword. However, I found the sword to have a higher survivability rate. Naturally, this could be because of an ineffective playstyle, however, this build has been built around the use of the sword and focus.
Because I decided to remain true to the Guardian's "essence" I decided to focus heavily on virtues/boons (which coinscides nicely with using the focus). This build, hopefully, does two things well. It has high DPS due to a high precision (chance to critically strike) and effective self/team support given the number of frequent boons.
Healing Breeze: Between Shelter and Healing Breeze I decided on Healing Breeze for the obvious gain in healing allies. Shelter's block does make it a strong continder for a melee-centric buiid, however, I decided with the amount of blind available and Shield of Wrath's block Healing Breeze is just as effective.
Save Yourselves!: This skill was chosen for a couple of reasons. Drawing conditions from allies is a plus. But more importantly, the sheer number of boons synergizes well with Power of the Virtuous. This makes the Guardian have a superflous amount of boons and for about 10 seconds you do quite a bit of extra damage. I do have concerns that with virtues and the traits that there will already be more than enough boons to make Save Yourselves! negligible.
Hold the Line!: This skill was mostly just selected because I already had a shout and wanted another to make Superior Aria worth it and obviously is fits in with supporting allies. I can easly see this skill being replaced with another shout if it is effectively argued.
Sanctuary: This is what I consider the epitome or flagskill of the Guardian. I view it to be a pseudo-elite skill. I am not yet sure how effective or worth having it is though. But I figured it would be more supportive than a spirit weapon. Now why is it between the two? Well, in the Virtues trait line Tier:Adept needs a rune(?) and I only like Improved Spirit Weapon Duration and Master of Consecrations. I figure Sanctuary is more useful because the sword should do more than enough damage and a spirit weapon wouldn't be as useful. Nevertheless, if you little Guardians find you are not doing enough damage and more than enough support this trait/skill can easily be swapped.
Tome of Courage: I have had absolutely no experience with elite skills and have just read on the forums that Tome of Courage is the only elite worth having. Dunno.
Because this post has already surpassed excessive, I will be brief with the traits. Radiance has been maxed to make the sword super effective. Done.
Virtues has been maxed to enhance support and boons, and give a little boost to the sword's AoE DPS. And the remaining trait points were placed into Honor to enhance support healing as well as to synergize with the high crit chance and Vigorous Precision. And of course Superior Aria allows shouts to be used more frequently.
All right, dear Dwayna I did not mean for that to go on as long as it did... And to think, I have two builds for the Engineer I am posting next =/
Let me know what you guys think!
P.S Completely forgot about the staff. Oops. I chose it as the secondary weapon because of Symbol of Swiftness. Yeah, that's pretty much the only reason. I am definitely interested in what you guys have to say about the secondary weapons and their pros and cons.
Edited by iToasterHD, 11 August 2012 - 05:51 PM.