Weaver - Fresh Air Roamer

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Focused on: Direct damageMobility.

Designed for:

Overview

S/F Fresh Air is a WvW roaming build which focuses on burst damage whilst avoiding damage by utilizing superspeed, projectile hate and invulnerabilities to make up for its squishiness.

Skill Bar

Scepter/FocusHealingUtilityElite

Specializations




Equipment

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6x
Superior Rune of the Scholar
18x
Mighty WvW Infusion

Variants

Stats

  • The ratio of Marauder stat icon.png Marauder and Berserker stat icon.png Berserker's gear can be changed based on personal preferences. More experienced players can replace some Marauder pieces with Berserker ones.

Runes

  • Superior Rune of Strength Superior Rune of Strength
    Superior Rune of Strength.pngSuperior Rune of Strength
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Might Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 20% Might Duration (5): +100 Power (6): +20% Might Duration; +5% damage while under the effects of might.
  • Superior Rune of the Pack Superior Rune of the Pack
    Superior Rune of the Pack.pngSuperior Rune of the Pack
    (1): +25 Power (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Power (4): 25% chance when struck to grant nearby allies might, fury, and swiftness for 10 seconds. (Cooldown: 20s) (5): +100 Power (6): +125 Precision; +20% Swiftness Duration

Consumables

Food

There are plenty of viable choices:

  • - highest damage option.
  • - damage and extra vitality in case you're not comfortable with the current HP.
  • - armor ignoring damage and a bit of extra healing.
  • defensive option with more evasion.

Utility

  • Superior Sharpening Stone Superior Sharpening Stone
    Superior Sharpening Stone.pngSuperior Sharpening Stone
    Nourishment (30 m):
    Potion.pngGain power equal to 3% of your precisionGain power equal to 6% of your ferocity+10 Experience from kills
    Consumable

Usage

Elite specialization basics

  • Weaver allows the Elementalist to attune to 2 elements at the same time, and skills 1-5 will be decided based on both. Let's call them primary and secondary attunements.
  • If you swap to then fire becomes your primary attunement and weapon skills 1-2 will be fire skills. Afterwards if you switch to then air is now your primary attunement and fire's moved to secondary - now skills 1-2 are air and 4-5 are fire. Skill 3 is a dual skill influenced by both active attunements fire + air for example is .
  • The order of the attunements doesn't matter here, water primary with fire secondary has the same dual attack as fire primary and water secondary. Attuning to the same element twice has its own dual skill.
  • It's possible to attune twice in a row to the same element, and doing this with is going to be a part of your burst rotation.


General

  • The build makes little to no use of Water Attunement Water Attunement.
  • Keep swapping in-and-out of Air Attunement Air Attunement repeatedly while roaming in order to maintain Swiftness Swiftness.
    • Note: attuning to air twice in a row doesn't give swiftness the second time.
  • The condition applied from
    depends on your active primary attunement when your hits the target, not the primary attunement you are in when you cast the skill. If you want to inflicting Immobilize Immobilize to set up a burst then you need to remain in Earth Attunement Earth Attunement until the skill lands - or swap into swap into earth right before it lands.
  • 's purpose is twofold.
    • Mobility: and are excellent movement skills that can help you disengage from fights if your defensive CDs ran ou, or if you need to chase after someone.
    • Cleave: AoE in the build is rather clumsy, except for and . Use these whenever you need to cleave down a downed enemy.
  • is best used in earth for the Protection Protection.
  • isn't interrupted when you change attunements. Starting the channel in air and swapping to any other attunement is an excellent way of recharging air through
    as this skill hits multiple times in a short period of time. This is also a great filler in general.


Burst damage

  • This build bursts by rapidly unloading instant cast abilities on top of a channeled one.
  • The 3 main channeled skills you're going to use in bursts are , and .
  • All of your hard hitting abilities should go off after double attuning to Air Attunement Air Attunement.
  • Burst combos that require an enemy to stay in place (such as the ones involving ) should be used after firing in Earth Attunement Earth Attunement for the Immobilize Immobilize.


Notable burst combos

These are some potential combos you can use based on the techniques outlined above. The quicker you pull these chains off, the better.

From Fire primary Air secondary:

Note: in this specific case, if you already have an active
buff before beginning the chain, should be used after the second in order to benefit from the Air modifiers and
.

From Earth primary Air secondary:

From Earth primary Fire secondary:


Survival

  • makes it easy to kite most specs. Avoid melee range at all costs!
  • CCs can be used for shaking off pursuers.
  • Abuse spots on maps that break teleport skill pathing when the enemy team has Thieves, Revenants, and other such specs with teleports. Use the terrain to your advantage in general, it's very important for builds as squishy as this one.
  • and provide excellent protection against enemies who use projectiles. These however do not work against unblockable projectiles, and some ranged builds - such as this one - are mostly unaffected by projectile reflects and blocks.
  • , and are your last resort defenses in situations where neither CC nor projectile counters will keep you alive. You should only use these when other options are either unavailable or not going to suffice.
Build rating - 5 stars
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5 stars
Cactusbodyslam gave this build 5 stars March 2019

While this build can seem a little gimmicky, it is capable of a staggering damage burst that will frighten most players. The true test of a Fresh Air Weaver comes after the opening combo, as the limited survivability of Weaver leaves the player open to counterattack if their opponent was not downed immediately. Still, the build provides enough tools to avoid reprisal between bursts, keeping melee specs in check with Superspeed and avoiding ranged attacks through Twist of Fate, Swirling Winds, Magnetic Wave, and dodge rolls. If any part of the kit fails, players can bail themselves out with Final Shielding while chaining together Lightning Flash, ToF, Obsidian Flesh, and Fiery Greatsword to get far away from the opponent.

This build has some unfavorable match-ups, namely Herald and Mesmer, as the burst is capable of fully healing a Herald when they use Infuse Light, and Mesmer clones can be difficult to destroy without cleave (the best cleave abilities are Plasma Beam and Arc Lightning, but additional targets need to be lined up between the opponent and the player to be hit). Fortunately, FA Weaver more than makes up for its shortcomings with an opening combo that is capable dismounting enemies in the blink of an eye.

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