Static Discharge Holosmith is a high-skill build that brings excellent damage, crowd control, mobility, and condition cleanse in a neat package. While not as popular as other roamers, Holosmith also benefits from an ability to take 1v1s and act as a pseudo side noder.
Holosmith gives an engineer access to Engage Photon Forge, a transform ability that gives access to five new weapon skills. Engage Photon Forge is similar to a NecromancerDeath Shroud, except instead of using an energy pool like Life Force, Photon Forge buildsHeat, a mechanic unique to the Holosmith. Heat needs to be carefully managed since gaining too much causes you to Overheat. Overheat takes you out of Photon Forge, deals high damage to you, and puts all toolbelt skills on cooldown. If you Overheat in pvp, you’re probably going to die.
Exceed skills, unique to the Holosmith, gain additional effects at 50% and 100% heat. Keep your heat high for extra damage and healing!
Static Discharge adds bonus damage to all of your toolbelt skills. This is relevant on Particle Accelerator and Throw Wrench, both of which act as burst skills. SD Holo’s main use is as a high-damage teamfighter that can lock down and burst targets, then cleave hard enough to prevent a res. While you have excellent condition cleanse and healing, you are extremely weak to crowd control since you only have one stunbreak on Superspeed and no access to Stability.
Outside of Photon Forge, Radiant Arc and Pry Bar are your hardest hitting combo abilities. You can apply constant pressure with auto attacks and swapping in and out of Forge until you’re ready for a burst.
Aim-Assisted Rocket will be adding constant damage to your combos. Every four rockets, you will get an Orbital Strike which is unblockable and deals massive AOE damage. Try to get this skill to activate in teamfights or on downed players when possible for maximum value.
Use Magnet into Pry Bar for a 1200 range pull and burst of damage.
Prime Light Beam is your biggest teamfight tools since it’s not only an unblockable cc, it also does high damage and leaves a field that applies burning on the ground.