The Blizzard – Magicka Warden PvP Build
Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA
Role: Damage Dealer
Table of Contents
- Resource Management & Rotation
- Contact Info
- Update Log
Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Warden PVP build, The Blizzard, for the Elder Scrolls Online! If you are interested in locking down multiple opponents in near constant snares, large damage spikes, and great group utility, give the Blizzard a try!
This magicka warden build to me is a great compromise between the ice mage style and the more traditional burst magden, taking the strong elements from both setups and making a very solid build! I personally like to play my magicka PvP builds on the tankier side since their mobility is worse than a stamina character’s mobility, and that is evident in my gear and ability choices. But, just because the build is tanky does not mean it lacks in damage. The AoE damage potential of this build is amazing, and you can cleave down and control multiple enemies with ease. This build focuses around the frost aspect of the magicka warden as opposed to the traditional “burst” magden, using frost as the primary damage element in the build to control opponents and allow us to continue fire spells at them. This build works great in PvP of all kinds: duels, Cyrodiil, battlegrounds, etc.
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.
|Magicka Warden PvP Build – Final|
|Head||Iceheart||Medium||Impenetrable||Prismatic||Vet Direfrost Keep|
|Gloves||Necropotence||Light||Impenetrable||Prismatic||Rivenspire or Guild Trader|
|Belt||Necropotence||Light||Impenetrable||Prismatic||Rivenspire or Guild Trader|
|Necklace||Necropotence||Jewelry||Arcane||Spell Damage||Rivenspire or Guild Trader|
|Ring||Necropotence||Jewelry||Arcane||Spell Damage||Rivenspire or Guild Trader|
|Ring||Necropotence||Jewelry||Protective||Magicka Recovery||Rivenspire or Guild Trader|
|Weapon 1||Fortified Brass||Frost||Sharpened||Absorb Magicka||Crafted|
|Weapon 2||Fortified Brass||Frost||Infused||Weapon & Spell Damage||Crafted|
Iceheart: This set is the staple Frost mage set. Not only does it deal AoE frost damage on crits, but it gives us a very respectable damage shield, helping us increase our tankiness in combination with the rest of our gear.
Necropotence: One of the best magicka damage sets for any build that runs pets, and combines well with Inner Light. 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.
Fortified Brass: This is one of the best defensive sets in the game, especially for battlegrounds. Fortified Brass gives us as TON of resistance, putting us at almost resistance cap with our Ice Fortress up. Another set that you can run in this slot is Mark of the Pariah; your up-front resistance will be less but you’ll have more resistance at lower HP. Either one of these sets will work for the build!
NOTE: In no-CP, the build is borderline for sustain; I am able to sustain fine with a heavy attack every now and then. If you dont want to heavy attack in no-CP, I’d recommend using another magicka recovery glyph on your jewelry.
All points into Magicka.
Main Bar – Ice Staff: Force Pulse, Arctic Blast, Living Trellis, Bird of Prey, Inner Light, Permafrost
Back Bar – Ice Staff: Elemental Blockade, Winter’s Revenge, Blue Betty, Ice Fortress, Elusive Mist, Healing Thicket
NOTE: If you don’t like Arctic Blast, run Invigorating Drain instead. When you play battlegrounds, feel free to replace Elusive Mist with Shimmering Shield.
Vampire vs. Mortal
For this patch, I’ve gone back to being a vampire. I’ve found magicka builds with high resistance can take great benefit from the vampire passives and are tanky enough to survive through the drawbacks. Having mist form for Cyrodiil is a great tool and allows us to stay mobile without having to drain our stamina for movement.
CHAMPION POINT 810 SETUP
THE MAGE (BLUE)
- Blessed – 15
- Elfborn – 56
- Spell Erosion – 43
- Elemental Expert – 75
- Master-at-Arms – 81
THE THIEF (GREEN)
- Sprinter – 29
- Warlord – 56
- Arcanist – 75
- Shadow Ward – 44
- Tumbling – 66
THE WARRIOR (RED)
- Ironclad – 56
- Resistant – 53
- Light Armor Focus – 29
- Thick Skinned – 37
- Hard – 43
- Elemental Defender – 37
- Quick Recovery – 15
Other Important Info
Witchmother’s Potent Brew (Max Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery)
Apprentice: Increased Spell Damage
1: Breton: This is my favorite race for this build personally. You get some maximum magicka, spell cost reduction, and an absolutely massive boost to your spell resistance, which just makes you that much tankier and harder to kill.
2: Argonian: Maximum sustain option; if you run this you’ll be able to squeeze a little more damage out of the build (can change recovery jewelry glyph to spell damage) because of how much extra sustain you’ll be getting from drinking potions. The increased healing, combined with the increased health, will also help in overall tankability a bit.
Tri-Stat (Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower)
- 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
- Undaunted: All
- Mages Guild: All
- Assault: All
- Support: Combat Medic, Battle Resurrection
- Alchemy: Medicinal Use
- Racial: All
Resource Management & Rotation
Offensive rotation: Magicka Wardens have a TON of AoE, so you can cleave your oppenents if you combine all your skills well. Put down your Wall of Elements to apply your back-bar ultimate and slow targets, as well as your Winter’s Revenge. With these frost AoE’s down, pop your Permafrost and spam Force Pulse. Your frost AoE’s will be dealing damage, Permafrost will deal damage and stun opponents, and Force Pulse will be dealing cleave damage. You can take down single targets AND groups really quick with this combo.
Defensive Rotation: You’re going to be relying on Living Trellis and Elusive Mist/Shimmering Shield primarily for your active defense. If you feel yourself taking big damage, feel free to pop your back bar ultimate for big healing.
As with all builds, offensive and defensive power will be maximized if you maintain your buffs on yourself and debuffs on your opponent(s).
If you have any questions about the build, join our discord server and ask @Dottz about the build!
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.