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The Blizzard – Magicka Warden PvP Build

The Blizzard – Magicka Warden PvP Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Dragonhold

Table of Contents

  1. Video
  2. Introduction
  3. Setup
    1. Gear
    2. Attributes
    3. Skills
    4. Vampire vs. Mortal
    5. Champion Points
    6. Other Important Info (Food, Mundus, Race, Potions, Poisons, Passives)
  4. Resource Management & Rotation
  5. Contact Info
  6. Update Log

Video

Introduction

Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Warden PVP build, The Blizzard, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build can be used in all types of PvP: CP/No-CP, Cyrodiil, Battlegrounds, Imperial City and duels.

The Dragonhold patch brought a ton of great buffs to the magicka warden. Between said changes and the removal of the stun on Dizzying Swing (RIP), I decided to change my Warden from stamina back to magicka. Magden now sports much more respectable damage than it used to, giving us tons of single target as well as AoE pressure. One of my favorite things about wardens too is that they bring a ton of utility to a team: great offheals, AoE major fracture, AoE slows and major protection.  Overall, the class is just a (arctic) blast to play this patch and I definitely recommend giving one a try!

Keep in mind that PvP builds are very personal.  This is what worked for ME.  If you don’t like something about it, change it to fit your playstyle.

Setup

Gear

Magicka Warden PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Bloodspawn Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Spindleclutch 2
Shoulders Bloodspawn Light Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Necropotence Light Impenetrable Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Legs Twice-Born Star Light Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Chest Twice-Born Star Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Belt Necropotence Light Impenetrable Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Boots Twice-Born Star Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Necklace Necropotence Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Ring Necropotence Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Ring Necropotence Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Twice-Born Star Lightning Nirnhoned Weapon & Spell Damage Crafted
Weapon 2 Twice-Born Star 1h Weapon Defending Absorb Magicka Crafted
Weapon 2 Twice-Born Star Shield Nirnhoned Magicka Crafted

Gear Explanation

Bloodspawn: This set is just the swiss army knife of monster sets for PvP; it just provides so much to any build you put it on. You get stamina recovery which is always welcomed for a magicka build, extra ultimate to help you get to your burst faster, and extra resistances to help keep you tanky!

Necropotence: One of the best magicka damage sets for any build that runs pets. This set gives us an absolutely massive boost to our maximum magicka as long as we have a pet active, and we always will with Blue Betty.

Twice-Born Star: This is not as common anymore, but in my opinion is absolutely amazing for magicka warden. MagDen builds tend to need to run a LOT of tri-glyphs or triune jewelry, so having the 2-4 pieces be a boost to all resources helps in that department a lot. Plus, the 5 piece allows us to run 2 mundus stones, allowing us to customize our 5 piece to give us whatever extra bonuses we want!

Attributes

All points into Magicka.

Skills

Force Pulse Deep Fissure Accelerating Drain Bird of Prey Fetcher Infection Northern Storm
Living Trellis Dampen Magic Blue Betty Ice Fortress Elusive Mist Enchanted Forest

Main Bar – Destruction Staff: Force Pulse, Deep Fissure, Arctic Blast OR Accelerating Drain, Bird of Prey, Fetcher Infection, Northern Storm

Back Bar – 1h/Shield:  Living Trellis, Dampen Magic, Blue Betty, Ice Fortress, Elusive Mist, Enchanted Forest

Vampire vs. Mortal

For this patch, I’ve gone back to being a vampire. With the lowering of damage overall going into dragonhold, I think that it’s worth picking back up for certain builds. Having mist form for Cyrodiil is a great tool and allows us to stay mobile without having to drain our stamina for movement.

Champion Points

CHAMPION POINT 810 SETUP

THE MAGE (BLUE)

  • Blessed – 11
  • Elfborn – 56
  • Spell Erosion – 47
  • Elemental Expert – 75
  • Master-at-Arms – 81

THE THIEF (GREEN)

  • Sprinter – 17
  • Warlord – 66
  • Arcanist – 75
  • Shadow Ward – 56
  • Tumbling – 56

THE WARRIOR (RED)

  • Ironclad – 72
  • Resistant – 52
  • Light Armor Focus – 12
  • Thick Skinned – 37
  • Hardy – 43
  • Elemental Defender – 43
  • Quick Recovery – 11

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Witchmother’s Potent Brew (Max Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery)

Mundus Stones

Apprentice: Increased Spell Damage
Mage: Increased Maximum Magicka

Race

1: Nord: Nord is in my opinion an amazing race for magicka wardens in PvP. The extra health and stamina help get us to respectable pools for those resources (allowing us to run a sustain drink), the ultimate generation combos extremely well with the warden kit and blood spawn, and the resists are extremely welcomed in a light armored build to help make us a bit tankier!

2: Breton: Great race for sustain. You get some maximum magicka, spell cost reduction, and a nice boost to your spell resistance, which just makes you that much tankier and harder to kill.

Potions

Essence of Spell Critical (Major Prophecy, Health and Magicka)
Bugloss, Water Hyacinth, Lady’s Smock

Passives

  • Animal Companions: All
  • Winters Embrace: All
  • Green balance: All
  • Light Armor: All
  • Heavy Armor: All that don’t require 5 pieces worn.
  • Medium Armor: All that don’t require 5 pieces worn.
  • Destruction Staff: All
  • Restoration Staff: All
  • Undaunted: All
  • Mages Guild: All
  • Assault: All
  • Support: Combat Medic, Battle Resurrection
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use
  • Racial: All

Resource Management & Rotation

  • Maintain your buffs and debuffs to maximize the amount of damage and tankiness this build has to offer.
  • When you need to kite, throw up your shield and mist form into LOS. Then, use Living Trellis and Arctic Blast to heal yourself back up!
  • If you desperately need a heal, use Healing Thicket. But, if you’re not low and are about to fight a large group, you’d be better off using Northern Storm for the Major Protection.
  • Northern Storm into Deep Fissure is your primary burst on the build. Northern Storm spikes your magicka up by an absolute ton, so using it right before your Fissure goes off will help maximize it’s damage.
  • Heal allies with Living Trellis. It will not only obviously help keep them alive, but it helps your sustain via class passives.

Contact

If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Dottz about the build!

Update Log

3/5/2018 – Build created
7/9/2018 – Build overhauled for summerset
7/17/2018 – SCR changed to Force Pulse
9/21/2018 – CP Updated for Wolfhunter
11/16/2018 – Build overhauled for Murkmire
1/10/2019 – Old Blizzard moved to Nature’s Fury writeup. New build writer overhauled this setup.
10/21/2019 – Build brought out of archives and overhauled for Dragonhold