Totally garbage after patch.
Chrono generaly Need huge update herec or Betta delete / move to achieved.
No more any playable builds for Chrono in squad.:(
Update after 16 July patch - this is no longer viable in any way.
Old rating: Not sure why this build is still there. In zergs - excels in pulling enemies from walls, provides some trivial boon support, is hard and annoying to kill. Apart from that - not much. A tweaked dps/support version would fair much better in small scale fights or roaming. As for this build - it's high time it got archived.
After 16 july chrono is unplayable in WvW groups.
Basically no use of shatters...
Very flexible build option a decent amount of variants that can support differently group compositions. This build provides good CC for Winds, good boon support, and good stealth access, as well as some mild heal somewhat passive heal support. This single build, if played to the strengths of the team and its playstyle, can be the one that changes the tide of the battle due to what it brings to the table.
UPDATED 12 JAN 19
Recent nerfs have made this build much less usable. Even with the recent updates to the build, it is much less useful than previous in a group composition. IoL is strong, Gravity Well is strong, but neither are reasons to absolutely NEED to bring a Chrono. Without boonshare, Chrono tends to be used primarily as veilbot if a group pushes, and the occasional Grav well.
A strong support build that provides strong boon uptime, alot of utility/CC and some moderate healing if the user knows what they doing.
Atm the combo of focus pull + GravWell + Spellbreaker Bubble is insane!
It requires a bit of practice to know when to pop the skills, but it's a rewarding Support Playstyle that doesn't make you feel like you are just spamming buttons to keep everyone healed.
However it's not as important as a Firebrand on a 5-man group ofc, but Very strong none the less. 1 good boonshare mesmer can change the outcome of a fight.
Great build, with great boon duration, but if you switch out minstrel armor and weapon to giver, you just lose 2,5K hp (practically nothing), nealry nothing healing power but get higher toughness and 11%+ boon duration. With Rune of Leadership the build loses just 42 toughness, but the boon duration is 21% more. Switching out minstrel accessories to exotic (sadly no ascended) giver, you get lower hp (16-17K), but get 6 more toughness and 30% more boon duration. Anyway great build.
Despite the release of Path of Fire, this build retains its status as the most versatile and unique support in the game. The ability to veil, portal, boonshare, reflect, distort, stomp, pull, chain CC, as well as a strong amount of healing and cleanse support, is unparalleled. Even with the decline of boon dominance, the versatility makes this build impossible to give up, with at LEAST 1 required in any organized group.
For a long time, I have loved the boonshare (BS) chrono. The BS chrono fulfilled additional support areas between the AH midline guardian and sustain revenant. When roaming, the sheer durability of it allowed players to easily fight multiple opponents by substituting the elite and a utility for more offensive skills. The combinations were relatively mild and provided great support for medium and large groups. However, with the release of the new specializations the build has become a liability for core groups. I do not recommend this build for higher tier servers.
Gearing my chrono for raids and WvW, loving this so far it's so strong. Invaluable boon spammer.
Very powerful build bringing unmatched support in the form of boons (particularly resistance and quickness), along with access to stability/strong direct condition cleanse/strong crowd control with time warp. Has a massive amount of build diversity to match a variety of situations. Has a steep learning curve compared to other classes but it's well worth it.
This is a very solid build for anyone looking to play Mesmer in open-field combat with a medium or larger sized group. It provides superb boon support for your allies and its access to resistance is one of the few hard counters to condition play in the current meta. With the new living story nourishment and concentration stacking sigil, the barrier to entry is lower than it ever has been before. Although not a direct replacement for front line Guardian or Herald, this build comfortably fills in the gaps and should be considered essential for organized play.
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