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Build:Team - DoA Trenchway

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This build is part of the current metagame.

This build has also received an overall rating in the range from 4.75 to 5.0 and thus qualifies for the highest category of working builds: Great.

This build has been designed for the following use:

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Completes the Domain of Anguish in Hard Mode under a conset.

Frequency

  • Used by the majority of doa teams. There are three main variants, typically used by German, French, or American guilds with minor differences in builds and splits.
  • PUG teams typically do not form. The build requires at least half of the team to be experienced and good communication which can only be found in guild or alliance runs.

Overview

1xAssassin/Warrior or Assassin/Mesmer MT

Shroud of Distress Shadow Form "I Am Unstoppable!" Optional Dark Escape Heart of Shadow Death's Charge Recall

1xAssassin/Warrior TT

Shroud Of Distress Shadow Form "I Am Unstoppable!" Shadow of Haste Dark Escape Heart of Shadow Death's Charge Recall

1xMesmer/Ranger VoR

Air of Superiority Visions of Regret Unnatural Signet Cry of Pain Shatter Delusions Mistrust "You Move Like a Dwarf!" Edge of Extinction

1xMesmer/Assassin TK

Arcane Echo Energy Surge Unnatural Signet Mistrust Wandering Eye "Finish Him!" Pain Inverter Recall

1xMesmer/Assassin IAU

Arcane Echo Energy Surge Unnatural Signet Mistrust "You Move Like a Dwarf!" Pain Inverter "I Am Unstoppable!" Heart of Shadow

1xMesmer/Ritualist MLK

Arcane Echo Energy Surge Unnatural Signet Shatter Delusions Mistrust Empathy Backfire Wastrel's Demise

1xMonk/Mesmer Seeder

Arcane Echo Seed of Life Shield of Absorption Pain Inverter Life Bond Blessed Aura Unyielding Aura Ebon Escape

1xElementalist/Monk Emo

Ether Renewal Burning Speed Spirit Bond Infuse Health Balthazar's Spirit Life Bond Protective Bond Ebon Escape

Main Tank (MT)

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  • Optional Optional
    • Mantra of Resolve Mantra of Resolve for inexperienced tanks.
    • "You Move Like a Dwarf!" "You Move Like a Dwarf!" for breaking Ranger Lord and general utility.
    • Shadow of Haste Shadow of Haste for more mobility.

Equipment

  • Weapons:
    • Sword or axe of enchanting with +5 energy and a +10 armor vs demons shield such as Aegis of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh. Note: you may have to adjust the attributes to meet the requirement of your shield.
    • High energy staff.
    • Flatbow or longbow of enchanting.
    • (Optional) Vampiric daggers of enchanting.
  • Armor: Full Blessed insignias, Runes of Vitae and a Superior Vigor rune. A 105hp set with all superior runes is recommended for Jadoth.
  • Titles: r5+ norn and r8 lightbringer are recommended
  • Pcons: Candy Apples are recommended, Cupcakes should not be used, Candy Corn and War Supplies optional.

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Trench Tank (TT)

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Equipment

  • Weapons:
    • Sword or Axe of enchanting with +5 energy and a +10 armor vs demons shield such as Aegis of Aaaaarrrrrrggghhh. Note: you may have to adjust the attributes to meet the requirement of your shield.
    • High energy staff
    • Flatbow or longbow of enchanting
    • (Optional) Vampiric daggers of enchanting
  • Armor: Full Blessed insignias, Runes of Vitae and a Superior Vigor rune. An infiltrator's set is optional but can help in gloom.
  • Titles: r5+ norn and r8 lightbringer are recommended.
  • Pcons: Candy Apples are recommended, Cupcakes should not be used, Candy Corn and War Supplies optional.

Variants

  • Dash Dash over Dark Escape Dark Escape for more speed at the cost of safety. Note: requires cupcake for Derv lord pull.
  • Shadow Walk Shadow Walk over Death's Charge Death's Charge for more shadowsteps, helps at monk lord and in gloom cave.

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Caller (VoR)

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Equipment

  • Weapons:
    • 40/40 Domination Magic set for most of the run. You can craft those in Vasburg Armory.
    • High energy set with Domination wand/offhand both with +15/-1. You can craft those in Maatu Keep. Swap to this when low energy and you have to spike.
    • (Recommended) High health/Defensive set. Spear with +30hp and DoA shield.
  • Armor: Radiant insignia, runes of attunement, rune of superior vigor
  • Titles: r5+ norn and r8 lightbringer are recommended
  • Pcons: Cupcakes, Apples, Corn are required at all times. Golden Eggs are recommended. War Supplies are optional.

Variants

  • Cry of Pain Cry of Pain is typically swapped to Overload Overload by German guilds and to Wandering Eye Wandering Eye by American guilds.
  • Ebon Escape Ebon Escape or Return Return over Edge of Extinction Edge of Extinction is typically used by American and French guilds. Monk will bring Edge of Extinction Edge of Extinction instead.
  • Lightbringer Signet Lightbringer Signet over Air of Superiority Air of Superiority for more energy when you need it the most (foundry and city wall), at the cost of no skill recharge.

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Tendril Killer (TK)

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Equipment

  • Weapons:
    • 40/40 Domination Magic set for most of the run. You can craft those in Vasburg Armory.
    • High energy set with Domination wand/offhand both with +15/-1. You can craft those in Maatu Keep. Swap to this when low energy and you have to spike.
    • Flatbow or longbow for pulling ele lord.
    • (Recommended) High health/Defensive set. Spear with +30hp and DoA shield.
  • Armor: Radiant insignia, runes of attunement, rune of superior vigor
  • Titles: r5+ asuran is required.
  • Pcons: Cupcakes, Apples, Corn are required at all times. Golden Eggs are recommended. War Supplies are optional.

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IAU

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Equipment

  • Weapons:
    • 40/40 Domination Magic set for most of the run. You can craft those in Vasburg Armory.
    • High energy set with Domination wand/offhand both with +15/-1. You can craft those in Maatu Keep. Swap to this when low energy and you have to spike.
    • (Recommended) High health/Defensive set. Spear with +30hp and DoA shield.
  • Armor: Radiant insignia, runes of attunement, rune of superior vigor.
  • Titles: r5+ asuran is required.
  • Pcons: Cupcakes, Apples, Corn are required at all times. Golden Eggs are recommended. War Supplies are optional.

Variants

  • Shatter Delusions Shatter Delusions or Wandering Eye Wandering Eye over "You Move Like a Dwarf!" "You Move Like a Dwarf!" for more spiking power if you trust your caller to knock the black beast of aargh on touch.

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Monk Lord Killer (MLK)

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Equipment

  • Weapons:
    • 40/40 Domination Magic set for most of the run. You can craft those in Vasburg Armory.
    • High energy set with Domination wand/offhand both with +15/-1. You can craft those in Maatu Keep. Swap to this when low energy and you have to spike.
    • (Recommended) High health/Defensive set. Spear with +30hp and DoA shield.
  • Armor: Radiant insignia, runes of attunement, rune of superior vigor.
  • Pcons: Cupcakes, Apples, Corn are required at all times. Golden Eggs are recommended. War Supplies are optional.

Variants

  • Ebon Escape Ebon Escape over Shatter Delusions Shatter Delusions for more mobility, typically used by American guilds.
  • "You Move Like a Dwarf!" "You Move Like a Dwarf!" over Shatter Delusions Shatter Delusions for a safer solo derv split, typically used by French guilds.
  • Overload Overload over Mistrust Mistrust for more unconditional spiking power at the cost of spell prevention, typically used by German guilds.

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Seeder

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Equipment

  • Armor: Radiant insignia, runes of attunement, rune of superior vigor, protection headpiece and divine favor headpiece.
  • Weapons:
    • +20% enchantments staff or sword + shield or sword + off-hand.
    • a 40/40 Divine Favor set for reducing UA recharge.
    • (Optional) High health/Defensive set. Spear with +30hp and Demon shield.
  • Titles: r5+ sunspear is required.
  • Pcons: Cupcake is required at all times, Apple is recommended. Using a golden egg + candy corn before you cast blessed aura is recommended. You will only need to recast blessed aura if you die, and so should reapply the candies then.

Variants

  • Edge of Extinction Edge of Extinction over Arcane Echo Arcane Echo to allow spikers to spike while EoE is being casted. If you bring EoE change your attributes to 12 Divine Favor, 11 Beast Mastery, 6 Protection Prayers. EoE on the seeder is typically used by American and French guilds.
  • Serpent's Quickness Serpent's Quickness over Pain Inverter Pain Inverter when taking EoE to reduce seed recharge, typically used by French guilds.

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Bonder (Emo)

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Equipment

  • Armor: Radiant insignia, runes of attunement, rune of superior vigor.
  • Weapons:
    • Insightful staff of enchanting.
    • One handed weapon of enchanting with +5 energy and a Demon shield.
    • (Optional) 40/40 or 40/20/20 protection set for half cast on bonds.
    • (Optional) High energy set (+30/-2) for faster recovery.
  • Pcons: Cupcake is required at all times, Apple is recommended. Having 18 in energy storage is highly recommended for Veil, and required for Jadoth in City; so you need one from Golden eggs, Candy corn, or Lunar Fortunes.

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Usage

  • The tanks pull mobs into balls, which the mesmers then spike. The tanks are kept alive by bonds from the E/Mo and the Seed of Life from the Monk.

Tanking

  • This is just an outline of the techniques used to tank DoA:
    • Standard Mobs: These are the easiest to pull, as the A.I. is predictable and intuitive. Simply pull in a straight line, and you will separate out the different ranges of creatures. From furthest to shortest range we have: longbow, caster, paragon, and melee. This means that you can pull everything onto 1 spot in 3 steps and a dcharge. You can reduce the number of steps required by pulling mobs around corners, this way the ranged attackers can be made to all have the same effective range.
    • Balled Groups: Almost every mob in City, and some in the 1st & 4th rooms of Foundry has this A.I. feature. The group follows a pattern: they start of wandering around aimlessly, then suddenly they all regroup on 1 spot and pause for a few seconds, they then all run as a team to a different place, pause again, and then resume wandering. This cycle repeats ad-infinitum. If you aggro the group when they are in the process of suddenly regrouping, they will pull only a few steps, and thus you should always time it so that you only aggro when they are wandering or running together.
    • Dream Riders: To pull a dream rider into the same ball as the terrorwebs in its group, you must first pull everything in a straight line, and then turn around and run to the right-hand side of the terrors at roughly a 45 degree angle, and stop when 2/3 or so of an aggro bubble away from the terrors. An [http:// image] of what I mean, and remember practice makes perfect.
    • Mass melee: These are only really encountered in Veil, and can be extremely dangerous since the groups usually contain multiple hungers. When you aggro a group of melee monsters, the A.I. is designed to try and body-block you. They calculate where you will be if you run in a straight line, and will enclose you from both sides. Obviously to avoid this you simply need to run in curves, aggroing a mob and then running around one side of it. Most importantly, when you are tanking enemies that will kill you if they reach you e.g. hungers, DO NOT STOP. Use shadowsteps to put distance between you and the enemies, and NEVER stop to cast stuff if you don't need it, too many times I have seen people recast shadow form when it is not needed.
    • Trench groups: Found only in Veil, these are the hardest to pull since you will usually not have bonds on you. The general rule is to run in straight lines, so that all arrows hit you (dodging and blocking will hurt you a lot due to the Veil HM effect, whereas the arrows themselves don't really do much other than degen). Horrors will knock you down if you are moving, brutes will only knock you down once they build adrenaline (by which time you will probably be dead).

Spiking

  • This is a general guide to what the spikers should be doing:
    • Before each spike the Caller should put EoE down.
    • Once the ball is ready, the Caller should Ping his VoR on a central target of the mob.
    • Spikers should then spike the mob, and finish off any leftovers. Skill usage is generally left-to-right for the builds posted on this page.
    • The UA monk should resurrect anybody that dies.
    • If stuff goes wrong, do not pull aggro into the group, it is almost always better to die so that others can get away safely and rez you.
    • Note that all spikers should have prot bond on them so, unless the E/Mo dies or loses energy, you can take on small numbers of enemies (provided they don't strip enchantments too much).

Backline

  • This is a general overview of what the bonders should be doing:
    • The monk should always follow the E/Mo, and maintain seed on him.
    • The E/Mo should maintain energy by spamming spirit bond and burning speed. The E/Mo has infuse in order to heal people directly when required.
    • Bonds should generally be applied like so:

Seeder

  • Life Bond on both tanks and E/Mo (when casting this on tanks try to ensure that it is cast before the E/Mo puts prot or balth on).
  • Blessed Aura on yourself.

Emo

  • Life bond on both tanks, make sure this is the first enchantment cast.
  • Prot bond on the entire party.
  • Balth spirit on both tanks, the monk, and yourself.

See also

  • Team - DoA Caster Spike - Similar Build on PvX (archived). Read for more in-depth information about DoA in general.

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