Build Notes: Our “My First 60″ builds are targeted for about 60 total points. They represent the initial builds for a player starting the game, but wanting to play a focused role. Thus, inner wheel builds are incomplete builds and NOT intended for mid-game or later play.
I don’t normally use survival builds as I virtually always run in a duo or group. However, TSW throws some mandatory solo instances at you and at least one of them (see our Blue Mountains guide for Dawning of an Endless Night) can really beat the snot out of a non-heal build. This build was my strategy to bypass this fight. It turns out that it’s actually a pretty decent build for pack fighting too. (if you are unsure what order you should buy your abilities–for the recommended purchase order, please scroll down to the bottom of the page)
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This build requires just under 60 total AP to put together. The build uses one builder, Blade Torrent. This is a lower damage builder than some of the other fist/blade options, but it is does damage to multiple targets. Further, combined with the Perfect Storm passive, each of those hits adds an afflicted, damage over time effect. Unholy Knowledge causes your damage over time to be more effective and Dark Potency makes your afflictions increase your chance for penetrations.
Penetrating attacks are part of your heal repertoire, thanks to Immortal Spirit. On top of that, your build is kicking out passive healing every attack thanks to Lick Your Wounds. You gain a direct heal, with heal over time from Nurture and the HOT effect is doubled in duration from Nurturing Gift. You want to get on your healing early and often with this build, since Out of the Woods improves your healing effectiveness when it heals a mostly healthy target. Your fist finisher, Wild at Heart also provides a heal every full rotation.
The build has three utility abilities. You can make a dash to a target using Surging Blades, use this to start fights. You can also inflict an area of effect stun using Stunning Swirl. Finally, your Pack Leader ability lets you boost your offense by reducing the chance of glancing attacks.
This is a very straight forwards build. Use your Surging Blades to leap into combat and then pop off a Balanced Blades and Wild at Heart (since melee abilities start with full resources). Follow that up with a Nurture to get your heal rating buffed up.
Your default rotation is Blade Torrent x5, Wild at Heart and Balanced Blades. Use Pack Leader early if you are facing hard opponents and save your Stunning Swirl at opportune times. Keep cycling Nurture to keep the HOT running.
In group situations, Alpha Wolf is probably more useful than Out of the Woods. Alternately, if you are serving as a backup healer, consider dropping Lick Your Wounds and putting in Alpha Wolf. Beware that Blade Torrent draws hate, depending on your tank, it might be better to swap over to a Claw/Sharp Claw build to get your resource generation and afflictions running. For more offense, consider Salt in the Wound to replace Out of the Woods as soon as you can afford outer wheel abilities.
Recommended Purchase Order
Lick your Wounds
Wild At Heart
Out of the Woods