July 2023

Condizerker

Condizerker is a tanky sidenoder build with significant condition pressure. Between Rabid Amulet and Savage Instinct coupled with Dead or Alive, it can afford to drop Endure Pain and be hard to kill for both power and condition builds. You want to spend as much time as possible in Berserk, which increases your attack speed, grants you extra damage with Fatal Frenzy and some quickness from Burst of Aggression, and grants you access to your highest damaging skills, Skull Grinder and Scorched Earth. You want to use those as often as possible. Not only do they do massive damage, but they serve to heal and cleanse you with Adrenal Health and Cleansing Ire. Whenever you use a burst skill, you will gain back some adrenaline from Burst Mastery. You will game some extra from Versatile Rage. Both of these combined…

Grenade Scrapper

Grenade Scrapper is an easy-to-learn roamer with high mobility and superlative AOE pressure in teamfights. Scrapper is currently the most popular roamer for Ranked Queue due to its damage, Superspeed access, and Stealth. Scrapper is strong because of its access to key boons in pvp. Kinetic Accelerators gives Might and permanent Fury uptime, Gyroscopic Acceleration provides Superspeed, and Rune of the Chronomancer gives Quickness whenever you use one of your gyros. Tip: Superspeed isn’t a boon so it can’t be removed or corrupted. Use it to counteract impairing effects like Chilled and Crippled and escape safely. Nade Scrapper uses this combination of boons to spam constant AOE pressure with Grenade Kit at range. Scrapper also has built-in support with Function Gyro that lets you res allies or stomp enemies. Scrapper’s opening burst from stealth is incredibly oppressive because it double…

Condition Virtuoso

Condition Virtuoso is a relatively easy DPS build that deals consistent damage from range and cleaves enemies with its piercing attacks. Additionally, Virtuoso has a good amount of built-in defensive utility thanks to Jagged Mind, Bladeturn Requiem, and Bladesong Distortion. Stock up Blades by applying Bleeding to enemies thanks to Jagged Mind and Bloodsong. Once 5 Blades are ready, alternate between using Bladesong Sorrow and Bladesong Harmony. Use Phantasmal Swordsman at the start of your Sword loop, then use it again before swapping to Focus to use Phantasmal Warden. Reset the cooldown of Phantasmal Warden with Signet of the Ether to summon more Phantasms for a DPS increase. Space your Shatters to keep Deadly Blades up at all times. Always prioritize Bladesong Sorrow and Bladesong Harmony. Then use Signet of Illusions to reset the cooldown of your Shatters. Continuously generate Blades…

Power Virtuoso

Power Virtuoso is a strong ranged DPS build that is also forgiving for new players. Careful rotation optimization during encounters also rewards skilled players, making this build a great long-term choice for Power DPS. The Greatsword variant currently offers slightly higher DPS than Sword/Focus, but both versions are more than capable of handling End-Game Content. Sword/Focus provides a bit more utility, which may be beneficial in certain encounters. Both variants have access to a good amount of built-in defensive utility thanks to Bladeturn Requiem and Bladesong Distortion. Upkeep Deadly Blades to increase your damage by using Bladesongs. Once 5 Blades are ready, alternate between using Bladesong Harmony and Bladesong Sorrow. Other Bladesongs can be used with fewer blades to upkeep Deadly Blades. Use Phantasmal Swordsman at the start of your Dagger/Sword loop, then use it again before swapping to your other weapon set to…

Power Herald

DPS Herald is a strong part of the WvW Zerg, able to deal high damage at range, as well as perform extremely well in melee range. It additionally provides important boons and some utility to the group. Revenant doesn’t have utility skills like the other classes, your heal/utility/elite skills are all determined based on two stances that you pick. You may swap between these stances every 10s, similar to weapon swapping, but it doesn’t replace your weapon swap. These stance skills provide strong utility and damage options for the DPS Herald, namely Rite of the Great Dwarf, Inspiring Reinforcement, Vengeful Hammers, and Facet of Elements, as well as providing one of the best sources of Fury for your group. Revenant also differs from other classes by relying on energy (different from your dodge endurance) in order to cast both weapon…