Herald - Hammer Backline
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A Power based Herald build for WvW. The utility of Glint, the mobility of Shiro and the damage of Hammer 2 allow this build to deal massive damage with great sustain.
Swap Shiro (Assassin) out for Mallyx (Demon) for group utility and higher damage from elite at the cost of mobility.
Swap Shiro (Assassin) out for Jalis (Dwarf) to trade damage and mobility for AoE and personal damage reduction.
- constant stability removal with quickness uptime but less DPS.
- if might isn't an issue
- Powerful incoming damage reduction, at the cost of outgoing damage.
- A setup for 100% crit with fury in hammer can be built with Marauder accessories and back piece.
- Assassin's can be used over Berserker's to manipulate crit chance as can precision infusions.
- Use Marauder's if you find you need extra defensive stats.
- If 25 Might can't be maintained without it, or for party support.
- is your bread and butter damage skill, try to land it as often as possible.
- will only hit a maximum of 5 targets across all three pulses and increases in damage the further the pulse is from you. Try to hit with the second or third pulse rather than the first when possible.
- gives a 1.25s Evade frame and a Blast Finisher, be careful not to get caught behind your group while casting this skill.
- You can through traps and marks to activate them without taking any damage.
- You can
- has a long cast time, so try to predict where the enemies will go or use it on stationary targets like downed players that the enemy will move on to.
- is a blast finisher and also cleanses conditions.
- Avoid damage with .
- Use to disrupt players trying to finish/revive downs.
Glint (Legendary Dragon Stance)
- Maintaining 3+ energy consuming skills is a large DPS increase from , with the best 3 to maintain being,and, unless swiftness is required.
- Maintaining is a very low priority in this stance, but can be double tapped to increase boon uptime before leaving the stance.
- up time is very important, try to maintain your group's fury.
- is a stun break.
- 's chain effect converts all damage you take into healing for 3 seconds. This is a strong tool against condition pressure.
- can be used to move downed opponents out of banner range and interrupt rezes.
- When running to/from objectives, speed up your zerg with .
Shiro (Legendary Assassin Stance)
- is a very large DPS increase, again thanks in part to.
- is a much smaller DPS increase, but at a reduced energy cost.
- is an excellent getaway tool that both breaks stuns and removes all movement impairing conditions, great for escaping
Mallyx(Legendary Demon Stance) Variant
- is a huge personal damage and general stat increase, and should be maintained as much as possible.
- Not only is a personal stunbreak, but it also gives AoE resistance to allies. Great against condition pressure.
- Both andhave obvious tells and are easy to dodge, stow weapons to cancel casting if they're about to be evaded/blinded - this will save all the energy cost and only send the skill on a cd of 4 seconds. The same qualities make these skills perfect for fake casting them by stowing weapon immediately after beginning to cast, baiting enemy dodges/blocks.
- might help removing siege from otherwise blocked positions (eg. arrowcards on walls)
- Skill usage is reliant on energy management
- Potential to be locked into the wrong stance at the wrong time
- Heavy condition pressure
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