Mirage - Celestial Signet Roamer

The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great

Focused on: Hybrid damage

Designed for: WvW Roaming

This build was last updated on January 21, 2023 and is up to date for the November 29, 2022 game patch.

Overview

A hybrid Mirage build for WvW roaming with extremely high sustain and moderate damage/CC.


Skill Bar

Staff
Axe/Torch
Utility


Skill Bar Variants

Utility

  • over - Blink is a staple Mesmer skill in almost any roaming/PvP build and replacing it is generally not recommended. SoM however has great synergy with many things in the build and adds an instant source of Distortion/Stealth/mass cleanse on top of breaking stuns. Your mobility and chase potential will be much lower however.


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Specializations

Variants

  • causes to cleanse 2 conditions, which also applies to all of your Signets thanks to . The price of this is lower condition damage and longer CDs on Staff skills.

Variants

  • lowers your burst damage and Alacrity Alacrity uptime in exchange for even more cleansing.


Equipment

Head
Celestial
Shoulders
Celestial
Chest
Celestial
Hands
Celestial
Legs
Celestial
Feet
Celestial
Backpiece
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Amulet
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Staff
Celestial
Sigil
Sigil
Axe
Celestial
Torch
Celestial
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18


Equipment Variants

Runes

  • - improved cleansing without sacrificing too much damage. Has great synergy with and could make it easier for you to take more offensive traits instead of cleansing focused ones. Of course the more cleansing you add to the build the more powerful this rune becomes, but there's such a thing as overkill.
  • - passive mobility and increase to boon/condition durations, minor overall stat boost.


Sigils

  • over Cleansing - if you feel like you can get away with giving up some defense against conditions for more pressure, condition diversity, and some healing reduction on enemies.


Consumables

Food

    • is a cheaper version of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew and sufficient enough in most cases.


Utility


Usage

Elite specialization basics

  • Dodge rolling is replaced by Mirage Cloak, which is more or less the same thing but allows you to cast skills and grants access to ambush attacks over its duration: for Staff and for Axe. Ambush skills replace the autoattack of the weapons for 1.5 seconds.
  • You can dodge while casting skills or CC'd, but only have one dodge bar.


General

  • Always do your boon stacking rotation on CD!
    • Rotation: Shatter . Consider using your shatter in the middle of channeling the signet, as shatters are instant but the signet has a cast time. Just make sure to shatter before the signet goes off.
    • This combo is important for both damage and sustain, playing a key role in achieving a high uptime of Alacrity Alacrity, Vigor Vigor, Regeneration Regeneration and Might Might. All of these are very important for the build.
    • Any shatter will do, as the main goal is to prolong the Vigor granted by . Each shatter however also grants a unique boon from which you could capitalize on with the signet.
    • If you want to focus only on Alacrity Alacrity stacking and had any staff clones out, you might want to skip the shatter. The Distortion from the signet makes your clones stack Alacrity on you a second time when playing with . Usually Vigor stacking is more important, but sometimes you might get away with this if you already have a lot of time left on Vigor.
  • Try to send your Phantasms on CD before using as your healing skill partially recharges them.
  • Aim to either have no endurance, or low endurance right before swapping weapons. Both sets have a which refills your entire endurance bar, so let's not waste it.
  • Using has a chance to drop a at your location via the trait . Both sets can take adventage of the combo field created by Chaos Storm and combo :
    • on Staff.
    • on Axe/Torch.


Sustain

  • Conditions shouldn't pose a threat to this build:
    • (If taken) Weapon swapping to Staff removes 3 conditions via .
    • (If taken) is your mass cleanse, removing a total of 5 conditions with .
    • Dodge rolling removes 2 conditions thanks to .
    • Due to Phantasms take 1 condition from you when summoned.
    • removes another one when you use your healing skill.
    • cleanses whenever you shatter.
    • Last but not least, is another source of cleansing.
  • Every signet grants .
  • is an excellent panic button and mobility tool that instantly yeets you across the battlefield whilst breaking stuns.
  • Your strongest option against damage in general is , granting you immunity to any form of pressure including CC and conditions that are already on you.


Mobility

  • Use for mobility while roaming or chasing after targets. PR teleports you in the opposite direction of where you're facing, so in order to teleport "forward" simply turn around and use it then turn back. We recommend that you set up a bind for about face to do this in a fluid manner (Options ⇒ Control Options ⇒ Movement).
    • About face about face is the rotation.
    • Make sure that you don't have an enemy targeted when doing this!


Damage

  • is the strongest shatter skill here when it comes to damage, followed by . These 2 will help you burst.
  • Staff is for sustained damage and survival while Axe is where your burst damage comes from.
  • spam puts out decent pressure from a safe distance whilst stacking important boons.
  • There are 3 ways to gain access to Ambush attacks:
    • Dodging.
    • Picking up a Mirage Mirror created by the empowered . Each shattered clone will place one on the ground.
    • Gaining Distortion, which you can do by using your F4 ability or activating any of your signets.
  • Don't be afraid to use if you need to keep the pressure up but you're all out of shatters. This signet also lets you be a bit more wasteful of your shatters, knowing that you can recharge them anytime.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 votes.
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5 stars
Eucelyptes gave this build 5 stars • December 2022
Huge fan of this build. After frustratingly playing PU Power Virtuoso with a GS and losing even 1v1's (I'm probably just bad), switching to this I can much more easily win 1vX's. Walked over 2 people at a Guard zone a few minutes ago in WvW. Not as great at Range fights since there's a travel time on Orb, but still a very solid for any occasion.
5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars • November 2022
Extremely tanky to the point where it shouldn't lose a 1v1 to anything imo, except for maybe a good Deadeye. With Axe and proper boon stacking even the burst is good. Took a hit recently which made it harder to maintain Might and Alacrity, but that only makes this a little less busted. Still top tier.

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