Mirage - Condi DPS Illusions


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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Condition damage.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

Variant of Mirage - Condi DPS Chaos. This build deals less damage on the golem but is capable of massive bursts of Confusion Confusion, which allows it to deal strong DPS against bosses that attack often (mainly Sabetha, Matthias, Cairn, Mursaat Overseer, Soulless Horror, and Largos).

Skill Bar

Axe/TorchHealingUtilityElite
X/Pistol

Weapon Variants

  • Scepter is also viable. This deals better DPS on Largos, similar DPS on Soulless Horror, and is a very minor DPS loss on Cairn and MO, pulling ahead if you aren't able to melee the boss all the time (e.g. low dps groups on Cairn).

Skill Variants

  • over
    is a possible change. Dps difference is negligible.
  • over
    if you need reflects.
  • Never use
    over
    . This variation is no longer viable. For break-bars rather use
    and then
    while having three clones up. Alternately you can also swap to pistol and use
    .

Specializations

Specialization changes

If running Scepter change the following traits :

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Nightmare
18x
Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • If using the Scepter Variant use
    on it.

Consumables

Food:

  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Utility:

  • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
    Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

Axe Version

This build revolves around a different priority list than the Mirage - Condi DPS Chaos.

  • The main premise of this build is to apply as much confusion as possible. That comes from:-
    • Using
      on CD.
    • Using Shatters in a specific rotation to apply confusion through
      .


Start on Axe/Pistol.

  1. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  2. Dodge to gain access to
  3. Dodge to gain access to
  4. and
  5. Dodge to gain access to
  6. ,
    and
  7. Dodge to gain access to
  8. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  9. Dodge to gain access to
  10. and


Phantasm Loop.

  1. or
  2. Two of the following shatters
    ,
    ,
    or
    . Cast during the after-cast of


Shatter Rotation.

  • Whenever casting a Phantasm through
    and
    you'll want to follow this up with two shatters. The reason for using two shatters is due to
    that will give your target two stacks of confusion per shatter.
    • Your first priority shatter is using
      as this shatter applies confusion per clone shattered. Due to the CD of this skill, you should only be able to cast this every second Phantasm skill.
    • Your second priority shatter is
      .
    • Your third priority shatter is
    • Lastly use
      if you don't have any other shatters left.
  • As per the rotation above always try pair your Phantasms skills (
    or
    ) with
    so that two clones are spawned after you've you've shattered your old clones.
    • Try shatter during the cast of
      to prevent shattering your new clones.
    • Once you have your first two clones, use either
      ,
      or
      to quickly spawn the last clone.
    • has a weird delay on spawning a clone. Get used to the timing that this skill casts a clone. If you cast your deception spells too early your clones will not be spawned.
    • Never use
      with less than three clones.
  • Due to the nature of this build your abilities are more important than your auto-attack chain so unlike Mirage - Condi DPS Chaos feel free to break this chain to cast your more important skills.
  • Try never cap on endurance as this is wasted DPS.
  • Try use
    and
    on CD.
  • If you have access to Ethereal Fields (mainly created by your support chrono) spamming
    is a damage increase.


Scepter Version

  1. Illusionary Counter Illusionary Counter
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    Illusionary Counter
    Clone. Block the next attack. Counter by applying torment and creating a clone that casts Ether Bolt.
    Damage.pngDamage: 367
    Torment.png5Torment (8s): 636 Damage, 1,272 Damage if Moving
    Duration.pngBlock Duration: 2 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 900
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Counterspell Counterspell
    ½Activation.png
    Counterspell
    Shoot out a bolt that blinds foes in a line.
    Damage.pngDamage: 37
    Blind.pngBlind (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 900
    -- Spawns the first clone
  2. -- Spawns the second clone
  3. -- Spawns the third clone
  4. Collect the Mirage Mirror from
    to gain access to
  5. Dodge to gain access to
  6. and
  7. Illusionary Counter Illusionary Counter
    2Activation.png
    10Recharge.png
    Illusionary Counter
    Clone. Block the next attack. Counter by applying torment and creating a clone that casts Ether Bolt.
    Damage.pngDamage: 367
    Torment.png5Torment (8s): 636 Damage, 1,272 Damage if Moving
    Duration.pngBlock Duration: 2 seconds
    Range.pngRange: 900
     Forward arrow blue.png 
    Counterspell Counterspell
    ½Activation.png
    Counterspell
    Shoot out a bolt that blinds foes in a line.
    Damage.pngDamage: 37
    Blind.pngBlind (5s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 900
  8. Dodge to gain access to
  9. Weapon swap Weapon swap
  10. Dodge to gain access to
From here, the rotation follows the same principles as the Axe rotation, dodging and collecting mirage mirrors as much as possible to maximize your casts of
. See the tips above for how to use your shatters.
  • will spawn two clones if you block an attack with it, or one if you activate the secondary skill
    . This is useful for respawning clones after a shatter and thanks to
    you'll even inflict some confusion.



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3 Ratings
5 stars
Kickass gave this build 5 stars December 2018

Currently the best performing Mirage DPS build. Slightly more complicated than the chaos variant but with the changes to Mirage this build now is the only viable mirage build to play in most situations.

Once you get used to shattering and playing the rest of the rotation you'll always do considerately more damage than the chaos variant. The difficulty of this build adds a new layer of fun.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars October 2018

Ludicrous DPS on all the fights where you'd bring Mirages and the best choice as well, outdoing Chaos except if you bring Feedback/Moa to Matthias and on Dhuum (but you're better off bringing Renegades to Dhuum anyway). Not only that, its inherent simplicity means it's very easy to get decent DPS with, however it cannot be understated there is a vast gulf between a mediocre Mirage and an excellent Mirage.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

Best in slot build for Mirage on MO, Soulless Horror, and Largos.

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