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#1 mrjediconsular

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 02:48 AM

hey all i'm brand new to the guru forms and to the thief class in guild wars2 i just got started doing pvp because arenanet ruined pve for me :(. and i come from a elementalist background and i mainly play as ranger for pvp and theives been a pain so i thought why not try a thief out so any builds,tips or anything that can help me i would appreciate it,
p.s i suck at dodging
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to start things i went onto a build calculator and put a build together i thought would work

http://intothemists....9;9;6st0;4V3k3q
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#2 Thorfinnr

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Posted 18 November 2014 - 05:33 PM

hey all i'm brand new to the guru forms and to the thief class in guild wars2 i just got started doing pvp because arenanet ruined pve for me :(. and i come from a elementalist background and i mainly play as ranger for pvp and theives been a pain so i thought why not try a thief out so any builds,tips or anything that can help me i would appreciate it,
p.s i suck at dodging
thanks

to start things i went onto a build calculator and put a build together i thought would work

http://intothemists....9;9;6st0;4V3k3q


Overall, not a bad setup. I would only suggest(and it appears you already have this mindset form the Traits you chose) to never stop moving. When you get in close with the dagger, don't stay long. You are definitely giving up some damage and crit% by using the Knight's armor, but if its working well for you...have at it.(I personally use a mix of Berzerker/Valkyrie in WvW, Zerker/Assasins works pretty well too.)

The Thief is so versatile, as long as you pair things up correctly it can do various kinds of efficient damage. Good luck!
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#3 Andemius

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Posted 19 November 2014 - 01:51 AM

My word that's a jumbled up build.

I'll offer some general advice, rather than dismiss the whole thing.
  • You don't have a stunbreaker. I'd suggest taking one over Blinding Power. Typically, I run D/P on thief (my pvp main) and I run 2.
  • Withdraw is a better heal skill than Hide in Shadows. I reccomend you transition to using that when more comfortable.
  • Dolyak runes are terrible.
  • Don't split your damage types. Either go direct damage, or condition. A mix of both is not effective on thief. You have a fair amount of random condition damage on your armor and trinkets - considering you only have poison and mildd bleeding, this isn't effective.
  • Consider dropping points out of Shadow Arts, to spec more heavily into critical strikes. Executioner is a great trait.

http://gw2skills.net...OEAVLDA4EAMf/BA

My typical build. Probably 80% of D/P thieves run similar.
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