Mirage - Ineptitude Roamer


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Focused on: Condition damageMobility.

Designed for:

Overview

A condition Mirage build for WvW roaming designed designed for burst damage.

Skillbar

Axe/TorchHealingUtilityElite
Staff

Slot Changes

Utility

For the optional slot (or instead of the signet):

Specializations

Equipment

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Ascended Amulet.png
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Ascended Ring1.png
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Ascended Axe.png
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Ascended Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Doom.png
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Superior Sigil of Corruption.png
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Superior Rune of Perplexity
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Malign WvW Infusion

Runes

  • is a viable alternative if you're willing to sacrifice some damage for better mobility.

Consumables

    • Cheaper version:

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 Imaginary Axes for Axe 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

  • The build has very poor access to condition cleansing, limited only to Jaunt.png Jaunt and The Prestige.png The Prestige. Try to play it safe against condition specs: outrange them with staff, chain Blind Blind / dodge 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.


Optional utilities

  • 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 and 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.


Doing damage

  • When it comes to damage, the strongest shatter skill in the build is Cry of Frustration.png Cry of Frustration, followed by Diversion.png Diversion (assuming the target doesn't have Stability Stability so that it can proc Ineptitude.png Ineptitude) then Mind Wrack.png Mind Wrack.
  • The playstyle is generally the following: stack Burning Burning for burst, cover it with a bunch of conditions, and punish people for spamming skills/failing to cleanse the right conditions by maintaining a huge amount of Confusion Confusion.
  • 24px Chaos Vortex is excellent for covering important condition stacks because it applies several conditions in one hit, and it's AoE.
  • Interrupting an enemy or using any Shatter skills in melee range inflicts Blind Blindness, and Blinding a foe causes Confusion Confusion through Ineptitude.png Ineptitude.


There are several strong burst combos, this is just one of many:

  1. Activate The Prestige.png The Prestige, it'll go off after 3 seconds and inflict Burning in AoE.
    1. Optional: do it in melee range for the Blinding attack.
  2. Cast Phantasmal Mage.png Phantasmal Mage for Burning and an interrupt.
    1. Optional: do it in melee range for double the Burning stacks.
  3. 24px Lingering Thoughts whilst dodging, followed by 24px Imaginary Axes.
  4. 24px Axes of Symmetry + Jaunt.png Jaunt + Shatter roughly at the same time, Jaunt can also extend the reach of Axes of Symmetry.
  • When not doing your main combo, most of your damage will come from smaller bursts of interrupts, shatters, Jaunts, and ambush skills.
Build rating - 4 stars
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2 Ratings
2 stars
Cactusbodyslam gave this build 2 stars March 2019

With the recent nerfs to Imaginary Axes, Axes of Symmetry, Illusionary Ambush, Cry of Pain, Ineptitude, and Mirage Cloak, this build lacks the damage and survivability it once had. This is most apparent in the Axe+Torch combo that this build derives most of its damage from. Players attempting the burst will find themselves in a lot of danger due to the lack of substantial pressure from conditions coupled with poor evasion uptime of Mirage Cloak. Against any decent opponent with evades, blocks, teleports, damage mitigation, or condition cleanses, this build will fail to do more than draw their attention.

5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars December 2018

Very solid roamer with insane active defense and great pressure/mobility. There are windows where it can be spiked, but not many. For 1v1s it's going to do great, but has a few unfavorable matchups (nothing completely unwinnable though). Group vs group is when the cracks start to show. The build's almost pure melee and there's not much aoe potential unless targets are balled up. I'm gonna go with Great for now, but I'll keep an eye on this one now that the damage got nerfed, may change my vote later.

EDIT: back from archives, updated gear and slightly overhauled the build

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