Scourge - Scepter/Torch Epidemic


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

Focused on: Condition damageControlSustain.

Designed for:

Expansions required:

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Overview

A Scourge build for running around in open world. This build deals high AoE damage over time with Epidemic.png Epidemic and has access to excellent healing from Parasitic Contagion.png Parasitic Contagion.

Skill Bar

Scepter/TorchHealingUtilityElite
X/Dagger

Weapon Variants

  • You can carry a Staff for tagging mobs in open world farming.

Skill Variants

Healing Skills
Utility Skills
Elite Skills

Specializations

Variants

Blood Magic Variant

You can run Blood Magic instead of Soul Reaping if there are allies around. This is a damage loss but makes you quite good at healing and reviving nearby players.
Variants

Equipment

This build uses similar gear to the Scourge - Utility Condi DPS build for fractals and raids.
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Ascended Torch.png
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Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
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Ascended Dagger.png
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Superior Sigil of Corruption.png
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Superior Rune of the Lich
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Malign +5 Agony Infusion
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Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
Ascended gear and stat infusions are not required; you can use exotic gear with the same stats.

Budget Equipment

While working your way up to Viper gear, you can run Rabid stats.
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Superior Sigil of Bursting.png
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Superior Rune of the Lich

Consumables

If you're having trouble you can use the following 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
    or
    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
    for more damage and Parasitic Contagion.png Parasitic Contagion healing.
  • 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
    for more dodges.
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

Usage

Damage

  • Scourge is very straightforward to deal damage with, just maintain 2 shades at all times and press your skills off cooldown. You don't have to weapon swap unless you need skills from Dagger.
  • Your shade skills also hit in melee range around you, so you don't need to be conservative with shade placement. Spread your shades out to cover as much ground as possible.
  • Use Trail of Anguish.png Trail of Anguish before 24px Manifest Sand Shade to proc 24px Sadistic Searing.
  • Use either Deathly Swarm.png Deathly Swarm or 24px Desert Shroud to transfer the self-inflicted conditions from Blood Is Power.png Blood Is Power to your enemies.
  • Use Epidemic.png Epidemic after stacking conditions on your target to spread them to nearby targets.

Sustain

Crowd Control

Build rating - 5 stars
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3 Ratings
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

This build has great sustained damage and survivability while also fighting from range, allowing it to effortlessly kite around enemies and outlast them with Parasitic Contagion. Its main drawback is that, like other condition builds, it has poor burst damage for farming trash mobs.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars July 2018

An excellent build for open world, that despite being condition damage, is capable of good damage while having a lot of in-baked utility due to the very nature of Scourge. You have condi cleanse, CC, some excellent area damage only furthered by Epidemic, stun break, and a very rare asset in barrier. Probably the best build for Necro without relying on minions in open world.

5 stars
Spaceghostface gave this build 5 stars July 2018

Great AoE Damage and Sustain, fun build!

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