optional illusions VI <-> V, both good choices
chaos V <-> III
optional dueling V <-> IV
illusions VI <-> V
It MELTS people faces while quite beefy with good utilitys (illusionary persona, etc...)
I was tired of the phantasm spamming builds and tried something totally different and it works very well. Burst damage comes from confusion (sustained 1-14+ stacks) applied mainly by shattering (f1,f2 and f3). Sustained damage by bleeds/burns/... applied by staff, clones.
It pops clones like there is no tomorrow and can stealth quite often. I had great success with it in tpvp in almost all situations.
In big group fights all the aoe shatters deal good condition damage while staff brings some more aoe and support.
Taking a node from 1 or even 2 enemies is very possible with that beefy setup while they destroy themselves.
Defing a node is possible too.
Npc killing just fine, but slower than other builds.
It is very effective in WvW, too. get rabid gear (rares are awesome, exotics are insane), eat a pizza, activate that tuning crystal and watch the enemy owning themselves with 4.5k confusion ticks.
you get way better damage than shown in that build calculator. for example i'm sitting on ~2k condition damage after reaching 25 sigil stack. furthermore more armor and critchance.
when combined with a good stack of might you can get 2500 cond damage quite easily meaning ~160 bleeding ticks and 7k confusion ticks.
I'm really enjoing that build a lot at the moment. You get good damage while very hard to take down with 2800 armor and all the mesmer tricks.
everybody is runnning confusion/condition in wvw it seems so -40% condition food is very nice to have.
furthermore you need one utility to deal with conditions....... this build is still strong with the right food but not as op as before.
PVE/WVW Gear: all exotics available in TP
Armor: Khilbron set (Helm, Legs, Shoulders, Gloves can also be obtained from karma vendors in Orr)
Trinkets: Ascended backpack and rings, exotics: colossus fang, tortured root, plague
Weapons: Staff: Bramblethorne, Scepter: Mystic Wand, Torch: Firelighter
If you have not tried a condition/shatter build, test it! I t has a deeper learning curve as phantasm spamming but with high reward.
anyone using this build or got a video to share?
a gameplay video with a very similar build in wvw:
edit.: confusion ticks vary from (pre shattered strentgh buff)
Edited by grimmson, 17 April 2013 - 10:47 PM.