Scourge - Celestial Scourge

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Part of the current metagame.

Our curator decided this build is in the current metagame regardless of rating. The community gave this build a rating, making it top-tier: Great.

Focused on: Hybrid damageSupportArea Damage and Boon Corruption.

Designed for:

Overview

Celestial Scourge brings a mix of Aoe condition damage and power damage, boon corruption and team support but is vulnerable to focus due to a lack of personal defenses.

Skill Bar

StaffHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Torch

Skill Variants

Utility

  • Melee boon corrupt and damage.
  • Ranged boon corrupt and barrier.
  • For extra lifeforce and stunbreak.
  • Defensive mobility and situational utility.

Specializations

  • - If playing close range to reliably activate.

Variants

  • - If Life Force generation is an issue.
  • - Trades damage/LF for sustain.
  • - Extra boon corruption at the cost of team support & damage

Variants

Use curses over Spite for less DPS for slightly added boonrip and high potential condition damage and sustain.

Switch Curses to Blood Magic for a decent increase in group support. This is further utilized by Scourge - Blood Magic Support.

  • if another Scourge is already taking

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Berserker
18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • Fill in Viper's or Griever's gear pieces for more damage at the cost of lower survivability.

Sigils

Runes

  • Keep in mind Precision Changes
  • Effective with the Blood Magic variant

Food & Consumables

Food

  • Plate of Fire Flank Steak Plate of Fire Flank Steak
    Plate of Fire Flank Steak.pngPlate of Fire Flank Steak
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 power+70 condition damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    - Recommended offensive food for power-focused builds
  • Fried Oyster Sandwich Fried Oyster Sandwich
    Fried Oyster Sandwich.pngFried Oyster Sandwich
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Power+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    - Recommended defensive food for power-focused builds
  • Oysters with Spicy Sauce Oysters with Spicy Sauce
    Oysters with Spicy Sauce.pngOysters with Spicy Sauce
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+10% Damage Reduction+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    - Recommended defensive food for condi-focused builds

Utility

  • Magnanimous Tuning Crystal Magnanimous Tuning Crystal
    Magnanimous Tuning Crystal.pngMagnanimous Tuning Crystal
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your VitalityGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your Toughness+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable

Usage

General

  • Use your shroud skills frequently, but remember that since they have no cast time you can also cast other skills while using them - avoid downtime.

Axe/Torch

  • a strong life force generator and high single target damage skill.
  • is one of your most powerful skills, try to use it as often as possible for AoE boon corruption.
  • Generates significant life force as well as being one of your single highest damage skills.

Staff

  • Staff auto attacks are low impact and its abilities relatively long cooldowns, so the best use of the weapon is to use its cooldown skills then swap out as soon as possible.
  • Use
    and
    to build area condi stacks.
  • and
    usage should be more careful, don't be afraid to leave them off cooldown when swapping back to S/D.
    • is one of your limited anti-condition skills so use it carefully.
    • Interrupt key skills with the fear of
      .

Shroud

  • Your shade skills activate around you as well as all active shades.
  • All of your shade skills will proc the strike of
  • Shroud traits proc as if the shade skills counted as that shroud skill. For instance,
    is procced by
    . Traits that proc on going in/out of shroud proc on
    .
  • will continue pulsing if a new shade is summoned at the location of the new shade so there should be no worry about repositioning shades when needed.

Spite Variant

  • Spite brings higher burst spike damage and corrupts in a group that is able to melee. Best played in organized groups due to the loss in sustain without
    .
  • combined with
    is a large burst AoE boon corrupt. Excels when pushing through an enemy zerg. Also
    allows you to spam
    more often so use it every chance you get.

Blood Variant

  • Be extremely careful when casting
    since it procs
    . It will pull any allied downstates within 600 radius to the position you were in when you cast it for the entire duration.
    • In general only ever cast
      when trying to rez a downed ally, and even then only when you are in a safe position to do so.

Videos

  • YouTube:
    [BoRP] Arete
  • YouTube:
    [aW] Demon Puppet
  • YouTube:
    [aW] Demon Puppet
    Spite Variant
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5 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
RobynTheTiny said this build was great 2 weeks ago

This build is very fun to play, finally found my go-to for WvW! (zerg player here)

Was Trailblazer before and as other commenters said so far: this is far more satisfactory to play. It has both burst and condition damage with some nice survivability thrown in and has options for ranged and closer up play, which makes it very versatile.

Thanks for creating it!

Gold Medal - Great
Freya said this build was great last month

Still the go to build for most people, even after numerous nerfs. I think it should be death perception and not dhumfire though.

Also remember, you do more dmg with power than you do with condi (60% : 40% before nerfs and power is more bursty also), so please don't go trailblazer and rather follow this build.

Gold Medal - Great
Demonpuppy said this build was great January 2018

Full Cele with Zerker runes is amazing! IMO the best choice for most comps. Due to condi duration being almost obsolete in WvW. The Extra power really closes the gap.

2 More Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Xivor said this build was great December 2017

Solid. Best damage/support hybrid in slot. Corrupts and condi clear are powerful, and barrier application can be a game-changer if used right in battle. Best evolution of the Scourge since PoF hit with more balanced DPS post-nerf.

Gold Medal - Great
The Blue Rangerr said this build was great December 2017

The all-rounder for Scourge, providing consistent boon corrupts and DPS with optional, game changing utility in the blood Variant.

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