The build kind of works like spiritbond monk builds from GW1. The idea behind it is to keep retaliation up 100% of the time by using your virtues and skills alternately while outhealing your oponents. Combined with the degen from area flame you can keep triggering as they die, you can outlive large groups as they kill themselves on you. You have two powerful condition removals, very good healing and ranged damge even while using the GS. Most of your enemies will degen at 1k per tic.
I am using carrion gear, sapphire jewelry, and a boon duration rune set. Besides just this build for PVE, I can tweak the trait choices and slot skills without having to do a full reset when I go into WvW and have a good support build using the same trait distrubtion and gear but subbing in a scepter/shield for the GS.
Here is a quick little video I made showing how it works against mobs and illustrating the passive damage of it:
Edited by Mister Stygian, 12 November 2012 - 07:16 AM.