Power Vs Condition: What am I doing wrong?
I find the same results, honestly.
Although I’m running with Viper’s gear (3 of 6 Ascended, Rampager’s weapons, Illusions – Dueling – Chronomancer, 100% Bleed Duration & 86% Confusion Duration), I find that against champs & Legendary enemies I can hit almost 9,000 bleed ticks with the 3 Pistoleers out. The ramp-up time is the only small problem, but I use the Healing Signet to refresh the CD’s in my CSplit / Well rotation, so I can get 3 duelists up in about 8 seconds.
I’ve ran Power EVERYTHING in the years I’ve played Mesmers, and I’ve always been underwhelmed with the damage (shocker…). I threw on some Viper’s just for lols and was amazed at the overall change, as I can have a full support role with wells and such, while still having my bleeds stack up into the 50s. Which means that in 1 CSplit, I can do over 36,000 damage in the 5 seconds, while buffing my group / myself, and that’s just off bleeds. That’s not counting Confusion / Torment, Blocks, slows & shatters, as my secondary offhand weapon is the Shield.
I’ve taken it into Fractals as high as 92 and have had zero problems. The only issues I’ve had was getting my duelists spawned due to event mechanics & allies going down, etc. But once the 3 duelists are up, you’re set for at-least 45 seconds. Then it’s Scepter 1 & 3, and Wells / CSplit / Time Warp.
Power builds aren’t the way to go because of their damage, nothing mesmers can do competes with just sitting on 3 duelists.
But the reliance on duelists are also the reason why the power build is favoured. Shield Phantasms have the potential to do even more damage than duelists do by maintaining group alacrity much better than just relying on wells would, and without duelists, the power build is much more competitive.
Question: If you are doing bleed ticks while supporting, how do you do your traits? Inspiration, Dueling, Chrono?
if you are looking for pure dps condition vanilla mesmer is the way to go.
although power builds are best suited for boon sharing and alacrity which is why mesmer are the queens of the parties^^
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