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Hybrid Vanguard DPS inspired by C-tor

Gone as of PTS 2.6.  

ABILITIES

highimpactboltgutincendiaryroundshouldercannonionpulseionicacceleratorpulsecannonstockstrike


Breaking down a top Vanguard DPS parse:  http://www.torparse.com/a/485911/8/0/Overview.  This spec is proc dependent and involves managing your procs and spamming the rest of the time.  Dependent on a ~3 second channel for MAX single target and AE DPS.  Great spec for single target and multiple target boss fights.


SKILL TREE AND STATS

  1. 8/22/16 – Hybrid (Main Stat/Pure Power)
  2. 2/22/22 – Hybrid (Crit build)
  3. 4/6/36 – Full Assault

C-tor:

I run 8/22/16 on: CZ, Grob
2/22/22 on: Nefra, Draxus, Bestia, Cal
4/6/36 on: Raptus, Tyrans, Brontes, Dread Masters

I run 110 crit from my earpiece right now, but I plan on buying the power definitely have a little crit. I plan on trying 8/22/16 on my 2/22/22 bosses next week. The extra bonus to mainstat from my FR relic in 8/22/16 seems to be pretty decent so far, so I am most likely going to just run full power. Crit rating kinda sucks with 8/22/16. I dummy parsed a couple times with the FR relics and 8/22/16 is significantly better now.

If you plan on investing on some crit, use 2/22/22
If you plan to go full power, use 8/22/16
If you plan to use the FR relics (+Main Stat), go with 8/22/16 because it picks up the mainstat talent


PRIORITIES

MAINTAIN 4 PIPS OF ENERGY REGEN

1. battlefocus Keep Battle Focus and shouldercannon Shoulder Cannon on cooldown (more about this on Cooldowns section below)

2. gut Keep Gut up for the triumph Triumph debuff

3. pulsecannon Pulse Cannon with 3 stacks of pulsegenerator Pulse Generator

4. highimpactbolt High Impact Bolt every 6 seconds

a. stockstrike with excess ammo or with batteringram Battering Ram

b. incendiaryround Incendiary Round with reservepowercells Reserve Powercells.

c. incendiaryround Also possible when batteringram and ionicaccelerator is up. Must not disrupt your other priorities

5. ionpulse Ion Pulse to get 3 stacks of pulsegenerator and to proc ionicacceleratorbatteringram


MAX DPS OPENER

C-tor – Vanguard – Severity Gaming – Hybrid – 3553 DPS Nefra 16m HM

highimpactbolt gut reservepowercells incendiaryround battlefocus shouldercannon (spam), ionpulse ionpulse ionpulse ionicaccelerator pulsecannon stockstrike


PATTERN

1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8 = 9

8 is the signal to use Gut or Retractable Blade.  After that is 9 = do a Pulse Cannon or Flamethrower with 3 stacks.  Then start counting back up again.

PRIORITY LIST/ROTATION

Disclaimer: Does not line up with C-tor’s opener above.  I follow his opener but either clip Gut or move Gut just before Pulse Cannon so I can sync them together.  It is a slight DPS loss but a huge QoL gain for me that way. Personal preference.

  • Gut guts the target with a knuckle-plate vibroblade, dealing 1023 – 1384 kinetic damage and causing the target to bleed for 1941 internal damage over 15 seconds.
  • Pulse Cannon sprays waves of ionizing energy at targets in a 10-meter cone, dealing 3601 elemental damage over the duration. 15 second cooldown.

Coming out of the opener above (with slight modifcation)

highimpactbolt gut reservepowercells incendiaryround battlefocus shouldercannon (spam), ionpulse ionpulse ionpulse ionicaccelerator gut pulsecannon stockstrike

Pattern:
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → 8Gut = 9 Pulse Cannon. Count back up.
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → Gut → Pulse Cannon …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → Gut → Pulse Cannon …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → Gut → Pulse Cannon …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → Gut → Pulse Cannon …
1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → Gut → Pulse Cannon …

Inputting abilities into the pattern according to Priority list
stockstrike highimpactbolt ionpulse ionpulse ionpulse highimpactbolt hammershot gut pulsecannon
ionpulse highimpactbolt stockstrike incendiaryround ionpulse ionpulse highimpactbolt gut pulsecannon
stockstrike highimpactbolt ionpulse ionpulse ionpulse ionpulse highimpactbolt gut pulsecannon

 

The position of abilities in 1 → 7 may change depending on your procs.  The only constants in the rotation are Gut and Pulse Cannon.  High Impact Bolt should be used 2 times and Flame Burst used 3 times in each line.

1. Keep Pulse Cannon with 3 stacks of pulsegenerator on cooldown.
  • 16:39:48 C-tor activates Pulse Cannon. 15 seconds later
  • 16:40:05 C-tor activates Pulse Cannon. 

2. Use 2 High Impact Bolts highimpactbolt highimpactbolt or Railshots in between your Pulse Cannon pulsegenerator

  • 16:39:48 C-tor activates Pulse Cannon.
  • 16:39:54 C-tor activates High Impact Bolt.
  • 16:40:02 C-tor activates High Impact Bolt.
  • 16:40:05 C-tor activates Pulse Cannon 

3. Use 3 Ion Pulse ionpulse ionpulse ionpulse or Flame Bursts in between your Pulse Cannon pulsegenerator before it comes back up on cooldown.

  • 16:39:48 C-tor activates Pulse Cannon.
  • 16:39:53 C-tor activates Ion Pulse.
  • 16:39:54 C-tor activates High Impact Bolt.
  • 16:39:58 C-tor activates Ion Pulse.
  • 16:40:02 C-tor activates High Impact Bolt.
  • 16:40:04 C-tor activates Ion Pulse.
  • 16:40:05 C-tor activates Pulse Cannon 

4.  Gut, Pulse Cannon, Ion Pulse x 3, High Impact Bolt x 2 in total takes up 7 slots of 1 → 2 → 3 → 4 → 5 → 6 →7 → Gut → Pulse Cannon. You have 2 more slots to fill with whatever is best for your situation.

  • incendiaryroundreservepowercells + ionpulse
  • incendiaryroundreservepowercellsstockstrike
  • stockstrike + ionpulse
  • hammershot + stockstrike
  • hammershot + hammershot or auto-attack if you need energy…
  • et cetera 

5. Some things to note about the above parses and C-tor’s rotation.

  • Incendiary Round was not kept up at all times.  It seemed to be a conditional-use ability and often used in conjunction with Reserve Powercells for the 0 energy cost
      • 16:38:54 C-tor gains Reserve Powercell.
      • 16:38:55 C-tor activates Incendiary Round.
  • The same can be said for Stockstrike or Rocket Punch.  He does not use Stockstrike on cooldown but focuses on his other priority abilities instead
      • 1st  @ 16:39:04 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 0 seconds.
      • 2nd @ 16:39:21 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 17 seconds.
      • 3rd @ 16:39:37 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 16 seconds.
      • 4th  @ 16:39:51 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 14 seconds.
      • 5th @ 16:40:01 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 10 seconds.
      • 6th @ 16:40:13 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 12 seconds.
      • 7th @ 16:40:36 C-tor activates Stockstrike. 23 seconds.
      • The cooldown of Stockstrike or Rocket Punch is ~9 seconds.
  • Shoulder Cannon spam/on cooldown
  • Always opens with High Impact Bolt or Railshot at the beginning of the fight so it gets reset as soon as Ion Pulse or Flame Burst spam begins

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Everything is situational and dependant on procs. When the stars align you will have super high numbers. Also, in the majority of these fights position is everything: when to save cooldowns, pulse cannon, burn phases etc. The thing that kills dps the most is if you fall below 4 pips and don’t have a recharge cells or a way to get back to 4 pips (free stockstrike + high impact proc). Also regarding dots, you aren’t going to maintain them always unless its nefra or something. You should definitely make an effort to have them up as much as possible. Your priorities should be [aside from Pulse Cannon x3 on cooldown] (1) 4 pips, (2) Retractable blade, (3) 6 second Rail Shots, #4 Other dots.  It’s just a matter of pushing your energy to the absolute limit while maintaining a fluid use of skills at the right times.

-Ctor

This is one area where you will get accustomed to the more you play the spec.  In the beginning I was having a lot of energy problems.  The key is to run the spec and practice!  Managing energy comes with how you play around with

batteringram and ionicaccelerator

Ideally it is an energy gain if you only use stockstrike when batteringram is up.

You will often find yourself in situations when both batteringram and ionicaccelerator are up together or proc one after the other and this is a net energy gain as well.

Incendiary Round

Incendiary Round is a high DPE ability so you should try to keep it up WITHOUT dipping yourself below your optimum energy regen.

Use it with your energy cooldowns or use it when both ionicaccelerator and batteringram are up. See this example below:

ionpulse ionicaccelerator batteringram incendiaryround ionpulse ionpulse highimpactbolt gut pulsecannon


COOLDOWNS

shouldercannon Shoulder Cannon – high burst DPS ability that is off the GCD. Keep ability on cooldown.

battlefocus Battle Focus – make sure you always get one Pulse Cannon inside the buff window.  Keep on cooldown.

reservepowercells – use with Incendiary Round

rechargecells - Can bring you from ~10% ammo to ~90% when both

ionicaccelerator and batteringram procs are up.

mortarvolley Mortar Volley – your AoE cooldown.  Extremely high burst AoE DPS with:

stickygrnade battlefocus pulsegenerator mortarvolley


VANGUARD RAID PARSES

16-m HM Dread Fortress and Dread Palace Patch 2.4 11/15/13

Updated raid parses can be found in this thread

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