Hi, I'm a huge fan of this build. Thumbs up and aces.
Thank you. :-)
I am looking for replacements in the second weapon set though. Greatsword just doesn't cut it for me, as I feel this build doesn't have the survivability to stay in melee range for long, especially in Fractals. I understand the need for the ranged weapon and agree that a scepter is a good 2nd weapon, for it's immobilize skill, and ranged capabilities.
The updated build gives more survivability, along with higher healing power, so you have much more up time. Staff is also a ranged weapon, don't forget. It doesn't have as long of a range as the scepter, but you don't have to be "in their face" with it like you do with the mele weapons.
I'm wondering if there's any replacement for the off-hand weapon in the second weapon set. Some people mentioned Shields instead of a focus. I don't believe Torch would be a good substitute, as this build doesn't have condition damage. So my main question is..
Scepter/Shield? Scepter/Focus? Or maybe something wilder which will take more use out of the two handed traits, a Hammer? Any other weapon suggestions will be very welcome as well. I'm trying to suit this playstyle to Heavy PvE/Fractals. WvW is also a concern, but a second priority for me.
Though I keep every weapon on me, I normally only use Greatsword/Staff anymore. I find those two weapons synergize together a great deal and offer a ton of support and damage when used together properly. However, scepter is a great weapon when its projectiles actually land. I like Shield for its control and buffs, while focus is great for vulnerability/condition removal and block ability. I enjoy torch but it's probably one of the weakest weapons in the Guardian arsenal. Honestly, it really depends on your playstyle. I find I don't really need much beyond greatsword/staff.
So please. You can see my dilemma. All weapon sets are viable options in my opinion. I honestly can't choose. I would test them, but I don't have the money to try the different types of weapons and their variations of stats. Honestly, I'm also very lazy. I apologize.
Help me find out please, Ultra, I beseech you. Test these weapons or belt me with theories, proving the better choice. Hope to hear from you soon!
Well, if you don't like Greatsword, I wouldn't recommend hammer, since it's slower and doesn't really have a lot of damage abilities (mostly CC). I think the focus is the best off-hand to pair with scepter, so that's a good combo. I'd probably go with that.
P.S. I have heard alot of bad rumors and trash talk about Perfect Inscriptions ( Passive Signet effects are improved ). Please verify by telling us exactly how it improves the Signet of Judgement and Signet of Resolve. Some say Signet of Resolve now cures 2 conditions every 10 seconds, while others say it dabbles in the active effect of the signets, and some even say it's a very negligible increase in the effects. If this skill isn't that hot, Right Handed Strength is the only good option to change to, which makes the choice of weapon sets clearer as well. I'll play around with the traits and tell you what I find out as well, in terms of maximizing the use of our weapons.
Perfect Inscriptions isn't all that good, to be honest. The buff it gives to signets is relatively small for a Grandmaster trait. It doesn't make Signet of Resolve remove 2 conditions, that only happens with Signet of Resolve is paired with Purity. Right Handed Strength is far superior of a Grand Master trait, however, it is only useful if you use one-handed weapons, which I usually do not anymore.
Hope that helps.