Scourge - Condi DPS

The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good

Focused on: Condition damage and Utility

Designed for: Raids and Fractals

Expansions required: Path of Fire Builds

This build was last updated on August 11, 2022 and is up to date for the August 23, 2022 game patch.

Overview

A condition DPS and utility build for Scourge. While not the highest DPS build, this build provides decent sustained DPS and bonus AoE cleave with . It also provides incidental support for its subgroup by generating Might Might, cleansing conditions, and overhealing allies with barrier.

Scourge is mainly a utility class and excels in encounters where it can play to its strengths, namely and defensive support. It also deals relatively high ranged damage and isn't reliant on Might Might or healing, which makes it good for roles such as flak kiting at Sabetha.


Skill Bar

Scourge-skillbar-bg.png
Scepter/Torch
X/Warhorn
Utility


Skill Variants

Healing

  • is lower healing, but higher DPS than . Be aware that it will hit the closest enemy rather than your target, so in some encounters it might end up being unreliable.
  • is the largest personal heal if you'd rather have safety than damage, and can heal allies without needing a target.


Utility

  • if you need cleave. Even post-nerf it is a strong skill.
  • If you need Stability Stability.
  • if projectile absorb is needed.
  • - 900 range portal, useful for mobility on certain fights.
  • is a 1200 range 5-target pull.

Never swap out .


Elite

  • for more CC. It's a fairly large DPS loss to bring, but can be helpful in particular on encounters where the boss is unlikely to stand still long enough for all your pulses of to hit.


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Specializations


Trait Variants

  • Use for self heal at a ~15% DPS loss.
  • Take if you are running any Punishment skills.


Specialization Variants

Taking Blood Magic instead of Soul Reaping is a major DPS loss, but provides more support through minor healing and . Should only be considered in training runs or struggling groups where you're desperate for the sustain.

  • is higher DPS and offers a tiny bit of group sustain, but if you need Blood Magic you probably need .
  • If taking , consider using as your healing skill.


Equipment

Head
Viper
Shoulders
Viper
Chest
Viper
Hands
Viper
Legs
Viper
Feet
Viper
Backpiece
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Accessory
Viper
Amulet
Viper
Ring
Viper
Ring
Viper
Scepter
Viper
Torch
Viper
Sigil
Sigil
Warhorn
Viper
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18


Equipment Variants

  • gains extra damage in cases where there are additional sources of life force, thanks to the extra vitality. This allows you to spam shade skills more frequently, and it is also easier to obtain that .
    • If using you should use (or ascended versions).


Consumables

Food

    • Using (or similar) would be a small DPS loss, but allow you to benefit from the ascended food buffs.


Utility

  • or


Usage

Rotation

Opener

  1. Have 3 before the fight starts
  2. Optional extra cast, may get cleansed by allies


DPS Priority

After the opener, just use skills as they become available, with the following priority:

  1. off cooldown with after
  2. and off cooldown
  3. making sure to keep 3 shades up
  4. Scepter autoattack chain, making sure to get the 3rd attack


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General Tips

  • Use wherever possible to transfer the self-condis to your target via .
  • Don't let reach maximum charges.
  • Try to finish your autoattack chains.
  • If using , use it whenever there are enemies near the main target.
  • Feel free to use , , or if life force is over capping, or to support your teammates with cleanses, barriers, and CC.
    • Be aware that in very low-pressure encounters, too much barrier can actually end up robbing druids of CA generation.
  • The cast time on is pretty long, so it is efficient to "precast" the skill just before the boss becomes vulnerable.
  • On encounters where the boss becomes Exposed Exposed, you can do a huge amount of damage by lining this up with .
    • Ideally you want to be finishing its 10th pulse as the boss becomes broken, which usually means casting it at the start of the phase, or as soon as you see the defiance bar appears.
  • Changes in attributes such as condi damage can change which condis are transferred first via . This is usually not an issue those, since will transfer one extra condition, allowing you to do your opening as normal.


Breakbar

  • Your best option without losing DPS are soft CCs such as cripple, blindness, and fear from .
  • is one of the strongest crowd control skills the necromancer has, but you give up by taking it.
  • In emergencies, you can swap to warhorn for .


Ratings

This build has a rating of 5 stars based on 7 votes.
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5 stars
MechaOG gave this build 5 stars • May 2021
With the recent changes to Torment, it has gained quite a bit of boost in DPS as many bosses do not move. This boost has brought Condi Scourge on par with many other builds. While it is still on the lower end of the damage, it is a more viable build to run now. It is easy to run for beginners and gives them an opportunity to experience condition damage playstyle, without lacking far behind. In proper statics, other condi's such as Renegade still outperform by a mile in terms of damage. Additionally, it has a nice utility built-in. Players can provide a barrier to ease a little load off of druids during various high damage pressure such as Gorseval's Ghastly Rampage.
5 stars
Chinkeeyong gave this build 5 stars • September 2018
A great condition DPS build. In disorganized groups the utility brought by this build is often life-saving and worth more than other, higher DPS classes. Meanwhile, Scourge brings enough unique utility with barriers and Epidemic that it can even be of use to highly experienced groups.
5 stars
The Shade Reaver gave this build 5 stars • October 2017
I've been using this build for quite some time now. I find that the DPS and survivability while using this build have been really good. I mainly use this for fractals and I tend to be one of the harder hitters as well as one who can stay alive longer than others on my team. Even if I do get downed, because of the good and sustained condition damage, I can bounce back up a couple times. This build also works well for dungeons. Underwater does not work as well with this build since your utility skills are limited. Instead, you may want to use a reaper build for more difficult underwater content. The necromancer is my favorite class now, influenced by the Scrouge specialization itself as well as this build
5 stars
Ashcraven gave this build 5 stars • October 2017
Survivability and dps are both great with this build
5 stars
Serana gave this build 5 stars • October 2017
One of the top builds for DPS out of any class. Much better than power reaper for DPS especially for high level fractals and raids where the better sustained DPS condition damage gives is more important. Currently my favourite build :)
5 stars
Capta1nk gave this build 5 stars • October 2017
I've done a little comparison to other scourge builds and found out that this build is the most effective overall, it's even effective with world bosses, I'm always on top of the DPS list Awesome Build
5 stars
GreenyNeko gave this build 5 stars • September 2017
Now with my gear set and some comparison run through on-paper damage calculation I'm really enjoying this build and dealing amazing damage with it. It really works well in raid and fractals even with several scourges in the group. The condition conversion is helpful in many cases open world, fractals (especially afflicted ones) or several raid bosses like slothasor or xera. The ability to choose healing makes it easier if you have no druid in group or for harder or solo (open world) content. A down side is underwater fighting, reaper makes much more sense there, though there's only one underwater boss and hardly any underwater content. Overall great build :)

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