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"Sniper" Stamina Nightblade PvP Build [Harrowstorm]

Decimus
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Hey everyone, just thought I'd post this here as well :smile:

This is the latest version of my bowblade that I've been playing extensively on PC EU. The build has come a long way since the first version back in Clockwork City update, two years ago.


  • Unique mid-range bow playstyle centered around Asylum Bow.
  • Extremely high damage ranged burst.
  • Good kiting & positioning based survivability.
  • Good DoT pressure.
  • Made for: BGs, open world (CP and noCP), even duels (to a degree).

Intro: 00:00
Gear: 00:33
Skills (Main Bar): 04:22
Skills (Off Bar): 06:27
Champion Points: 08:31
Which Race?: 08:38
Stats (CP): 09:06
Stats (noCP) 09:10



Gear
5 Marksman | 5 New Moon Acolyte | (Perfected) Asylum Bow | (Perfected) Blackrose Bow

Traits: 2 Impen, 5 Well-Fitted, 3 Infused, Sharpened (front bar Asylum Bow) Sharpened (back bar Blackrose Bow)
Glyphs/Poisons: 2 Tri-stat, 3 Weapon Damage, Double DoT poison (back bar Blackrose Bow), Disease Damage (front bar Asylum Bow)

Mundus: Lover

Food: Bewitched Sugar Skulls


Skills
Front Bar (Asylum Bow): Leeching Strikes, Camouflaged Hunter, Shadowy Disguise, Acid Spray, Focused Aim, Incapacitating Strike
Back Bar (Blackrose Bow): Race Against Time, Resolving Vigor, Deep Thoughts, Magnum Shot, Reaper's Mark, Ballista


Champion Points
72 Ironclad | 48 Resistant | 28 Thick Skinned | 43 Hardy | 49 Elemental Defender | 19 Expert Defender | 11 Quick Recovery
39 Physical Weapon Expert | 81 Master-at-Arms | 52 Precise Strikes | 55 Piercing | 43 Mighty
56 Warlord | 1 Siphoner | 10 Sprinter | 64 Mooncalf | 49 Arcanist | 7 Healthy | 72 Tumbling | 11 Shadow Ward



If you have any questions/feedback (or just want to tell everyone how much you hate bow builds, that's cool too), let me know! Hopefully some may find this useful.


A few other BG games with this setup, from this patch:
just bowblade things
Bowblade vs Premades
Return of the Bowblade
Edited by Decimus on March 11, 2020 6:55PM
  • geonsocal
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    thanks for laying everything out so well...much appreciated :)
    PS4: NA and EU (Grey Host) - News from the Front
  • Mayrael
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    First of all I like how you made this vid. Instead of blunt staring at char sheet we could see some good action. Because of this it's also much shorter than "usual" build video this days which is another plus of it.

    When it goes to build, really innovative approach. I like how gear you use is synergizing with eachother and with skills you use. It's more of a bow fighter than usual snipe ganker build. Really good job ;)
    I am doing my best, but I am not a native speaker, sorry.

    Mael Nightshadow - that's all you need to know.
  • ChefZero
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    Also playing on PC EU. This is my actual bowblade build for small scale:

    https://en.m.uesp.net/wiki/Special:EsoBuildData?id=186002

    It excels in mobility and flexibility because you're fast, three flexspots on backbar and offers utility/support to your buddies.

    @Decimus why do you pick NMA over Spriggans?
    PC EU - DC only
  • Decimus
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    ChefZero wrote: »
    Also playing on PC EU. This is my actual bowblade build for small scale:

    https://en.m.uesp.net/wiki/Special:EsoBuildData?id=186002

    It excels in mobility and flexibility because you're fast, three flexspots on backbar and offers utility/support to your buddies.

    @Decimus why do you pick NMA over Spriggans?

    Interesting setup, I used to run fear trap back in the days when Draining/Magnum had 10m range :p

    But I guess it still works well on a bow build, especially since the trap doesn't get consumed if target is CC immune.


    I run NMA because it's more damage than Spriggan, especially since it lets this build run 5/1/1 rather than 7 medium.

    The 5% cost increase part I feel isn't as impactful on a bow build as it is for most builds, since it's fairly easy to disengage and meditate if needed & Marksman 5p actually offsets the cost increase entirely while also offering more damage than Spriggan 5p (just the 5p though, Spriggan as a whole is worth a bit more dmg than Marksman thanks to more offensive 2-4p).
  • ChefZero
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    Decimus wrote: »
    ChefZero wrote: »
    Also playing on PC EU. This is my actual bowblade build for small scale:

    https://en.m.uesp.net/wiki/Special:EsoBuildData?id=186002

    It excels in mobility and flexibility because you're fast, three flexspots on backbar and offers utility/support to your buddies.

    @Decimus why do you pick NMA over Spriggans?

    Interesting setup, I used to run fear trap back in the days when Draining/Magnum had 10m range :p

    But I guess it still works well on a bow build, especially since the trap doesn't get consumed if target is CC immune.


    I run NMA because it's more damage than Spriggan, especially since it lets this build run 5/1/1 rather than 7 medium.

    The 5% cost increase part I feel isn't as impactful on a bow build as it is for most builds, since it's fairly easy to disengage and meditate if needed & Marksman 5p actually offsets the cost increase entirely while also offering more damage than Spriggan 5p (just the 5p though, Spriggan as a whole is worth a bit more dmg than Marksman thanks to more offensive 2-4p).

    Atm I prefer Razor Caltrops over Fear Trap.

    Your statement about NMA and Spriggans is strange because I saw and read many comparisons about them and Spriggans won in any of them. Especially your build doesn't utilize any spell damage based skills.

    Besides, I prefer 5/1/1 on heavy, light armour and medium melee builds because the stamina scaling is bad on most builds. But maybe it's just a philosophy thing.
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  • Decimus
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    ChefZero wrote: »
    Decimus wrote: »
    ChefZero wrote: »
    Also playing on PC EU. This is my actual bowblade build for small scale:

    https://en.m.uesp.net/wiki/Special:EsoBuildData?id=186002

    It excels in mobility and flexibility because you're fast, three flexspots on backbar and offers utility/support to your buddies.

    @Decimus why do you pick NMA over Spriggans?

    Interesting setup, I used to run fear trap back in the days when Draining/Magnum had 10m range :p

    But I guess it still works well on a bow build, especially since the trap doesn't get consumed if target is CC immune.


    I run NMA because it's more damage than Spriggan, especially since it lets this build run 5/1/1 rather than 7 medium.

    The 5% cost increase part I feel isn't as impactful on a bow build as it is for most builds, since it's fairly easy to disengage and meditate if needed & Marksman 5p actually offsets the cost increase entirely while also offering more damage than Spriggan 5p (just the 5p though, Spriggan as a whole is worth a bit more dmg than Marksman thanks to more offensive 2-4p).

    Atm I prefer Razor Caltrops over Fear Trap.

    Your statement about NMA and Spriggans is strange because I saw and read many comparisons about them and Spriggans won in any of them. Especially your build doesn't utilize any spell damage based skills.

    Besides, I prefer 5/1/1 on heavy, light armour and medium melee builds because the stamina scaling is bad on most builds. But maybe it's just a philosophy thing.

    Here are the numbers I got when testing NMA vs other sets:

    NoCP, Acid Spray->Focused Aim

    NMA 24 109
    Spriggan 23 056
    Hawk's Eye 22 366
    ...Shield Breaker 22 164

    ...so there's a 4,56% increase in dmg in favour of NMA over Spriggan, and 7,79% over Hawk's Eye which would also provide extra sustain.

    NoCP max dmg scenario, 5 Light Attacks to stack Hawk's Eye passive->Acid Spray->Cloak->Focused Aim

    NMA 30 097
    Spriggan 28 708
    Hawk's Eye 27 553
    ...Shield Breaker 27 282

    ...the difference is now 4,83% in favour of NMA over Spriggan and 9,23% over Hawk's Eye.


    CP*, Acid Spray->Focused Aim

    NMA 41 336
    Spriggan 39 571
    Hawk's Eye 37 476

    ...the difference of 4,46% in favour of NMA,

    CP, max dmg scenario, 5 Light Attacks to stack Hawk's Eye passive->Acid Spray->Cloak->Focused Aim

    NMA 49 266
    Spriggan 47 323

    ...4,10% difference in favour of NMA.


    *52 Precise Strikes, 55 Piercing, 43 Mighty, 81 Master-at-Arms on all setups without Spriggan, 66 Precise Strikes, 35 Piercing, 49 Mighty, 81 Master-at-Arms with Spriggan to avoid overpenetration


    That, plus NMA boosts your Vigor tooltip up from 13 875 (noCP) to 15 120, a 8,97% increase in healing done.

    In CP it goes from 15 100 to 16245, a 7,5% increase.


    If you can sustain it, there's nothing stronger than NMA right now unless we're talking of limited up time sets like Alchemist, Fury etc.
  • Mister_DMC
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    Sorry to necro thread but what about running titanborn now? Maybe with the possibility of sacking health with balance?
  • Decimus
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    Mister_DMC wrote: »
    Sorry to necro thread but what about running titanborn now? Maybe with the possibility of sacking health with balance?

    Titanborn is very strong, but for a different type of a build.

    In other words, it's more tailored towards ganking than the current setup which can easily 1v1/1vX without crutching on instagibs from stealth. That's not to say it wouldn't work though... it'd just work in a different manner.

    If you want to build around that, I'd replace the Marksman with it & go full divines+shadow mundus with the gear (meaning Divines NMA pieces as well) as impenetrable, well-fitted etc don't really matter when you're at <10k health on a medium armor bowblade.

    You get around 36% more damage with that compared to the current NMA+Marksman, at the cost of sustain and survivability.


    As for the current setup, there's been no changes so I should probably just update the thread title to Harrowstorm actually.
  • Mister_DMC
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    Thanks dude, look forward to playing around with it.
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