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The Magister – Magicka Sorcerer PvP Build

The Magister – Magicka Sorcerer PvP Build

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Harrowstorm

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. Tips & Misc
  6. Contact Info
  7. Update Log



Welcome to DottzGaming.com’s Magicka Sorcerer build PvP, The Magister, for the Elder Scrolls Online! This build is intended for PvP of all kinds: battlegrounds, Cyrodiil, dueling, and Imperial City. This build can be played in both CP and no-CP pvp!

After being requested to play magicka sorcerer for quite some time, I finally decided to take the max level magsorc I never ended up doing anything with after I leveled him and make a PvP build on him. While last patch I played a less traditional MagSorc build, I moved into a higher damage build this patch that relied more on the shield stacking for defense and it’s working beautifully! This build has really respectable resource pools for your health, magicka and stamina, as well as really solid damage and sustain in both CP and no cp! This build has more damage compared to the setup I was using last patch, and I’m having a blast with the new loadout!

If you like a really well rounded sorc build that will work for you no matter what type of PvP you do, The Magister will be the perfect build for you!

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 Sorcerer PvP Build
Gear Slot Set Weight Trait Enchant Acquisition
Head Lord Warden Light Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Imperial City Prison
Shoulders Mighty Chudan Light Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Armor of the Seducer Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Legs Armor of the Seducer Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Chest Armor of the Seducer Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Belt Crafty Alfiq Light Impenetrable Magicka Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Boots Crafty Alfiq Light Impenetrable Magicka Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Necklace Crafty Alfiq Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Ring Crafty Alfiq Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery/Spell Damage Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Ring Crafty Alfiq Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Armor of the Seducer Fire Infused Shock Crafted
Weapon 2 Armor of the Seducer Restoration Defending Absorb Magicka Crafted

Gear Explanation

  • Crafty Alfiq: An amazing set for magicka characters that like to stack maximum magicka, this set gives us a huge boost to our magicka pool. This gives us not only big damage, but big shields which are our primary method of defense.
  • Chudan & Lord Warden: We already have plenty of offense and sustain from our two 5 piece sets, so we want to get some defensive bonuses from our monster sets. Wearing 1 piece of Chudan and 1 piece of Lord Warden gives us nearly 6k resists all the times, which helps makes us and our shields tankier! If you want, Bloodspawn will also work well here too. You’ll get more resists, some ult gen and a small amount of stamina sustain, but this set will have down time.
  • Seducer: This set helps a ton with your magicka sustain by giving a massive amount of cost reduction. The more MagSorc I was playing, the more I felt like my sustain needed a big boost, and Seducer was the perfect set to help with that issue!


All points into magicka.


Force Pulse Haunting Curse Crystal Fragments Endless Fury Streak Energy Overload
Dampen Magic Hardened Ward Rapid Regeneration Boundless Storm Dark Conversion Summon Charged Atronach

Main Bar – Inferno Staff: Force Pulse, Haunting Curse, Crystal Frags, Endless Fury, Streak, Energy Overload

Back Bar – Restoration Staff: Dampen Magic, Hardened Ward, Rapid Regeneration, Boundless Storm, Dark Conversion, Summon Charged Atronach or Life Giver

NOTE: For Life Giver, be sure to morph Steadfast Ward to Healing Ward, and Blessing of Protection to Combat Prayer; the morphed forms are casted when Life Giver is used!

Vampire vs. Mortal

I would not recommend being a vampire for this build. We don’t have use for mist form due to streak, and mist form is the primary reason to want to be a vampire in the first place.

Champion Points


  • Master At Arms: 81
  • Elemental Expert: 64
  • Spell Erosion: 50
  • Elfborn: 56
  • Blessed: 19


  • Tumbling: 51
  • Shadow Ward: 16
  • Arcanist: 75
  • Tenacity: 43
  • Sprinter: 19
  • Warlord: 66


  • Bastion: 31
  • Thick Skinned: 37
  • Hardy: 43
  • Elemental Defender: 43
  • Ironclad: 66
  • Resistant: 50

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Longfin Pasty with Melon Sauce: Maximum Health, Magicka and Stamina


The Mage: Increased Maximum Magicka


High Elf: My personal favorite choice for magicka sorcerer. The increased spell damage and maximum magicka gives us a lot of additional damage, and the stamina recovery is really nice for keeping our stam pool topped off so we can dodge roll/CC break when necessary.

Dark Elf: Really similar to high elf in a lot of ways – gives extra maximum magicka/stamina, as well as some additional spell damage.


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


  • Class: All
  • Destruction Staff: All
  • Restoration Staff: All
  • Light Armor: All
  • Heavy Armor: Resolve, Constitution, Juggernaut
  • Medium Armor: Wind Walker, Athletics, Improved Sneak
  • Undaunted: All
  • Mages Guild: All
  • Fighters Guild: Banish the Wicked
  • Assault: All
  • Support: Combat Medic, Battle Resurrection
  • Alchemy: Medicinal Use
  • Racial: All

Resource Management & Rotation

When going on the offensive, your goal combo is to setup overload, curse, endless fury and crystal frag (only use when proc’d – force pulse is your primary means of doing so) to go off at roughly the same time. Initiating with streak when you have it up is a good way to start off the combo since it is unblockable and undodgeable.

When playing defensively, you’re going to want to kite, streak, apply your shields and use Rapid Regeneration in order to heal yourself back up.

If you find yourself needing to sustain, be sure to use Dark Conversion. If for some reason you’re out of stamina and cant use it, heavy attack on your Restoration Staff bar for big resource return from the Resto passives and your back bar glyph.

Tips & Misc.

Dont be afraid to kite in a fight. Streak is incredibly hard for a lot of classes to keep up with; use that to your advantage. I’ve found it much more beneficial to apply shields and streak away than to just continually apply shields to try and tank out the damage. Use the superior mobility of the magsorc to your advantage.


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

Update Log

8/14/2019 – Build created.
8/29/2019 – Build updated after initial testing.
10/8/2019 – Build overhauled after further testing
10/21/2019 – No changes from scalebreaker to dragonhold
11/13/2019 – Build overhauled after more testing
2/24/2020 – degen changed to endless fury and potion changed to spell power potions.

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