Hello fellow warriors!
Today I'm going to be talking about the 5 signet build (also known as Signet Baby) and explaining why it's quite possibly the worst build for a warrior. This thread/article/mass of text is pretty much for anyone currently using the build at level 80 or for others who don't understand why it's used. I'll try to keep things simple and reasonably structured.
So if you don't already know what the Signet Baby build is, you're about to learn. Effectively the build makes use of the Deep Strike trait in the Arms line. This is trait number 1. The trait gives +40 precision for each unused signet equipped on your bar. At 5 signets, this provides 200 precision. As most already know, precision is the attribute that gives a higher Critical Chance and 200 precision is not something one would easily pass up. Not only this but the build effectively enables the user to concentrate on skills 1 - 5 and focus on movement and dodging, rather than multi-tasking even further. Not only this, but the build ensures that the player is gaining buffs for themselves and not worrying about having to rely on others to do it.
So now we come to the reason why the 5 signet build is so bad. Precision is a scaling attribute. At level 20, every 3.16 precision gives you 1% critical chance, but at level 80 it takes 21 precision to give you 1% critical chance. So sure, when yo're sitting around at level 40 with 7.24 precision giving you 1% critical chance with 5 signets providing 27.6% extra chance to crit, that's fine, but at level 80 you're only getting an extra 9.5% chance.
This is only the beginning though. Aside from the fact that at level 80 the build is about 3 times less effective, you're being lazy. On top of that, you aren't helping your party. Simply changing out a single signet for "For Great Justice" increases the party's damage output exponentially. It's not 3 stacks of might and Fury that you're gaining. It's 15 stacks of might and fury on your entire party that you're gaining. Effectively giving the whole party an extra 525 power and 100% chance to crit. This is just one skill. The benefits of changing the whole bar are astronomical, even in solo situations. Each signet has it's time and place, but that isn't all at the same time.
Why People Wont Party With You
For the most part, running this build doesn't necessarily make you a bad player, it just means you don't know how to build your warrior. However, people running this particular set up have gained a particular reputation and that is that they, quite frankly, suck at the game and will die constantly. The vast majority of people running the build have a tendency to be very fresh to level 80 and that the warrior is their first class. Aside from the bad reputation, when people form parties the most common thing people ask themselves is "What is this person bringing to the group?" and "Are they going to be a burden or a boon?" As I stated earlier, the answers are: Nothing and (in most cases) a burden. A Signet Baby is in almost every way worse than someone else, so if you run this build don't be surprised if you are finding it hard to get into dungeons.
Typically when I get a warrior in my party running 5 signets, I'll suggest they change their build and provide suggestions for other skills. I personally run shouts with the heal trait, because I enjoy the heal it gives me and my party, along with the supportive aspects of buffs, condition removal and condition application to enemies. It's usually the first thing I suggest because you can never go wrong with shouts and they're extremely easy to use.
So what do you do then? You don't know any other build and it's just what you've levelled with. Well it's actually really easy. You can, as I do, run shouts or you can run banners or stances or even physical skills. If you simply google "GW2 PvE warrior builds" you'll find a plethora of fantastic builds out there. Find a playstyle and if you don't like having to use your skills then this game probably isn't for you. The warrior is by far the easiest class and there is no excuse for not using your utilities. You can even visit the other threads in the forums.
There are thousands of fantastic builds around and you can even make your own, but if they involve not using your utilities or being selfish, then they probably aren't very good. Level 80 is the time to research and learn about the do's and don't's of your class.
The 5 Signet Build is not a viable build at level 80. It's 3 times less effective than it is at level 40. It's selfish and encourages laziness. Research other builds and browse this forum.
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