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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: Markarth

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, and this build has all of those things packed into it! I spent some time and optimized the build from last patch and was able to squeeze a ton more damage out of the same setup with just a couple of small tweaks!

If you like a really well rounded sorc build that will work for you no matter what type of PvP you do and is a ton of fun to play, 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 Armor of the Seducer Light Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Legs Armor of the Seducer Medium Impenetrable Magicka Crafted
Chest Armor of the Seducer Heavy Well-Fitted Magicka Crafted
Belt Crafty Alfiq Light Well-Fitted Magicka Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Boots Crafty Alfiq Light Well-Fitted Magicka Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Necklace Crafty Alfiq Jewelry Arcane Magicka Recovery Elsweyr or Guild Trader
Ring Crafty Alfiq Jewelry Arcane 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.
  • Engine Guardian: With the monster helm overhauls in Greymoor, this is one of the monster sets that made it through with some decent changes! While the resource restore of this set has been nerfed, the heal that you get from this is absolutely massive. No matter which resource engine guardian is currently restoring, we as a magSorc are able to get an absolute ton of benefit from it, making it an amazing set for our build!
  • 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.


Crushing Shock Haunting Curse Crystal Fragments Elemental Drain Streak Shooting Star
Dampen Magic Hardened Ward Rapid Regeneration Boundless Storm Dark Conversion Life Giver

Main Bar – Inferno Staff: Crushing Shock, Haunting Curse, Crystal Frags, Elemental Drain, Streak, Shooting Star

Back Bar – Restoration Staff: Dampen Magic, Hardened Ward, Rapid Regeneration, Boundless Storm, Dark Conversion, 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. Vampire doesn’t give the build anything we need, so we are just going to remain mortal.

Champion Points


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


  • Tumbling: 66
  • Shadow Ward: 18
  • Arcanist: 75
  • Tenacity: 43
  • Sprinter: 2
  • Warlord: 66


  • Bastion: 37
  • Thick Skinned: 48
  • Hardy: 43
  • Elemental Defender: 43
  • Ironclad: 66
  • Resistant: 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: 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 Shooting Star, Curse and Crystal frag (only use when proc’d – crushing shock 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.

Maintaining Elemental Drain will give you a huge boost to your sustain! If you find yourself needing more 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.
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

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