Scourge - Utility Condi DPS (Fractal)

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

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 party by generating Might Might, cleansing conditions, and overhealing allies with barriers.
While Scourge is not normally considered a strong DPS class, its defensive support makes it great for carrying weaker groups. It can fill an off-support role in the line of Druid - Boon Support Condi DPS as it can both heal and do good damage. Note that barrier is unaffected by the healing reduction of Agony Agony, which means in some situations a Scourge will heal for more than a dedicated healer.
This guide is focused on fractals. For the raid version see Scourge - Utility Condi DPS.

Skill Bar

Scepter/TorchHealingUtilityElite
X/Warhorn

Skill Variants

Utility Skills

  • if you don't need
    .
  • if projectile absorb is needed.
  • - 900 range portal, useful for mobility or skips.
  • - 1200 range teleport. Can also bodyblock certain projectiles (e.g. Old Tom's poison whirl).
  • - AoE pull for easier cleaving.
  • - AoE blind, useful if party members are downing to trash.

Elite Skills

  • for more CC.

Specializations

Variants

  • Use
    for strong self heal at a ~15% DPS loss.

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 Lich
1x
Spiteful +5 Agony Infusion
17x
Malign +5 Agony Infusion

Consumables

Food:

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

DPS Priority

  1. if you have less than 2 shades.
    1. Cast
      or
      before every shade to proc
      .
  2. Scepter autoattack chain

General Tips

  • If using
    , use it whenever there are enemies near the main target.
  • Feel free to use
    ,
    , or
    if life force is over capping, or to support your teammates with cleanses, barriers, and CC.

Breakbar

  • Your best option without losing DPS are soft CCs such as cripple, blindness, and fear from
    .
  • is one of the strongest crowd control skills the necromancer has, but you give up
    by taking it.
  • In emergencies, you can swap to warhorn for
    .

Encounter-specific Tips

Fractals of the Mists

Aquatic Ruins
  • Reaper is better than Scourge underwater. Consider looking up a reaper build.
  • Your rotation consists of
    • auto attack
    • weapon swap
    • auto attack until
      is ready
    • weapon swap
    • repeat
Chaos
  • The platforms in the final fight inflict Confusion Confusion, you can convert this every few seconds to Quickness Quickness.
Snowblind
  • Take
    and place it on top of the attackable elemental at 75%, 50% and 25% to prevent it from shooting at the fires.
Shattered Observatory
  • Use
    to save yourself or hurry into the protective dome.
  • Use
    to destroy the targeting flying orbs from the boss.
  • can be useful to kill adds or occasionally the anomaly on CM.
Build rating - 5 stars
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4 Ratings
5 stars
Hells Bagels gave this build 5 stars September 2018

A must have in any high fracs. Nice dps, nice support and rly tanky.

5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars September 2018

One of the best fractal DPS builds for inexperienced or semi-experienced groups, and sometimes worth bringing even in experienced groups because of the power of barrier. All in all one of the safest DPS and utility classes available.

5 stars
Screaming gave this build 5 stars August 2018

While probably not the best build for CMs, a well-played Scourge (emphasis on well-played) is an asset to most normal T4 groups that aren't super optimized, due to Scourge's in-built unique utility, and epidemic can help on trash-heavy fractals.

1 More Rating
5 stars
Illai gave this build 5 stars January 2018

Great build, easy to play and nice damage. Did not check it in 100 cm but u can be sure it will nice even in tier 4. Sometimes encounter groups with 4 scourges and 1 druid.

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