Virtuoso - Inspiration Duelist

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Focused on: Direct damageCondition damage and Sustain

Designed for: PvP Conquest

Expansions required: End of Dragons builds



A 1v1 Virtuoso build that deals unblockable burst damage, has good sustain through blocks and heals. This build is a capable sidenoder with potential to add ranged damage to teamfights. Has both power and condi variant.

Best played as a Duelist with some roaming capability.

Skill Bar



  • instead of for more single target CC.



  • for Condi variant
  • for or variant



With this gear you will have 70% crit chance, and 100% crit chance thanks to when you have Fury Fury from .


Condi variant - Higher toughness, focuses on damage through Confusion Confusion stacking via .

Zerker amulet variant - More damage, less survivability

Marauder amulet variant - Safest power option, takes to make up for lost crit

Why not X?

  • Why not Dueling traitline? - Dueling has more condi damage via , , , allowing to apply up to 20 stacks of Confusion Confusion. However, it has both longer cooldown than and can't get 2 charges via , resulting in less frequent pressure.
  • Why not Torch offhand? - Because Bladesongs have cast time, and are not instant like say , you want CC to increase their chance to land. Torch is a good defensive weapon, but the CC from or is too good to pass up.
  • Why not Sword offhand? - Again, for the same reason as Torch, it doesn't provide hard CC to setup Bladesongs. Though, makes it a nice defensive option that synergizes with Virtuoso block traits.


Blade Generation

  • Make sure to make good use of your blocks from , and Aegis from to generate blades and make your and unblockable via .

Burst Combos

  • Scepter/Pistol burst combo:
    • OR
  • Sword/Focus burst combo:
    • OR
  • In both cases the point is to get Quickness Quickness through to speed up your Bladesong casts and following up with CC from either or to ensure the Bladesongs land.
  • Note that the gives 20% attack speed increase on ALL skills while you are in your Scepter/Pistol set! That includes your , or your . This bonus does not stack with Quickness though, but is still very nice.

  • In case of the Condi variant, you don't get Quickness Quickness from Phantasms, so you can skip them and go straight into Bladesongs + CC combination
  • You may also land these combos without Phantasms in either variant with the Quickness Quickness gained from after successful block/dodge.
  • can also be used to land your OR from stealth.

Sustain and Defense

  • The primary sustain of this build comes through the looping synergy between Virtuoso and Inspiration traitlines:
    • Blocks/dodges stock up blades via -> which heals through -> Bladesongs heal and condi cleanse via and give aegis thanks to -> enabling block and continuing the loop.
  • It is important to maintain tempo by constantly blocking -> stocking up blades -> firing Bladesongs to heal and enable more blocks.
  • Main defensive cooldowns are:
    • - heals for a bit thanks to and is safe from unblockables.
    • - 2 second block that gives blades back on succesful block thanks to . Keep in mind that the block duration doesn't scale with blades, so use it with any number of blades.
    • - stunbreak, Stealth Stealth, AoE Blind Blind and 5 condi cleanse.
    • - stunbreak and 1200 range shadowstep.
  • Condition cleanse is available through:
    • - cleanses 1 condition at the start of a Bladesong cast.
    • - cleanses 1 condition when summoning or .
    • - cleanses 5 conditions thanks to .
    • - cleanses 1 condition on both weaponswaps.


  • Power Bladesworn is a direct counter matchup for this build. attacks with cannot be blocked, blinded and they stun while doing lot of damage. The main options are to evade by dodge rolling or by distortion from or .
  • Projectile Destruction/Reflects - , , , etc. Blades that are made unblockable via will not be destroyed/reflected/blocked, but blades generated from skills such as , , , , won't be unblockable!
    • Due to a bug, the blades from will not be unblockable when traited with .
  • For the Power variant especially, high Protection Protection uptime builds such as Protection Holosmith can be tough to kill as this build lacks boon removal. is good choice in such a matchup. Alternatively, or can be used at cost of personal defense/mobility.



This build has a rating of 3 stars based on 1 votes.
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3 stars
MadTavish gave this build 3 stars • July 2022
This build attempts to play more sustained dueling role by utilizing the synergy between Inspiration and Virtuoso traits, however like most Virtuoso builds it suffers from the need to get hit often enough to generate its sustain and offense, but not too often as not to die. The damage is passable if one can shatter on CD, the unblockable property really helps when dealing with Willbender, Untamed and Vindicator blocks. However, lack of instant CC or domination trait line for boonstrip, as well as more easily avoided burst from bladesongs make this build struggle to perform better than Chaos Staff Mirage in the duelling/sidenode role.


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