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This build is provisionally vetted great pending more votes.

This build has received a provisional 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:

Hero team build for caster profession players based on Discord, Keystone Signet and bone minions. Mercenary heroes are not required.

Overview

Necromancer / Assassin     

Discord.jpgNecrosis.jpgPutrid Explosion.jpgPutrid Bile.jpgMasochism.jpg'You Are All Weaklings!'.jpgEbon Vanguard Assassin Support.jpgDash.jpg

Discord
Necrosis
Putrid Explosion
Putrid Bile
Masochism
"You Are All Weaklings!"
Ebon Vanguard Assassin Support
Dash
   OR    Mesmer / Ritualist     

Fevered Dreams.jpgFragility.jpgAccumulated Pain.jpg'You Are All Weaklings!'.jpgWandering Eye.jpgArcane Conundrum.jpgCry of Pain.jpgFlesh of My Flesh.jpg

Fevered Dreams
Fragility
Accumulated Pain
"You Are All Weaklings!"
Wandering Eye
Arcane Conundrum
Cry of Pain
Flesh of My Flesh
Necromancer / Paragon     

Discord.jpgPutrid Bile.jpgAnimate Bone Minions.jpgEnfeebling Blood.jpgMasochism.jpgRip Enchantment.jpg'Fall Back!'.jpg'Stand Your Ground!'.jpg

Discord
Putrid Bile
Animate Bone Minions
Enfeebling Blood
Masochism
Rip Enchantment
"Fall Back!"
"Stand Your Ground!"
Necromancer / Paragon     

Discord.jpgPutrid Bile.jpgBlood of the Master.jpgEnfeebling Blood.jpgMasochism.jpgFoul Feast.jpg'Fall Back!'.jpg'Stand Your Ground!'.jpg

Discord
Putrid Bile
Blood of the Master
Enfeebling Blood
Masochism
Foul Feast
"Fall Back!"
"Stand Your Ground!"
Mesmer / Necromancer     

Keystone Signet.jpgSignet of Distraction.jpgSignet of Disruption.jpgLeech Signet.jpgSignet of Sorrow.jpgSymbolic Celerity.jpgAnimate Bone Minions.jpgDeath Nova.jpg

Keystone Signet
Signet of Distraction
Signet of Disruption
Leech Signet
Signet of Sorrow
Symbolic Celerity
Animate Bone Minions
Death Nova
Mesmer / Necromancer     

Keystone Signet.jpgSignet of Distraction.jpgSignet of Disruption.jpgSignet of Weariness.jpgSignet of Sorrow.jpgSymbolic Celerity.jpgAnimate Bone Minions.jpgDeath Nova.jpg

Keystone Signet
Signet of Distraction
Signet of Disruption
Signet of Weariness
Signet of Sorrow
Symbolic Celerity
Animate Bone Minions
Death Nova
Mesmer / Ritualist     

Wandering Eye.jpgSignet of Clumsiness.jpgIneptitude.jpgHex Eater Signet.jpgArcane Conundrum.jpgAccumulated Pain.jpgEpidemic.jpgFlesh of My Flesh.jpg

Wandering Eye
Signet of Clumsiness
Ineptitude
Hex Eater Signet
Arcane Conundrum
Accumulated Pain
Epidemic
Flesh of My Flesh
   OR    Mesmer / Ritualist     

Energy Surge.jpgSpiritual Pain.jpgUnnatural Signet.jpgMistrust.jpgCry of Frustration.jpgPower Drain.jpgDrain Enchantment.jpgFlesh of My Flesh.jpg

Energy Surge
Spiritual Pain
Unnatural Signet
Mistrust
Cry of Frustration
Power Drain
Drain Enchantment
Flesh of My Flesh
   OR    Mesmer / Ritualist     

Wandering Eye.jpgSignet of Clumsiness.jpgFevered Dreams.jpgFragility.jpgArcane Conundrum.jpgAccumulated Pain.jpgMirror of Disenchantment.jpgFlesh of My Flesh.jpg

Wandering Eye
Signet of Clumsiness
Fevered Dreams
Fragility
Arcane Conundrum
Accumulated Pain
Mirror of Disenchantment
Flesh of My Flesh
Necromancer / Ritualist     

Blood is Power.jpgBlood Bond.jpgSignet of Lost Souls.jpgMend Body and Soul.jpgSpirit Light.jpgSpirit Transfer.jpgProtective Was Kaolai.jpgLife.jpg

Blood is Power
Blood Bond
Signet of Lost Souls
Mend Body and Soul
Spirit Light
Spirit Transfer
Protective Was Kaolai
Life
Monk

Healing Burst.jpgDwayna's Kiss.jpgSignet of Rejuvenation.jpgProtective Spirit.jpgShield of Absorption.jpgCure Hex.jpgSpotless Mind.jpgDwayna's Sorrow.jpg

Healing Burst
Dwayna's Kiss
Signet of Rejuvenation
Protective Spirit
Shield of Absorption
Cure Hex
Spotless Mind
Dwayna's Sorrow

Player build

Hero builds

Discord 1

Gain 9 Energy whenever a non-Spirit creature near you dies, up to 3 times every 15 seconds.
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Discord 2

Gain 9 Energy whenever a non-Spirit creature near you dies, up to 3 times every 15 seconds.
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Keystone Minion Bombers (2)

You activate Spells and Signets 53% faster. (No effect for non-Mesmer skills with a cast time less than 2 seconds.)
In PvE, the recharge time of your Mesmer Spells is reduced by 48%.
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Variable skill slot

  • Leech Signet Leech Signet on one mesmer.
  • Signet of Weariness Signet of Weariness on the other mesmer.

Ineptitude

You activate Spells and Signets 50% faster. (No effect for non-Mesmer skills with a cast time less than 2 seconds.)
In PvE, the recharge time of your Mesmer Spells is reduced by 45%.
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Template code

Blood is Power Healer

Gain 10 Energy whenever a non-Spirit creature near you dies, up to 3 times every 15 seconds.
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Healing Burst Hybrid

Your allies are healed for 38 Health whenever you cast Monk spells on them.
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Variants: Mesmer hero

Replace the ineptitude mesmer hero with one of these heroes depending on player build choice and expected opponents:

Exemplary Video

Cleansing Bukdek Byway [Hard Mode Only] with a necromancer player.

Notes

  • This hero team build is designed to make effective use of Discord without inefficiently using secondary profession skills. It will work fine for most hard mode content such as explorable areas, missions, most dungeons and the winds of change questline, but struggle in areas such as the domain of anguish, the underworld and slaver's exile.
  • General strengths are a solid damage output which is balanced between single target and AoE damage. Despite the thin backline the build proves to be pretty stable due to midline defense such as minions, weakness, blindness, "Stand Your Ground!", Arcane Conundrum and interrupts. Defense and offense are interlaced by using defensive conditions and hexes for discord as well as the co-occurrence of interrupts and damage or low level minions with fast cast death novae. Blood of the Master and Blood Bond help to keep minions alive until the next encounter.
  • In order to function properly the build requires exploitable corpses. It will also suffer from massive enchantment removal such as Mirror of Disenchantment or Chilblains; without Masochism and Symbolic Celerity the midline damage output will be decreased.


Some common issues of necromancer minion masters have been tackled by using keystone signet mesmer minion masters.

Avoided issues:

  • Damage/healing hybrid AI issues: Heroes dealing damage when they should heal or overhealing when they could deal damage.
  • Death Nova and healing skills on the same hero, causing him to use death nova on a target instead of healing it.
  • Masochism on a healer causing inefficiency due to the need to selfheal frequently.
  • Minions and death nova on the same necromancer minion master. Due to the long casting times this will frequently cause the necromancer to fall behind.

Eased issues:

  • The necromancer with Animate Bone Minions possesses "Fall Back!", so if he falls behind he and his minions should be able to close or tighten the gap.
  • Because of 16 fast casting mesmer minion masters will fall behind less than non-mesmer minion masters. Nonetheless it may occur every now and then.
  • Trouble to compete with opposing minion masters, as their minion creation time is reduced by 50% in hard mode.
  • Blood of the Master on a minion master. Heroes tend to sacrifice a lot of health with this skill, making them prone to die mid-combat losing their minions. They will never sacrifice themselves to death, though, unless they run masochism. The health sacrifice of masochism is "hidden", so heroes won't consider it when calculating the health sacrifice. Deaths due to blood of the master may still occur in this team build, but won't have the same impact.


See also

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