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DPS Daredevil WvW Zerg Build

GW2. WvW Build. DPS Daredevil Zerg Build. Thief World vs World.


Last Update: October 2023


The DPS Staff Daredevil is a frontliner thief build for WvW Zerging that deals massive burst damage in small areas with the Staff 5 Vault skill. Vault is a somewhat predictable and singular attack that can be countered easily by Aegis or Blind which is very common, so most of the time you will want to remove it by dodging which deals a bit of damage, swapping weapon for Hydromancy, or casting Signet of Agility before your Staff 5 attack lands to cleanse any weakness/blinds. This build is also great for focusing one target because Steal with the Bountiful Theft trait will always prioritize removing Aegis > Stability > Protection.

While the build is a bit risky due to being full melee, it can still survive due to having many evades, but you need to understand the animations and chaining evades. Vault’s evade frame is the first half of the animation, so you are vulnerable before the damage hits and then there is a decent after-cast. Minimize this after-cast by swapping weapon right after the damage lands, since you will be using two staves anyway. Swapping weapon also gives initiative and an extra dodge due to Quick Pockets and Energy Sigil, so you want to swap often, but the timing of the swap is important so you can get value from triggering the Hydromancy Sigil or canceling an animation.

Mostly you will alternate between Dodging to gain the Bounding Dodger damage modifier and Staff 5 to chain evades while landing huge burst damage on enemies. Both of these movements count as a leap finisher, allowing you to gain many different effects just by leaping through all of the combo fields in large fights, especially water fields which will heal you. Staff 2 can also be great damage against moving targets that are hard to land your Staff 5 on. Stealing to a target will always remove stability, and Basilisk Venom can be shared to your party members to stun on your and their next hit, allowing you to lock down your target for long enough to burst them.

Basic Burst Combo: Basilisk Venom > Dodge + Steal > Staff 5 > Weapon Swap > Staff 2

Remember that the damage of Staff 5 does not happen if you teleport mid-animation, like Steal or Shadowstep, so if you want to combine a damage skill with your steal, you can Dodge or Staff 2 there instead.

While the build is mechanically simple, it is fully melee with no defenses besides dodging and Shadowstep, so timing and positioning is very important for when you go in. Always have Shadowstep up if you decide to go deep. Shadowstep can be used to enter into the backline, do your damage, and then exit quickly. It can also be used to port out if you enter with Steal, and then you can re-enter with the Shadow Return once you’ve regained your endurance and initiative.

Staff 3 and 4 are often not used, but have their specific situational uses. Staff 4 is your only somewhat ranged attack which is quick, so it can sometimes be useful. Staff 3 will remove Immobilize on you which helps you to easily escape one of the most dangerous conditions.


Equipment

ItemStatRune / Sigil
Helm
Marauder
Shoulders
Marauder
Coat
Marauder
Gloves
Marauder
Leggings
Marauder
Boots
Marauder

Primary Weapon Set

Staff
Marauder

Secondary Weapon Set

Staff
Marauder

ItemStat
Amulet
Marauder
Ring
Marauder
Ring
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Accessory
Marauder
Backpiece
Marauder

Relic

Consumables

Infusions

Optional
x18

Alternatives

  • Sigils: replace a Hydromancy Sigil for Bloodlust if you want more sustained damage
  • Relic when using Acrobatics or Vigor uptime is provided by others
  • Relic for more burst damage but less sustain

Skills

StaffHeal / Utility / Elite
Stealth Attack

Alternatives

  • Utility: replace Assassin’s Signet for the extra stun break when your party lacks stability
  • Elite: when you prefer to split from your team often

Traits


Alternatives

  • Daredevil: if you need more cleansing

Replace Critical Strikes for Acrobatics when your team lacks support



Build Template

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