i would say i've been doing well with this in spvp, (not tested yet for wvw). Typically 15+kills or more per match, and i priotize 'real fighting' as opposed to just following the zerg and picking off easy targets. They're all hard earned kills.
this build has almost no way of stealthing, other than second set CnD. It relies entirely on managing distance, and evades, but you get ALOT of evades. I have gotten more pissed off responses playing this build than i do on my 2 shotting dagger build. Seems like thief haters have something to hate bout no matter what...
now onto explanation of TRAITS:
Vigorous Recovery and Withdraw and Superior RUne of Lyssa are key to this survival. Recovery has a short cooldown, thus giving you vigor frequently, which means 2x the dodges. Rune of Lyssa gives you a boon each time you heal .
the other way is using lots of Disabling shots. Thus high iniative is in order.
These are stil up for changing, but i've found Ambush trap to be great. Venoms are very buggy when applied to range weapons, so i scrapped devourer venom. Other traps can get activated by minions and pets. Ambush trap is great because the thief minions are incredibly useful for a shortbower. The female thief can scorpion wire enemies away from you, the male thief can constantly blind for you, giving you a break.
Basilisk Venom is key with Superior Rune of LYssa, especially after the patch. It removes ALL conditions. this is key to survival against any condition class. With this rune, and constant evading, survivability is very high on this build.
i find shortbow to be the most intense kind of weapon for thief, especially this build which relies on little stealth. It's constant on your toes, evading, and timing cluster bombs. This is for the twitchy high reflex player type.
a work in progress. maybe i shouldn't say 'no stealth,' but there's much less stealth than other builds.
Edited by mofogie, 19 December 2012 - 04:30 AM.