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Which runes for Ele (WvW staff backliner)?

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Lakshmi
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Posted On: 05/24/2015 at 11:36 AM

I leveled my Ele to 80 to play in the Staff Backliner role in WvW.   What I enjoy about the class/role is weaving support for allies in with my personal DPS.  I've been swapping attunements pretty frequently to spread buffs, DPSing, and dropping/blasting water, static and ice fields as needed to support allies.  I'm still working on getting better at might stacking for allies (seems a little harder with staff than D/D).  My stats are sentinel/soldier armor, zerker weapons and zerker trinkets.

Here's my dilemma: which runes?  I'm considering a few different types, but I just don't have enough experience yet to know why to choose one over the other.  Any tips?  

more support:  Hoelbrak?  Pack?  Or +boon duration?  Or +regen duration?  (I'm reluctant to stack healing power, since it seems so under-powered.  But maybe together with regen/duration -- dwayna-- it's worth it?)

more personal DPS:  Strength? (does the might duration apply to might shared with allies, too?)

 

something else: ???

Thanks! ~Shmi

 

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Laoch de na Fhiaigh Liath
LeslieoftheStars
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Replied On: 05/24/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Hi Shmi,

Do you remember Aingeal? He was awesome and I do miss him, he talked me into spending a fair amount of money, badges and even laurels on a power/support staff ele awhile back. Fab and another family member helped me tweak it, as I found I still didn't have quite the vitality I needed even with the Soldiers armour. It is working really well for me in WvW. You will get used to using your staff for the might too, it just takes a bit of time using it. I will be happy to bring my ele up and let you know what I run for traits, etc., when you are on:). I think my runes are Superior Runes of Divinity.

~Leslie

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PuaHone
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Replied On: 05/24/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Found this post on the official GW2 forums:

 

https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/professions/elementalist/Pack-Runes-on-Elementalists-WvW

 

There is support for Strength, Hoelbrak, or Pack runes.  

 

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Laoch de na Ulchabhan Dearg
Lakshmi
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Replied On: 05/24/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Thanks Leslie -- I'd love to see that info.

I thought a little bit about runes of divinity, but I want to rule out the "active" runes first (since those just add more stats).   It's possible to get stats from my other gear, but not extra effects. (Just to give an example: shouts clear a condition on Trooper runes.  Not for elementalist, of course, but it can be a game changer for warrior/guard.)  I don't know how valuable extra effects from a particular rune set might be for ele -- and that's why I'm asking. :)

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Jordyee
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Replied On: 05/24/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

You need to get up with Imademuffins or Dreamtrip, they are the 2 most active else I see on the battlefield.

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Laoch de na Ulchabhan Dearg
Lakshmi
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Replied On: 05/24/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Pua -- AWESOME thread, thanks.   Exactly the kind of analysis I was hoping for :)

Since I'm starting out 0/0/2/6/6, I think I'll try Pack for a while. 

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LeslieoftheStars
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Replied On: 05/25/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Shmi,

I am a power/support blaster ele and your traits are totally different than mine:). I run 6/0/0/2/6! The six in fire is pretty optimal for the dps as well and has many benefits, thus the superior runes of divinity. My trinkets are mixed as well, would love to talk you when we have time and have our eles up:P. 

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PuaHone
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Replied On: 05/25/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

I recommend that you go to the Heart of the Mists (PvP zone) and test out the runes on the target golems and maybe even the bosses that are in the area.   It's not exactly the same as PvE or WvW, but you will not have to spend gold to the try the runes.  For PvE, Strength and Hoelbrak runes are almost 9 gold each while the Pack ones are about 7 gold.

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DerishofDarkness
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Replied On: 05/26/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

My recommendation would be the following:

Elementalist Staff Backline

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LeslieoftheStars
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Replied On: 05/26/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Those skills are not blasting skills though & the frost bow and fgs are very beneficial in WvW as well. I also stand strong on 6 in Fire and 2 in water - the benefits of the fire trait are amazing.

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Sekkerhund
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Replied On: 05/26/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT
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What Derish posted is very similar to what I run for Aithne, but I have her in a bit more zerker gear.

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Replied On: 05/27/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT
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I use traveler's runes because I drive golems :3

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LeslieoftheStars
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Replied On: 05/27/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Well Aingeal did make this for me so maybe I am unique lol. I do a lot of dps though and Arcane Wave is our blaster so I don't WvW without it - for static fields, and our earth/fire combo's. 

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Valin
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Replied On: 05/27/2015 at 11:36 AM PDT

Mine

It's not the most meta setup but that is because I swap from d/d to staff to s/d depending on what we are doing and I don't want to have forgotten to swap blasting staff out when I put my staff away.

I like the Pack runes because, let's be honest, you are always taking some form of heat and the buff combo for yourself and those near you is a nice bonus.



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