As a magplar, I keep hearing that I'm supposed to fight in melee range because of puncturing sweeps (jabby). However, my rotation is 16 seconds and I only use puncturing sweeps twice in that time. For trash mobs it's fine, but getting close to bosses with just 19k health is dangerous!
For example, yesterday I was in vet Elden Hollow, final boss, with scroll. I was close up jabbing her, and with all the flashes and lightning, I was a split second too late to see the red circle spread out around her and it just about caught me. 40k damage! No shield could have helped me with that. No jabby could have saved me. In general, I prefer to away from bosses, and not be close.
I'm also experimenting with the Grothdarr set because the fire damage helps proc my burning spell weave more. The only problem is that it requires me to be dangerously close to the boss for the damage. I'd much rather use something like Ilambris, because I don't need to worry about range.
Everyone says that puncturing sweeps is "spammable". It's really not. If I spam sweeps, I'm going to run out of magicka really fast. I rely on heavy attacks, ele drain, and channelled focus to get my magicka back and I just have space for two puncturing sweeps in my 16s rotations.
So how do you guys play your magplar? Up close? Isn't that a dangerous place to be for a DPS?