Mirage - Hybrid Horizon Roamer


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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Hybrid damageMobilitySustain.

Designed for:

Overview

A hybrid Mirage build for WvW roaming, made to outlast opponents through both active and passive sustain whilst grinding their health away with condition pressure.

Skillbar

Scepter/TorchHealingUtilityElite
Staff

Specializations

Variants

Equipment

Ascended Head (Light).png
Viper stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Light).png
Viper stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Light).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Light).png
Viper stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Marshal stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Scepter.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Ascended Torch.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Doom.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Staff.png
Celestial stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Corruption.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Rune of the Adventurer.png6x
Superior Rune of the Adventurer
Malign WvW Infusion.png18x
Malign WvW Infusion

Consumables

Variants

  • Cheaper version of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew that is sufficient enough in most cases.
  • Budget option.

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: 24px Ether Barrage for Scepter and 24px Chaos Vortex for Staff. Ambush skills replace the autoattack of the weapons for 1.5 seconds.
  • Pressing dodge grants Superspeed Superspeed and Regeneration Regeneration (which reduces incoming condition duration while it lasts thanks to 24px Renewing Oasis). 24px Infinite Horizon makes it so that whenever you gain Mirage Cloak, your clones are also going to receive it with all benefits including access to ambush attacks - it can even make your clones evade skills such as 24px Full Counter, denying your opponent various bonuses.
  • You can dodge while CC'd.


General

  • Make sure that you're below 50% endurance when using False Oasis.png False Oasis, as
    refills half of your endurance bar after healing.
  • The build has very poor access to condition cleansing, limited only to Jaunt.png Jaunt, The Prestige.png The Prestige and Arcane Thievery.png Arcane Thievery. Try to play it safe against condition specs: outrange them with staff, chain Blind Blind / dodges in melee, etc.
  • Use Phase Retreat.png Phase Retreat for mobility while traveling between capture points. Phase Retreat teleports you in the opposite direction of where you're facing, so to teleport "forward" turn around to use it and 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). Make sure that you don't have an enemy targeted whilst using any of these skills for movement purposes.
  • Deceptive Evasion.png Deceptive Evasion creates a new clone whenever you dodge.
  • Evasive Mirror.png Evasive Mirror semi-passively provides a high uptime of projectile reflection, which is quite useful when fighting builds like Boon Beast.
  • While shatters aren't all that important, Cry of Frustration.png Cry of Frustration should still be used as often as possible for the Vigor Vigor uptime from Bountiful Disillusionment.png Bountiful Disillusionment.
  • Illusionary Ambush.png Illusionary Ambush is useful for just about everything:
    • Defense: evasion + teleport to a random location + break targeting, quite convenient when you're being focused by the enemy team.
    • Offense: free ambush attack for you and all your clones.
    • Mobility: it's a 1.2k range gapcloser afterall as you'll be teleported to a location near the target.
    • While this skill does not break stun, it can be used while CC'd.
  • Besides cleansing conditions while at the same time pressuring your opponent with them, Arcane Thievery.png Arcane Thievery is also useful for boon removal/stacking in general, for example getting rid of their Resistance Resistance or stealing Vigor Vigor for 24px Nomad's Endurance synergy.


Staff

  • Staff is what you use for sustain, ranged poking, and sustained damage.
  • Chaos Armor.png Chaos Armor is a great defensive tool against direct damage, mainly because of Weakness Weakness and Protection Protection. Note: this skill can be used while stunned.
  • Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm is the strongest skill on this weapon. Standing in it supplies allies with defensive boons including Aegis Aegis while inflicting several conditions that can mitigate damage like Weakness Weakness or Chill Chill (Chill makes it harder to reach you while slowing down their skill recharge rate), it even has a chance to CC them with Daze Daze. Excellent skill to use when you need area denial for downed cleave, sustain, and other such scenarios.
  • Phase Retreat.png Phase Retreat is good for building some distance between you and your target, and can even be used while stunned, potentially allowing you to save dodges for later.
    • If used in Chaos Storm.png Chaos Storm PR grants Chaos Armor.png Chaos Armor. Keep in mind that this doesn't stack in duration, so try not to overlap Chaos Armors.
  • Phantasmal Warlock.png Phantasmal Warlock summons 2 Phantasms, each periodically stacking Vulnerability Vulnerability on your target, which is useful for setting up burst. After the attack they'll turn into cones, potentially fueling shatters.


Damage

Build rating - 4 stars
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7 Ratings
4 stars
Heck gave this build 4 stars 3 weeks ago

Though Illusionary Ambush was nerfed this build is still very effective. Replace Arcane Thievery with Signet of Midnight and use Prismatic Understanding and play the kite game. It is still possible to 2 v 1 but it can still be hard since your Illusionary Ambush timer is longer. This build is more about subterfuge than anything else. Keep generating clones and only use shatters when absolutely necessary and use Mind Wrack + Scepter 3 as your "burst move" on low HP targets. Stealth will help you if your out of clone generating mechanics while your timers recharge.

4 stars
Staub gave this build 4 stars 4 weeks ago

Axe nerf hurt ,mirage across all competitive game mods. This is is however, still a good build that needs a bit of adjustment. swap axe for scepter, Swapping axe to scepter is a start.

2 stars
Cactusbodyslam gave this build 2 stars 4 weeks ago

While I would like to give this build a higher rating, the recent nerfs to Illusionary Ambush and Mirage Cloak make the build fall just short of being effective. The reduced evade frames of MC (75% of it's original duration) and the lopsided damage locked behind one weapon set (Confusing Images is THE damage ability) force the player to constantly stay on the defensive, waiting for their opponent to make a mistake or run out of abilities. By it's very nature, this build promotes playing the long game with the hopes that opponents won't be able to disengage from combat and mount up, but the build lacks any abilities to facilitate this (Chaos Storm has a chance to chill, but there are no immobilizes, stuns, or knockdowns).

When comparing this build to other builds with similar roles (such as Daggerbreaker Roamer or Holorifle), the build lacks the survivability, damage, and unique tech to give it an edge over more viable alternatives.

4 More Ratings
3 stars
Rahjin gave this build 3 stars November 2018

Don't see a point in a "defensive" build that sacrifices ultimate defensive trait of mirage, but takes a whole chaos traitline instead of illusions and deceptive evasion to lose any kind of pressure that it could apply. Or in a "hybrid" build that uses conditions predominantly, yet takes a whole bunch of rare, yet unoptimal celestial gear and scepter weapon, that fills the generally same role as staff.

This just loses to trailblazer illu/duel sword/staff mirage in every conceivable way, both offensively, defensively and in mobility/disengage/1vx effectiveness.

5 stars
Donyajoon gave this build 5 stars October 2018

Great for solo roaming, also a lot safer than other mesmer builds due to its longer range. With at least 3 sources of stealth, loads of evasion, boons, reflects and perm uptime on clones I don't think it's necessary to run so high on cele.

Most condi damage comes from bleeding and burning through auto attacks, ambush and sharper images. Illusionary Counter + Mind wrack for high damage burst and Confusing images is there to finish off

5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars October 2018

Originally made it just to troll, but I'm rather happy with the results. With a bit of practice this should be able to 1v1 just about anything, and the high reflect uptime makes it rather good against Deadeyes as well. Very good at outlasting opponents and chipping away at their health, while the buffed death beam on scepter acts as a finishing move that can delete people who ran out of defensives and dodges. If something goes wrong, stealth is there to bail you out.

Only real weakness is condition pressure, but luckily the range and defensives make it manageable and there are very few condi roamers around (only mesmers, really).

4 stars
Tyroxin gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Another Mesmer, another way to be a pleasurable opponent...

This is an extremely simple build that can provide noticeable results pretty fast. Once the conditions roll in, opponents are forced to cleanse and/or kite and once that fails fights are usually over pretty fast. However especially against high stealth builds such as current Daredevils, condi mirages struggle to land their damage due to both conditions and ambush skills needing time a competent thief won't provide by minimizing the time he is unstealthed. Especially in that department, but also against enemies with frequent heal cycles, Shatter Mirage is better.

Against randoms, slackers and other unsuspecting foes, this works fine.

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