PVE MaceFocus/ScepterTorch Steady Build in gw2skill.net
PVE MaceFocus/ScepterTorch Steady Build in gw2db.com
My play style with guardian is when engaging mobs, I use range attack with ScepterTorch and try to finish the mobs up with the ScepterTorch burst before they enter into my melee range. But when situation become ugly,(eg there are more than 3 mobs I have to hold to, or not enough space to kite, or there are ally I have to guard for) I will switch to MaceFocus for more defensive and sustain battle.
I choose not to take any Grandmaster trait because I dont want a build that only high on a certain way, while poor in another way. I want to make a Guardian that have good defense, and good healing so I can survive in any kind of situation while I do not sacrifice too much in my offensive capability.
Why Mace? Because of the constant healing and aoe light combo field from Symbol of Faith while dealing damage. Not to mention the third skill that give me damage reduction while deal damage to enemies. I like it well balance between offensive and defensive both in this 1h weapon.
Why Focus and not Shield? Because IMO, Shield focus on defensive, while Focus is both defensive and offensive. Its Ray of Judgement deal damage and heal you and allies per bounce. At the same time it blind enemies it hit for 3 sec, grant you 3sec damage free period. Shield of Wrath is the reason I chose Focus, it grant you 4sec period to block 3 attacks and explode with massive damage to all enemies around you. I usually use this to perform combo with Symbol of Faith and Purging Flame. When you cast Shield of Wrath on Symbol of Faith's symbol, it will grant all allies around you a Retaliation boon, or Might boon if with Purging Flame.
I choose Shelter instead of commonly used Signet of Resolve as my Healing skill is 1) because it has lower CD, 2) because it has 2sec block. Even though the heal amount is half of Signet of Resolve. But the 2sec block is precious in this build, plus I have plenty of healing from my mace skills. I choose Shout and Consecration as my utility skills. I like Hold the Line skill for Shout for its break stun, regen, damage reduction and low CD. Most Consecration skills are under Combo Field Light type, while only Purging Flame is Combo Field Fire type. I can use them together with Shield of Wrath for AOE Retaliation(for light) or AOE Might Boon(for fire). Not to mention they are useful to protect you and allies.
Defender's Flame in Valor trait is the main reason I take block for granted. Adding 100% chance to burn enemies on block is really valuable in offensive part of Guardian. I chose Zeal over Radiance traits because IMO, longer burn duration from Zeal trait benefit me more while using Fiery Wrath. Plus, I can easily increase the condition damage and crit chance from gears. Also in Zeal trait, in Master line, 20% cooldown reduction for Focus skills is too good to be ignored.
When you pick Zeal as your main offensive trait, it means you have more Power. More Power means more damage you deal in Retaliation. Thats why, I take Virtue traits up to Master line in order to increase the number of retaliation I can make. Virtue of Retribution in Minor Trait will give you that and I have access to Retaliatory Subconscious and other useful virtue upgrade in Major trait. Taking Honor trait is self-explanatory, mainly for HP and Healing capability. Plus I can have access to useful major traits such as Writ of the Merciful for more healing and Two Handed Mastery for Greatsword CD reduction in case I want to switch over to Greatsword for more offensive in any time.
Well, this is entirely my opinion though. I know there must be a space for improvement. All your opinions are welcome.
p/s: Sorry for grammar mistake. I am not a native English speaker
Edited by Beezarre, 28 August 2012 - 12:47 PM.