mandala.8507 Posted February 15 Share Posted February 15 On my quest to both broaden the scope of endgame PvE buildcraft and expand my knowledge of the gw2 combat system, I have stumbled upon a really interesting endgame PvE build for banner warrior that uses full celestial gear while still hitting ~93% of the dps of the meta variant for quickness supports. Because quickness berserker barely needs 40% boon duration to give permanent quickness using 2 banners, warrior is able to hit that number and then some by running full celestial gear, allowing it to swap into much more competitive dps runes while also greatly increasing its maximum critical strike damage and survivability. In my testing, I was able to hit pretty stellar dps numbers on an extraordinarily tanky build, so I decided it was worth sharing. I'm calling the build Starberst. With the most recent changes to berserker, this build is almost identical to the meta build, but we can make a few adjustments because cele gear gives us slightly more expertise. So, with the changes from Feb. 14, this build will run 6 expertise infusions and renegade runes over the meta firebrand runes, as well as all gear being swapped to celestial. Also, due to the bugfix for blademaster, we'll be swapping food to Red-Lentil Saobosa to cap out our bleeding and burning durations. Conveniently, this build plays identically to the current meta quickness banner berserker build as well, so anything you learn playing this build can transfer over to the other build if you really don't need any of the quality-of-life buffs it gives. Celestial berserker isn't an entirely new concept, but I thought I'd take the time to share the build here because I'm sure most people aren't aware it can be a strong alternative even in a super strong and experienced group and I took the time to update and tweak it for the most recent patch. Here's a demonstration of how it plays: Note, I am not a benchmark level player, so the dps number may seem low compared to the best player taking their best grinded pull ever, but I assure you this dps is very good and only about 7% lower than the dps I'd be doing in full Viper gear with firebrand runes. This build also comes with more than just survivability. Ascended celestial gear actually gives you over 42% boon duration, so this build has extra wiggle room for maintaining quickness uptime on your subgroup. Additionally, because this boon duration is flat and not just for quickness, all other boons you provide (whether it be fury, stab, resistance, might, or boons from other banners you could flex into) will have longer durations. And speaking of flexing in other banners, this build has pretty high healing power, so banner of defense can be a strong flex utility option if your group is taking too much damage and you want to be more of a team player. And of course, you are way more tanky. To put just how much tankier you are into perspective, your effective hp with both vitality and toughness factored in is greater in value than the hp from 3 emboldened stacks. This build is great for any unfortunate floor connoisseur that needs a helping hand staying upright throughout a fight, but also for any player who finds themselves on a tough boss with a less experienced group or that just wants more agency and to be more self-sufficient. Despite mostly not needing any of the survivability myself, I found playing this build took the edge off in fights like Boneskinner where you can quickly tell just how good your healers are. Beware that you do have very high toughness, so when fighting any raid bosses that target players with the highest toughness you need to make sure you don't accidentally become the tank. Luckily, that mechanic isn't present in strikes or fractals, so in those game modes you don't need to worry about this. Anyway, since the build is so similar to the meta variant I won't dwell on how it works, but I did want to share it for anyone who thinks being a little safer is worth a slight dip in dps. I'm trying to approach endgame accessibility through a different lens with this build, so of course it won't be for everyone, but I thought it was cool still. 4 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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