Guardian - Meditation Hammer (Honor)

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Focused on: Direct damageControlSupport.

Designed for:

Overview

A PvP guardian build with high burst and decent support through cc, heal and rez potential for teamfights.

Skill Bar

HammerHealingUtilityElite
Scepter/Focus

Traits

Equipment

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Superior Sigil of Air
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Superior Sigil of Air.pngSuperior Sigil of Air
50% Chance on Critical: Cause a Lightning Strike. (Cooldown: 3s)
Superior Sigil of Fire
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Superior Sigil of Fire.pngSuperior Sigil of Fire
50% Chance on Critical: Trigger a Flame Blast for area of effect damage (240 radius). (Cooldown: 5s)
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Scepter.png
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Superior Sigil of Blood
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Superior Sigil of Blood.pngSuperior Sigil of Blood
50% Chance on Critical: Steal Health. (Cooldown: 5s)
Superior Sigil of Energy
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Superior Sigil of Energy.pngSuperior Sigil of Energy
Gain 50% of your endurance when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Superior Rune of the Pack
Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
(1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration
Marauder Amulet
Marauder Amulet.pngMarauder Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Vitality +560 Ferocity

Variants

Hammer

  • Superior Sigil of Leeching Superior Sigil of Leeching
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    Superior Sigil of Leeching.pngSuperior Sigil of Leeching
    Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat steals some health. (Cooldown: 9s)
    +
    Superior Sigil of Hydromancy Superior Sigil of Hydromancy
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    Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Hydromancy
    Damage nearby foes and chill them for 2 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)

Scepter/Focus

  • Superior Sigil of Air Superior Sigil of Air
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    Superior Sigil of Air.pngSuperior Sigil of Air
    50% Chance on Critical: Cause a Lightning Strike. (Cooldown: 3s)

Rune

  • Superior Rune of the Traveler Superior Rune of the Traveler
    Superior Rune of the Traveler.pngSuperior Rune of the Traveler
    (1): +8 All Stats (2): +5% Boon Duration (3): +12 All Stats (4): +10% Condition Duration; +10% Boon Duration (5): +16 All Stats (6): +25% Movement Speed
    - more mobility, less damage
  • Berserker Amulet Berserker Amulet
    Berserker Amulet.pngBerserker Amulet
    +1200 Power +900 Precision +900 Ferocity
    together with
    Force of Will Force of Will
    Trait IX.pngForce of Will
    Your vitality is increased by up to 300 points, based on effective level. Healing effectiveness to other allies is increased on a percentage of your vitality. You gain 1% per 100 points of vitality (including base vitality)
    for more dmg

Usage

Meditation Guard is a true double-edged sword, a prime example of risk/reward gameplay because most of your (otherwise defensive) abilities can be powerful additions to your burst damage - thus leaving you significantly vulnerable later.

Setting up your burst/devastating opening attack:

  • Before switching to Hammer you can use
    Shield of Wrath Shield of Wrath
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    Shield of Wrath
    Create a shield to block next three attacks. If the shield is not destroyed, it explodes and damages nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 609
    Shield of Wrath.png3Shield of Wrath (4s): Block attacks. Explodes when it ends.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    , if the blocks don't expire before its duration runs out, it will explode in an AoE that can deal ~5k dmg - but this means you gave up a skill on a 45 sec cd that can be used to block while you are stunned.
  • Optional: If you are within range and still on Scepter/Focus, you can immobilize your target with
    Chains of Light Chains of Light
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    Chains of Light
    Immobilize and make your foe vulnerable with ethereal chains.
    Damage.pngDamage: 61
    Immobilize.pngImmobilize (2s): Unable to move.
    Vulnerability.png3Vulnerability (6s): 3% Incoming Damage
    Range.pngRange: 900
    so they can't dodge your incoming burst
  • After done with the previous steps, you can begin dealing damage: use Hammer's
    Mighty Blow Mighty Blow
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    Mighty Blow
    Damages nearby foes with a mighty ground slam.
    Damage.pngDamage: 426
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 300
    +
    Judge's Intervention Judge's Intervention
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    Judge's Intervention
    Meditation. Teleport to your target and burn nearby foes.
    Damage.pngDamage: 133
    Burn.png3Burning (3s): 1,179 Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240
    Stun-Break.pngBreaks stun
    Range.pngRange: 1,200
    -> this way you can make a devastating opening from 1,500 range.
  • If you're planning for a team burst, use
    Ring of Warding Ring of Warding
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    Ring of Warding
    Ward. Create a ring around you that foes cannot cross. Trapped foes cannot exit the ring while it active.
    Duration.pngDuration: 5 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    before
    Mighty Blow Mighty Blow
    ¾Activation.png
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    Mighty Blow
    Damages nearby foes with a mighty ground slam.
    Damage.pngDamage: 426
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Finisher: Blast
    Range.pngRange: 300

General

  • Hammer provides really good CC options: you have access to immobilize, launch and a ward, making it possible to decap a point.
  • Banish Banish
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    Banish
    Launch your foe with a powerful smash.
    Damage.pngDamage: 244
    Launch.pngLaunch: 750
    Range.pngRange: 130
    is one of the best skills to prevent a downed enemy from rallying - even if someone is ressing him while having Stability, you can go around it by Banishing the downed instead. Note that any fall damage will kill the downed. It can also be used to allow your enemy for a safe stomp. Use it one second before your enemy finishes stomping (or before if you're launching your enemy on a range close enough for the stomp), preventing your enemy from using any downed skill.
  • Indomitable Courage Indomitable Courage
    Trait IX.pngIndomitable Courage
    Activating virtue of courage breaks stun and grants 3 stacks of stability for 4 seconds to affected allies. Virtue of courage's passive effect triggers every 30 seconds, down from 40
    breaks stun for you and your allies. Use it to secure stomp or take you or your allies out of a CC chain.
  • Pure of Heart Pure of Heart
    Trait V.pngPure of Heart
    Aegis heals when it blocks an attack
    also heals allies affected by your blocks through
    Virtue of Courage Virtue of Courage
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    Virtue of Courage
    Virtue: Grants aegis every few seconds.
    Activate: Grant aegis to yourself and nearby allies.
    Aegis.pngAegis (20s): Block the next incoming attack.
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Book.pngAegis Refresh: 40 seconds
    Radius.pngRadius: 600
    or
    Communal Defenses Communal Defenses
    Trait VI.pngCommunal Defenses
    Grant 5 seconds of aegis to all allies within 360 units when you block an attack (15s ICD). You do not gain aegis.
    providing good synergy between those two traits.
  • Having
    Protective Reviver Protective Reviver
    Trait II.pngProtective Reviver
    Activate a shield of absorption when you begin reviving an ally (24 second internal cooldown). Upon successful revival, you and each ally gain aegis, protection , and regeneration for 10 seconds
    makes you an esxtraordinary reviver, do not hesitate helping downed teammates. Upon revival, you will benefit of great survival boons.
  • Shelter Shelter
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    Shelter
    Block attacks while healing.
    Heal.pngHealing: 4,555
    Duration.pngBlock Duration: 2 seconds
    is a bolstered healing skill for it procs
    Smite Condition Smite Condition
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    Smite Condition
    Meditation. Cure a condition and damage nearby foes. More damage if a condition is cured.
    Damage.pngDamage with No Conditions: 207
    Damage.pngDamage with Conditions: 463
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 360
    , cleaning a condition, granting fury and healing additional 1960 HP. Do not use it while standing near a
    Shocking Aura Shocking Aura
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    Shocking Aura
    Envelop yourself with electrical energy that stuns nearby foes if they attack you. Each attaker can be affected by this only once every 2 seconds.
    Shocking Aura.pngShocking Aura (4s): Stun nearby attacking foes with an electric shock (only once per 2 seconds for each attacker).
    Stun.pngStun (1s): Unable to use skills or move.
    or you will be immediatly interrupted.
  • Writ of Persistence Writ of Persistence
    Trait VIII.pngWrit of Persistence
    Symbols last 2 seconds longer, are larger, and heal allies
    makes your hammer autoattack a usefull skill.
    Symbol of Protection Symbol of Protection
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    Symbol of Protection
    Symbol. Create a symbol that gives protection to you and your allies.
    Damage.pngHammer Damage: 246
    Damage.png3Symbol Damage: 369
    Protection.png3Protection (1s): -33% Incoming Damage
    Book.pngNumber of Targets (Hammer): 3
    Book.pngNumber of Targets (Symbol): 5
    Duration.pngSymbol Duration: 2 seconds
    Radius.pngSymbol Radius: 180
    Combo.pngCombo Field: Light
    Range.pngRange: 180
    will heal and give protection to allies while damaging enemies. It is also usefull to prevent blind field such as
    Plague of Darkness Plague of Darkness
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    Plague of Darkness
    Add blindness to your plague.
    Blind.pngBlindness (1s): Next outgoing attack misses.
    Poison.pngPoison (1s): 84 Damage, -33% Heal Effectiveness
    Book.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Radius.pngRadius: 240

Counters

  • D/D Elementalist
  • Heavy Condition pressure
  • High Protection uptime

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Build rating - 3 stars
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4 Ratings
0 stars
Zyke gave this build 0 stars August 2015

Although this build has extra support over the Greatsword version, the loss of DPS isn't really worth it; losing Glacial Heart for burst isn't really helping either.

0 stars
Goruu gave this build 0 stars August 2015

This build is confusing. It wants to be a DPS build, but it does very low DPS. Medi Hammer is just gone. Although I really want a Guard hammer build, it isn't good enough for my low standards.

5 stars
Billaboong gave this build 5 stars August 2015

Even though it has disappeared from pvp (mostly because of how good bunker guardian is), I find this build still good. Not much changed from the old version, great damage, great CC and great survivability. Lacks a bit of mobility. New Shield of Absorption on ress and Smite Condition on heal are excellent. The main loss is Glacial Heart.

1 More Rating
5 stars
Fearlegend gave this build 5 stars August 2015

great burst, overall good dmg + good support but in this tanky meta +stealth meta +with vamp runes it seems like only dps classes with stealth and/or vamp rune can really work. Dps guard burst is more obvious than mes +thief (stealth burst). and the dmg is not enough to kill bunkers quick. they will most likely outsustain you or/and be saved by vamp runes incase you get the burst set up.

labeld good because it works and has advantages over GS dps variant when it comes to support ( rezz utility with kb bubble + good cc + heal for allies with pure of heart & heal on dodge) but does a bit less dmg because of missing shatterd aegis.

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