Scourge - Condition Scourge

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Maybe it never coalesced into something brilliant. Maybe it never made it off the ground floor. Maybe we based our better ideas off of it. Basic builds are anywhere from downright bad to just shy of being good enough to showcase. These builds share the widest ratings and can lead to wildly differing levels of success.

Focused on: Condition damageSupportArea Damage and Boon Corruption.

Designed for:

Overview

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

Skill Bar

StaffHealingUtilityElite
Scepter/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

Variants

  • - Extra personal sustain

Variants

  • - If Life Force generation is an issue.
  • - Trades damage/LF for sustain.
  • - Extra boon corruption at the cost of team support.
  • - Higher damage option if three shades can be maintained.

Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Renegade
18x
Malign WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • Viper's or Grieving More damage, less survivability
  • Dire can be a cheaper option, lowering the highest possible damage potential for ever so slightly higher increases against more skilled players

Sigils

  • Increases duration for burns, the lowest base duration conditions applied

Runes

  • x4 +
    x2 for increased condition duration

Food & 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
    - Offensive option, recommended.
  • Sweet Bean Bun Sweet Bean Bun
    Sweet Bean Bun.pngSweet Bean Bun
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.png+70 Expertise-20% Condition Duration (Incoming)+25% Magic Find during Lunar New Year
    Consumable
    - Defensive option.
  • 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
    - Alternate defensive option.
  • Loaf of Saffron Bread Loaf of Saffron Bread
    Loaf of Saffron Bread.pngLoaf of Saffron Bread
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.pngIncoming damage reduced by 20% while stunned, knocked down, or knocked back.-20% condition duration+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable
    - Alternate defensive option.
  • Saffron Stuffed Mushroom Saffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Saffron Stuffed Mushroom.pngSaffron Stuffed Mushroom
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Food.pngGain +200 condition damage for 30 seconds when you kill a foe. (This effect does not stack)+70 Precision+10% Experience from kill[sic]
    Consumable
    - Alternate offensive option.

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.

Scepter/Torch

  • is an excellent filler that can be spammed while waiting for your CDs. The final attack corrupts a boon, so try not to interrupt the auto chain.
  • deals significant AoE damage, but can be difficult to land.
  • adds more torment the more conditions your target has, up to 5 extra stacks. Try to get the most you can, but don't hold on to the skill for too long.
  • 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.

Videos

  • YouTube:
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Build rating: 3 stars
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3 Ratings
3 stars
Xivor gave this build 3 stars 21 hours ago

Though nerfed with the big condi nerf update, this build is now a more balanced DPS option, rather than overpowered. Full condi allows for good damage with barrier support. Running Trailblazers allows this build to be very effective in a push comp, rather than just range, making this an effective midliner. The corruption and cleanse make this a staple role, with most groups running one per sub.

UPDATED 20180617

This build has become inferior to other options as condi damage received multiple nerfs. The Celestial build has become the de facto standard. This build may be stronger with Viper or Griever's as the primary stat, just for the hybrid capabilities it brings, but the Celestial build would probably be still stronger. I am changing my vote to good, as the build is still viable, just not as strong.

0 stars
Freya gave this build 0 stars June 2018

August 2018

With condition nerfs to scourge and abudance of cleanses in recent compositions i would rank this build as basic. It wasn't very good since people actually adapted to it, but now it's just bad. Power or Cele are outdpsing it and outbursting.

5 stars
The Blue Rangerr gave this build 5 stars September 2017

The best DPS build for zerging and GvG to come from the expansion so far- boonrip and corruption on top of sizable DPS, all assisted by the giant bases on Barrier server to make scourge one of- if not the best class to slot in a DPS role. Trailblazer gear really helps you sustain with the lack of defensive skills, and relies a lot on good team support.

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