User:Khomet/Kway

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Synopsis[edit]

I'm calling this team Kway in the tradition of Racway, Sabway, etc. I vanquished everywhere with a team similar to Racway but found it wanting in a few areas, specifically AoE damage to wipe out mobs quickly. Paragons do not have any form of AoE damage so I found ways to provide it in the form of Splinter Weapon and Volley. I also wanted to have spirits or minions as I have found them to be very helpful in drawing enemy fire. This team gives good dps, constant AoE damage, damage resistance, interrupts, crits, burning, weakness, deep wound, and extra adrenaline for all. All attackers have permanent IAS. The volley paragons should have a Sundering or Vampiric Shortbow of Fortitude with 15>50 inscription, the ritualist should have a Hale Staff of Enchanting (+30 health, +20% enchantments, +5 energy) if running the SoS/Orders variant, otherwise any channeling or illusion staff will do. Centurion or Survivor insignias preferred for the paragons, shaman's or survivor or radiant insignia for the ritualist.

Advantages vs. Racway:

  • The Imbagon delivers more damage and can gain adrenaline much faster
  • All paragons have faster adrenaline gain with Anthem of Fury
  • GFTE x 2, Find Their Weakness x 2
  • Chants and refrains to cause mass weakness and burning
  • AoE damage from Volley and Splinter Weapon
  • AoE interrupts and knockdowns if using the Rt/Me hero
  • AoE daze and damage if using the Fevered Dreams P/Me hero
  • Two forms of mass hex removal
  • Spirits draw enemy fire, add to dps, deliver conditions

Advantages vs. melee teams:

  • All team members stay in the ward and shout zone to gain maximum benefit from them
  • Not affected by crippled, snares, kiting, etc.
  • Can switch targets instantly

Thanks to MasterSasori, Daesu, HigherMinion and Smarty from Guild Wars Guru for help in optimizing the team against areas with many hexes and conditions. Mobs of Mandragors and Horai Wingshielder's group in Dalada Uplands were useful for testing.

Modifications from original Kway: changed the P/Me to take advantage of updated mesmer skills, moved Anthem of Fury to the P/R, changed elite on the Imbagon (Focused Anger is extreme overkill if using Spear of Fury). Original team build here: http://pvx.wikia.com/index.php?title=User:Khomet/Kway_Original

Team Build[edit]

  • Player: P/W Imbagon or similar
  • Hero 1: P/R Volley paragon (Anthem of Fury)
  • Hero 2: P/R Volley paragon (Song of Purification) or P/Me Hex Eater paragon
  • Hero 3: Rt/X SoS/Splinter
  • For the remainder of the group, the following henchmen are best: barrage ranger, mesmer or elementalist, healer, healer. Rangers benefit from orders, splinter, and EBSoH. Elementalist benefits from EBSoH. Mesmer can give additional interrupts and enchant removal.
  • If you are with another player: physical attackers have good synergy, fire elementalists have good synergy, minions and spirits benefit from GTFE and various anthems.

7 Hero Build[edit]

  • Player: P/W Imbagon or similar
  • Hero 1: P/R Volley paragon (Anthem of Fury)
  • Hero 2: P/R Volley paragon (Song of Purification)
  • Hero 3: P/Me Hex Eater paragon
  • Hero 4: Me/N Fevered Dreams / Fragility mesmer
  • Hero 5: Rt/N SoS/Splinter/Orders
  • Hero 6: Rt/X Restoration/Splinter
  • Hero 7: Mo/Me Healing Burst monk

Imbagon (Player)[edit]

Choose one of the following or create your own.

"Guardian" features instant usage of Save Yourselves, even outside of combat. "Furious Angel" does more damage and uses They're On Fire.

Although the team build is designed for a paragon player other physical attackers will work almost as well. If possible bring Save Yourselves and skills that will help to charge it quickly; the paragons will help your adrenaline with Anthem of Fury and the Rt/N will help with Mark of Fury. W/P or R/W are probably ideal for this role because they can bring Save Yourselves while attacking at range. If you are playing Ritualist or Necromancer you can replace the Orders/Splinter hero. If you are playing Elementalist then it makes sense to bring even more sources of Burning and modify one of the paragons to use They're On Fire for imbagon-like damage reduction. If you are playing Mesmer a Fevered Dreams and Fragility build would add both damage and mass daze as well as spreading the other conditions around. If you are playing something else then modify the build as required; the team does fairly heavy physical damage and has a lot of condition spam so try to take advantage of this.

Volley paragon[edit]

Paragon Paragon / Ranger Ranger
Marksmanship 12
Leadership 11+1+1
Command 6+1
Volley.jpg
Volley
Keen Arrow.jpg
Keen Arrow
Burning Refrain.jpg
Burning Refrain
Anthem of Fury.jpg
Anthem of Fury
"Go for the Eyes!".jpg
"Go for the Eyes!"
"Find Their Weakness!".jpg
"Find Their Weakness!"
Aggressive Refrain.jpg
Aggressive Refrain
Signet of Return.jpg
Signet of Return
Paragon Paragon / Ranger Ranger
Marksmanship 12
Leadership 10+1+1
Command 7
Motivation 4+1
Volley.jpg
Volley
Keen Arrow.jpg
Keen Arrow
Anthem of Flame.jpg
Anthem of Flame
Song of Purification.jpg
Song of Purification
"Go for the Eyes!".jpg
"Go for the Eyes!"
"Find Their Weakness!".jpg
"Find Their Weakness!"
Aggressive Refrain.jpg
Aggressive Refrain
Signet of Return.jpg
Signet of Return

These paragons deliver AoE damage with Volley which also serves to build adrenaline quickly. Anthem of Fury boosts adrenaline gain for the entire team and Song of Purification removes two conditions on each party member with every use with only 5 motivation. If you do not need extra hex removal set one of your paragons to run the Anthem of Fury build and set the other one to run the Song of Purification build. Use Burning Refrain on all attackers when you enter a zone; the paragon with Anthem of Flame will maintain all of the refrains forever. Variants: exchange Keen Arrow for Distracting Shot or Crossfire or Called Shot, depending on the area.

Hex Eater paragon[edit]

Paragon Paragon / Mesmer Mesmer
Spear Mastery 11+1
Motivation 11+1
Leadership 8+1+1
Inspiration Magic 3
Vicious Attack.jpg
Vicious Attack
Finale of Restoration.jpg
Finale of Restoration
Chorus of Restoration.jpg
Chorus of Restoration
Hexbreaker Aria.jpg
Hexbreaker Aria
Hex Eater Signet.jpg
Hex Eater Signet
Expel Hexes.jpg
Expel Hexes
Aggressive Refrain.jpg
Aggressive Refrain
Signet of Return.jpg
Signet of Return
Paragon Paragon / Mesmer Mesmer
Spear Mastery 11+1
Leadership 8+1+1
Illusion Magic 11
Inspiration Magic 3
Vicious Attack.jpg
Vicious Attack
Spear of Redemption.jpg
Spear of Redemption
Fevered Dreams.jpg
Fevered Dreams
Fragility.jpg
Fragility
Hex Eater Signet.jpg
Hex Eater Signet
Hexbreaker Aria.jpg
Hexbreaker Aria
Aggressive Refrain.jpg
Aggressive Refrain
Signet of Return.jpg
Signet of Return

The Hex Eater paragon has mass hex removal and delivers damage with spear attacks. This works very well in hex-heavy areas, as the hex eater paragon can clean hexes off of herself as well as others. The Fevered Dreams variant will be delivering mass daze, deep wound, burning, and weakness as well as damage whenever those conditions are applied.

SoS/Splinter[edit]

Ritualist Ritualist / Necromancer Necromancer
Blood Magic 10
Channeling Magic 12+1+1
Spawning Power 8+1
Splinter Weapon.jpg
Splinter Weapon
Order of Pain.jpg
Order of Pain
Blood Bond.jpg
Blood Bond
Mark of Fury.jpg
Mark of Fury
Signet of Spirits.jpg
Signet of Spirits
Bloodsong.jpg
Bloodsong
Spirit Siphon.jpg
Spirit Siphon
Boon of Creation.jpg
Boon of Creation
Ritualist Ritualist / Mesmer Mesmer
Illusion Magic 10
Channeling Magic 12+1+1
Spawning Power 8+1
Splinter Weapon.jpg
Splinter Weapon
Painful Bond.jpg
Painful Bond
Wandering Eye.jpg
Wandering Eye
Signet of Clumsiness.jpg
Signet of Clumsiness
Signet of Spirits.jpg
Signet of Spirits
Bloodsong.jpg
Bloodsong
Spirit Siphon.jpg
Spirit Siphon
Boon of Creation.jpg
Boon of Creation

Delivers armor ignoring damage to the team with Order of Pain, Splinter Weapon, and spirits. The mesmer variant has Wandering Eye and Signet of Clumsiness for damage and AoE knockdown. Note: Strip Enchantment replaced with Mark of Fury due to the 2010-12-09 skill update; use Gaze of Contempt in this slot if you need it. Use Mirror of Disenchantment on the Rt/Me if you need it.

Benefits for physical damage dealers[edit]

  • Anthem of Fury (+4 adrenaline)
  • Anthem of Flame and Burning Refrain (burning)
  • Anthem of Weariness (weakness)
  • Go For The Eyes (x2) (more critical hits)
  • Find Their Weakness (x2) (damage and deep wound)
  • Ebon Battle Standard of Honor (+15 damage per attack)
  • Order of Pain (+12 damage per attack, multiple attacks with Volley)
  • Blood Bond (+17 health per hit, multiple hits with Volley)
  • Mark of Fury (adrenaline boost and cracked armor if target lives that long)
  • Splinter Weapon (mass AoE damage, multiple simultaneous hits with Volley)
  • Save Yourselves (+100 armor to all other party members)
  • Song of Purification (mass condition removal)
  • Hexbreaker Aria (mass hex removal)
  • Hex Eater Signet (mass hex removal)

Benefits for casters[edit]

  • Ebon Battle Standard of Honor (+15 damage per damage packet)
  • Save Yourselves (+100 armor to all other party members)
  • Song of Purification (mass condition removal)
  • Hexbreaker Aria (mass hex removal)
  • Hex Eater Signet (mass hex removal)


Why are paragons using bows?[edit]

This idea was born of a desire to gain multi-attack capability, hitting the same target multiple times or hitting multiple targets with one attack. This increases the paragon's adrenaline gain and damage per second and it has a multiplicative effect with other damage boosters. Ranged weapons are preferred since all ranged attackers will stay within Ebon Battle Standard of Honor, thus increasing damage. In addition ranged attackers are not affected by kiting, crippling, snaring hexes, etc. so it comes down to a choice between bows and spears. On a P/R with a shortbow and aggressive refrain up, he will attack once every 1.5 seconds, whereas the spear wielder attacks once every 1.1 seconds. In 6 seconds the spear wielder attacks 5 times, gaining 5 adrenaline. The bow wielder attacks 4 times in 6 seconds, gaining 4 adrenaline. Not much of a difference. If he uses Volley three times (recharge:2s) and hits more than one target, he can potentially gain up to 12 adrenaline, and he will also have time for an additional bow attack... so in the same 6 seconds, the bow wielder can gain 4 adrenaline (worst case) and up to 13 adrenaline (best case) in the same amount of time the spear wielder gains 5. Also note that the volley paragon only needs to hit 1 additional target during the whole 6 seconds to equal the spear wielder, and he will exceed the spear wielder if he can hit more than that. The spear can never deliver multiple hits and spear damage suffers greatly because other weapons are able to take better advantage of Splinter Weapon, Orders, EBSoH, Mark of Pain, etc. As shown in the table below, the bow wielder will be slightly worse than the spear if conditions are poor, but more than 2.5 times better if conditions are perfect. Single targets are not much of a threat so I chose to optimize for multiple targets.

spear: 5 attacks in 6s, adrenaline gain 5, damage = (5 x weapon damage) + (5 x buffs)
shortbow with volley: 4 attacks in 6s, adrenaline gain 4-13, damage = (4-13 x weapon damage) + (4-13 x buffs)

Notes[edit]

  • With Anthem of Fury and Volley the volley paragons can gain 8 adrenaline instantly.
  • With Orders and the Ebon Ward autoattacks are doing +27 damage (plus splinter weapon damage) and can also cause burning and inflict critical hits.
  • Volley discharges almost all of Splinter Weapon in one shot if hitting 4 targets. This is huge armor ignoring spike damage.
  • Spirits draw enemy fire away from the rest of your team, use this to your advantage.
  • All attackers should be dealing physical damage to gain the benefit from Order of Pain.
  • All attackers should be dealing ranged damage to gain the benefit from Ebon Battle Standard of Honor.
  • Good synergy with minion masters or minion bombers because of Go For The Eyes.
  • Good synergy with spirit spam because some paragon anthems affect spirits, e.g. anthem of disruption, anthem of weariness, anthem of flame, anthem of envy.
  • Good synergy with AP/MoP callers and other physical damage enhancement.
  • Good synergy with fire elementalists if using the Furious Angel imbagon variant.
  • With Guardian imbagon variant: You can gain 8 adrenaline instantly by using Focused Anger followed by Make Your Time. This allows the use of Save Yourselves to protect the team before engaging the enemy. If Anthem of Fury is active you can gain 10 adrenaline in one hit.
  • With Furious Angel imbagon variant: Spear of Fury can give 9.33 adrenaline in one hit, and if Anthem of Fury is active he can gain 14.66 adrenaline in one hit. In this case it is best to use Wild Throw (which triggers Anthem of Fury) and gain 6.66 adrenaline, after that you can trigger SY again with only one additional hit. You can have SY up as soon as the battle begins by using Anthem of Weariness--> Spear of Fury --> Save Yourselves.

Screenshots[edit]

Tahnnakai Temple mission in hardmode with some guildmates. No consumables.

15 minutes elapsed

Complete in 18:12


Kway versus Mallyx

Kway versus Mallyx


Kway versus Fissure of Woe hardmode. No consumables.

FoW hardmode