The Magister – Magicka Sorcerer PvP Build
Build Written By: Dottz Gaming – PC NA
Role: Damage Dealer
Table of Contents
- Resource Management & Rotation
- Tips & Misc
- Contact Info
- 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. 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|
|Head||Pirate Skeleton||Light||Impenetrable||Prismatic||Vet Blackheart Haven|
|Shoulders||Pirate Skeleton||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||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|
- 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.
- Pirate Skeleton: This set was nerfed pretty hard a couple patches ago, lowering the uptime on Pirate Skeleton as well as applying major defile instead of minor defile. With that being said, I feel that MagSorc is one of the few classes that can take advantage of it due to the primary method of defense being shield stacking and not raw healing power. Because of this, the major defile from this set is a bit less impactful than it would be on another class. The major protection is a huge boon to your defense, and it makes it harder for opponents to take you down when it procs, allowing you to reset your shields once you take some health damage. Plus, the 2 piece resistance bonus is very nice!
- 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.
Main Bar – Inferno Staff: Force Pulse, Haunting Curse, Crystal Frags, Degeneration, Streak, Greater Storm Atronach
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. 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 POINT 810 SETUP
THE MAGE (BLUE)
- Master At Arms: 81
- Elemental Expert: 64
- Spell Erosion: 50
- Elfborn: 56
- Blessed: 19
THE THIEF (GREEN)
- Tumbling: 51
- Shadow Ward: 16
- Arcanist: 75
- Tenacity: 43
- Sprinter: 19
- Warlord: 66
THE WARRIOR (RED)
- Bastion: 31
- Thick Skinned: 37
- Hardy: 43
- Elemental Defender: 43
- Iron Clad: 66
- Resistant: 50
Other Important Info
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 curse 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 your Atronach when you have it up is a good way to start off the combo so you have the stun from the atronach, as well as its damage hitting your opponent. If you dont have Atronach up, then use Streak to stun instead.
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 take HP damage, there is a chance for your Pirate Skeleton to proc as well which will give you major protection. During this time, you wont have the best healing, so lean on your shields as your primary method of defense!
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!
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
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