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Racial changes in Wrathstone: a healer point of view

Racial changes in Wrathstone: a healer point of view

In this post, we discuss the racial changes that happened in Wrathstone, and how it impacted our racial choice for PvE healing. For this, we consider the case of templar, warden and sorcerer healers, are those are the most relevant choices in the current meta.:) […]

Flower Power – Warden healing guide (Wrathstone updated)

Flower Power – Warden healing guide (Wrathstone updated)

Introduction Welcome to my warden PvE healing guide 🙂 ! This guide is meant to be a complement to my vCR kiting guide and I will present here the skills and gear I would use in general for a classic “trial” (that is, not CR […]

vCR kiting – Warden healing guide (Murkmire updated)

vCR kiting – Warden healing guide (Murkmire updated)

Introduction

Welcome to my warden healing guide for Cloudrest. This guide is similar to my AS front kiting guide, as it focuses on one role : shard picker and kiter in CR. The build as pretty much entirely been designed by the amazing @Nick5262 <3, and is Gryphon Heart approved :D.

This guide will be organized as follows :

1. Kiter in Clourest : Your Role
2. Setup
3. Champion Points
4. Game play

Make sure to hover your mouse pointer over the underlined sets and skills to see the tooltips :)!

1. Kiter in Cloudrest : Your Role

As a kiter in vCR, you have several missions

  • Pick up shards for the shadow real mechanics. It’s really important you get them asap as your teammates can’t complete the mechanics without them.
  • Kiting the crushing darkness outside of the group. For that, you need to be the player the furthest away from Z’maja. Note that even with that, it doesn’t always target you :).
  • Kiting the jumps from the different mini bosses.

2. Setup

Gear, attributes and consumables

Here is the setup I use for kiting. The other healer should use Olorime and drain as we are running double resto staff.

 SetWeightTraitEnchantment
HeadBogdanHeavyDivinesTristat
Shoulders Bogdan
LightDivinesMagicka
ChestWorm
LightDivinesMagicka
LegsWorm
LightDivinesTristat
HandsWorm
LightDivinesMagicka
WaistWorm
LightDivinesMagicka
FeetWorm
LightDivinesMagicka
NecklaceInfallible AetherArcaneSpell damage
Ring 1Infallible AetherSwiftMagicka Recovery
Ring 2Infallible AetherSwiftMagicka Recovery
Main bar weaponInfallible Aether Restoration StaffPoweredWeapon Damage enchant
Off bar weaponInfallible Aether Restoration StaffInfusedCrusher

I use Infallible Mage (or Infallible Aether) set on jewels and weapons : it is really helpful for the group as it gives high minor vulnerability uptimes. Try to keep it up on Z’maja and on the different mini bosses. I am using it on both bars as I am not using combat prayer, so asylum staff is not an option. In addition, I use Worm’s raiment since every dd in this trial should be magicka. It is a great supportive set for the group. As a monster set, I run Bogdan which is a great additional healing for you and your group, as every dds should be more or less always stacked.

I am running 6 pieces of Light armor, and using Max Magicka, Max Health food (such as the Solitude Salmon-Millet soup).

For attributes, I put 64 points in Magicka, as blue food gives us enough hp, and run the Atronach mundus for regen. I prefer this to gold food + ritual, because the increased max magicka pool is really comfortable. We will use tristats potions because we need that extra stamina back to sprint around the map, and warden has access to major sorcery and prophecy.

 

Stats

Here is a superstar screenshot of the build if you want to compare stats and gear.

 Skills

Front bar

  • Inner light gives a bit of extra max magicka, and major prophecy on front bar, which we don’t get otherwise because we are using tristats potions.
  • Enchanted growth, Illustrious Healing and Rapid regen are here to heal ourself and our group. Enchanted growth is our panic heal, beware that it needs to be targeted properly. We don’t spam rapid regen too much, just use it for ourselves when we’re out of the group, and when the group is moving. I prefer illustrious healing to healing springs in CR as it gives me more time to use other skills, such as orbs.
  • Energy orbs are to be used on our main tank and our dds for resources, they also do a ton of healing so spam them as much as possible.
  • Blue betty is here for our own sustain, as it gives us around 300 effect regen. We also use it for major sorcery, that we don’t get otherwise, and because it gives you 12% additional regen on our front bar for having it slotted.
  • ULTIMATE : We use Northern storm on our front bar to get an additional 8% max magicka. If your group is progressing, healing thicket is a great panic ult.

Back bar

  • Overflowing altar is an amazing skill in cloudrest, because the healing is does is incredibly useful when people get the healing debuff. Try to have it up as much as possible, in particular, we want no down time in execute.
  • Bone surge is a really useful skill in cloudrest, I use it almost only in execute. It helps our dds, and we can also help our tanks with it.
  • We use deceptive predator for the major expedition buff. It’s really helpful to pick up shards quickly, this way we can come back easily to heal our group. It also gives us 12% regen on our back bar.
  • Finally, we use Budding seeds pretty much only for the synergy. We want to center it on our main tank because the synergy goes to the three people closest to the center of the aoe.
  • ULTIMATE : Aggressive horn is our main ulti.

About traits and enchants

  • For body pieces, I use full divines with two tristats enchants. Infused on big pieces is also a strong choice.
  • For jewels, I run two swift, increasing my movement speed by 12%. I have been experimenting with it a bit, and found that using two swift jewels was really comfortable without being a huge sacrifice of resources, so I’d recommend to try out and see if you enjoy it !:)
  • For weapons, I like powered front bar to boost a bit my healing, cause I feel like it’s needed in the most intense phases of the fight. The weapon damage enchant helps to push that even more. On back bar, I run infused crusher to be able to debuff orbs and creepers. Be careful, if your tanks are using Torug’s, not to proc the enchant on minis or main boss.

3. Champion Points

While my blue CPs are the same as in my “standard” healing setup, I change my green and red CPs when I’m going in CR.

Green tree :

Sprinter 35
Warlord 30

Arcanist 75
Tenacity 75

Shadow Ward 20
Tumbling 35

In CR, I almost never block, which is why I use so little points in Shadow Ward. I put some of those in Sprinter as it helps a lot with mobility.

Red tree :

Iron Clad 72
Spell Shield 57

Thick Skinned 66
Elemental Defender 64

Quick Recovery 11

Almost all your incoming damage is magical (except for the damage from the little adds coming out of the portal).

Blue tree :

Blessed 100
Elfborn 81
Spell erosion 24
Elemental expert 32

Staff expert 9
Master-at-arms 13

Thaumaturge 28

 

4. Game play

Our role in there is pretty straightforwards : try to always be the furthest away from Z’maja, and pick up shards whenever your teammates are in the shadow world ! Here are some tips.

Malevolent Sphere dot

It can be hard at first to deal with the dot from the orbs, so make sure to have rapid regen on you, and put one or two springs on which to kite if you feel like you’re taking a lot of damage. Something to know is that the dot is applied by a projectile shot by the orbs when they are killed, that you can dodge or block : if you do, you won’t get afflicted by the dot.

Gryphon mechanics in +X

  • I would strongly advice not to take on the ice aoe. First of all, as we are supposed to kite away from the group, we will most likely drop it away too, and our teammates will have to spread to get it. Then, the snare is really annoying for us to pick up shards and react. Lastly, as we are away from the group, we don’t have nearly as much HoTs on us than the dds or the other healer, so the ice dot can kill us really easily.
  • If you get the fire bomb on you, you should obviously go in the group to avoid dying. The biggest danger is that it overlaps with the crushing darkness mechanics. In that case, try to wait as much as possible, buff yourself with major expedition, and then rush in the group. Make sure to announce this so your dds can prepare and stay stacked, making it easier for you. I try to always pop one bone shield when I get the fire bomb, so it protects people around even if they don’t use a shield themselves.
  • Make sure to avoid having the overload mechanics on your front bar. This is the bar on which you have all your healing power, so you should always have access to it.

Execute

  • During the execute, I am actively trying to avoid the baneful mark healing debuff by staying just a few steps away from the boss. Indeed, we have only one overflowing altar in the group so it means that I don’t have access to that synergy, making it much harder to heal up after the debuff.
  • Try to use bone shield as much as possible to protect your dds (without emptying your stamina pool as you want to be able to roll dodge if you’re targeted by a creeper). You should also monitor your main tank after each baneful mark. If he doesn’t get healed up fast enough, go to him to give him bone shield too : it really makes the biggest difference.
  • Keep synergies up to help the dds and the tanks :)!

Finally, here is the video of our gryphon heart run, where you can see how I played there. This wasn’t the best run for me cause I played really safe when the boss was under 40% hp, but still you can get an idea of the game play.

I hope this was helpful, if you have questions make sure to let me know :)!

Summerset Update – What is new for healers

Summerset Update – What is new for healers

The Summerset update finally came ! And with it, a lot of exciting changes for us healers. While I will update my healer guide soon (after some testings), I wanted to write this small post to discuss the main changes that are relevant to us […]

Infused vs. Arcane or Robust with Spell or Weapon Damage enchants (Wrathstone updated)

Infused vs. Arcane or Robust with Spell or Weapon Damage enchants (Wrathstone updated)

With the Summerset update, we have new jewelry traits appearing. In particular, in this post, I will talk about Infused and how it compared to Arcane (respectively Robust) using a spell (respectively weapon) damage enchantment. I consider each dd class, magicka and stamina, as well […]

Concussed in PvE – a healer point of view (Wrathstone updated)

Concussed in PvE – a healer point of view (Wrathstone updated)

In this post, I will discuss the concussed status effect, its importance for your group and how, as a healer, you should modify your gameplay to keep it up as much as possible. 🙂

Concussed ? How to apply it ?

Concussed is a status effect that has a chance to proc from lightning damage. A concussed target will have some kind of sparkles around its head. It also applies the minor vulnerability debuff to the target, increasing its damage taken by 8%! Finally, it lasts for 4 seconds, and can be refreshed without any cooldown.

It can proc from the following actions :

  • Shock enchants 20%.
  • Standard shock abilities 10%.
  • Area of effect shock abilities 5%.
  • Damage over time shock abilities 3%.
  • Area of effect damage over time shock abilities 1%.

Note that, in particular, it cannot proc from a shock light or heavy attack. However, the splash damage of a lightning heavy attack (Tri Focus passive from your destruction skill line) can apply it.

As a healer, we have two sources of concussed: either a shock enchant, orblockade of storms. Note that blockade has a very low probability to apply the status, as you can see from the list above. If you read my healing guide, you saw that I recommend using a shock enchant back bar if you don’t need to use a weakening enchant: indeed, it will proc concussion a lot :).

As you are using your shock enchant on your back bar, you will get +100% chance of applying concussed through the Elemental Force passive. If you are using a charged lightning staff, you will get an additional +220% chance to apply any status effect. This is additive with the Elemental Force bonus, which means you get in total +320% chance: your shock enchant will have a 84% chance to proc concussed.

Note that blockade of storms sets off-balance any concussed target, so keeping concussed up will also be important for your off-balance uptime!

Elemental Blockade: why it is amazing to keep any enchantment up

Before moving on to the next section, I just want to make a side note on how elemental blockade helps keeping an enchantment up on a target. Weapon enchantments proc on light and heavy attacks done with your weapon, and also from any ability from the weapon skill line that does damage. That means that no restoration staff ability can proc an enchantment – as none of them do damage: the enchant on your restoration staff requires you to weave to be procced. Weapon skill line AoE dots – such as elemental blockade or endless hail – will be able to proc your enchantments, and will do so everytime they tick: elemental blockade will proc your enchantment every time it is available.

Since Wolfhunter, elemental blockade now always procs the enchant of the bar from which it has been casted. That means, if you are running a shock enchant back bar and swap to your front bar, elemental blockade will keep on proccing your back bar enchant.

Sources of concussion in your group

As said above, a healer can provide concussion by using a shock enchant back bar. However, you may also get concussion from other members of your group, in particular, your magicka damage dealers.

As a fire enchantment does more damage than a shock enchant (due to burning), it is very likely than none of the damage dealers will be using a shock enchant :D. However, abilities such as force pulse or liquid lightning will contribute a bit to the concussed uptime, albeit with a low-ish probability. The one thing that will make a huge difference to your group will be whether or not some people are using (Perfected) Asylum destruction staves. Indeed, these will be a huge source of concussion (and also burning and chilled), as they transform Force Pulse so that :

Every second cast of Force shock will always apply the Burning, Concussion and Chilled status effects.

However, in the current patch, most magicka damage dealers are not using the Asylum destro staff.

Maximizing your concussion uptime

Since the changes of Wolfhunter to elemental blockade, in order to have a concussion uptime as high as possible, you should use the following setup:

  • On your front bar, a charged restoration staff. The enchantment here doesn’t matter and depends on the content you are doing.
  • On you back bar, an infused lightning staff with a shock enchant, using elemental blockade.

An infused lightning staff provides for more concussed than a charged lightning staff as long as we are running (and keeping up) elemental blockade. Indeed, if we were to stay only on our back bar, a charged lightning staff would provide for slightly more concussed than an infused lightning staff. However, as we swap on our front bar, the infused trait of the back bar is “retained”: elemental blockade keeps on proccing our shock enchant every 2s. On the contrary, charged trait on the back bar is not retained when swapping to our front bar. Therefore, on our front bar, concussed has twice has much chance to proc with an infused staff back bar.

What about Infallible Aether ?

Finally, it seems this discussion wouldn’t be complete without a word on this set. The Infallible Mage (or Infallible Aether – IA) set provides an interesting 5-items bonus :

(…) Enemies you damage with fully-charged Heavy Attacks are afflicted with Minor Vulnerability for 10 seconds, increasing their damage taken by 8%.

As mentioned in my healing guide, minor vulnerability is actually applied by the first tick of any channeled heavy attack (restoration or lightning heavy attacks). It is worth noting that while the target gets the Minor Vulnerability debuff if you are using this set, it will not be concussed: that means that it will not be set off-balance by a lightning blockade, unless it gets concussed from something else. Using IA doesn’t exempt you from using a shock enchant :). Proccing concussed means proccing minor vulnerability, but proccing minor vulnerability doesn’t mean proccing concussed.

IA should always be used in your group, as having minor vulnerability up at all time is a huge damage buff to your group. Whether you should pair it with a maximizing-concussed setup depends on your group composition, as we shall see on the next section.

What to use and when

As I wrote in the section above, IA is a must have to have in your group to provide as much minor vulnerability as possible. When it comes to maximizing your concussion uptime, here is what I recommend:

  • If your group is running stamina damage dealers, you should run the “maximizing concussed” setup (charged front bar+ infused shock back bar), as they have the exploiter passive (+10% damage on off-balanced target) unlocked. This will be the case on most bosses in Craglorn trials, as well as in Halls of Fabrication.
  • Some magicka damage dealers, in particular magicka templars or sorcerers, are likely to have the exploiter passive unlocked too. In that case, you want to run the “maximizing concussed” setup as well.
  • If your team is mainly composed of magicka nightblade (for example, in AS), running IA is enough as they won’t have the exploiter passive.

I hope you found it both interesting and helpful, make sure to leave a comment if you have questions !

Front Kiting in vAS – Healplar Guide (Wrathstone Updated)

Front Kiting in vAS – Healplar Guide (Wrathstone Updated)

Introduction Welcome to this new guide ! It will be a bit peculiar because it will be solely focused on how to front kite in vAS – that is, in front of Saint Olms, behind the main tank – as a templar. I will discuss […]

“Tabatta Heal Me!” – Healplar PvE Guide (Wrathstone Updated)

“Tabatta Heal Me!” – Healplar PvE Guide (Wrathstone Updated)

Introduction Welcome to my PvE healing guide :)! This build aims to be as general as possible, whether you are new to healing in ESO or you want to improve your healing game play, or just read different thoughts. While this is not going to […]

The Sanctified Fire – Magsorc PvE Nonpet Build (Wolfhunter Updated)

The Sanctified Fire – Magsorc PvE Nonpet Build (Wolfhunter Updated)

This build is no longer been updated, as I do not play magsorc anymore and Arthas left the game.

Introduction

Welcome to my Sanctified Fire build for magicka sorcerer ! This build is a nonpet build, based on a light attack rotation. The advantages are :

  • Huge Single Target damage : this build is more bursty than my pet build. The reason is that, without the pet, we will have a much better time sustaining a light attack rotation.
  • No pet ! That means no need to resummon it 20 times. No need to switch to a different build if you can’t use the pet in the fight … <3
  • Nice AoE damage, even though it will be lower than with a pet.

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Magicka Recovery vs. Cost Reduction glyphs – a healer point of view (Wrathstone updated)

Magicka Recovery vs. Cost Reduction glyphs – a healer point of view (Wrathstone updated)

Have you ever wondered if you should go with magicka recovery or with cost reduction glyphs on your jewels on your healer ? I will discuss here the benefits of one or the other and compare them for the different healing classes. 🙂