Fractal Team Composition
There are almost unlimited different team compositions capable of clearing a set of fractals, however particular combinations will generally find more success, particularly in more challenging tier 4 fractals and challenge motes. This guide will introduce which buffs and debuffs strong fractal team composition needs to be able to generate, and give a recommended team composition based on this.
Buffs and Debuffs
A well-balanced fractal team should be able to sustain the following boons and buffs for the duration of each encounter:
You will also often maintain other miscellaneous (but often important) boons such as Swiftness, Vigor and Regeneration as a side-product of having classes that provide the primary buffs, so you shouldn't need to specifically find a source for them. Typically, Quickness and Alacrity will be generated by a chronomancer while Fury and 25 stacks of Might will be maintained by a druid. Druids are also able to provide the following powerful unique buffs without losing any of their other buff generation potential:
Finally, warriors are capable of providing the following unique buffs with only a minor loss of their personal DPS, which makes them a common feature in fractal parties:
DebuffsThe primary debuffs a team should be able to generate are 25 stacks of Vulnerability and sufficient crowd control effects to break a boss's defiance bar as frequently as possible. Vulnerability should be generated largely by a druid's
As detailed earlier in the guide, the combination of a Druid, Chronomancer and Warrior (Either Berserker or Spellbreaker) are able to generate all the buffs and debuffs a party needs for a smooth fractal, leaving two slots open for what builds that focus almost exclusively on DPS. Many fractals don't require a healer, but if a group is struggling with incoming damage pressure typically a healing-focused druid is typically taken, which is conveniently able to heal through incoming damage without impairing its buff generation.
|Chronomancer||Chronomancer - Utility DPS||There are no major variations to the chronomancer role in fractals and no tanking mechanics, so the survivability from minstrels gear is never needed.|
|Druid||Druid - Support/Healer Staff Fractal||Provides strong healing if required, but minimal DPS - if attacks are being dodged or otherwise mitigated a more DPS-oriented druid build would be more useful.|
|Druid - DPS/Support Power Fractal||A power DPS-focused Druid build, powerful on short encounters where you are only damaging the boss for bursts of time.|
|Druid - DPS/Support Condition Fractal||A condition DPS-focused Druid build, powerful on encounters where you are able to damage the boss for extended periods of time.|
|Warrior||Spellbreaker - Fractal DPS/Support||A power DPS based warrior build, powerful on short encounters where you are only damaging the boss for bursts of time.|
|Berserker - Support Condition||A condition DPS based warrior build, powerful on encounters where you are able to damage the boss for extended periods of time.|
|DPS||-||Almost any build listed in the Fractal section can be used for the final two slots, with only minor differences from build to build. Try not to bring a second Warrior, Chronomancer or Duid as their buffs do not stack, so doubling up on them is only decreasing your team's potential damage output.|
It is important to note that this is not the only team composition capable of clearing fractals, nor the only one capable of generating a good amount off the relevant buffs and debuffs. For further reading on which classes and builds are able to fill these roles to help devise alternate team compositions, check out the Raid Team Composition guide.