The Refabricant Scourge – Stamina Nightblade Two-Handed PvE DD & vMA Build -HotR

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    Masel92

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    Welcome to my Stamblade 2h Guide for HotR!

    If you know me, you also know that I’m a big fan of alternative Setups for Endgame content in ESO. Now that Stamina has fully arrived and many people go back to it, I experimented a lot woth a 2h Gear Setup on all Classes, and found the stamblade to be the class that it suits the best.

    The reason is the very nice class spammable Surprise attack, that is very good for weaving with 2h light and heavy attack, the Assassin’s will procs and the presence of leeching strikes. You could technically also use wrecking blow, but i found that you don’t have that much time to make use of your spammable after all and it simply is weaker than surprise attack in utility.

    Why a 2h in the first place?

    Because a 2h Weapon is fun, something else and still does great damage. The Cleave damage is amazing, you have high survivability and great sustain.

    Race: Redguard is hands down the best race. The sustain it gives is so nice, and all three Passives synergise perfectly with a melee stamina build. After that, Khajiit, Orc, Imperial and even dunmer can be good alternatives.

    Stats:

    Gear for Group Settings:

    Armor:

    All Divines

    1x Velidreth/Molag Kena Shoulder or Hat in Medium/Heavy

    5 War machine

    4 Briarheart

    Any 5+4+1 Combination works here.

    Weapons:

    Briarheart Greatsword, Infused, with Weapon Damage Glyph.

    The Maelstrom’s Bow, Infused/Nirnhoned, Thunderous Volley

    Gear for Solo Settings:

    Armor:

    All Divines

    1x Velidreth/Molag Kena Shoulder or Hat in Medium/Heavy

    5 Vicious Ophidian

    4 Briarheart

    Any 5+4+1 Combination works here.

    Weapons:

    Briarheart Greatsword, Infused, with Weapon Damage Glyph.

    The Maelstrom’s Bow, Infused/Nirnhoned, Thunderous Volley

    Why War machine?

    War machine in combination with Incapacitating strike is a really really strong combination that gives you and wo allies 15% damage done for 10 seconds, 20% more damage taken from the target, 1k DPS from the hit etc. The uptime on slayer is usually between 40-50% as we cast incap every second rotation on the back bar when it’s ready, which is very very nice.

    Why Briarheart?

    It is a selfish set, yes. It is better than hundings, but not by much. We spend about 30-35% of our rotation on our back bar. If we used Hunding’s Rage instead, we’d lose the 299 WD for 35% of the time, so we’d have to deduct abotu a 100 Weapon damage, leading to 200. Briarheart is up between 45-55% in the longer run, so we get about 222 Weapon Damage from it. It also buffs your Incap a lot of the times, which is why i think it is the better option.
    Substitutes?

    Support sets are always good to have. We wear War machine, but you can also use Night Mother’s Gaze instead of briarheart on the front bar only, it will still be up about 95% for sure. Sunderflame isn’t an option here as we dont heavy attack enough to make it useful. But most raids have night mother’s gaze already, so you might be free to boost your own damage.

    Bar Setup (Group Setting):

    Front bar:

    Brawler, Surprise Attack, Rearming trap, Relentless Focus, Killer’s Blade/Reverse Slice, Flawless Dawnbreaker

    Back Bar:

    Endless Hail, Razor Caltrops, Poison Injection, Leeching Strikes, Flex Spot, Incapacitating Strike
    Bar Setup (Solo Setting):

    Front Bar:

    Brawler, Surprise Attack, Rearming trap, Relentless Focus, Rally, Flawless Dawnbreaker

    Back bar:

    Endless Hail, Razor Caltrops, Poison Injection, Leeching Strikes, Mirage, Ballista

    Rotation+Video:
    Coming Soon

    Start with Leeching Strikes > Bar Swap > Relentless Focus > Trap > Potion > Bar swap > Hail > LA > Caltrops > LA > Injection > (LA > Leeching Strikes > LA> Incap every second Rotation) > Bar Swap > Brawler > LA > Surprise Attack > LA > Assassin’s Will (when ready) > LA > Rearming Trap > LA > Surprise Attack > Bar Swap > repeat

    After each second Spectral Bow, refresh the buff. It’s not a fully static rotation, but it makes it more interesting to play in my opinion.

    Full vMA run?

    Coming Soon

    Parses?

    This is a dummy parse done with just the above setup. I could obviously get more damage out if i used the lover+twice fanged snake, but what’s the point of optimizing your dps with a setup you won’t use anyway? I do dummy parses with the lowest possible number of selfbuffs to get good DPS that is amplifiable. This has fracture and minor berserk active obviously and 2k penetration form CP, but you still miss about 10.8k penetration to the cap, which is more than a 20% damage increase on top of those 35k dps, so you can expect a damage ceiling in the upper 40’s with raidbuffs active.

    Varlariel parse:

    Had to res once and this was an afternoon pug run, so there’s definetely more potential there!

    We had NMG, Sunderflame and a Tank with Infused Crusher and Alkosh.

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    Very unique I must say.

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    It looks pretty cool, thanks for sharing!

    I’m not too sure about Briarheart but I will give it another go some time.

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    Latin said on September 15, 2017 :

    It looks pretty cool, thanks for sharing!

    I’m not too sure about Briarheart but I will give it another gosome time.

    briarheart is probably the best Main bar only non support set in eso.
    50-55% uptime from the main bar only, equals 220 WD that stays on on the back bar. Take hundings as an example, we spend 1/3 of the time on the back bar, equals only 200 WD.

     

    Ofc you can also wear Night Mother’s Gaze or Hundings, they are easier to get and you can choose a crafted style.

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    Masel92 said on September 16, 2017 :

    Latin said on September 15, 2017 :

    It looks pretty cool, thanks for sharing!

    I’m not too sure about Briarheart but I will give it another gosome time.

    briarheart is probably the best Main bar only non support set in eso.
    50-55% uptime from the main bar only, equals 220 WD that stays on on the back bar. Take hundings as an example, we spend 1/3 of the time on the back bar, equals only 200 WD.

    Ofc you can also wear Night Mother’s Gaze or Hundings, they are easier to get and you can choose a crafted style.

    Fair enough, thanks for the explanation.

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    Hmm… I kinda like what you’ve done here. Except Briarheart kinda sucks, and the ideal setup would be with a War Machine 2H (so only active on front bar) and 5 Hunding’s on the body always active. My reasoning behind this:

    Switch Incap to the front bar and put Dawnbreaker on the back bar, it would give a much higher War Machine uptime and a more flexible rotation. Why Incap front bar? Same logic as Standard of Might. Apply all your DoTs before empowering them ;) I’d actually switch morphs from Incap to Soul Harvest if using War Machine. On any boss fight with adds, I can basically use Soul Harvest on every rotation.

    I’d say that the best way to fill up the last slot on the bow bar would be Mirage. You don’t have the mitigation from Deadly Cloak, so you must use some kind of extra mitigation here.

    Consider trying the Ultimate gain morph of Cleave also. It would also boost the Major Slayer uptime significantly at the cost of survivability. Needs some testing too…

    The uptime on the Berserker enchant on Varlariel seems too low to use Infused. Its netting you a total of 299 weapon damage vs the Nirnhoned 500 weapon damage (normal Berserker + Nirnhoned bonus). Another thing to try out would be Infused with a Poison glyph which might be slightly better than both of the above options, considering that it will give you a flat 2.5k DPS. So there’s some testing to be done on that end as well.

    Another thing is the Greatsword itself… Wouldn’t be my top choice, because until the execute phase, the 5% damage done will be additive with Minor Slayer, Major Slayer, Minor Berserk, Minor Vulnerability and Off-Balance. They’ve only fixed the execute scaling, which is now multiplicative with the buffs. But the buffs themselves are still additive. So I think that a Battle-Axe would be the best choice for now. Sure, its only single target, but the DPS gain will be significant and pretty consistant considering the high proc chance of a 2H weapon.

    Although with a 2H setup, you won’t be getting a 50k burst on the 3mil dummy like with a DW setup, you’d still be within the 45-46k which is still very good considering the amount of Cleave damage you’ll also be pulling out. I’m still missing a War Machine dagger myself, so using Hunding’s there instead for now and been getting as high as 48k and 45k on 3mil and 6mil dummies respectively. With the War Machine burst, I expect those numbers to go over 50k on 3mil and 46k on 6mil. I’m definitely going to try a 2H setup tonight because it does intrigue me and because I happen to have a Infused Battle-Axe.

    Either way nice ideas and great job on the writeup!

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    Also if the second bar setup is for vMA, you’d need to swap Trap to the back bar instead of Mirage and add Vigor to the front bar. For setting up portal spawns, having all your DoTs on one bar is much more efficient, so Trap on back bar isn’t a big deal anyway. Rally alone isn’t enough and it causes you to lose DPS since you can’t DPS and burst heal at the same time. HoTs FTW. I’d actually drop Rally altogether for vMA, the extra heal is over the top, its not really needed, Leeching Strikes and Vigor will do the job. And instead of Rally I’d use Power Extraction or Reverse Slice there for the spammable AoE which you might sometimes need. Obviously, Soul Harvest on the front bar, always for vMA.

    And obviously, instead of War Machine you’d be using VO and instead of Briarheart/Hunding’s you’d be using NMG for vMA. I’d say Nirnhoned or Sharpened GS with a Poison Enchant and a Sharp vMA bow. Probably the Thief mundus is the best option in this case since you don’t get any crit cause you don’t have daggers.

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    IzakiBrotherSs said on September 17, 2017 :

    Also if the second bar setup is for vMA, you’d need to swap Trap to the back bar instead of Mirage and add Vigor to the front bar. For setting up portal spawns, having all your DoTs on one bar is much more efficient, so Trap on back bar isn’t a big deal anyway. Rally alone isn’t enough and it causes you to lose DPS since you can’t DPS and burst heal at the same time. HoTs FTW. I’d actually drop Rally altogether for vMA, the extra heal is over the top, its not really needed, Leeching Strikes and Vigor will do the job. And instead of Rally I’d use Power Extraction or Reverse Slice there for the spammable AoE which you might sometimes need. Obviously, Soul Harvest on the front bar, always for vMA.

    And obviously, instead of War Machine you’d be using VO and instead of Briarheart/Hunding’s you’d be using NMG for vMA. I’d say Nirnhoned or Sharpened GS with a Poison Enchant and a Sharp vMA bow. Probably the Thief mundus is the best option in this case since you don’t get any crit cause you don’t have daggers.

    Good ideas there! Problem for me would be that i don’t have an Infused WM 2h Weapon. The point of infused is that it still buffs the Thunderous volley. I always get lower DPS with Nirn than Infused for that reason…

    Concerning Brawler…. The Ultimate Moprh will obviously boost your Major Slayer Uptime, BUT the shield is what makes brawler so great. Without brawler a 2h is so Vulnerable to incoming damage… In raids, all you need to do is cast Brawler when you expect incoming Damage and it will outshield those spikes easily. Mirage is a really unreliable skill in raids as it is random, and i’ve felt that the shield from Brawler is really needed, especially in HoF.

    Briarheart isn’t bad at all in my opinion. Might be that WM on front bar is better, but it’s RNG in there, i havent gotten a usable WM 2h weapon yet…

     

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    Masel92 said on September 18, 2017 :

    IzakiBrotherSs said on September 17, 2017 :

    Also if the second bar setup is for vMA, you’d need to swap Trap to the back bar instead of Mirage and add Vigor to the front bar. For setting up portal spawns, having all your DoTs on one bar is much more efficient, so Trap on back bar isn’t a big deal anyway. Rally alone isn’t enough and it causes you to lose DPS since you can’t DPS and burst heal at the same time. HoTs FTW. I’d actually drop Rally altogether for vMA, the extra heal is over the top, its not really needed, Leeching Strikes and Vigor will do the job. And instead of Rally I’d use Power Extraction or Reverse Slice there for the spammable AoE which you might sometimes need. Obviously, Soul Harvest on the front bar, always for vMA.

    And obviously, instead of War Machine you’d be using VO and instead of Briarheart/Hunding’s you’d be using NMG for vMA. I’d say Nirnhoned or Sharpened GS with a Poison Enchant and a Sharp vMA bow. Probably the Thief mundus is the best option in this case since you don’t get any crit cause you don’t have daggers.

    Good ideas there! Problem for me would be that i don’t have an Infused WM 2h Weapon. The point of infused is that it still buffs the Thunderous volley. I always get lower DPS with Nirn than Infused for that reason…

    Concerning Brawler…. The Ultimate Moprh will obviously boost your Major Slayer Uptime, BUT the shield is what makes brawler so great. Without brawler a 2h is so Vulnerable to incoming damage… In raids, all you need to do is cast Brawler when you expect incoming Damage and it will outshield those spikes easily. Mirage is a really unreliable skill in raids as it is random, and i’ve felt that the shield from Brawler is really needed, especially in HoF.

    Briarheart isn’t bad at all in my opinion. Might be that WM on front bar is better, but it’s RNG in there, i havent gotten a usable WM 2h weapon yet…

    Aw crap, totally forgot about Infused affecting the vMA bow lol… Try out the Poison Enchant, I think its a more reliable source of DPS to be honest than Berserker.

    Mirage is actually pretty OP, much like Shuffle in PvP. Funny thing is that it allows you to dodge certain AoEs, like those spinning blades in HoF for example. I think its worth slotting Mirage just for the Hemorrage passive on the back bar, that way you can put Dawnbreaker there, which allows you to use Incap on the front bar. And I mean its always good to dodge some stuff without doing anything. After all, the whole point of War Machine is to have the highest possible uptime even at the cost of a messed up rotation. The benefit of Soul Harvest on the front bar is: you get extra ultimate if one of your DoT ticks finishes off an add (happens very often that Hail or Caltrops deliver the killing blow). Now the only “issue” with that is that you’ll be getting ultimate way faster than your rotation goes. At this point, Incap isn’t really part of the rotation anymore, you just use it even if the next thing you do is barswap to apply DoTs. More group DPS > More of your own DPS. That’s probably the worst case scenario, but you should still have time to get back to the front bar and fire off a Scourge that’s buffed by both the Incap and the Major Slayer.

    I think that its almost a fact that WM on front bar is better… You only need to have it active on one bar anyway. And a perma active Hunding’s Rage > Briarheart that has a long cooldown.

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    IzakiBrotherSs said on September 18, 2017 :

    Masel92 said on September 18, 2017 :

    Good ideas there! Problem for me would be that i don’t have an Infused WM 2h Weapon. The point of infused is that it still buffs the Thunderous volley. I always get lower DPS with Nirn than Infused for that reason…

    Concerning Brawler…. The Ultimate Moprh will obviously boost your Major Slayer Uptime, BUT the shield is what makes brawler so great. Without brawler a 2h is so Vulnerable to incoming damage… In raids, all you need to do is cast Brawler when you expect incoming Damage and it will outshield those spikes easily. Mirage is a really unreliable skill in raids as it is random, and i’ve felt that the shield from Brawler is really needed, especially in HoF.

    Briarheart isn’t bad at all in my opinion. Might be that WM on front bar is better, but it’s RNG in there, i havent gotten a usable WM 2h weapon yet…

    Aw crap, totally forgot about Infused affecting the vMA bow lol… Try out the Poison Enchant, I think its a more reliable source of DPS to be honest than Berserker.

    Mirage is actually pretty OP, much like Shuffle in PvP. Funny thing is that it allows you to dodge certain AoEs, like those spinning blades in HoF for example. I think its worth slotting Mirage just for the Hemorrage passive on the back bar, that way you can put Dawnbreaker there, which allows you to use Incap on the front bar. And I mean its always good to dodge some stuff without doing anything. After all, the whole point of War Machine is to have the highest possible uptime even at the cost of a messed up rotation. The benefit of Soul Harvest on the front bar is: you get extra ultimate if one of your DoT ticks finishes off an add (happens very often that Hail or Caltrops deliver the killing blow). Now the only “issue” with that is that you’ll be getting ultimate way faster than your rotation goes. At this point, Incap isn’t really part of the rotation anymore, you just use it even if the next thing you do is barswap to apply DoTs. More group DPS > More of your own DPS. That’s probably the worst case scenario, but you should still have time to get back to the front bar and fire off a Scourge that’s buffed by both the Incap and the Major Slayer.

    I think that its almost a fact that WM on front bar is better… You only need to have it active on one bar anyway. And a perma active Hunding’s Rage > Briarheart that has a long cooldown.

    The infused + vMA bow synergy will be RIP next month anyway. Tested with all kinds of traits on PTS and the hail doesn’t get affected by infused anymore (not surprising as it is a set bonus now).

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    Masel92 said on September 19, 2017 :

    IzakiBrotherSs said on September 18, 2017 :

    Aw crap, totally forgot about Infused affecting the vMA bow lol… Try out the Poison Enchant, I think its a more reliable source of DPS to be honest than Berserker.

    Mirage is actually pretty OP, much like Shuffle in PvP. Funny thing is that it allows you to dodge certain AoEs, like those spinning blades in HoF for example. I think its worth slotting Mirage just for the Hemorrage passive on the back bar, that way you can put Dawnbreaker there, which allows you to use Incap on the front bar. And I mean its always good to dodge some stuff without doing anything. After all, the whole point of War Machine is to have the highest possible uptime even at the cost of a messed up rotation. The benefit of Soul Harvest on the front bar is: you get extra ultimate if one of your DoT ticks finishes off an add (happens very often that Hail or Caltrops deliver the killing blow). Now the only “issue” with that is that you’ll be getting ultimate way faster than your rotation goes. At this point, Incap isn’t really part of the rotation anymore, you just use it even if the next thing you do is barswap to apply DoTs. More group DPS > More of your own DPS. That’s probably the worst case scenario, but you should still have time to get back to the front bar and fire off a Scourge that’s buffed by both the Incap and the Major Slayer.

    I think that its almost a fact that WM on front bar is better… You only need to have it active on one bar anyway. And a perma active Hunding’s Rage > Briarheart that has a long cooldown.

    The infused + vMA bow synergy will be RIP next month anyway. Tested with all kinds of traits on PTS and the hail doesn’t get affected by infused anymore (not surprising as it is a set bonus now).

    Yeah but Infused is still worth it just for the Poison enchant, now the good thing is that you can also now back bar the Weapon Damage enchant on the 2H setup.

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    How badly does dropping Killer’s Blade for Reverse Slice harm the build?

    I ask because my stamblade is a thief who insists on using the Concealed Weapon morph.

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