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What countermeasures do mesmers have against C&D -> Mug -> Backstab thieves?

14 October 2012 - 07:09 AM

My main is a thief, however, I've recently been playing alot more mesmer in tournaments as I'm trying to learn the class.

As a thief, I've found mesmers to be one of the more annoying classes to kill, however, as a mesmer, I find that I'm having alot of problems against thieves, specifically backstab thieves.

Perhaps its because I'm not as familiar with the Mesmer, or perhaps there's some theory I'm missing out on.  I'm hoping someone can give me some tips as to how to deal with backstab thieves to improve my chances of winning against them.

Currently, I usually attempt to use Decoy to stealth while they are in stealth as to prevent them from getting a backstab off, or use distortion to try to burn their backstab.  Even then, being brought down 10k HP from C&D+Mug is still quite painful as it usually leaves me in 40-60% HP range.

tPvP, what can a thief do against a build like this? vs Engineer.

25 September 2012 - 07:48 AM

I came across this guy in one of my tournament escapades and lost terribly.

I'm trying to wrack my head as to what I can do to beat him as a thief, but unfortunately I just can't come up with any idea other than to just run, or plink him with my shortbow, but even then I'm pretty sure his condition damage would kill me before I would be able to kill him.

Here is the build I was using at the time:

And for further information, this was probably his build.

The problem was that he would basically stunlock me from 100-0 with knockbacks, knockdowns, stuns and whatnot.  Even with 2 stunbreaks, it was quite hard to do anything once he caught up to me, which is easy due to super speed.

He didn't have a stun break himself, which means I could have tried to burst him with Pistol Whip, but nope, big ol bomb, blows me out of the combo.

Maybe I'm just a terrible player, or perhaps my build needed some work, but playing against a build like this made me realize just how weak the thief as a profession is, especially against more experienced players   There is very little skill synergy and skill interaction with our weapon skills, and traits, and because of the initiative system, the thief is just far too one dimensional.

That said, I am also looking for heavy critique on my choice of build, as well as perhaps suggestions for other more viable thief builds in higher levels of tournament play as a roamer.

Does farming an area for "too long" reduce the drop rate?

06 September 2012 - 10:50 AM

Basically topic.  I'm just wondering if staying in a certain area to farm for "too long" reduces the drop rate of items like it did in GW1?

Where to acquire Power/Tough/Vit L80 Exotic Weapons?

04 September 2012 - 12:18 PM

I'm looking to acquire a Power/Tough/Vit (Solder Spread) Exotic L80 Shortbow.

According to the wiki, this sort of stat spread isn't craftable, so I would assume its possible to acquire this through some other means.

I'm just wondering if anyone has found a place to perhaps purchase L80 exotic Strength/Tough/Vit weapons?

Where to buy Level 80 Exotic gear with Karma?

29 August 2012 - 04:17 PM

So me, and a few people on my server have hit level 80.

I'm just wondering, where can I buy some level 80 exotic gear with Karma?

I know one place is Ebonhawke.  However, they only sell Power/Tough/Vit (soldiers) spec gear, which is terrible for my class.