Mirage - Shatter Mirage


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

Focused on: Direct damage.

Designed for:

Overview

The revival of the old Shatter Mesmer.

Skillbar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Sword/Torch

Slot Changes

Utility

Specializations

Equipment

Ascended Head (Light).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Shoulders (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Chest (Light).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Hands (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Legs (Light).png
Marauder stat icon.png
Ascended Feet (Light).png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Back.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Accessory2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Amulet.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring1.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Ring2.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Greatsword.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Agility.png
Superior Sigil of Air.png
PvE weapon swap.png
Ascended Sword.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Ascended Torch.png
Berserker stat icon.png
Superior Sigil of Energy.png
Superior Sigil of Hydromancy.png
Superior Rune of the Scholar.png6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
Mighty WvW Infusion.png18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Stats

  • Beginners can mix in a few additional Marauder stat icon.png Marauder pieces for more sustain (don't overdo it though), while more experienced players could even consider going full Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's for higher burst potential.


Runes

  • - movement speed for solo roaming.


Sigils

Greatsword

  • over
    - makes it so that your burst takes a bit longer to land, but all the hits will be critical ones.

Sword/Torch

  • - more cleansing.
  • - stacking damage boost.

Consumables

    • Budget:

Usage

Mirage 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 for its duration: 24px Mirage Thrust for Sword and 24px Split Surge for Greatsword. Ambush skills replace the autoattack of the weapons for 1.5 seconds and can only be used once per Mirage Cloak activated.
  • Pressing dodge grants Superspeed Superspeed, breaks stun, and removes a condition thanks to the trait 24px Elusive Mind.
    • Dodging out of a CC effect will however completely halt your endurance regeneration for 3 seconds, so sometimes it's beneficial to just wait out the short duration, less dangerous ones instead of breaking out.


General

  • Shattered Concentration.png Shattered Concentration can be used to strip important boons such as Stability Stability or Protection Protection off targets before or during bursts. Cry of Frustration.png Cry of Frustration will primarily be used for this, but also works as a substitute for Mind Wrack.png Mind Wrack in your burst rotation when that's on cooldown. CoF deals much less damage than MW does, but it's better than nothing especially for finishing low HP enemies.
  • Channeling Mantra of Distraction.png Mantra of Distraction will reduce the cooldown of Diversion.png Diversion by 15 seconds.
    • Power Lock.png Power Lock being an instant ranged CC, this mantra is easily the best CC in the build - if another CC can get the job done, use that and don't waste mantra charges.
  • There are several tools for stomping downed enemies including mirage cloak, stealth, and distortion.
  • Ambush attacks on the two weapons fill different roles:
    • 24px Mirage Thrust provides excellent mobility both in and out of combat, but what truly makes it powerful are the trait synergies. The daze works with a bunch of traits on Domination, most notably Power Block.png Power Block which increases its damage significantly. Aside from doing damage or denying them healing for 15 seconds upon a successful interrupt of a healing skill, Mirage Thrust can also be used defensively. An example: if you're stunned and choose to dodge, not only will you avoid incoming damage, but also summon a clone via Deceptive Evasion.png Deceptive Evasion, make that clone do its ambush attack through 24px Infinite Horizon, and now this clone can interrupt your enemy whilst triggering Power Block.png Power Block for the Weakness Weakness potentially ruining their entire burst.
    • 24px Split Surge is more of a filler. Good for ranged poking and setting up burst through Vulnerability and Might stacking.


Sword/Torch

  • A defensive set that can be used for mobility both out of and in combat.
  • Use the Sword ambush skill, 24px Mirage Thrust for mobility. Wait for the Superspeed Superspeed to fall off before executing the ambush skill in order to maximize distance traveled. You can also use this skill for a minor burst combo: 24px Mirage Thrust Jaunt.png Jaunt shatter.
  • Blurred Frenzy.png Blurred Frenzy is mainly used as a defensive skill with a Distortion-like effect, but also offers decent cleave damage if the target has enough Vulnerability stacks.
  • The Prestige.png The Prestige is a relatively powerful defensive skills because of the stealth and condition cleanse.


Optimal burst combo

Keep in mind that this is pretty much the perfect scenario, you'll often have to resort to shorter versions of this combo based on which parts are not on CD and whether the target has Stability Stability or not.

Try to execute it as fast as you can, ideally in ~1 second. May take some practice to get it right.

  1. The Prestige.png The Prestige can be used for the Stealth and a bit of added damage - if you do this, then wait until the Stealth almost runs out before proceeding with the rest of the burst.
  2. Optional - dodge while doing your burst combo to avoid getting interrupted.
  3. Pre-cast Mirror Blade.png Mirror Blade, preferably in melee range in order to reduce the travel distance of the projectile and make the bounces go off faster and with better accuracy. Also to gain some extra Might Might stacks. This skill spawns a clone on the first hit.
  4. Daze your target with Power Lock.png Power Lock (Mantra skill) if possible, shortly before Mirror Blade.png Mirror Blade hits the target. If it's not available then other sources of daze such as 24px Mirage Thrust will do just fine. With Deceptive Evasion.png Deceptive Evasion it's your clone who's going to do the dazing - just dodge on sword and swap to GS for the Mirror Blade.png Mirror Blade right after.
  5. Optional - Jaunt.png Jaunt at your target right for a bit of extra damage, or to get rid of Aegis Aegis if the target has it.
  6. Mind Wrack.png Mind Wrack to shatter the clones. More damage in melee range because the caster too counts as a clone for shatter skills.
  7. Mind Stab.png Mind Stab for some extra damage.
  8. Optional - Phantasmal Berserker.png Phantasmal Berserker can be used right before or after the burst.
  9. Optional - Use a CC after the burst such as Illusionary Wave.png Illusionary Wave if the target isn't dead and tries to heal up.


Without any of the optional steps, just for clarity:

  1. Mirror Blade.png Mirror Blade
  2. Power Lock.png Power Lock (technically "before" Mirror Blade, as you need to use it before the projectile hits)
  3. Mind Wrack.png Mind Wrack
  4. Mind Stab.png Mind Stab
Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
Grxrg gave this build 5 stars November 2018

I think using mantra of pain can be the equivalent of running sic'em in soulbeast, it's a skill you run to get surprise attacks onto unaware players.

Due to the constant ganks around the map a good solid choice of skills is blink, illusionary ambush and signet of midnight, you can substitute IA or SoM with decoy if you like stealth more, but now with the new marked buff, stealth got nerfed and using decoy most of times is wasted and it's a 40 seconds stunbreak only, far more beneficial go for IA and SoM over it.

Double energy sigil is a must have, even on greatsword.

Basically running decoy and the mantra you are a pug noob stomper who goes for oneshots only and win immediately or reset the fight if you fail the burst.

The combo burst works only on bad players or people caught off guard, it's better to save up blink as a defensive tool instead of using it as part of the combo. Saw many mirages fail the combo burst on good reapers or warriors using blink into them, the reaper/warrior dodged everything remaining at 100% health and in one second oneshot them back because no tools left to kite.

5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars June 2018

One of the strongest roamers around. As usual with mirage, it has a plethora of tools for sustain and mobility without having to sacrifice anything. And of course great burst, as expected of a shatter mes with predominantly zerker gear.

5 stars
Dekong gave this build 5 stars June 2018

Better than Chrono in solo roaming. Is one of the strongest classes for roaming atm, and plays an important role on the smallscale setting, keeping the enemies on the defensive and picking of squishies so that your party can capitalize on it.

1 More Rating
5 stars
Kdb424 gave this build 5 stars January 2018

Deals a fair amount of damage. I'm still trying different runes to see what's best, but takes down most glass classes in a single burst. Running full zerk as there is no sustain in this build, and plays like a thief. Either they die, or you stealth and reset. Very rewarding to play, but very glass. Plays well in zergs or solo. Portal is also a great optional skill for jukes or team play.

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