Long Post Ahead. I’m well on my way to my first 80 with my Guardian, having fallen in love with Firebrand’s moveset. I’ve been studying what builds I’ll be pushing towards, such as this Condition Firebrand from Snow Crows https://snowcrows.com/raids/builds/guardian/firebrand/condition/
So here’s the Stat Layout, no food, no runes.
Total Stats at full Ascended Gear:4,362
Balthazar’s would put me at 1,503 Condition, and gives me 20% more burning atop the 500 Expertise.
I’ve had a realization though, that while this build is META, I am not META. I will spend half of my time dead without any survivability stats. Dead men don’t DPS.
So I’m trying to make room for Toughness. I suspect that scales better with Guardian’s self healing.
How much Toughness do I need to bring, for it to even be worthwhile? Is Vitality actually better?
I also won’t be sitting on ascended gear straight away. I haven’t calculated what my net total stats would be if my gear were all fines and masterworks. Which stats can I afford to cut? Is it worth sitting on 500 Expertise if my Condition damage is substantially lower? Is the 200 Ferocity worth bringing if my Power and Precision are way down?
I’m trying to sort out my build so that my gameplay mistakes hurt my performance less, while I’m still learning how to play.