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Magicka Sorcerer PvP Build ESO – The Magister

Magicka Sorcerer PvP Build ESO – The Magister

Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA

Role: Damage Dealer

Patch: Waking Flame

Table of Contents

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

Magicka Sorcerer is simply one of the best PvP classes in ESO and has been for a long time, and for good reason. The class has everything you could possibly want: great mobility, damage, survivability and sustain! This build received a massive facelift back in Flames of Ambition due to how high damage has been in ESO PvP in 2021. Unfortunately, this has made light armor feel a bit too squishy to play in for my tastes. So for the first time, the Magister is going to strap on some heavy armor for some extra tankiness and survivability, running a 3/3/1 setup! Even with the extra heavy armor though, the build still packs a punch, and is able to deal enough damage to take down your opponents all while sustaining your resources appropriately!

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 Bloodspawn Heavy Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Spindleclutch 2
Shoulders Bloodspawn Medium Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Torug’s Pact Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Legs Torug’s Pact Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Chest Torug’s Pact Heavy Reinforced Prismatic Crafted
Belt Torug’s Pact Light Well-Fitted Magicka Crafted
Boots Torug’s Pact Heavy Well-Fitted Magicka Crafted
Necklace Necropotence Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Ring Necropotence Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Ring Necropotence Jewelry Arcane Spell Damage Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Necropotence Fire Infused Shock Rivenspire or Guild Trader
Weapon 2 Necropotence Ice Infused Absorb Magicka Rivenspire or Guild Trader

Gear Explanation

  • Necropotence: An amazing set for any build that uses a pet, this set gives us a huge increase to our magicka pool, giving us more resources to work with along with a big boost to our damage, healing and shield size!
  • Bloodspawn: This monster helm keeps us tanky, giving us a nice boost to our resistances while also generating ultimate for us, allowing us to use Overload much more frequently! The 1 line of stamina recovery also helps a bit so we can use more Dark Conversions!
  • Torug’s Pact: This set helps a ton with your magicka sustain and damage by giving a big increase to our enchant effectiveness! This allows our front bar shock glyph to deal much more damage more often to increase our single target pressure. In addition, this also allows our back bar absorb magicka glyph to proc much more frequently to give us a ton of magicka sustain when enemies stand in our wall of elements!


All points into magicka.


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Main Bar – Inferno Staff: Crushing Shock, Haunting Curse, Crystal Frags, Twilight Matriarch, Streak, Power Overload

Back Bar – Ice Staff: Elemental Blockade, Hardened Ward, Boundless Storm, Twilight Matriarch, Dark Conversion, Summon Charged Atronach

Vampire vs. Mortal

I would not recommend being a vampire for this build. Vampire doesn’t give the build anything we need, so we are just going to remain mortal.

Champion Points

The list below showcases the order in which champion points should be acquired, the number of points you need to place into that perk and whether or not it needs to be slotted in the CP bar. The Warfare CP perks increase your damage and mitigation and are the most important, the Fitness tree has some miscellaneous sustain and defensive perks and the Craft tree has crafting and non-combat bonuses. The Craft CP points are entirely customizable to however you want, or you can follow the list below.


  • Eldritch Insight – 20
  • Piercing – 20
  • Deadly Aim – 50 (Slotted)
  • Master-at-Arms – 50 (Slotted)
  • Quick Recovery – 20
  • Elemental Aegis – 20
  • Hardy – 20
  • Duelist’s Rebuff – 50 (Slotted)
  • Ironclad – 50 (Slotted)
  • Blessed – 20
  • Tireless Discipline – 20
  • Flawless Ritual – 40
  • War Mage – 30
  • Precision – 20
  • Preparation – 20


  • Tumbling – 30
  • Mystic Tenacity – 10
  • Hero’s Vigor – 20
  • Sustained by Suffering – 50 (Slotted)
  • Pain’s Refuge – 50 (Slotted)
  • Relentlessness – 50 (Slotted)
  • Defiance – 20
  • Shield Master – 10
  • Bastion – 50 (Slotted)
  • Hasty – 16
  • Sprinter – 20
  • Tireless Guardian – 20
  • Fortification – 30
  • Nimble Protector – 6
  • Savage Defense – 30
  • Piercing Gaze – 30
  • Bashing Brutality – 10


  • Steed’s Blessing – 50 (Slotted)
  • Breakfall – 50
  • Wanderer – 15
  • Steadfast Enchantment – 50
  • Rationer – 30 (Slotted)
  • Liquid Efficiency – 75 (Slotted)
  • Treasure Hunter – 50 (Slotted)
  • Fortune’s Favor – 50
  • Gilded Fingers – 50
  • Soul Reservoir – 33

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Bewitched Sugar Skulls: 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.


Spell Power Potions (Spell Crit, Spell Damage, Magicka Restoration)
Cornflower, Ladys Smock, Water Hyacinth


  • Class: All
  • Destruction Staff: All
  • Restoration Staff: All
  • Light Armor: All
  • Heavy Armor: All
  • Undaunted: All
  • Mages Guild: All
  • 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 Power Overload, Curse and Crystal frag (only use when proc’d – crushing shock is your primary means of doing so) to hit 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 shield, heal with the Matriarch and use Dark Conversion in order to heal yourself back up. The Atronach on the back bar ult also works well defensive, as it’s a nice AoE stunn and you can kite around it to LOS (and frustrate) your opponents.

Maintaining Elemental Blockade will give you a huge boost to your sustain via your enchant! If you find yourself needing more sustain, be sure to use Dark Conversion.

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.
5/26/2020 – changed force pulse to crushing shock, changed overload to shooting star, changed some glyphs on the gear, changed monster helm to engine guardian
8/25/2020 – minor gear and skill changes
11/2/2020 – no changes for markarth
3/12/2021- overhauled build for flames of ambition
6/2/2021 – updated CP
8/25/2021 – updated CP and gear weights/traits

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