Update: Oct 13 patch. This build has been performing not so well for a while, but with the ridiculous nerf to symbols, there is no more reason to play Sagebrand / Mender brand . any other Guardian brand that used to rely on symbols. 90% of guardian builds are F tier now. No longer viable.
Edit: Updating my rating as the build has taken shape now.
Happy to finally see Sagebrand here but giving this a 1 star for now since the curremt version listed here is terrible. Weighty terms is an absolute must for this build. Also, taking CoP is useless - leave the slot open and alternate between mantra of potence and mantra of lore which, btw is much better than CoP when traited. Scepter is a vert situational weapon that is viable only on limited match ups - sword is still the weapon of choice. Also, you don't need renewed focus on Sagebrand. Mantra of Liberation is a much better pick.
Another fb build im curently fall in luf. After some days for me now is even better than symbolbrand. Idk its me or not but this build has more agressive playstyle than symbolbrand and in good hands very cancerous. Curently for me one of the strongest teamfighter (i know its not meta but who cares). Rly enjoyable...
Very solid build, in many situations a much superior setup than the more popular Symbolbrand. I have been running it successfully in ATs and plat 2~3. I do wanna point out though that with the nerfs to Mantra of Truth it is a viable alternative to swap it out for some other handy utilities. To be fair, all utilities are swapable other than the heal, which is essencial. In my experience other than the ones listed, quickness mantra even after the nerfs has proved to be handy, specially for quick bursts and recharging other mantras and stability mantra is sometimes worthy over renewed focus, specially because it also stunbreaks allies. Worth mentioning also that in my opinion if you're running 2 or less mantras, it is better to run Stalward Speed over Weighty Terms in FB.
Double energy sigils is also viable and Sigil of Smoldering can be considered vs comps with low condi cleanse, as well as runes of balthazar and, if you're running mantra of truth, rune of aristocracy can be good. Lynx can be used also over Travelers if you're trying to be more aggressive.
Edit: It is worth mentioning that it struggles against this meta's Mallyx Herald condition.
Not as good as the Mender version, but it works.
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