Scourge - Utility Condi DPS

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Focused on: Condition damageUtility.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A condition DPS and utility build for Scourge. While not the highest DPS build, this build provides decent sustained DPS and ridiculously strong AoE cleave with
. It also provides strong incidental support for its subgroup by generating Might Might, cleansing conditions, and overhealing allies with barriers.
Scourge is mainly a utility class and excels in encounters where it can play to its strengths, namely
and defensive support. It also deals relatively high ranged damage and isn't reliant on Might Might or healing, which makes it good for roles such as flak kiting at Sabetha.
This guide is focused on raids. For the fractal version see Scourge - Utility Condi DPS (Fractal).

Skill Bar

Scepter/TorchHealingUtilityElite
Scepter/Dagger

Weapon Variants

  • Removing dagger offhand in favor of pure scepter/torch greatly simplifies the rotation in exchange for almost no DPS loss. If using this setup, self-conditions generated by
    and
    should be transferred using
    .

Skill Variants

Utility Skills

  • if you don't need
    , or replacing
    when you have to kite at range.
  • if projectile absorb is needed.
  • - 900 range portal, useful for mobility on certain fights.

Elite Skills

  • for more CC.

Specializations

Variants

  • Use
    for strong self heal at a ~15% DPS loss.
  • Use
    if you need to send additional conditions to foes (e.g. if not running a dagger).

Blood Magic Variant

Taking Blood Magic instead of Soul Reaping is a loss of ~1000 DPS, but provides more support through minor healing and
. Usually not worth running, but can be helpful in training runs or struggling groups.

Variants

  • Use
    for extra run speed when on Scepter/Dagger.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Renegade
11x
Spiteful Infusion
7x
Malign Infusion
Equip your dagger in your offhand slot and leave your main hand slot empty. This lets you use the same scepter on both weapon sets.

Variants

  • is a small DPS increase over
    against single targets.
    should still be used on fights with
    .

Consumables

Food:

  • Koi Cake Koi Cake
    Koi Cake.pngKoi Cake
    Nourishment (20 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    ,
    Rare Veggie Pizza Rare Veggie Pizza
    Rare Veggie Pizza.pngRare Veggie Pizza
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+100 Expertise+70 Condition Damage+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    or Red-Lentil Saobosa Red-Lentil Saobosa

Utility:

  • Tuning Icicle Tuning Icicle
    Tuning Icicle.pngTuning Icicle
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain Condition Damage equal to 3% of your PrecisionGain Condition Damage equal to 8% of your Expertise+10% Experience from Kills
    Consumable
    or Potent Master Tuning Crystal Potent Master Tuning Crystal

Usage

Simplified Rotation

Deals less damage but easy to play

Starting rotation:

  1. (
    if life force is over capping)
  2. (
    if life force is over capping)
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap

... When on scepter/dagger:

  1. if ready
  2. Scepter Auto
  3. Weapon swap Weapon swap

... When on scepter/torch:

  1. Scepter Auto
  2. Weapon swap Weapon swap

...

Notes:

  • If using
    , use it whenever there are enemies near the main target.
  • Keep using your
    after
    or
    .
  • Keep your
    on cooldown.
  • Your priority should be as following:
    >
    >
    >
  • can be used to convert conditions, useful at fights where a lot of condition occur.
  • Always try to trigger
    by using a punishment before

Breakbar

  • is one of the strongest crowd control skills the necromancer has.
  • is quite useful for breaking.
  • Your best option without losing DPS are soft cc's such as cripple, blindness and fear from
  • When playing with a Staff, you can use
    .
  • With a Warhorn in your 2nd weapon set, use
    .

Encounter-specific Tips

Spirit Vale

Dark-icon-raid.png Vale Guardian
  • You can use
    to allow greens to teleport to it.
  • Use
    unless VG stands longer than 5 seconds on the same spot then go for either
    or
    .
Dark-icon-raid.png Ghost events
  • Abuse the Adrenaline Mushrooms as much as possible.
  • You can use
    to allow fast traveling for you and your group.
Dark-icon-raid.png Gorseval the Multifarious
  • Use
    for the adds.
    • You can use
      to clear orbs during the split phase as well.
  • Use
    if cc is needed.
  • Use your barrier abilities in the cc phase to support the healers.
Dark-icon-raid.png Bandit event
  • can be pretty useful here.
Dark-icon-raid.png Sabetha the Saboteur
  • If you're jumping use
    at the next cannon position you jump up
  • is extremely useful against the turrets and adds

Salvation Pass

Dark-icon-raid.png Slothasor
  • converts conditions to boons on an extremely low cd.
  • Take advantage of
    to kill the Slublings. Pay attention to not kill your teammate who is clearing the mushrooms!
  • You can place
    slightly on the boss and to the center of the room.
Dark-icon-raid.png Matthias Gabrel
  • converts conditions to boons on an extremely low cd.
  • Keep in mind
    converts burn to aegis which can block Matthias' projectiles
  • Drop
    is not needed.
  • You can use
    to teleport out for poison or corruption.

Stronghold of the Faithful

Dark-icon-raid.png Siege the Stronghold (Escort)
  • Your shades are perfect or terrible for the limited area on the towers.
  • Your barrier can support the healers.
Dark-icon-raid.png Xera
  • converts conditions to boons on an extremely low cd.
  • Use
    to kill adds

Bastion of the Peninent

Dark-icon-raid.png Cairn the Indomitable
  • You can use
    to get into greens, especially on challenge mote
Dark-icon-raid.png Mursaat Overseer
  • Use
    to slow down statues.
Dark-icon-raid.png Samarog
  • Your old Sand Shades can break spears
  • Use
    to break additional spears.
Dark-icon-raid.png Deimos
  • Make sure not to run with
    Superior Sigil of Geomancy Superior Sigil of Geomancy
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    Superior Sigil of Geomancy.pngSuperior Sigil of Geomancy
    Inflict bleeding on nearby foes for 10 seconds when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
    if you're going range tactic
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6 Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Chinkeeyong said this build was great 3 weeks ago

While offering less DPS than pure DPS builds like Condi Mirage, Scourge loses almost no damage when forced to move around and do mechanics, making it excel in kiting roles or in hectic fights where other classes lose DPS. It also offers Epidemic, which trivializes adds, and passive barrier and condition cleanse which take some pressure off the Druid and ensure the safety of a raid clear.

Gold Medal - Great
The Shade Reaver said this build was great October 2017

I've been using this build for quite some time now. I find that the DPS and survivability while using this build have been really good. I mainly use this for fractals and I tend to be one of the harder hitters as well as one who can stay alive longer than others on my team. Even if I do get downed, because of the good and sustained condition damage, I can bounce back up a couple times. This build also works well for dungeons.

Underwater does not work as well with this build since your utility skills are limited. Instead, you may want to use a reaper build for more difficult underwater content.

The necromancer is my favorite class now, influenced by the Scrouge specialization itself as well as this build

Gold Medal - Great
Ashcraven said this build was great October 2017

Survivability and dps are both great with this build

3 More Ratings
Gold Medal - Great
Serana said this build was great October 2017

One of the top builds for DPS out of any class. Much better than power reaper for DPS especially for high level fractals and raids where the better sustained DPS condition damage gives is more important.

Currently my favourite build :)

Gold Medal - Great
Capta1nk said this build was great October 2017

I've done a little comparison to other scourge builds and found out that this build is the most effective overall, it's even effective with world bosses, I'm always on top of the DPS list

Awesome Build

Gold Medal - Great
GreenyNeko said this build was great September 2017

Now with my gear set and some comparison run through on-paper damage calculation I'm really enjoying this build and dealing amazing damage with it. It really works well in raid and fractals even with several scourges in the group. The condition conversion is helpful in many cases open world, fractals (especially afflicted ones) or several raid bosses like slothasor or xera.

The ability to choose healing makes it easier if you have no druid in group or for harder or solo (open world) content.

A down side is underwater fighting, reaper makes much more sense there, though there's only one underwater boss and hardly any underwater content.

Overall great build :)

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