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Herald - Hybrid Mallyx Roamer


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Focused on: Hybrid damage and Sustain

Designed for: WvW Roaming

Difficulty:
TBD


Overview

A Hybrid Herald build designed for WvW Roaming.


Skill Bar

Sword/Shield
Mace/Axe
Utility
Utility


Variants

You can swap out the sword/shield combo for a staff when taking havoc-size fights, where Surge of the Mists is very powerful against downed enemies.

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Specializations

Variants

  • Demonic Resistance can be taken for a more tanky option.


Every Grandmaster tier trait is viable depending on the situation:

  • Diabolic Inferno adds some AoE pressure, you're free to take it if you're not afraid of incoming condition pressure.
  • Fiendish Tenacity works best against builds with heavy condition pressure but no boon removal.
  • Permeating Pestilence is somewhere inbetween the other two traits, mixing both defense and offense. Best option when facing condition builds with heavy boon removal, such as Necromancers and other Mallyx players.

Variants

  • Take Cleansing Channel if conditions are a bigger problem for you than CC.

Variants

  • Shared Empowerment can be considered when taking staff to provide more group might uptime.


Equipment

Head
Celestial
Shoulders
Celestial
Chest
Celestial
Hands
Celestial
Legs
Celestial
Feet
Celestial
Backpiece
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Accessory
Celestial
Amulet
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Ring
Celestial
Sword
Celestial
Shield
Celestial
Sigil
Sigil
Mace
Celestial
Axe
Celestial
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18

Runes

  • Rune of Resistance - better defense against conditions and some general sustain.

Consumables

Food

  • - pure damage.
If you can get the Ascended version of this, use this instead.
  • - extra sustain without losing too much pressure.


Utility

Usage

General

  • Invoking a legend resets energy to 50, procs various traits such as Invoking Torment or Spirit Boon, and could even trigger the sigils of your active weapon set (if they are not on CD) among other things. Swapping legends is basically the main resource management tool in the build - swap whenever you're out of CDs or low on energy. That's not all however, on Mallyx builds legend swapping may also be used to do AoE burst damage or manage conditions on yourself.
  • Start on Dragon stance (Glint) and while still in the base activate the following 4 upkeep skills for party buffing:
    • Facet of Nature (use its active when your energy is about to hit 0)
    • Facet of Elements
    • Facet of Strength
    • Facet of Darkness
  • In combat Facet of Nature is used for dealing with conditions. On Mallyx True Nature (Demon) transfers conditions to nearby enemies, while on Glint it extends the duration of boons on nearby allies, which is best used when you have Resistance Resistance.
  • Swapping legends deactivates the upkeep skills of that legend without sending them on full CD.
  • The build is designed to passively maintain 25 stacks of Might Might for most of the fight. This is primarily done through Incensed Response and maintaining Facet of Darkness.
  • Chaotic Release can be used to knock downed opponents away from their rezzing teammates, or to knock them off of capture points - this allows you to take the cap while bleeding them out, delaying their respawn.


Pressure

  • Most of the damage coems from Mace and Mallyx.
  • Chain Searing Fissure Echoing Eruption in order to stack Might Might. Use these two weapon skills on CD.
    • Temporal Rift is great for setting up this combo, making sure both skills hit your target.
  • Banish Enchantment is a strong and cheap offensive ability, not only removing boons but also pressuring targets via Abyssal Chill procs. Spamming this could set up a kill for your allies as you're getting rid of all the target's boons, while in mirror matchups this gets rid of Resistance on your opponents while also occasionally giving you Resistance through Demonic Defiance.
  • Call to Anguish is the best CC skill in the build, capable of balling up an entire team or pulling enemies off the highground. While it doesn't do much damage on its own, if you have enough allies around you may consider abusing this skill as much as possible to harass the enemy team and set up kills.
    • Banish Enchantment is a great followup for CoA. While generally viewed as a single target ability, it's capable of hitting multiple foes if they are close enough to each other.
  • Embrace the Darkness won't be used much, your energy is generally better used for other Mallyx skills. There are a few exceptions, like running low on energy and wanting to proc Demonic Defiance (or Rune of Resistance, if taken) for Resistance, or not having energy for anything else and you're about to switch legends in a matter of seconds so might as well throw it into your burst rotation.


Self Sustain & Disengaging

  • Every Mallyx skill has a chance to proc Resistance Resistance on a 5s ICD. Other sources of Resistance include swapping legends with Fiendish Tenacity equipped or using an elite skill to proc Rune of Resistance's 6th bonus (if taken).
  • Crystal Hibernation is basically your third healing skill. It heals for a fair amount, blocks attacks and cleanses conditions.
  • Envoy of Exuberance aimed at your character heals for a small amount and grants Protection.
  • Pain Absorption is the most reliable skill to use if you want quick access to Resistance Resistance. It's also a great support skill in general, removing conditions from allies and granting them Resistance.
  • Call to Anguish will be your best mobility tool and on some maps can be used to leap to places where enemies can't follow (or at least, not easily).
  • Facet of Light's chain effect Infuse Light is your jail free card - makes you immortal for the duration by converting all incoming damage into healing. Some players may stop pressuring you once Face of Light's been activated, in this case you should just wait a couple of seconds before using Infuse Light. Make sure you get at least 10k healing out of this skill, try to predict when burst is coming and use Facet of Light in advance - FoL has a cast time thus cannot be used while stunned, while Infuse is instant.

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Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 2 votes.
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4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars • December 2020
Took a massive hit recently. It's still a vible option for people who don't like the more defensive playstyle of staff condi rev, but it's no longer in the same tier as the pure condi variant.
5 stars
Staub gave this build 5 stars • April 2020
Hybrid damage, great sustain against both condi and power damage, and Torment Rune insane self healing make this build shine in the current roaming meta.

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