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Thief - Condition Preparation Roamer


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Focused on: Condition damage

Designed for: WvW Roaming

Difficulty:
TBD


Overview

A condition Thief build for WvW. Made to set a trap at objectives controlled by your team (such as sentry points) then wait patiently in stealth to spring it on unsuspecting roamers.

Archival note: sigil stacking nerfs killed the damage


Skill Bar

Dagger/Pistol
Shortbow
Utility


Slot Changes

Utility

  • Grasping Vines over Skale Venom - this is an option only for Sylvari players. Grasping Vines has great synergy with Panic Strike if you can move in range and use it in your burst combo.


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Specializations


Equipment

Head
Trailblazer
Shoulders
Trailblazer
Chest
Trailblazer
Hands
Trailblazer
Legs
Trailblazer
Feet
Trailblazer
Backpiece
Rabid
Accessory
Rabid
Accessory
Rabid
Amulet
Rabid
Ring
Rabid
Ring
Trailblazer
Dagger
Trailblazer
Pistol
Trailblazer
Sigil
Sigil
Shortbow
Trailblazer
Sigil
Sigil
Rune
x6
Infusion
x18


Consumables

Food

  • Condition diversity: - this adds 2 new conditions to your arsenal, Chill Chill and Burn Burning. To make sure this procs, take Thrill of the Crime on Trickery for the Fury Fury and Steal right before doing your burst combo. Ideally you'd steal on the target, but it's also fine to steal without a target just for the boons.
  • Best stats:
  • Budget option:


Utility

  • Optimal: or
  • Budget: or


Usage

General

  • The premise of the build is simple. You want to camp a location while permanently stealthed, set up preparations, and wait for someone to walk into them. Unfortunately mounts made gimmicks like this a bit harder to pull off, but we just have to adapt to them. The ideal camping spot is a place that attracts roamers and forces them to dismount at a very specific location - such as a Sentry controlled by your realm!


Making Preparations

  • Get into combat and proc both of your Doom sigils and Sigil of Leeching. Just get into combat but do NOT hit anything, then swap weapons twice and leave. These sigils have no set durations and remain active until consumed, boosting your spike damage. Major and Superior sigil of Doom can be active at the same time, while two Superiors would override each other.
  • Once you've picked your spot, set up Thousand Needles and Pitfall.
  • Leave the spot and hide somewhere where you can maintain vision of it. Do your permastealth rotation and wait.
  • While stealthed, you're passively accumulating charges of Spider Venom through Leeching Venoms.


Stealthing

  1. Black Powder next to a wall, preferably in a corner
  2. Steal without a target to proc Hidden Thief
  3. Heartseeker x4 while holding the right mouse button to make sure you keep facing the wall while doing the leaps
  4. Hide in Shadows
  5. Repeat whenever you're near the initiative cap
    1. Note: once you get ahead in Stealth Stealth duration, you no longer have to incorporate stealing into the rotation


Killing

  • Once the target is where you want them to be, AND they've dismounted, spring the trap! Apply Skale Venom then activate Thousand Needles and Pitfall.
    • Swap to short bow once your sigils went off to proc them again.
    • Steal to gain Fury and Might. If you are not in range, deselect the target first.
    • Optional: start spamming any weapon skill to stack Lead Attacks.
  • Sometimes this is enough to get the kill, but if you want to make sure.. Reapply your preparations in the area then spam Choking Gas. Spring the preparations for a second burst the moment they are ready.
    • Optional: Dagger Storm should be used defensively most of the time as the build doesn't really have much else for sustain, but it could also be used in Choking Gas to stack dozens of stacks of Poison Poison in AoE for more burst.


Videos

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Counters

  • Revealed Revealed - being denied stealth access is a death sentence most of the time.
  • Mounted players could easily survive your burst.
  • Mass condition cleansing, can't do much against it.


Ratings

This build has a rating of 4 stars based on 1 votes.
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4 stars
Hanz gave this build 4 stars • February 2021
Solid meme build. Don't expect a miracle from it and there are better, more consistent builds out there.. but if you like to troll, you'll love it. Absolutely workable, but this playstyle isn't for everyone.

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