Thief - Revised PIstol/Dagger



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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: Team SupportDecap.

Designed for:

Overview

With less speed than a normal thief, the focus is more on progressing teamfights and occasionally decapping. Applies high sustained pressure with an option for an immediate burst; High survivability, and many escape options.

Skillbar

 
 
Pistol/DaggerHealingUtilityElite
Shortbow

Traits

Deadly Arts:


Mug.png Mug



Panic Strike.png Panic Strike



Potent Poison.png Potent Poison



Trickery:


24px Burst of Agility



Pressure Striking.png Pressure Striking



Bewildering Ambush.png Bewildering Ambush



Shadow Arts:


Shadow's Embrace.png Shadow's Embrace



Leeching Venoms.png Leeching Venoms



Shadow's Rejuvenation.png Shadow's Rejuvenation


Variants

Equipment

Pistol.png
Dagger.png
I.png
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
9Recharge.png
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Purging
10Recharge.png
Superior Sigil of Purging.pngSuperior Sigil of Purging
On hit: remove a condition. (Cooldown: 10s)
I.png
Shortbow.png
II.png
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
9Recharge.png
Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Purging
10Recharge.png
Superior Sigil of Purging.pngSuperior Sigil of Purging
On hit: remove a condition. (Cooldown: 10s)
II.png
Superior Rune of the Lynx
Superior Rune of the Lynx.pngSuperior Rune of the Lynx
(1): +25 Power (2): +35 Condition Damage (3): +50 Power (4): +65 Condition Damage (5): +100 Power (6): +25% Movement Speed
Carrion Amulet
Carrion Amulet.pngCarrion Amulet
+900 Power +900 Vitality +1200 Condition Damage

Usage

Pistol/Dagger moveset

  • Precast Cloak and Dagger.png Cloak and Dagger before casting Steal.png Steal, conceal your Spider Venom.png Spider Venom / Devourer Venom.png Devourer Venom by casting while stealthed. Follow up with Sneak Attack.png Sneak Attack to rapid fire and attach all venoms. Attempt to attack from the side to trigger quickness with Burst of Agility.
  • Use Shadow Strike.png Shadow Strike when your opponent reaches you. This is a very risky move. Best used with your back against a corner.
  • Panic Strike.png Panic Strike adds poison to the immobilize of Body Shot.png Body Shot. Use with Dancing Dagger.png Dancing Dagger to maintain distance in prolonged fights.
  • Steal.png Steal applies additional Confusion due to Bewildering Ambush.png Bewildering Ambush, and Torment due to Panic Strike.png Panic Strike. This trait synergizes with Serpent's Touch.png Serpent's Touch, Lotus Poison.png Lotus Poison, and Exposed Weakness.png Exposed Weakness. It is important to note that this burst can be overkill sometimes; Attempt to conserve initiative/venoms more often, in a non-1v1 scenario. Oftentimes simply applying some conditions quickly and then leaving to decap a point. The thief should never linger when an engagement seems decided in your favor.

Stealth

Build rating - 3 stars
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3 Ratings
4 stars
Avery gave this build 4 stars January 2019

4 stars because the build is strong, but I wouldn’t recommend it to new players. The timing on the burst can be tricky and work best in 1v1’s. You need to be sure you aren’t going to miss, or that it’s not just going to be cleansed. It’s easier in duels to watch for when your opponent has used up their condi cleanses, then you burst them down. Due to all the chaos in teamfights, bursting there can be extremely difficult, especially if they have support teammates there, but there’s plenty of skills you can use to contribute even without the burst.

1 star
Hanz gave this build 1 star January 2019

1 star because it's fun to troll with, but has no real use past that. If the burst lands and the target can't cleanse then yeah GG that's a kill right there. But if they cleanse/dodge it or their teammate jumps you then you'll just die. Sorry but I don't see this working above silver maybe. Main hand pistol has always been a meme and will continue to be.

5 stars
Riddle gave this build 5 stars December 2018

With the current meta being the way it is. This build thrives. With other classes gaining mobility the thief slowly lost what made it special. This build capitalizes on that. With a little less movement speed, it puts more emphasis on hitting hard while sustaining. You have great CC while also hitting like a condition damage truck. Necro and warrior are extremely easy to handle on this build. You can make a difference in a team fight as well as winning most 1v1's on a side node. This build is so strong in so many areas. I've been using it in Plat 2 with great success. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys condi thief.

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