Falhawk, on 27 September 2012 - 09:19 AM, said:
Thank you for the elaboration, much apreciated.
I agree that the fury could boost damage quite a bit and I think I will swap that around. Though I believe I read somewhere that you would loose retaliation as phantasms can only have one buff at a time. I haven't tested it and don't know if it is actually correct?
I don't feel like not being able to put out clones fast enough and I put out phantasms quite easily. I think the Persting Images trait is overrated as 20% boost in health is not that much. Maybe if it was 50% i would consider it.
I would like to have Phantasmal Haste but I guess thats the tradeoff I chose when going into Chaos for the protection buff. After having tried the build for some time I might reconsider as the proc buff seems rather unreliable.
You do lose the Retaliation when you gain Fury. This is a confirmed bug on the Mesmer forums by Anet. However the extra damage Fury grants will vastly outwhelm any amount of Retaliation.
You can generate enough clones and phantasms combined, but in a "throw away" build (where you plan on Phantasms dying after their first skill usage) you would not have enough clone generating abilities on their own. If you plan on keeping your Phantasms up as long as feasibly possible that will mean you would have more than enough between clones and phantasms to always have 3 up.
You already have Signet of Illusions in your build for 50% more hitpoints, but adding in another 20% certainly won't hurt. Compared to Compounding Celerity (which if you follow the patterns of the other traits is 3% runspeed per illusion) it's arugably better but not really mandatory.
Personally I find those buffs synergize wonderfully with Staff because of Chaos Armor and Chaos Storm providing a number of random boons (including regen which will net you free Protection for 2 seconds). Otherwise they're simply weak addative at best at the cost of heavy boost in DPS with Phantasmal Haste. That is in addition (ah ha) to boosting condition damage which will help out your bleeds.
To answer your bleeds question, yes Sharper Images is always worth it for any Phantasm/Crit build even without condition damage. I am on a more Power/Crit oriented build
(Knight armor and Berserker Weapons/Jewelry) that's less reliant on Phantasms staying alive and honestly I can stack 6-10 bleeds per Phantasm I cast. Yea, they only tick for like 50 damage a stack, but that's 300-500 damage every few seconds for free.