Thief sPvP | Tournament Pistol/Pistol, Shortbow | Team fighter Thief P/P sPVP - Mow 'em down!

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Summary

Single target sPVP Thief troll build. Everyone expects S/D or D/P so when they get mowed down in 4 seconds by a P/P Thief they're left wondering what in the hell just happened.

 

Approach the match differently than you're used to and you'll be fine. You aren't the last-meta Thief any longer. You're an asset to a teamfight with high damage on high priority targets. You will mow everything down. I promise.

 

Good positioning is important. Select high priority targets and destroy them quickly. Use your stuns and interrupt appropriately!


I. Weapons and Skills

PvP Pistol
  • Weapon Strength: 876-1029
PvP Pistol
  • Weapon Strength: 876-1029
PvP Shortbow
  • Weapon Strength: 905-1000
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
  • Hook Strike¾
    Attack your foes with stealth, knocking enemies down.
    Damage: 163Knockdown: 2sRange: 130
  • Vital Shot½
    Bleed your foe with a shot to the vitals.
    Damage: 165Bleeding: 4 s (170 damage)Combo Finisher: Projectile (20% chance)Range: 900
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  • Body Shot½ 3
    Make your foe vulnerable with a body shot.
    Damage: 168x10Vulnerability: 3 sCombo Finisher: ProjectileRange: 900
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  • Unload5
    Dual wield. Blast your foe repeatedly with both pistols.
    Damage: 126Number of shots: 8Combo Finisher: Projectile (20% chance)Range: 900
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  • Headshot4
    Daze your foe with a head shot.
    Damage: 84Daze: ¼ sCombo Finisher: ProjectileRange: 900
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  • Black Powder½ 6
    Fire a black powder shot, blinding nearby foes with the smoke cloud.
    Damage: 84Duration: 4Combo Field: SmokeCombo Finisher: ProjectileRange: 900
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  • Hide in Shadows1 30
    Deception. Vanish in stealth and gain regeneration. Cures burning, poison, and bleeding.
    Healing: 5,240Regeneration: 4 s (520 health)Stealth: 3 s
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  • Shadow Refuge ¼ 60
    Deception. Create a pulsing refuge at the target area that heals allies and cloaks them in stealth.
    Stealth: 3 sHealing: 1,420Combo Field: DarkRange: 600
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  • Shadowstep50
    Deception. Shadowstep to the target location. Becomes Shadow Return, which returns you to your starting area and cures three conditions.
    Breaks stunRange: 1,200
    • Shadow Return
      Return to your starting location and cure three conditions.
      Break stunRange: 1,200
  • Blinding Powder 40
    Deception. Blind foes in the target area and grant stealth to nearby allies.
    Blind: 5 sStealth: 3 sRadius: 240
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  • Basilisk Venom1 45
    Venom. Your next attack turns your foe to stone.
    Stone duration: 1½ sVenom duration: 30
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Weapon and Skill Details

Pistol/Pistol in the post-patch world of Tyria. Shortbow for getting across a map or cleaving when you need to.


Traits

Critical Strikes

  • Keen Observer
    Critical-hit chance is increased by 5% while your health is above the 90% threshold.
    • Side Strike
      Gain 7% bonus critical-hit chance when hitting a foe from behind or the side.
    • Signet of Power
      Activating a signet grants 5 stacks of might for 10 seconds. Signet recharges are reduced by 20%.
    • Flawless Strike
      Critical damage is increased by 7% when your health is above the 90% threshold.
  • Unrelenting Strikes
    Gain fury for 4 seconds when striking a foe whose health is below 50% health. This effect has a 10 second internal cooldown.
    • Sundering Strikes
      Critical hits have a chance to cause 6 seconds of vulnerability.
    • Practiced Tolerance
      Gain ferocity based on your precision at a rate of 10%.
    • Ankle Shots
      Critical hits with pistols and harpoon guns have a 60% chance to cripple foes, with an 8 second cooldown. Pistol and harpoon gun attacks deal 10% increased damage to crippled foes.
  • Ferocious Strikes
    Critical damage is increased by 10% to foes above the 50% health threshold.
    • No Quarter
      Landing a critical hit while under the effect of fury extends the duration of fury by 2 seconds (this effect has a 2 second internal cooldown). Gain up to 250 ferocity (based on level) while under the effects of fury.
    • Hidden Killer
      Gain 100% bonus critical-hit chance while in stealth
    • Invigorating Precision
      You are healed for 15% of outgoing critical hit damage.

Deadly Arts

  • Serpent’s Touch
    Stealing inflicts 2 stacks of poison for 10 seconds. Your attacks while in the downed state apply 2 seconds of poison.
    • Dagger Training
      Dagger attacks have a 33% chance to poison enemies for 2 seconds.
    • Mug
      Deal damage and gain life when stealing. This attack cannot critically hit enemies.
    • Trappers Respite
      Drop a needle trap when you use a healing skill. 30 second icd
  • Lotus Poison
    Weaken targets for 4 seconds when you poison them.
    • Deadly Trapper
      Traps apply vulnerability to enemies and grant you might. Trap recharges are reduced.
    • Panic Strike
      Striking a foe that is below the health threshold immobilizes them for 2.5 seconds. This trait has a 20 second internal cooldown.
    • Revealed Training
      Gain up to 200 extra power while you are revealed, based on current level.
  • Exposed Weakness
    Deal 10% more damage if your target has a condition.
    • Potent Poison
      Poison you apply has a 33% increased duration and deals 33% more damage.
    • Improvisation
      One random skill category is immediate recharged when you steal. You can use stolen items twice.
    • Executioner
      Deal 20% extra damage when your target is below the health threshold.

Trickery

  • Kleptomaniac
    Stealing gives you 2 initiative.
    • Uncatchable
      Leave behind Caltrops when you dodge.
    • Flanking Strikes
      Gain haste when attacking a foe from behind or the side.
    • Thrill of the Crime
      When you Steal, you and all nearby allies gain fury, might, and swiftness for 10 seconds.
  • Preparedness
    Increase maximum initiative by 3
    • Bountiful Theft
      Stealing grants you and all nearby allies vigor. You rip boons from your target and grant them to nearby allies.
    • Trickster
      Reduce recharge on tricks. Tricks remove 1 condition when used.
    • Pressure Striking
      Enemies you interrupt are inflicted with 3 stacks of torment for 5 seconds.
  • Lead Attacks
    Increases 1% damage per initiative. Steal recharges 15% faster.
    • Quick Pockets
      Gain 3 initiative when swapping weapons while in combat.
    • Sleight of Hand
      Daze enemies for 1 second when stealing. Steal’s recharge is reduced by 20%.
    • Bewildering Ambush
      Stealing also applies 5 stacks of confusion for 5 seconds.

Trait Details

Ankle Shots is the only thing that's really actually kind of different here. Everything else should feel familiar.


III. Stat Specifics & Effects

Primary Stats

  • Health 17245 (+5600)
  • Vitality 1560 (+560)
  • Armor 2064 (+0)
  • Toughness 1000 (+0)
  • Attack 3079 (+1050)
  • Power 2050 (+1050)
  • Critical Hit 54% (+54%)
  • Precision 2050 (+1050)

Secondary Stats

  • Critical Damage 49% (+49%)
  • Damage 1029 (+0%)
  • Defense 1064 (+0)
  • Ferocity 735 (+735)
  • Fury Duration 30% (+30%)

Boons

  • Aegis
    Block the next attack.
  • Distortion
    Allows mesmers to evade attacks for some time.
  • Frenzy
    Increases damage taken by 25%. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Frosty Armor
    Chills foes that hit you.
  • Fury
    20% critical chance increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Haste
    Regenerate endurance at 50% effectiveness when under the effects of this skill. It's typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Invulnerability
    Prevents the target from taking damage or receiving conditions. It is also placed on rallied players for one second.
  • Might
    X damage per attack increase. Stacks intensity.
  • Protection
    33% damage reduction. Stacks in duration.
  • Quickening Zephyr
    Prevents healing. It typically seen as a mechanic to offset a beneficial effect such as quickness.
  • Quickness
    Makes all skills and actions 50% faster.
  • Regeneration
    Regenerates X health per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Rejuvenation
    Regenerates health. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession through the Virtue of Resolve.
  • Resistance
    Resistance temporarily negates the affected target of all effects caused by conditions.
  • Retaliation
    Does X damage to an opponent each time they hit you. Stacks in duration.
  • Smiting
    Causes every fifth attack to apply burning. This effect is exclusive to the guardian profession.
  • Stability
    Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, or feared.
  • Stealth
    Allows the user to be invisible to enemy players and avoid being spotted by enemy NPCs.
  • Swiftness
    33% movement speed increase. Stacks in duration.
  • Vigor
    Faster endurance regeneration. Stacks in duration.

Conditions

  • Agony
    Agony is an effect unique to Fractals of the Mists that removes a percentage of the player's health every second and reduces received healing by ~50%.
  • Bleeding
    Bleeding is a stackable condition that deals damage over time.
  • Blind
    Causes the target's next hit to miss instead.
  • Burning
    Inflicts X damage per second. Stacks in duration.
  • Chilled
    Reduces movement speed and skill recharge by 66%. Stacks in duration.
  • Confusion
    Inflicts X damage each time a foe uses skill. Stacks in intensity.
  • Crippled
    Crippled is a condition which decreases movement speed by 50%. Stacks in duration.
  • Fear
    Causes the target to run directly away from the caster.
  • Immobilized
    Immobilized is a condition which prevents movement and dodging. Victims also can't turn. Stacks in duration.
  • Poison
    Inflicts X damage per second. Reduces outgoing heals by 33%. Stacks in duration.
  • Slow
    Slow is a condition that reduces the activation time of skills and abilities.
  • Taunt
    Taunt is a control effect that forces the affected target to run towards the source of taunt with all skills except stun breakers disabled while using their auto-attack skill.
  • Torment
    Deals damage every second; deals additional damage if moving; stacks intensity.
  • Vulnerability
    Increases damage the target takes by 1%. Stacks in intensity.
  • Weakness
    Causes 50% of attacks to be glancing and reduces endurance regeneration by 50%. Stacks in duration.

Control

  • Break Stun
    Stun break is an effect which can break control effects on a character.
  • Daze
    Interrupts and prevents the target from using skills for a period of time.
  • Float
    Forces the affected target(s) to move towards the surface.
  • Knockdown
    Interrupts and causes the foe to be unable to move or use skills for a short duration. Knocked down foes fall to the ground.
  • Launch
    Interrupts and tosses a character into the air.
  • Pull
    Shortens the distance between the user and the foe by drawing one of them to another. If a foe is pulled, this can result in an interrupt.
  • Push
    Physically pushes foes away from the player and interrupts them.
  • Sink
    Forces the affected target(s) to move away from the surface.
  • Stun
    Interrupts, immobilizes, and incapacitates foes for a short duration.
  • Teleport
    Teleport to target location.
  • Teleport
    Teleport (alternatively, flash) is a mechanic that causes the user or target(s) to instantly move from one location to another.

Fields & Finishers

  • Dark Field
    Dark Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Blindness
    Leap Finisher: Blindness
    Projectile Finisher: Life stealing
    Whirl Finsher: Leeching Bolts
  • Ethereal Field
    Ethereal Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Chaos Armor
    Leap Finisher: Chaos Armor
    Projectile Finisher: Confusion
    Whirl Finsher: Confounding Bolts
  • Fire Field
    Fire Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Might
    Leap Finisher: Fire Shield
    Projectile Finisher: Burning
    Whirl Finsher: Burning Bolts
  • Ice Field
    Ice Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Frost Aura
    Leap Finisher: Frost Aura
    Projectile Finisher: Chilled
    Whirl Finsher: Chilling Bolts
  • Light Field
    Light Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Retaliation
    Leap Finisher: Retaliation
    Projectile Finisher: Remove Condition
    Whirl Finsher: Cleansing Bolts
  • Lightning Field
    Lightning Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Swiftness
    Leap Finisher: Dazing Strike
    Projectile Finisher: Vulnerability
    Whirl Finsher: Brutal Bolts
  • Poison Field
    Poison Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Weakness
    Leap Finisher: Weakness
    Projectile Finisher: Poison
    Whirl Finsher: Poison Bolts
  • Revealed
    Revealed is an effect applied when stealth is broken, for example by entering combat or exiting a Shadow Refuge circle prematurely.
  • Smoke Field
    Smoke Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Stealth
    Leap Finisher: Stealth
    Projectile Finisher: Blindness
    Whirl Finsher: Blinding Bolts
  • Super Speed
    Activate your slick shoes, enabling you to move at superior speeds.
  • Water Field
    Water Combo Effects

    Blast Finisher: Area Healing
    Leap Finisher: Healing
    Projectile Finisher: Regeneration
    Whirl Finsher: Healing Bolts
Combo
  • Blast Finisher
    Blast Combo Effects

    Dark: Area Blindness
    Ethereal: Area Chaos Armor
    Fire: Area Might
    Ice: Area Frost Aura
    Light: Area Retaliation
    Lightning: Area Swiftness
    Poison: Area Weakness
    Smoke: Area Stealth
    Water: Area Healing
  • Leap Finisher
    Leap Combo Effects

    Dark: Blindness
    Ethereal: Chaos Armor
    Fire: Fire Shield
    Ice: Frost Aura
    Light: Retaliation
    Lightning: Dazing Strike
    Poison: Weakness
    Smoke: Stealth
    Water: Healing
  • Projectile Finisher
    Projectile Combo Effects

    Dark: Life stealing
    Ethereal: Confusion
    Fire: Burning
    Ice: Chilled
    Light: Remove Condition
    Lightning: Vulnerability
    Poison: Poison
    Smoke: Blindness
    Water: Regeneration
  • Whirl Finisher
    Whirl Combo Effects

    Dark: Leeching Bolts
    Ethereal: Confounding Bolts
    Fire: Burning Bolts
    Ice: Chilling Bolts
    Light: Cleansing Bolts
    Lightning: Brutal Bolts
    Poison: Poison Bolts
    Smoke: Blinding Bolts
    Water: Healing Bolts

IV. Runes, Sigils, Accessories & Jewels

Armor & Runes

PvP Rune of Rage
  1. Ferocity: 25
  2. Fury Duration: 10%
  3. Ferocity: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30 seconds)
  5. Ferocity: 100
  6. +20% Fury Duration; while under the effects of fury, gain +5% damage.
PvP Rune of Rage
  1. Ferocity: 25
  2. Fury Duration: 10%
  3. Ferocity: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30 seconds)
  5. Ferocity: 100
  6. +20% Fury Duration; while under the effects of fury, gain +5% damage.
PvP Rune of Rage
  1. Ferocity: 25
  2. Fury Duration: 10%
  3. Ferocity: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30 seconds)
  5. Ferocity: 100
  6. +20% Fury Duration; while under the effects of fury, gain +5% damage.
PvP Rune of Rage
  1. Ferocity: 25
  2. Fury Duration: 10%
  3. Ferocity: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30 seconds)
  5. Ferocity: 100
  6. +20% Fury Duration; while under the effects of fury, gain +5% damage.
PvP Rune of Rage
  1. Ferocity: 25
  2. Fury Duration: 10%
  3. Ferocity: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30 seconds)
  5. Ferocity: 100
  6. +20% Fury Duration; while under the effects of fury, gain +5% damage.
PvP Rune of Rage
  1. Ferocity: 25
  2. Fury Duration: 10%
  3. Ferocity: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30 seconds)
  5. Ferocity: 100
  6. +20% Fury Duration; while under the effects of fury, gain +5% damage.

Rune Stat Totals

  • Ferocity 175
  • Fury Duration 30%

Rune Bonuses

PvP Rune of Rage
  1. Ferocity: 25
  2. Fury Duration: 10%
  3. Ferocity: 50
  4. 25% chance when struck to gain fury for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30 seconds)
  5. Ferocity: 100
  6. +20% Fury Duration; while under the effects of fury, gain +5% damage.

Accessories & Jewels

Marauder's Amulet
  • Power: 1050
  • Precision: 1050
  • Vitality: 560
  • Ferocity: 560

Accessory Totals

  • Power:1050
  • Precision:1050
  • Vitality:560
  • Ferocity:560

Weapon Set Sigils

PvP Pistol
  • Weapon Strength: 876-1029
PvP Pistol
  • Weapon Strength: 876-1029
Sigil of Superior Air
50% chance to cause a lightning strike on a critical hit. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 3 seconds)
Sigil of Superior Fire
50% chance to cause flame blast on critical hit causing AoE damage. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 5s)

Weapon Set I

Sigil of Superior Air

50% chance to cause a lightning strike on a critical hit. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 3 seconds)

Sigil of Superior Fire

50% chance to cause flame blast on critical hit causing AoE damage. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 5s)

PvP Shortbow
  • Weapon Strength: 905-1000
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
Sigil of Superior Air
50% chance to cause a lightning strike on a critical hit. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 3 seconds)
Sigil of Superior Battle
You gain 2 stacks of might for 20s when you swap to this weapon while in combat.

Weapon Set II

Sigil of Superior Air

50% chance to cause a lightning strike on a critical hit. (This effect cannot trigger more than once every 3 seconds)

PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -
PvP
  • Weapon Strength: -

Water Weapon I

Water Weapon II

Upgrade Item Details

Haven't found anything on shortbow that I really like yet, so they're interchangeable. You're really only getting out of pistol to move across the map quickly and for cleave when you need it so the sigil can be whatever you want really. I'm experimenting with Sigil of Battle so you have the Might when you switch BACK to P/P.


V. Basic Gameplay

1. Pick your targets by priority
2. Position correctly - don't get into the thick of it unless you're stealing
3. You're a teamfighter now, but can mow down 1v1's when you need to.
4. ????
5. Profit.


Main Skill Rotation


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