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== What is the current Metagame? ==
 
== What is the current Metagame? ==
 
The current PvE meta is largely based around three professions: [[gw:Monk|Monks]], [[gw:Necromancer|Necros]], and [[gw:Assassin|Assassins]]. Other classes can farm very well too, but these tend to be the current staple classes.
 
The current PvE meta is largely based around three professions: [[gw:Monk|Monks]], [[gw:Necromancer|Necros]], and [[gw:Assassin|Assassins]]. Other classes can farm very well too, but these tend to be the current staple classes.
*[[gw:Monk|Monks]] have an incredible number of [[gw:Protection Prayers|Protection]] and [[gw:Healing Prayers|Healing]] spells which allow them to tank almost any foe. These builds often require incredibly attentive skill-use in conjunction with clever manipulations of game mechanics use in order to stay alive. Monks are also commonly run for [[gww:Ray of Judgment|RoJ]], which is used to quickly and effectively nuke mobs.
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*[[gw:Monk|Monks]] have an incredible number of [[gw:Protection Prayers|Protection]] and [[gw:Healing Prayers|Healing]] spells which allow them to tank almost any foe. These builds often require incredibly attentive skill-use in conjunction with clever manipulations of game mechanics use in order to stay alive. Monks are also commonly run for [[gww:Ray of Judgment|Ray of Judgement]], which is used to quickly and effectively nuke mobs, but due to its nerf has fallen out of favor for some speed clears.
 
*[[gw:Necromancer|Necromancers]]' main advantage is [[gw:Soul Reaping|Soul Reaping]], which allows near infinite energy against foes which die very quickly in PvE. They also possess several high-damage [[gw:Curses|curses]] and [[gw:Order|party buffs]].
 
*[[gw:Necromancer|Necromancers]]' main advantage is [[gw:Soul Reaping|Soul Reaping]], which allows near infinite energy against foes which die very quickly in PvE. They also possess several high-damage [[gw:Curses|curses]] and [[gw:Order|party buffs]].
*[[gw:Assassin|Assassins]] have the ability to do [[gw:Shadow Form|permaform]], which grants complete invincibility against all damage except [[gw:Area_of_Effect|AoE]], [[gw:Touch_skills_quick_reference|touch skills]], and [[gw:Signet|signets]]. This invincibility can be slightly inhibiting as well, due to energy requirements and the limited options for damage, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
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*[[gw:Assassin|Assassins]] have the ability to do [[gw:Shadow Form|permaform]], which grants complete invincibility against all spells, bearing in mind that they are still affected by physical damage, [[gw:Area_of_Effect|AoE]], [[gw:Touch_skills_quick_reference|touch skills]], and [[gw:Signet|signets]]. This invincibility can be slightly inhibiting as well, due to energy requirements and the limited options for damage, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.
The elite areas of PvE are currently dominated by [[gw:Cry of Pain|Cry of Pain]]- and [[gw:Ray of Judgment|Ray of Judgment]]-based builds, as both do massive armor-ignoring damage to multiple targets in the area of effect. These builds run some kind of tank (usually a [[gw:Shadow Form|Shadow Form]] Assassin) who balls the targets, which are then hexed by a caller and spiked by the other casters with various Armor-ignoring damage skills such as [[gw:Cry of Pain|CoP]], [[gw:Ray of Judgment|RoJ]] and [[gw:Energy Surge|ES]] - effectively killing all balled foes. (It is not uncommon for an N/R or R/N with [[gww:Blood is Power|BiP]] and [[gww:Edge of Extinction|EoE]] to be brought along to assist the nuking process.)
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The elite areas of PvE are currently dominated by [[Guide:Cryway|Cry of Pain]] and [[Guide:Manly Spike|Manly Spike]] based builds, as both do massive damage to multiple targets in the area of effect. These builds run some kind of tank (usually a [[gw:Shadow Form|Shadow Form]] Assassin) who balls the targets, which are then hexed by a caller and spiked by the other casters with various damage skills such as [[gw:Cry of Pain|CoP]], [[gw:Ray of Judgment|RoJ]] or [[gw:Hundred Blades|100Blades]] [[gw:Whirlwind Attack|Whirlwind Attack combo]] - effectively killing all balled foes. (It is not uncommon for an Rt/R or R/Rt with [[gw:Signet of Spirits|SoS]] and [[gww:Edge of Extinction|EoE]] to be brought along to assist the nuking and cleaning up process, sometimes a [[gw:Blood is Power|BiP]] necro is brought along.)
   
 
==Current PvE Meta==
 
==Current PvE Meta==
 
=== Farming Meta Builds ===
 
=== Farming Meta Builds ===
*[[Build:A/E_Perma_Sliver_Farmer|Perma_Sliver_Farmer]] - Meta for permaform [[gww:Assassins|Assassins]] where you do not need to be bonded.
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*[[Build:Team_-_MQSC_Luxon_FFF_Monkway|MQSC Luxon FFF]] - Meta for farming Luxon Faction, in Mount Qinkai
*[[Build:Team_-_600/Smite_UW|600/Smite]] - The current meta for monks wishing to do almost any area (small variants required for some areas, such as [[Build:Team - 600/Smite CoF|here]] and [[Build:Team_-_600/Smite_FoW|here]]).
 
*[[Build:A/any_Permaform_Tank|Perma Tank]] - The current meta for heavy tanking in PvE. Mostly used with Cryers.
 
*[[Build:Team_-_RoJ_VS_Farm|RoJ VS Farm]] - Meta for farming Voltaic Spears, which are very valuable
 
*[[Build:Team_-_SF/Commando|SF/Commando]] - The current best option for permaform [[gw:Assassin|Assassins]] wanting to solo with a hero.
 
*[[Build:Team_-_MQSC_Luxon_FFF|MQSC Luxon FFF]] - Meta for farming Luxon Faction, in Mount Qinkai
 
 
*[[Build:Team_-_DTSC_Kurzick_FFF|DTSC Kurzick FFF]] - Meta for farming Kurzick Faction, in Drazach Thicket
 
*[[Build:Team_-_DTSC_Kurzick_FFF|DTSC Kurzick FFF]] - Meta for farming Kurzick Faction, in Drazach Thicket
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*[[Build:Team_-_Hero_Speedbook|Hero Speedbook]] - Meta for speedbooking reputation points in GW:EoTN
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*[[Build:Team_-_SoO_Snoway|SoO Snoway]] - Meta for farming Shards of Orr and hopefully getting a [[gw:Bone Dragon Staff | Bone Dragon Staff]]
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*[[Build:Team_-_Kathandrax Spearway|Kathandrax Spearway]] - Meta for farming Catacombs of Kathandrax in hopes of getting an [[gw:Emerald Blade | Emerald Blade]]
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*[[Build:Any/Rt_Spirit_Farmer|Spirit Farmer]] - Uses spirits to solo farm small mobs in many areas.
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*[[Build:W/N_Raptor_Farmer|W/N Raptor Farmer]] - Uses Mark of Pain and 100B+Whirlwind attack to farm raptors in 1 minute
   
 
===Elite Area Meta===
 
===Elite Area Meta===
No underworld build that is meta is currently present
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*[[Build:Team_-_UW_Terraway|UW Terraway]] - The current [[gw:The Underworld|The Underworld]] Meta
 
*[[Build:Team - FoW Manly Spike|FoW Manlyway]] - The current [[gw:Fissure of Woe|Fissure of Woe]] Meta
 
*[[Build:Team - FoW Manly Spike|FoW Manlyway]] - The current [[gw:Fissure of Woe|Fissure of Woe]] Meta
*[[Build:Team - The Deep Cryway|Deep Cryway]] - The current Meta in [[gw:The Deep|The Deep]].
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*[[Build:Team - Urgoz Caster Spike|Urgoz Caster Spike]] - The current [[gw:Urgoz's Warren|Urgoz's Warren]] Meta.
*[[Build:Team - Urgoz Cryway|Urgoz Cryway]] - The current [[gw:Urgoz's Warren|Urgoz's Warren]] Meta.
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*[[Build:Team - DoA Trenchway|DoA Trenchway]] - A popular build for DoA.
*[[Build:Team - DoA Caster Spike|DoA Caster Spike]] - A popular build for DoA.
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*[[Build:Team_-_DoA_Glaiveway|DoA Glaiveway]] - Uses Destructive Was Glaive spikers to easily clear the 4 areas of the [[gw:Domain of Anguish | Domain of Anguish]], and for [[gw:The Ebony Citadel of Mallyx | Mallyx]].
   
 
=== General PvE Meta Builds ===
 
=== General PvE Meta Builds ===
 
The majority of the best general PvE builds use heroes for their quick reflexes and other abilities over humans. Such as the ability to maintain [[gw:Death Nova|Death Nova]] on multiple minions easily.
 
The majority of the best general PvE builds use heroes for their quick reflexes and other abilities over humans. Such as the ability to maintain [[gw:Death Nova|Death Nova]] on multiple minions easily.
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====Player/Hero-based PvE Meta Builds====
 
*[[Sabway]] - Necro heroes abusing soul reaping and minions for big damage and heals.
 
*[[Sabway]] - Necro heroes abusing soul reaping and minions for big damage and heals.
 
*[[Build:Team - Discordway|Discordway]] - Possibly outdoes Sabway. Heroes spam Discord for high armor-ignoring damage spikes while abusing Soul Reaping.
 
*[[Build:Team - Discordway|Discordway]] - Possibly outdoes Sabway. Heroes spam Discord for high armor-ignoring damage spikes while abusing Soul Reaping.
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*[[Build:Team_-_UA/HB_Mimicry|UA/HB Mimicry]] - A strong backline for most pve teams.
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====Player-based PvE Meta Builds====
 
*[[Build:Rt/any Mobile Spirits|Spirit Wrangler]] - Rit-turrets that utilize concentrated firepower.
 
*[[Build:Rt/any Mobile Spirits|Spirit Wrangler]] - Rit-turrets that utilize concentrated firepower.
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*[[Build:Rt/any SoS Channeling Rit|Channeling Hybrid Rit]] - Many optionals lead to a versitle and strong build.
 
*[[Build:N/Rt SoLS Healer|N/Rt SoLS Healer]] - A hero with big heals.
 
*[[Build:N/Rt SoLS Healer|N/Rt SoLS Healer]] - A hero with big heals.
 
*[[Build:N/Me_SS_Nuker|SS Nuker]] - Necro nuker that can rip apart mobs.
 
*[[Build:N/Me_SS_Nuker|SS Nuker]] - Necro nuker that can rip apart mobs.
*[[Build:Team_-_UA/HB_Mimicry|UA/HB Mimicry]] - A strong backline for most pve teams.
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*[[Build:N/A_Mark_of_Pain_Nuker|MoP Nuker]] - Abuses Assassin's Promise for quick recharge on otherwise long recharging skills.*
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*[[Build:N/any_Minion_Bomber|Minion Bomber]] - Deals degeneration through the use of Death Nova on its dying minions
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*[[Build:N/any SS Support Hero|SS Support]] - A build with damage through curses,with additional team support.
 
*[[Imbagon]] - Big party defense.
 
*[[Imbagon]] - Big party defense.
 
*[[Build:A/D_Critical_Scythe_Assassin|CritScythe Assassin]] - Scythe assassin who abuses critical strikes for high damage.
 
*[[Build:A/D_Critical_Scythe_Assassin|CritScythe Assassin]] - Scythe assassin who abuses critical strikes for high damage.
 
*[[Build:A/any_PvE_Moebius_Sin|Moebius Sin]] - Spams death blossom and Moebius to deal massive AoE damage.
 
*[[Build:A/any_PvE_Moebius_Sin|Moebius Sin]] - Spams death blossom and Moebius to deal massive AoE damage.
*[[Build:E/any_Searing_Flames_Elementalist|SF Elementalist]] - Strong fire elementalist.
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*[[Build:A/any_PvE_Dagger_Spammer|Dagger Spammer]] - Utilizes 1/2 casting time attacks to both deal quick repeatable damage
*[[Build:N/A_Mark_of_Pain_Nuker|MoP Nuker]] - Abuses Assassin's Promise for quick recharge on otherwise long recharging skills.
 
 
*[[Build:W/any_PvE_Earth_Shaker|Earth Shaker Warrior]] - Keeps mobs grounded.
 
*[[Build:W/any_PvE_Earth_Shaker|Earth Shaker Warrior]] - Keeps mobs grounded.
 
*[[Build:W/any_PvE_Dragon_Slash_Warrior|Dragon Slash Warrior]] - High damage and great party support.
 
*[[Build:W/any_PvE_Dragon_Slash_Warrior|Dragon Slash Warrior]] - High damage and great party support.
 
*[[Build:W/D_Enduring_Scythe|Enduring Scythe Warrior]] - Uses Warrior's Endurance to spam quick activation attacks on a scythe.
 
*[[Build:W/D_Enduring_Scythe|Enduring Scythe Warrior]] - Uses Warrior's Endurance to spam quick activation attacks on a scythe.
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*[[Build:E/any_Searing_Flames_Elementalist|Searing Flames Ele]] - Used to nuke foes constantly by spamming Searing Flames
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*[[Build:R/any_Barrage_Ranger|Barrage Ranger]] - Utilizes the effects of Barrage to target groups of enemies
   
 
=== Running PvE Meta Builds ===
 
=== Running PvE Meta Builds ===
 
Below are the best options for running on each profession.
 
Below are the best options for running on each profession.
*[[Build:D/A Unstoppable Droks Dervish|D/A Unstoppable Droks Dervish]]
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*[[Build:D/A Unstoppable Drok's Dervish|D/A Unstoppable Droks Dervish]]
*[[Build:W/any Generic Runner|W/any Generic War Runner]]
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*http://pvx.wikia.com/wiki/Build:A/R_Shadow_Runner
*[[Build:R/any Escape Runner|R/any Generic Ranger Runner]]
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*[[Build:Any/A General Shadow Forge Runner | Any/A Shadow Form Runner]] - Can get you to where you need using any profession and [[gw:Shadow Form | Shadow Form]]
   
 
== How does a Meta change? ==
 
== How does a Meta change? ==

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This guide is here to explain the trends of most commonly used builds in PvE, known as the PvE meta.

What is the Metagame? Edit

The Metagame is the most commonly run build for a given area, usually to accomplish the set task in the most profitable way, which also tends to be the fastest way.

What is the current Metagame? Edit

The current PvE meta is largely based around three professions: Monks, Necros, and Assassins. Other classes can farm very well too, but these tend to be the current staple classes.

  • Monks have an incredible number of Protection and Healing spells which allow them to tank almost any foe. These builds often require incredibly attentive skill-use in conjunction with clever manipulations of game mechanics use in order to stay alive. Monks are also commonly run for Ray of Judgement, which is used to quickly and effectively nuke mobs, but due to its nerf has fallen out of favor for some speed clears.
  • Necromancers' main advantage is Soul Reaping, which allows near infinite energy against foes which die very quickly in PvE. They also possess several high-damage curses and party buffs.
  • Assassins have the ability to do permaform, which grants complete invincibility against all spells, bearing in mind that they are still affected by physical damage, AoE, touch skills, and signets. This invincibility can be slightly inhibiting as well, due to energy requirements and the limited options for damage, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

The elite areas of PvE are currently dominated by Cry of Pain and Manly Spike based builds, as both do massive damage to multiple targets in the area of effect. These builds run some kind of tank (usually a Shadow Form Assassin) who balls the targets, which are then hexed by a caller and spiked by the other casters with various damage skills such as CoP, RoJ or 100Blades Whirlwind Attack combo - effectively killing all balled foes. (It is not uncommon for an Rt/R or R/Rt with SoS and EoE to be brought along to assist the nuking and cleaning up process, sometimes a BiP necro is brought along.)

Current PvE MetaEdit

Farming Meta Builds Edit

Elite Area MetaEdit

General PvE Meta Builds Edit

The majority of the best general PvE builds use heroes for their quick reflexes and other abilities over humans. Such as the ability to maintain Death Nova on multiple minions easily.

Player/Hero-based PvE Meta BuildsEdit

  • Sabway - Necro heroes abusing soul reaping and minions for big damage and heals.
  • Discordway - Possibly outdoes Sabway. Heroes spam Discord for high armor-ignoring damage spikes while abusing Soul Reaping.
  • UA/HB Mimicry - A strong backline for most pve teams.

Player-based PvE Meta BuildsEdit

Running PvE Meta Builds Edit

Below are the best options for running on each profession.

How does a Meta change? Edit

Metas are often shifted by skill updates, these updates often nerf skills in the metagame, forcing them out of the meta. On the other hand, skills that were not in the meta get buffed and become a better option over different builds. For example, after the permaform UW Chaos Planes farmer started being overused, there was a significant drop in the price of ectos, which was hurting the in-game economy. Shadow Form was then slightly nerfed and new skills were given to Mindblade Spectres to make the run impossible. Another example of this is the nerf to Ursanway, which allowed any class to tank and deal large amounts of armor-ignoring damage, as well as making Monks, Warriors, and sometimes Paragons the only wanted classes for elite areas.

So why are certain builds "Meta"? Edit

Like explained in much of the above, Meta builds are meta because they simply perform best in the given area. Since monster skills rarely change, the meta usually only changes when there is a large buff or nerf to skills which allow farming.

(2/23/09)

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