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    Condition Alacrity Scourge
    January 2024

    Group PvE
    Offensive Support

    Armor

    Togo's Masque icon Superior Rune of the Trapper icon
    Ritualist's HelmSuperior Rune of the Trapper
    Togo's Epaulets icon Superior Rune of the Trapper icon
    Ritualist's ShouldersSuperior Rune of the Trapper
    Togo's Doublet icon Superior Rune of the Trapper icon
    Ritualist's ChestSuperior Rune of the Trapper
    Togo's Wristguards icon Superior Rune of the Trapper icon
    Ritualist's GlovesSuperior Rune of the Trapper
    Togo's Breeches icon Superior Rune of the Trapper icon
    Ritualist's LegsSuperior Rune of the Trapper
    Togo's Footwear icon Superior Rune of the Trapper icon
    Ritualist's BootsSuperior Rune of the Trapper

    Weapons & Sigils

    Scepter icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
    Ritualist's ScepterSuperior Sigil of Bursting
    Torch icon Superior Sigil of Torment icon
    Ritualist's TorchSuperior Sigil of Torment
    Pistol icon Superior Sigil of Bursting icon
    Ritualist's PistolSuperior Sigil of Bursting

    Trinkets

    Ad Infinitum icon
    Ritualist's Backpiece
    Mists-Charged Jade Talisman icon
    Ritualist's Accessory
    Mists-Charged Jade Talisman icon
    Ritualist's Accessory
    Mists-Charged Jade Pendant icon
    Ritualist's Amulet
    Mists-Charged Jade Band (Infused) icon
    Ritualist's Ring
    Mists-Charged Jade Band (Infused) icon
    Ritualist's Ring
    Relic icon
    Relic of the Fractal

    Food

    Meaty Asparagus Skewer icon Tuning Icicle icon
    Meaty Asparagus Skewer Tuning Icicle

    Infusions

    Malign WvW Infusion icon
    19xMalign Infusion

    Utility Skills

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    Skill Priority

    Introduction

    Condition Alacrity Scourge plays out very similarly to Condition Scourge but trades damage output for Alacrity generation alongside some Protection. This build still has all of the high-value defensive utility of scourge and can be heavily customized to fit encounters and your squad composition!

    Build Fundamentals

    The key interaction that powers Condition Alacrity Scourge is that Desert Empowerment causes Barrier you apply to also apply Alacrity while also causing Manifest Sand Shade to apply barrier. This, combined with the pulsing Barrier from Sandstorm Shroud generates very comfortable Alacrity.

    Shade abilities affect 3 players per shade (you count as a shade) this means it’s important to have at least one Manifest Sand Shade up before using Barrier abilities or you won’t affect your entire subgroup. The radii of your shade abilities are also relatively small, so be careful with your positioning and also your Manifest Sand Shade positioning. The cooldown on Manifest Sand Shade is very short so be sure to place it on your team whenever required. This is especially important when using Sandstorm Shroud as the ability pulses over time and you want to make sure your team gets full value out of it!

    Build Specifics

    Use Manifest Sand Shade, Sand Cascade andSandstorm Shroud off cooldown to apply Alacrity and Protection. Just like regular condition scourge, use Blood Is Power just before Sandstorm Shroud so that you can transfer the self-inflicted conditions onto your target using Plague Sending for massive damage!

    The basic priority for Condition Alacrity Scourge is as follows:

    Note: Shade skills have no cast time, so you can freely activate them any time while casting your rotation for free damage!

    Maintain at least one Manifest Sand Shade at all times, this will give you a permanent 15% damage reduction and an extra 15% boon and condition duration which significantly increases both offensive, defensive, and support potential.

    This build has near unlimited life force due to its very high health pool, which means you can very aggressively use your shade abilities both for defensive and offensive utility. This means you can very frequently activate Dhuumfire for extra damage!

    Scourge has very good baked-in support, you’ll naturally apply significant Barrier simply by doing your rotation but you can dynamically place shades on allies that require support and then use Sand Cascade or Nefarious Favor to support them as needed. If they fall over into the downstate then use Signet of Undeath to get them back up!

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    Alternatives

    Condition Alacrity Scourge has one very free utility slot. Serpent Siphon can be easily swapped out for a variety of powerful utility options:

    You can also use pretty much any necromancer heal skill, they are all value!

     

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