Build:Team - 7 Hero Non merc Heroic Refrain

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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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Mercenary-free team build for a paragon player centered around the new Anniversary elite skill Heroic Refrain. Blood is Power fuels the mesmer midline while a Soul Twisting ritualist provides party-wide protection. Heroic Refrain provides a maintainable +4 to all attributes on the entire party.

Team Composition

Paragon/Warrior  
"Stand Your Ground!" "There's Nothing to Fear!" "For Great Justice!" "To the Limit!" "Save Yourselves!" (Kurzick) "They're on Fire!" Aggressive Refrain Heroic Refrain
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"Stand Your Ground!" "There's Nothing to Fear!" "Find Their Weakness!" "Go for the Eyes!" "You Move Like a Dwarf!" "They're on Fire!" Aggressive Refrain Heroic Refrain
Elementalist/Paragon  
Thunderclap Chain Lightning Lightning Strike Shock Arrow Mending Refrain Aura of Restoration Air Attunement "Fall Back!"
Elementalist/Paragon  
Blinding Surge Chain Lightning Lightning Strike Shock Arrow Shell Shock Aura of Restoration Air Attunement "Fall Back!"
Mesmer/Any  
Energy Surge Cry of Frustration Mistrust Unnatural Signet Shatter Hex Spiritual Pain Power Drain Drain Enchantment
Mesmer/Any  
Energy Surge Cry of Frustration Mistrust Unnatural Signet Shatter Hex Spiritual Pain Power Drain Drain Enchantment
Mesmer/Ritualist  
Energy Surge Cry of Frustration Mistrust Unnatural Signet Shatter Hex Spiritual Pain Power Drain Flesh of My Flesh
Ritualist/Any  
Soul Twisting Shelter Union Displacement Armor of Unfeeling Boon of Creation Brutal Weapon Flesh of My Flesh
Necromancer/Ritualist  
Blood is Power Signet of Lost Souls Spirit Transfer Mend Body and Soul Spirit Light Protective was Kaolai Recuperation Life

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You gain 2 Energy for each ally affected by one of your Shouts or Chants (maximum 8 Energy).
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Hero Builds

Thunderclap Elementalist

Your maximum Energy is raised by 30.
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BSurge Elementalist

Your maximum Energy is raised by 30.
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ESurge Mesmer 1&2

You activate Spells and Signets 46% 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 39%.
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Variants

  • Swap in Panic Panic for difficult content (like DoA/UW/WoC HM). For other content, Energy Surge Energy Surge will provide faster clearing

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ESurge Mesmer 3

You activate Spells and Signets 46% 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 39%.
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Variants

  • Hex Eater Signet Hex Eater Signet over Shatter Hex Shatter Hex in areas with annoying AoE hexes.

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Soul Twisting Prot

Creatures you create have 60% more Health, and weapon spells you cast last 60% longer.
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Variants

  • Remove Hex Remove Hex for additional hex removal

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BiP Resto

Gain 14 Energy whenever a non-Spirit creature near you dies, up to 3 times every 15 seconds.
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Variants

  • If you don't want the hero to lag, replace Life Life with:
    • Recovery Recovery
    • Death Pact Signet Death Pact Signet
    • Strip Enchantment Strip Enchantment

Equipment

  • Insignias: Full Tormentor's insignia
  • Runes: Appropriate attribute runes, best Vigor you can afford, Attunement on rest
  • Weapons: The hero will be holding Protective Was Kaolai Protective Was Kaolai the majority of the time, so weapons don't have that much effect. There are 2 options:
    • 40/40 Restoration Magic - Gives an extra chance at reduced cooldown of Restoration Magic spells
    • 40/20/20 Restoration Magic Staff - Gives 2 extra seconds on Blood Is Power Blood Is Power

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Usage

  • Maintain Heroic Refrain on your whole party
    • First, cast it on yourself for the +3 attribute bonus.
    • Then recast it on yourself. The second cast will provide a +4 attribute bonus due to the higher leadership
    • Proceed to cast it on each party member until the entire party is affected.
    • If desired, you can simultaneously micro the Thunderclap elementalist to use Mending Refrain on your whole party for a maintainable +3 health regeneration. Wait until the hero is buffed with Heroic Refrain before casting Mending Refrain to ensure a +3 health regeneration bonus.
  • If Heroic Refrain expires on a party member (due to death or being out of range of shouts), recast it on that party member.
    • The BiP Resto and/or the Soul Twisting Prot may lag behind the party and thus be out of range of the shouts. As a result, you might find yourself recasting Heroic Refrain on those two heroes more often.
  • Cast "Stand Your Ground!" and "There's Nothing to Fear!" during combat for defensive party support.
  • Before starting a particularly difficult fight, you can force the Soul Twisting Prot to use ShelterUnionDisplacementArmor of Unfeeling so your team is fully protected right away.
    • If you're afraid of area damage, you can also flag the heroes apart. It is recommended to place them in a single line, so heroes won't push forward to get into casting range of foes and thus ball with the heroes in front of them again.
    • Natively only the first three heroes can be commanded individually. For the remaining four heroes you need to set up custom hotkeys in the controls option for Action: Command Hero #.
  • Set the heroes to Guard Guard mode.


Notes

  • Cooldown reducing effects such as Quickening Zephyr will cause "They're on Fire! to recharge before the shout ends. Recasting a shout before it ends will not refresh Heroic Refrain, so make sure to let "They're on Fire! expire before recasting it.
  • The listed hero attributes are under the assumption that they will be permanently under the +4 attribute bonus from Heroic Refrain.
  • If a mission or quest requires a specific hero, replace the Thunderclap elementalist with the mandatory hero. Consider bringing Mending Refrain on the mandatory hero.
  • 40/40 weapon sets can be crafted by Gertrud in Vasburg Armory or Telamon in Leviathan Pits.
  • A hero with Anthem of Flame can keep Heroic Refrain maintained by themselves outside of combat.


Counters

  • The following skills will prevent the use of shouts, preventing you from maintaining Heroic Refrain on your party:
    • Vocal Minority Vocal Minority
    • Well of Silence Well of Silence


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