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Shattering worth it in PvE?

shatter pve mesmer builds

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#1 Sevtroi

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:31 AM

So - I've just recently hit 65 and have been playing around with a bunch of builds for PvE dungeons while trying to optimize effectiveness.

Keep in mind, I have a 5 man group that I regularly run dungeons with so that is the framework I'm looking at...But I'm having a hard time seeing shatter worth it. Even traiting for it, my shatters hit for around 1200ish? Meanwhile the duelist hits for around 2000 AND is stacking bleeds. It's difficult to really understand the damage/benefits with no calculators but it seems like a no brainer to just run illusion build with 3 phantasms up.

In a situation where we can keep up 3 phantasms with little to no difficulty, is shatter actually worth it?

#2 Ikelos

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:34 AM

Especially for situations where AOE is benefitial, shatters are great. I also like to shatter whenever my phantasm-generators are off cooldown; because why not if I can bring them back a second later?

#3 Sevtroi

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:44 AM

View PostIkelos, on 11 September 2012 - 12:34 AM, said:

Especially for situations where AOE is benefitial, shatters are great. I also like to shatter whenever my phantasm-generators are off cooldown; because why not if I can bring them back a second later?

Yea this is true - The one time I enjoy shattering is mirror images and phase retreat are up for a quick AoE Mind Wrack.

#4 Rhynocerous

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 12:49 AM

Depends on your build. If you BUILD for 3 phantasm AFK, it will do more damage. Building for that is impractical in most situations though. Shatter builds are primo. F3 and F4 aren't about damage.

#5 Majic

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 01:13 AM

Against a single mob, my phantasms usually finish it off better and more reliably than a shatter. Against groups, the shatter is a better choice because of the AoE and ability to apply conditions, and even if I shatter a bit early and my main target doesn't die with it, the effect on the group is still worth it.

YMMV, but that's my rule of thumb for shatters.





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