For my fellow Mesmers out there I would like to show you my current small scale Condi Chrono Build for Roaming and fights up to 15 people. I personally feel that, right now, Condi Chrono is by far better for small scale fights then Mirage in every way even if he misses F4 and the ability to self shatter. Due to the fact that mirage misses one dodge everything has to be build around the missing defense. Mechanics like the F4 are good for specific situations but they lack the reliable defense 2 dodges offer. (If Someone doesn’t think that one dodge is THAT bad in WvW just play any class and every time your endurance bar hits under 49 just think „this would have been impossible with mirage“). The additional Ports like jaunt and Sword ambush do not make a real difference anymore because mounts got introduced and now you can’t use any of those mentioned ports without getting punished by losing a huge amount of defence and/or offense momentum. An additional disadvantage is that as mirage you are not able to pick any other elite skill beside jaunt because now you need the movement jaunt offers even more. (not to mention that jaunt can only be defensive if the enemy is melee...).
And if I have to give a really personal statement here. EVERY time I am in a 1v2 against any class + mirage I just focus mirage for not longer then 10 seconds before he dies or disengages. I met not a single mirage since the one dodge nerf that made a real difference in a fight. I am more concerned about core power Mesmers then any kind of mirage in any situation these days....
The Chrono build itself is not really magical. It’s a straight forward Condi clone spam build (if we can call this a build) with dire and some parts trailblazer to reach 4s of torment. To compensate for the missing self shatter ability i think deceptive evasion (dueling GM3) is right now a must have for Chrono. To further abuse this trait I additionally use double energy sigil + adventurer rune + dodge food wich also compensates the missing f4 a little bit. (In my opinion everything can be usable with this equipment combination but Mesmes gain a lot more value out of it because of deceptive evasion). To create an advantage compared to core and mirage, the clone spam allows Chronos to use F2 quiet frequently (every 5 seconds) if shattered with 3 clones. The illusion trait line is because of this situation a must have to further boost F2 and the whole condition dmg output (i tested it without illusion and the dmg is not even noticeable) The Chrono trait line offers also advantages for this playstyle, super speed for illusions helps in the far reaching terrain and illusionary reversion lets us create 3 clones in no time. Chronophantasma adds a good chunk of pressure + a second Interrupt from torch 5. If you want you can take Seize the Moment to support the group in but I would not roll with it if your role is to focus enemy’s down. The elite skill is free to pic and can be adjusted for specific situations, for Necros moa, for outnumbered fights mass invis, for more cleave and momentum gravity well.
I am always open for suggestions and would love to see some more Mesmers out there because now every time I see one i don’t even want to attack them I fear that they will log off instantly.