Firebrand - Radiant Fire


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Focused on: Hybrid damage.

Designed for:

Overview

Take advantage of Guardian's new condi spec for ridiculous amount of condition cleanses with power/condi pressure, and party utility.

Skill Bar

Axe/TorchHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Focus

Slot changes

Specializations

Equipment

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Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Doom
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Superior Sigil of Doom.pngSuperior Sigil of Doom
Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts poison (6 seconds). (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Smoldering
Superior Sigil of Smoldering.pngSuperior Sigil of Smoldering
Increase Inflicted Burning Duration: 20%
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Sword.png
Focus.png
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Superior Sigil of Doom
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Superior Sigil of Doom.pngSuperior Sigil of Doom
Your next attack after you swap to this weapon while in combat inflicts poison (6 seconds). (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Annulment
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Superior Sigil of Annulment.pngSuperior Sigil of Annulment
Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat will remove 2 boons from your target.
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Superior Rune of Balthazar
Superior Rune of Balthazar.pngSuperior Rune of Balthazar
(1): +25 Condition Damage (2): +10% Burning Duration (3): +50 Condition Damage (4): +20% Burning Duration (5): +100 Condition Damage (6): +20% Burning Duration; +10% maximum health.
Carrion Amulet
Carrion Amulet.pngCarrion Amulet
+900 Power +900 Vitality +1200 Condition Damage

Equipment Changes

  • Superior Rune of the Lynx Superior Rune of the Lynx
    Superior Rune of the Lynx.pngSuperior Rune of the Lynx
    (1): +25 Power (2): +35 Condition Damage (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Condition Damage (5): +100 Power (6): +25% Movement Speed
    trades some damage for much needed mobility. Take
    Superior Sigil of Smoldering Superior Sigil of Smoldering
    Superior Sigil of Smoldering.pngSuperior Sigil of Smoldering
    Increase Inflicted Burning Duration: 20%
    on each weapon set.

Usage

General

Tips

  • Against Engineers: try to condi burst them once the heal is out as most engineers don't have any other source of condition cleansing.
  • Against Necromancers: they can transfer conditions by various skills and even traits but can't directly cleanse them. Try to LoS a lot to make them unable to transfer, for instance you can cast Purging Flames.png Purging Flames on them at max rang, then run away and once the burning ran out you can go back, condi burst with Judge's Intervention.png Judge's Intervention, run away again with Renewed Focus.png Renewed Focus (watch out Plague Signet.png Plague Signet is instant). If the transfer trait already proc'd its safe to burst them while they are in Shroud. Once they used their active Plague Signet you can also burst them the moment they leave staff and switch to Dagger/Warhorn. Watch out for Warhorn 4 Wail of Doom.png Wail of Doom as it can interrupt your Shelter.png Shelter, and all of their Staff marks (including the condi transfer mark) are Unblockable. Be wary of using Contemplation of Purity.png Contemplation of Purity to cleanse the initial condi burst since the skill gives them a plethora of boons to corrupt.
  • Against Eles: Wait for them to go in and out of Water Attunement before you apply your burns. Watch out for Shocking Aura.png Shocking Aura, it can interrupt your Shelter.png Shelter if they get hit by the Smite Conditions proc.

Always ask for a target in the teamfight you are heading to - you can press T to take the target and then use Judge's Intervention.png Judge's Intervention or Symbol of Blades.png Symbol of Blades - this lets you make shortcuts, for example teleporting up to midpoint on Battle of Khylo from outside of the building - not to mention the entirely unexpected burst.

Counters

  • Heavy CC
Build rating - 5 stars
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7 Ratings
5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars December 2017

Really good pressure but very squishy and doesn't fit into the current meta that well.

5 stars
AxecXX gave this build 5 stars November 2017

Amazing burst i just made a few changes and i 1v3 in platinum ranked and win every fight!

5 stars
Nebo grey gave this build 5 stars November 2017

This is a really good build it has good cleanse and can drop most enemy’s no prob it just the fact is that you’re slow and the any burst ele can easily drop you and burst their so just don’t go up against dps burst anything else you should be able to do and camp mid if everything is going well

4 More Ratings
5 stars
Nathanel gave this build 5 stars November 2017

solid build, the bleeding, really solves the cover condition problem burn guards when facing classes with lots of cleanses or resistance. has good condi cleanse. definately workable

5 stars
Amaya gave this build 5 stars November 2017

Really good.

Consistent damage output

You can play a bit with runes to get more surv

5 stars
CGSN gave this build 5 stars October 2017

Very similar to what I've been running. It seems with each expansion, burn guardian gets a little bit better. Like every iteration before it, Firebrand's take on the Burn Guardian outputs incredibly high damage in the form of burns. Unlike Guardian and Dragonhunter whose strength mainly depends on Permeating Wrath, Firebrand gets to use the powerful Tome of Wrath, providing heavy burn pressure both against solo targets and groups. Base Guardian has perhaps the strongest non-conditional AoE damage, while Dragonhunter has incredibly blocking synergy and much better cover conditions including permanent cripple.

Firebrand is likely the weakest at cleaving among the burn guardians since it doesn't take the virtue line for Permeating Wrath, but it still offers strong AoE burning in the Tome of Justice. What it gains in its stead is a slew of defensive healing/utility in the three tomes and finally-for the first time ever-- easy access to swiftness on demand. The tomes being so individually powerful make renewed focus much stronger as well. Axe is alright-- nothing to write home about. Scepter, Sword, and Axe are all fine weapons to run dependent on playstyle and match-ups.

Like all burn guardian builds, the damage is one-dimensional being locked in burns. This is a problem as every class runs cleanses, especially in a meta where Scourges (cleanse & condition sending) and Spellbreaker (near permanent resistance) are popular.

5 stars
Kaim86 gave this build 5 stars October 2017

Solid Build with good dmg, healing, & cleansing. Other classes just need adjustments and this will be right up there. Classes like Spellbreaker, Scourge, and Deadeye builds are just OP right now.

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