Power Chronomancer is one of the highest damage spec. Power Chrono is unique in its ability to ‘oneshot’ multiple opponents in a row with Continuum Split.
Power Chronomancer is played as a high-damage Roamer, meaning your job is to +1 a duelist or to get quick kills in teamfights. Avoid taking 1v1s or staying in extended fights, once Chrono starts running out of cooldowns its lack of defensive utility and condition cleanse makes it easy to focus. Always have a priority target in mind before you engage in any fight, and be proactive about leaving before you feed and die.
Make sure you’re holding a charge of Mantra of Distraction at all times to be ready to commit for a kill given an opportunity.
The single thing Chronmancer does better than any other class is burst damage. See the CS Burst in the Rotation section for an idea of how to do this. Where does Chrono’s damage come from?
Power Chronomancer is one variation of Shatter Mesmer, a build type which has existed for years. Broadly speaking, all shatter mesmer builds revolve around the same 3 skill combo: Mirror BladeBlinkMind Wrack . These skills for the core of a shatter burst, and Chrono is no exception; all the other shatters, interrupts, and skills only add damage onto the core combo.
With Power Chrono, we add a sequence of skills such as Mind Stab and a precast of Phantasmal Berserker which should all align for a massive damage spike. Coordinating this spike with your team is vital, either by using the target system ingame or using voice communication.
Chronomancer has good access to area-of-effect CC from a number of sources. Your best CC comes from Gravity Well . Gravity Well (usually shortened to grav well) is a pulsing knockdown, pull, and float which gathers enemies together and keeps them controlled. Gravity Well can be used in conjunction with Continuum Split in two ways: either in sequence to keep a cc chain going on a target or group of targets.
Mantra is your best source of interrupts which proc Power Block . Power Block has several uses outside of the increased cooldown. It can also be used as an excellent defensive tool into power-based classes since it also applies Weakness. You can use this either for yourself or to peel for a pressured teammate.
Always catch the return of Tides of Time the cooldown reduction is massive since this skill has a fairly long recharge.
Time Sink is a very strong defensive ability since it’s an instant-cast AOE daze, meaning if you’re CCd you can interrupt whatever damage your opponent tries to unload and wait out the stun duration.
The biggest drawback of chronomancer is its complete lack of sustain. Echo of Memory and Distortion are your only strong ways to stay alive while being focused.
Your best defense comes from Distortion . Distortion allows you to ignore power and condition damage, letting you trade with other classes safely or wait for conditions to tick out while invulnerable. Remember that while it is a powerful defensive, Distortion is also used offensively, especially during Continuum Split for an extra layer of safety.