Mirage - Sword/x Interrupts

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Focused on: Direct damageControlActive defense.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Mirage build for running around in open world. This build spams
to constantly daze enemies, triggering traits and sigils that proc off interrupts.

Skill Bar

Sword/SwordHealingUtilityElite
X/Pistol

Weapon Variants

  • You can run Focus to group up enemies with
    , and for swiftness.
  • You can carry a Greatsword for tagging mobs in open world farming with
    .

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
  • - if you can't stand in the same spot for
    .
  • - offensive option that lets you reset
    and
    .
Utility Skills
Don't swap out
.
  • - extra interrupt.
  • or
    - for dealing with conditions.
  • - to counter projectiles.
  • - mobility and a stun break.
  • - for boon strip and extra damage.
  • - for a gap closer and more damage.

Specializations

Variants
  • - makes clones easier to generate.
  • - extra mirage mirrors after using
    .

Equipment

Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Standard Equipment

The Standard Variant uses similar gear to the Chronomancer - Power DPS build for fractals and raids. This makes it a good general-purpose gear set and is the gear that most players should aim for.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar

Optimal Equipment

The Optimal Variant is the best possible gear for this build. It's overkill in most cases, and you should only get it if you have spare gold or you don’t care about fractals and raids.
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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty +5 Agony Infusion
Variants
  • provides higher burst damage if you are confident in dazing opponents often. If you run this, you can use more Berserker gear instead of Assassin's so you don't overcap crit chance.
  • provides high sustain at the cost of damage.

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following consumables:
Food
  • Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Bowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew.pngBowl of Orrian Truffle and Meat Stew
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png100% chance to gain might when you dodge.+40% to your Endurance refill rate.+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
Utility
  • Potent Superior Sharpening Stone Potent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Potent Superior Sharpening Stone.pngPotent Superior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (1 h):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

General

  • Disable Double-Tap to Dodge and only dodge using the dodge hotkey.
  • Your clones shatter upon killing an enemy; you can use
    to retarget them onto another enemy.

Damage

  • Use
    , then spam
    .
    • Activating
      creates a clone, grants protection, and inflicts vulnerability.
    • Note that it has a 1-second cooldown.
    • If
      is on cooldown, you can also quickly generate clones with
      and
      .
  • Whenever you interrupt an enemy, you proc
    ,
    ,
    ,
    ,
    , and
    .
  • Weapon off cooldown to proc
    .
  • While waiting for your endurance to regenerate, fill with
    ,
    ,
    , and your autoattack chain.
    • Never interrupt your autoattack chain as all the damage is loaded in the last hit.
    • can be used for more interrupts.
  • Use
    whenever you can generate new clones with
    or your utility skills.

Defense

  • and the protection it grants will help avoid most damage.
  • To avoid large attacks, use
    ,
    , or
    .
  • is a great stun break that leaves you with a mirage mirror afterwards.
    • is also a stun break.
  • can be used to avoid damage or blink to a mirage mirror; it can be activated while you're knocked down.

CC

  • Illusionary Riposte Illusionary Riposte
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    Illusionary Riposte
    Clone. Block your foe and create an illusion when attacked.
    Damage.pngDamage: 734
    Duration.pngBlock Duration: 2½ seconds
    Range.pngRange: 900
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    Counter Blade Counter Blade
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    Counter Blade
    Shoot out a bolt that dazes foes in a line.
    Damage.pngDamage: 37
    Daze.pngDaze: 1 second
    Targets.pngNumber of Targets: 5
    Range.pngRange: 900
Build rating - 3 stars
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1 Ratings
3 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 3 stars September 2018

This build has a fun gimmick with high mobility and burst damage, and is better than many gimmick builds thanks to the baseline strength of Mesmer's Sword and Dueling traitline. Unfortunately, it doesn't work well against more difficult enemies that are immune to CC.

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