Welcome to my Magicka Dragonknight ( MagDK ) No-CP & Battlegrounds PvP Build for the Blackwood patch!
This build’s goal is to give you enough tankiness to survive very well in no-CP & Battlegrounds while keeping your sustain high enough and your damage stats deadly enough to kill enemy players at ease, and allow you to focus kills or objectives as you choose.
If you’re looking to be able to burst down enemy players while retaining powerful defenses and sustain on Magicka Dragonknight despite the difficulties of the class in no-CP environments, you’ve come to the right place!
The optimal race for this build is Breton. This race helps you sustain magicka skills better than any other and increases your spell resistance and your magicka pool as well.
Other good alternatives for races would be Dark Elf, Argonian, Khajiit and High Elf.
The mundus stone we are using on this build is The Atronach. This mundus will help us increase our Magicka Recovery and let us afford more Spell Damage Jewelry glyphs, which are very important part of both our damage and healing power.
We don’t play as a Vampire on this build as it’s cost increases are not worth the benefits we gain from it’s passives.
If you do choose to play this build as a vampire, make sure you use Stage 3 Vampirism to benefit from the Undeath passive, and replace the active skill Race Against Time with Elusive Mist from the vampire skill line. You will likely need to add some cost-reducing enchantments to sustain this build easily as well as a Vampire.
Burning Spellweave – This is one of the most reliable high-value Spell Damage centered sets in the whole game. It fits the Magicka Dragonknight class perfectly as it requires consistent Flame damage to be dealt to enemies in order for this set to function – which we can easily do using our class skills – and grants us a high amount of Spell Damage with an impressive uptime.
Mark of the Pariah – Pariah is one of the strongest defensive sets currently available in ESO. This set increases our resistances significantly based on our missing health, making us harder to execute and granting us more time to heal ourselves up than most other sets. Since our resistances are naturally low – as a Magicka class that uses some Light Armor pieces, and since we don’t have any effective heals over time within our class kit, this set is particularly helpful in increasing our survivability.
Vateshran’s Staff – This arena weapon is the only proc set we are using on this build. With the chances to proc sets this patch, the damage of sets like this one now scales based on our Spell or Weapon Damage stat. Our Spell Damage with this build is naturally high, and especially high while we are fully buffed – which makes the damage proc of Vateshran’s Staff very relevant in applying pressure to enemies and even in reinforcing our burst.
Malacath’s Band of Brutality – While Malacath’s Band has received a major nerf this patch, it is still a very valuable mythical item for builds with low critical chance. As our build has a low critical chance naturally and is utilizing a proc set, Malacath’s Band is still very valuable for us and can help increase our damage consistently, and our proc damage as well.
If you don’t have access to Mythic items, you can replace this item with an additional piece of Armor of the Trainee or replace both the Mythic and the piece of Trainee with a monster helmet of your choice.
Armor of the Trainee – We use one piece of this set to help increase our Max Health pool further to provide some additional survivability since we have one extra armor slot available when using all the other sets included in this build.
Light & Heavy Armor – We are using mainly light & heavy armor pieces on this build as those benefit us the most. Light Armor pieces increase our damage and sustain, but increase the cost of block and damage we take from Martial Attacks. Heavy Armor increases our defenses, but also the damage we take from Magical attacks. Due to this, a balance of 3 of each benefits us the most, and we top it off with one Medium armor piece to benefit more from the Undaunted passives.
Sturdy & Impen – The Sturdy trait helps us block more efficiently, which is important on our Magicka Dragonknight build since it utilizes block a lot on the Ice Staff (back) bar. The Impen trait is required, although it’s less cost-effective, as we don’t have a better source for increasing our Critical Resistance in a no-CP environment.
We use Clockwork Citrus Fillet as this one food gives us all: Max Health, Health Recovery, Max Magicka and Magicka Recovery. A budget option to replace this expensive food would be Witchmother’s Potent Brew, which gives us slightly less stats, yet is fairly similar.
We mainly use Tri-Stat Potions (made with Bugloss, Columbine and Mountain Flower) on this build to help us heal and sustain both our Magicka pool and our Stamina pool. We use this potion mainly when we are on the defense and need additional resources to survive the group of enemies that is pressuring us.
That’s about all the information you need to set up this Magicka Dragonknight build and play it in no-CP PvP! I hope you found this build setup useful and will enjoy playing it in game!
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Good luck burning-up the Battlegrounds!