So after a lot of testing builds for PvE and being greatly disappointed and watching ele's heal the shit out of dungeons. I've deceided to go back on my roots from WoW priests and make a healing build.
I think kel can relate with me on this build and she might use it
Healing duelist build:
Just a quick note this is the best build calculator to date, hopefully there will be a build calculator that will include insignias instead of PvP amulet. Here is an insignia chart of all the stats every piece of PvE gear has:
Anyway lets start with stat priority. You want a mixture of healing power, power and precision. Sadly the only healing power gear is clerics which has power and toughness with it. Power and precision will be making up for the support this build brings. Healing power is controversial for a mesmer. It sucks for everything except one thing: Regeneration. Sadly healing power increases restorative mantras healing by 300.... it sucks. The reason why you won't need a lot of vitality or toughness is explained later.
Now the juicy bits.
Weapons are sword/pistol and staff. Staff is great defensive build and provides chaos armor for leap finishers resulting in more regeneration and protection for your group. I choose sword over scepter because I think its better survival with blurred frenzy, it also comes with a single target cripple and root. Pistol is the number one choice for offhand, no exceptions. Every 3 seconds it gives 3 seconds of regeneration in a 240~ radius. You mainly drop your phantasms on allies giving them regeneration. Scepter is a no choice because it can overwrite your phantasms.
You main 2 mantras, because 2 is all you need. Restorative mantra and pain mantra. Pain is obvious because it has a 1 sec cd. Restorative is obvious because of the effects of healing with dwayna runes. The last 2 is up to you, I picked null field for another combo finisher and aoe cond removal for the group and signet of illusions so Iduelist doesn't die easily.
The main strat is. Whenever Iduelist is up place it near your allys - they will most likely be constantly moving so try and make a line of Iduelist where your group will commonly move. Root and snare any roamers getting your range. ALWAYS HAVE PAIN ON CD. Don't precharge pain before a fight ever. Constantly spam the charges away. When your group needs healing charge it up and run to your group member. It takes 4 and 1/4 seconds to charge mantra of pain so charge it while you move. If you need healing you can use restorative mantra while channeling other mantras. You should be able to get close enough to your member to heal them in 4 seconds.
Each time you charge pain it will heal everyone near you for around 2600 (2900 with healing power) and grant regneration. Once pain is charged, blow the charges and unload a blurred frenzy on the foe.
You won't be in melee range a lot. Your main damage is from Iduelist. So don't worry about your damage. Iduelist will do everything for you.
Switch to staff if your group is in a pinch. Place Iwarlock just like Iduelist (however it will grant regeneration every 10 seconds unlike duelists 3 seconds).
Traits are straightforward. Phantasmal haste is garbage since it was nerfed into oblivion (takes 1 second off Iduelist, waste of 20 points). Menders purity removes a condition every time you heal, and since you will heal basically ALL THE TIME conditions shouldn't provide much of an issue. I went with sharper images to get as much damage as possible from Iduelist.
Runes are 6 runes of dwayna for obvious reasons giving regeneration every time you heal to everyone near you.
Runes are rune of water on staff and sword (aoe heal to everyone near you) and rune of life for pistol giving you more healing power.
However this is a very difficult build to master. You need to master your groups position, paying attention to the encounter and your phantasms placements. However it is very strong healing.
---------- Post added 2012-11-14 at 11:14 PM ----------
After testing, I found the range of restorative mantras trait to be around 500-600. Which is actually quite respectable.
---------- Post added 2012-11-14 at 11:18 PM ----------
Another note, if you are sylvari oak heart is the best elite.