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This build is in the metagame and deserves to be stored.

This build has received an overall rating in the range from 4.75 to 5.0 and thus qualifies for the highest category of working builds: Great.

This build has been designed for the following use:

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This split dervish is usually referred to as the "Zurrie derv", after a player who popularized it. Tank the lord pit, kill knights, and generally cause as much aggravation as possible with an unkillable bar.

Frequency

  • Seen in many GvG team builds to run flags, lineback physicals or as a solosplit character.

Attributes and Skills

The energy cost of Dervish enchantments is reduced by 48%.
In PvE, gain +12 armor rating while enchanted.
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Variants
  • Replace Lyssa's Haste:
    • Holy Veil Holy Veil – counter hex builds on split side. Also useful in 8v8 situations against hexways.
    • Vow of Piety Vow of Piety – general defense. The increased armour rating decreases armour dependent damage by 34%. Use if you solo split against guilds that are likely to defend against you with elementalists.
    • Veil of Thorns Veil of Thorns – anti-spell defense. Less strong against elementalists than vow of piety, but it improves your survivability against mesmers.
    • Grenth's Aura Grenth's Aura – 10+1 scythe mastery, 9+1 wind prayers, 7+1 earth prayers. Significantly improves the 1v1 performance against necromancers. Allows to kill NPCs through a defending necromancer. Decreases the survivability against other defending characters and the lord damage you deal.
    • Mystic Vigor Mystic Vigor – application like Grenth's aura, but without attribute reshuffling.
  • Whirling Charge Whirling Charge – over Fleeting Stability. 7+1 Wind and Earth Prayers. Run significantly faster than any other character in the match and deal slightly more damage against balling targets.
  • Increase your wind prayers to be safe against weakness. Usually not necessary, as the most commonly seen source of weakness is oppressive gaze, which puts the weakness on top and allows to remove it with harrier's haste.
Variant: D/any Split-Only Zurrie Dervish
The energy cost of Dervish enchantments is reduced by 48%.
In PvE, gain +12 armor rating while enchanted.
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  • This build variant is only useful for solo-splitting as it can survive every defending character except for Energy Surge + Energy Burn mesmers.
  • You can survive most dual character collapses and escape.
  • Maintains flag running capabilities but can't remove its own crippled condition immediately.

Equipment

Runes and insignia

Weapons
Note: Replace of defense with of fortitude if using vow of piety.

  • Vampiric and zealous scythes of enchanting, 15^enchantment.
  • Insightful staff of enchanting, +5e^ench.
    • Swift with a 10%HCT inscription if using spells with a casting time above 0.25.
  • Crippling spear of defense, -5 energy with
    • Strength shield of fortitude, -20% cripple duration.
    • Strength shields of fortitude, +10 armor against each damage type.

Additionally keep in your inventory:

Usage

  • Maintain Avatar of Lyssa.
  • Maintain your defensive enchantments whenever needed.

Flag running

  • Run past everything that does not apply hex snares.
    • If you play holy veil, maintain it and remove snares from self.
  • Don't run too far out of monk range to reach the flag stand, as teams may still turn on you and kill you with the damage of multiple casters.
  • Prevent knock downs with fleeting stability, remove cripple with harrier's grasp.

Main Team

  • Lineback unless your team can play offensively.
    • Camp the ranger and interrupt apply poison against teams with a poison ranger.
    • Maintain your defensive enchantments and harrier's grasp, camp opposing frontline characters. Interrupt their spikes.
      • Priority: (1) Frenzy; (2) Hammer Warrior; (3) Avatar of Balthazar
    • Against caster-based builds, lineback key characters and interrupt their important skills with Lyssa's haste.
      • Example: Take out air of disenchantment in trainways.
  • When you can afford to play offensively, charge to the opposing team's runner and interrupt healing burst whenever possible.

Splits and Skirmishes

  • Look for opportunities to kill NPCs.
    • The build allows to survive all NPCs in lord pit if using Vow of Piety/Grenth's Aura/Mystic Vigor, unless the opponent defends with specific damage characters. (See #Counters)
    • Lure the knights to an archer or the bodyguard for AoE autoattacks.
    • If a defending monk runner tries to save all NPCs you're attacking, avoid actually killing the knights. If possible, get both archers and the bodyguard instead. The knights will die in no time when your main team dervish eventually pushes into the base or if you killed the bodyguard and ball the knights on the guild lord.
  • Kill characters caught away from healers using the cripple from Harrier's Grasp.

Flag Pushing

  • Run past your opponent and snare the opponent's flag running character with harrier's grasp, unless it is another Zurrie Dervish.
  • Keep an eye on your compass: The opponent may try to collapse you, especially if the flag running character can put some pressure on you.
    • Coordinate dangerous pushes with your fuse monk.
  • You can usually attack flag running characters despite you'd normally lose a 1v1 against them (see #Counters) because they'll need to hold the flag and push it past you, putting them at a severe disadvantage.

Counters

  • Interruption of the avatar.
  • List of how changing the utility skill of the main bar changes your performance against various characters you may encounter outside of 8v8 situations.
Can you win a 1v1 open-field?
SoS Nec Cripanguish LSurge Mind Burn/Embers Mind Burn/Teinai's Me/A Esurge Esurge/Eburn Bezman Zurrie Derv

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Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Red thumbs down.png

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Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
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Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
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Vow of Piety.jpg Green thumbs up.png

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Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
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Can you kill NPCs through this character?
SoS Nec AoD Mes Cripanguish LSurge Mind Burn/Embers Mind Burn/Teinai's Me/A Esurge Esurge/Eburn Bezman Zurrie Derv

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Holy Veil.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Red thumbs down.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Holy Veil.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Red thumbs down.png

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Holy Veil.jpg Green thumbs up.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Green thumbs up.png

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Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png

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Holy Veil.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png

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Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
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Lyssa's Haste.jpg Green thumbs up.png
Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Green thumbs up.png

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Can you defend NPCs against this character?
SoS Nec Cripanguish LSurge Mind Burn/Embers Mind Burn/Teinai's Esurge/Eburn Bezman Zurrie Derv

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Holy Veil.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Red thumbs down.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Holy Veil.jpg Green thumbs up.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Red thumbs down.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Green thumbs up.png
Holy Veil.jpg Green thumbs up.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Green thumbs up.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Green thumbs up.png
Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Green thumbs up.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Green thumbs up.png
Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Green thumbs up.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Holy Veil.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Yellow thumbs neutral.png
Holy Veil.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Vow of Piety.jpg Red thumbs down.png

Lyssa's Haste.jpg Red thumbs down.png
Holy Veil.jpg Red thumbs down.png
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