I am trying to see if i can make a hammer/rifle build work for wvw, since my friends wanted me to use one while we roam around in a small group of like 4 or 5. And im trying to find a balance between the two.
At the moment im not seeing dmg like your with the hammer im thinking its because im using a rare one since i haven't crafted any of my exotic weapons yet at least i think thats why. If that wasnt the case i thought about using Berserker or Valkyrie jewelery to increase my power and crit dmg for bigger hits and criticals. And im also wondering would doing that with you current build would it increase your dmg by a significant amount? or would you rather have that toughness?
And thanks for the response
Gearing up and creating your build depends a lot on your play style. I generally play solo whenever I have some free time, so I'm pretty much the only target for my enemies making toughness pretty valuable for me. If you're playing with a few more people, you can always retreat behind them and recover so it depends on how you like to play. Using a rifle also allows you to play ranged which is less dangerous so you can get away with using more offensive stats. The only problem I see with a Hammer/Rifle build is that you're not able to escape tough situations. If you and your 4-5 friends run into a larger group and decide to run away and they chase you, it's very likely that you'll be the one they'll catch and kill.
As far as the gear changes go, you're replacing toughness with extra crit damage. It's obviously an increase in damage but nothing spectacular so it really depends on what you value more in fights, being more durable or doing a little extra damage.
I don't think there's anything really valuable that I can give you, just try it out and see what you end up liking best. In the long run the way you play will have a much bigger impact than -10% damage done to you vs 10% damage you do to them.