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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: Scalebreaker

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 PVP build, 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. This build is a pretty traditional magsorc build, focusing on shields and high burst damage. 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 Engine Guardian Light Impenetrable Prismatic Vet Darkshade Caverns 2
Shoulders Engine Guardian Light Impenetrable Magicka Undaunted Chest
Gloves Shacklebreaker Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Legs Shacklebreaker Medium Impenetrable Prismatic Crafted
Chest Shacklebreaker 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 Infused Magicka Recovery Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Ring Crafty Alfiq Jewelry Infused Spell Damage Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Ring Crafty Alfiq Jewelry Infused Spell Damage Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Weapon 1 Shacklebreaker Fire Nirnhoned Berserker Crafted
Weapon 2 Shacklebreaker Restoration Defending Absorb Magicka Crafted

Gear Explanation

  • Shacklebreaker: A staple set I use in my builds, this gives us access to a great stat pool for our magicka/stamina, magicka recovery and spell damage. Just a great all-around set.
  • Engine Guardian: This set gives us a ton of sustain on one of our three pools at random. Sometimes it can give the wrong resource in a situation, but it provides a LOT of whatever sustain it gives. A really solid magicka sorc monster set!
  • Crafty Alfiq: This set gives us an insane amount of magicka, making our healing, shields and damage really strong. Also, because this set provides us with so much max magicka, we are able to go with all infused jewelry and still have a very high max magicka pool!


Health: 4
Magicka: 60


Force Pulse Haunting Curse Crystal Fragments Structured Entropy Streak Energy Overload
Dampen Magic Hardened Ward Rapid Regeneration Boundless Storm Dark Conversion Life Giver

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

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

NOTE: Life Giver will cast the morphed version of the skills listed in its tooltip, so you’re going to want to also have Combat Prayer and Healing Ward morphed in your Restoration skll line!

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: 72
  • Elemental Expert: 75
  • Spell Erosion: 48
  • Elfborn: 56
  • Blessed: 19


  • Tumbling: 56
  • Arcanist: 75
  • Tenacity: 43
  • Sprinter: 3
  • Siphoner: 27
  • Warlord: 66


  • Bastion: 18
  • Thick Skinned: 56
  • Hardy: 43
  • Elemental Defender: 43
  • Iron Clad: 56
  • Resistant: 54

Other Important Info

Buff Food

Witchmother’s Potent Brew: Maximum Health, Magicka and Magicka Recovery


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. In my opinion, high elf is a bit better, but dunmer is a really solid secondary option!


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
  • 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 curse, crystal frag (only use when proc’d – force pulse is your primary means of doing so), and then streak into Overload to get your 3 offensive skills to all deal damage at roughly the same time. Magsorc burst is really high, so you’ll be able to kill a LOT of things with that combo.

With Scalebreaker, damage is really high, so when playing defensively, you’re going to want to kite, streak, apply shields and use Rapid Regeneration in order to heal. Making sure to maintain Structured Entropy for its HoT will go a long way as well.

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.

  • Your shields and Boundless Storm maintenance is paramount for your survivability. Mess up on one of those, you’ll die quickly.
  • It’ll take some practice to get the burst to line up as noted in the previous section, but once you get it, you’ll be blowing people up. This build works on burst rotations, not consistent damage, so be sure to keep that in mind when playing.
  • 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.


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.

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