SWTOR 4.0 Corruption Sorcerer PvP Guide by Kick-Bot

SWTOR 4.0 Corruption Sorcerer PvP healing guide by Kick-Bot

Introduction

The corruption sorcerer is a support class. Your main role is to keep yourself and teammates alive. Sorcerers are the strongest PvP healers in the game. You have very powerful and very mobile heals which react well to both split damage and single target burst. Sorcerer healers also have great survivability. Your toolset provides a good mix of kiting and team utility as well.

This guide covers how to play a sorcerer healer in PvP. It explains how to gear, which utilities to take and gives a basic rotation to follow. It also goes in depth on each of your healing abilities and when they are most effective. Tips for setting up your user interface and how to efficiently target your teammates are also displayed. Survivability is broken down as well. It covers when to use your defensives and shows a detailed look on how to position yourself.

The information shown here is a guideline. I do not know everything about this game. Some sections may be overcomplicated or oversimplified. I try to explain things for both new players and seasoned MMO veterans. Hopefully this guide will help you enjoy playing a sorcerer healer in PvP. That’s the ultimate goal when playing any game. To have fun.

This project is not finished. I plan on adding sections on kiting, surviving against certain classes, how to heal teammates, cleansing and control. Eventually, I may add how to approach the different warzone and arenas maps as well as solo ranked. I would also like to add videos to help better illustrate certain things. Some concepts are more difficult to explain in text. Updates should come every week.

Gear

It is up to personal preference how you want to gear your corruption sorcerer. Some players may choose power over critical rating. Others may prefer very little alacrity. This section will help explain how each stat choice will effect your play. I suggest you begin with the recommended gear setup below and then adjust things later to more fit your own playstyle.

The stats you will be interested in are Critical Rating, Alacrity Rating, Power and Mastery. You do not need Accuracy. This is the recommended stat prioritization for a healing sorcerer in PvP:

  • Critical Rating (up to 1400)
  • Alacrity Rating (up to 1000)
  • Power
  • Mastery

Critical Rating

Critical Rating increases your Force Critical Chance and your Critical Multiplier. Force Critical Chance raises the chance that an ability will deal increased damage and/or healing with a critical hit. Your Critical Multiplier boosts the damage and/or healing of that critical hit. This stat is susceptible to diminishing returns when it is stacked. This means the more you stack, the less effective it becomes.

The Surge stat was added to Critical Rating in 4.0

Critical Rating

Critical Rating is your strongest stat. It is recommended that you reach a Force Critical Chance of at least 40%. This will guarantee critical hits during Recklessness and Force Bending Dark Heals. This will also give you at least a 65% chance to crit on Innervate ticks with Force Bending. Innervate ticks criting is very important in PvP, because it allows you to drop an instant Revivification which then provides an instant Dark Heal. Instant heals are better for mobility, reacting to high burst damage and avoiding interrupts.

Alacrity Rating

Alacrity Rating increases the speed at which abilities are executed. This includes lowering your cast times, ability speed, your global cooldown (GCD) and the overall cooldown on most of your abilities. It also boosts your Force Regen Rate. This stat, like Critical Rating, is effected by diminishing returns.

Alacrity Rating

Alacrity Rating is better for sustained healing and longer fights. Power is the stronger stat for burst healing. There isn’t a huge difference between the two. I recommend Alacrity, because it directly effects your utilities like cleansing and crowd control. PvP gear does not provide enough stats to go over 1000 Alacrity without hampering your Critical Rating.

Power and Mastery

Power and Mastery both increase Force Bonus Damage and Healing. Mastery provides additional Critical Chance (Not Critical Multiplier), but is susceptible to diminishing returns when stacked.

Willpower, Aim, Cunning and Strength were merged into Mastery in 4.0.

Power and Mastery

Power is stronger than Mastery, but there isn’t a huge difference. You’ll have to choose between Power, Critical Rating and Alacrity Rating when selecting augments. I do not recommend augmenting Power, but you may find it suits your style of play better. Although, absorbs like Static Barrier benefit more from Power than Critical Rating.

Recommended Gear Setup

Below is a recommended gear setup. It is the most efficient way to gear with warzone commendations. This setup allows for customization. If you want to try a higher Power build, then replace the Alacrity implants and earpiece with Critical Rating subsitutes and Power augments. It is better to buy set bonus pieces first, so that you can learn to play with the shorter cooldown on Innervate.

Recommended Gear Setup

Relics are a personal preference. Focused Retribution and Serendipitous Assault are preferred when gearing Critical Rating over Power. Once you are fully geared and have warzone commendations to spare, you should pick up and try Relic of Devastating Vengeance. Do not use Relic of Ephemeral Mending. It does not perform well for healers in PvP.

Make sure to always be buffed with an Advanced Anodyne Versatile Stim (Mastery). You can purchase them from the Galactic Trade Market (auction house). They increase Mastery by 198 and Power by 81 for 480 minutes and persist through death.

Utilities

There are a couple of things to consider when choosing which utilities to take. What is your experience with the game and class? What are you queuing for? Who are you playing with and who are you playing against?

If you are completely new, then take passive survival talents. If you are only playing warzones, then pick utilities that can help you take or defend objectives. Select more stationary talents when tanks are in queue. Spec more escapes, if you have been facing more melee heavy teams.

Basic Utility Specializations

These are some basic talent specializations (see above). I recommend you try out each utility and decide which ones work best for you. It is important to know how to play the different talent setups. This will allow for more versatility in your game.

Sorcerers are fortunate. They have a lot of good utilities to choose from. Below are the talents useful in PvP and a short breakdown for each.

Skillful

emptybody_thumb1 Empty BodyIncreases all healing recieved by 10%. Does not affect stolen life.

Recommended for most scenarios. It can be dropped for warzones and solo ranked only if you are very comfortable with your survival.

sapstrength_thumb1 Sap StrengthTargets stunned by your Electrocute suffer Sapped Strength when Electrocute wears off, which reduces all damage dealt by 25% for 10 seconds.

Highly recommended. The 25% damage reduction helps your entire team.

oppressingforce_thumb1 Oppressing ForceLowers the cooldown of Electrocute by 10 seconds.

This lowers your stun cooldown to 45 seconds with 10% alacrity. Great for overall control.

darkspeed_thumb1 Dark SpeedDark Heal increase the movement speed of the target by 50% for 6 seconds. This effect cannot occur more than once every 12 seconds.

You generate instant Dark Heals very easily. The cooldown on Force Speed was nerfed. This talent helps compensate. Great for team mobility.

sithdefiance_thumb1 Sith DefianceIncreases damage reduction by 3%.

Damage reduction is always good, but there are usually better talents. Good for survival.

forcesuffision_thumb1 Force SuffsionOverload heals you and up to 7 affected allies for 839-1129.

Knockback heal can be good for grouped up combat. Good when paired with Electric Bindings.

Masterful

emersion_thumb1 EmersionForce Speed grants Emersion, removing all movement-impairing effects and granting immunity to them for the duration.

Weaker since Force Speed’s nerf. Every sorc should learn how to play with Emersion. A root break provides great mobility. Recommended for non-tank play.

electricbindings_thumb1 Electric BindingsOverload binds its targets in electricity, immobilizing them for 5 seconds. Direct damage dealt after 2 seconds ends the effect prematurely.

Knockback root is still very good despite the nerfs. It provides a lot of control once you learn everyone’s root breaks. Recommended.

suppression_thumb1 SuppressionActivating Cloud Mind grants Suppression, which increases damage reduction by 25% for 6 seconds.

Recommended for straight survivability. It fills the gaps well in between your other defensives, but does not offer much benefit to your team. Every sorc should learn how to play Suppression.

darkresilience_thumb1 Dark ResilienceReduces the damage taken by the target of your Extrication by 25% for 6 seconds after you extricate them. Additionally increase the healing done by Unnatural Preservation by 30%.

Usually you grip people away from enemies which means they take less damage anyways. A good talent instead of Emersion, if you are more concerned with teammates dying.

lightningbarrier_thumb1 Lightning BarrierIncreases the amount absorbed by your Static Barrier by 10%.

This is a flat HPS increase, but there are usually better utilities to select.

corruptedflesh_thumb1 Corrupted FleshReduces the damage taken from all periodic effects by 15%.

Dot classes are not a huge concern for sorc healers. Can be useful when you are forced to face tank.

Heroic

forcemobility_thumb1 Force MobilityInnervate may be activated while moving.

Highly recommended. Innervate has a 7 second cooldown and is your best overall heal. Force Mobility helps with kiting, repositioning and playing objectives.

backlash_thumb1 BacklashStatic Barriers you place on yourself erupt in a flash of light when they end, blinding up to 8 nearby enemies for 3 seconds. This effect breaks from direct damage.

Highly recommended. Bubble blind/stun is a great tool for survival and overall control. Clicking off Static Barrier provides an on demand AoE mezz that does not break from dots.

haunteddreams_thumb1 Haunted DreamsIf your Whirlwind breaks early from damage, the target is stunned for 2 seconds. In addition, Whirlwind activates instantly.

A control talent. Instant Whirlwind is stronger when playing with good players who focus fire and do not spread dots. Instant crowd control is better than casted. The 2 second stun can also be useful.

shapelessspirit_thumb1 Shapeless SpiritReduces all damage taken while stunned by 30%.

This talent has become less effective now that sorcs have Phase Walk. You should rarely die in a stun. Good against swaps.

forcehaste_thumb1 Force HasteReduces the cooldown of Force Speed by 5 seconds, Force Slow by 3 seconds and Force Barrier by 30 seconds.

A warzone talent. Longer matches gives Force Haste more value. Force Speed’s cooldown reduction is good for moving from node to node. Force Slow is used more in warzones.

surgingspeed_thumb1 Surging SpeedPolarity Shift increases your movement speed by 50% while active. In addition, Force Speed lasts 0.5 seconds longer, and when Force Barrier ends, the active cooldown of Force Speed is finished.

Another warzone utility. Force Speed’s reset and the increased duration on Emersion is good for open area kiting. The Polarity Shift speed boost is counterproductive most of the time.

shiftingsiloutee_thumb1 Shifting Silhouette Reduces all area of effect damage taken by 30%. In addition, using Phase Walk to return to its marked location grants Shifting Silhouette, keeping you from being leapt to or pulled and making you immune to interrupts and ability activation pushback for the next 6 seconds.

AoE damage reduction is nice, but the point of Phase Walk is to place it behind line of sight. This immunity becomes wasted most of the time.

corruptedbarrier_thumb1 Corrupted BarrierYour Static Barrier, Force Barrier and Enduring Bastion heal you for 2% of your total health every second for as long as they last. This healing scales up to 8% with the charges for Enduring Bastion.

This protects you from dying in a stun after Force Barrier ends. It should rarely happen now, because of Phase Walk. The bonus healing on Static Barrier is nice.

Rotation

Sorcerer healers have a dynamic rotation. This allows for adjustment based on situation. Sorcerer healing is also very forgiving. Their strongest heals are instant casts and channels which are both very good for reacting to incoming damage and avoiding interrupts.

This section explains your basic rotation. It provides a simple description of which heals to use, then goes more in depth into each individual healing ability. It also shows which buffs and debuffs you’ll want to pay attention to. Force management, output cooldowns and pre-combat preparation are also covered here. The rotations below are not meant for PvE.

Abilities

resurgence_thumb1 Resurgence

Activation: Instant

Force: 30

Cooldown: 6 seconds

Range: 30m

Immediately heals the target for 1108-1688, plus an additional 1398 over 9 seconds.

innervate_thumb1 Innervate

Channeled Duration: 2.4 seconds

Cooldown: 9 seconds (7.5 with set bonus)

Range: 30m

Heals a friendly target for 6835 health and consumes 48 Force over the channel duration.

reviv_thumb1 Revivification

Activation: 2 seconds

Force: 60

Cooldown: 12 seconds

Range: 30m

Applies a periodic healing effect to up to 8 allies within 8 meteres of the targeted area, which heals for 3797 over 10 seconds. Once a target has received the periodic healing effect, the target may leave the area and will continue to be healed by the effect.

staticbarrier_thumb1 Static Barrier

Activation: Instant

Force: 35

Range: 30m

Surrounds the target in a lightning shield that lasts 30 seconds and absorbs a high amount of damage. The target becomes deionized and cannot benefit from Static Barrier again for 15 seconds.

roamingmend_thumb1 Roaming Mend

Activation: Instant

Force: 50

Cooldown: 15 seconds

Range: 30m

Places a mending Force on a friendly target that heals them for 3748-4329 health the next time they take damage. After healing the target, Roaming Mend travels to another friendly target within 20 meters. Roaming Mend lasts up to 30 seconds on each target and travels up to 3 times, healing up to 4 targets. Roaming Mend can only be placed on one target at a time.

darkinfusion_thumb1 Dark Infusion

Activation: 2 seconds

Force: 37

Ranged 30m

Heals a friendly target for 3956-4536 health.

darkheal_thumb1 Dark Heal

Activation: 1.5 seconds

Force: 55

Range: 30m

Heals a friendly target for 3213-3794 health.

Basic Rotation

Your rotation is determined by which abilities are off cooldown and which buffs you have active. It also depends on how much damage someone is taking and their health percentage. Below is a very simple description of when to use each of your heals. I highly recommend you read the more in depth sections for each individual healing ability.

  • Resurgence – Use when available.
  • Innervate – Your second strongest heal. Use when Resurgence is on cooldown.
  • Roaming Mend – Your strongest heal. Use when two or more friendly targets are taking damage.
  • Revivification – Place when multiple friendly targets are being attacked and Resurgence, Innervate and Roaming Mend are on cooldown.
  • Static Barrier – Use when someone is full health or when no other heals with cooldowns are available.
  • Dark Infusion – Cast when no other heals are available and your target needs a big heal.
  • Dark Heal – Cast when no other heals are available and your target needs a moderate heal.

The picture below shows three basic guidelines for a sorcerer healer. It is important to use Resurgence and Innervate on cooldown when healing single target. Roaming Mend takes priority over everything else when multiple people are taking damage or during a damage spike. Make sure to keep Revivification down as much as possible when two or more people are being attacked.

Rotation Healing Chart

Static Barrier, Dark Infusion and Dark Heal should be used as fillers when Innervate and Resurgence are on cooldown. Static Barrier usually takes priority, but this is very much determined by which buffs you have active. The buffs you’ll want to pay attention to are in the sections below.

Resurgence

Resurgence is a setup ability. It makes your other heals stronger, because of Force Bending. You will receive Force Bending whenever you use Resurgence. Force Bending provides a benefit to your next heal (see below).

Resurgence Buff Icons

Resurgence also places a small heal over time (HoT) on your target. Whenever you refresh it, that target will be healed for the remainder of that previous HoT. This means you won’t waste any healing when doubling over Resurgence.

This ability should be used on cooldown unless someone is low health. Resurgence does not provide much direct healing compared to your stronger heals. It should be spread out on multiple people when your teammates are taking consistent area of effect (AoE) damage. This helps prevent overhealing and allows your group members to recieve a more steady flow of health increase.

The Force Bending Priority List in the picture above assumes Roaming Mend can be bounced. If only one target is taking damage, then Force Bending Roaming Mend takes priority over everything else on damage spikes.

Roaming Mend

Roaming Mend is an instant cast heal which bounces 3 times between friendly targets whenever they take damage. It only works when someone takes damage unless you use it with Force Bending. Force Bending makes Roaming Mend bounce and heal targets instantly. Roaming Mend is also a smart heal. This means it will bounce to whoever has the lowest health within 20m. Once this ability is in play, you can see how many charges it has left by looking at your Roaming Mend buff stacks (see picture below).

Dipping In For Roaming Mend

Roaming Mend is your strongest heal against split pressure. It should be prioritized first over everything else when multiple people are taking damage. It is also your strongest single target heal. You can bounce Roaming Mend off yourself to heal single target damage on a teammate when no other friendly targets are nearby. Two bounces will heal more per global than Innervate depending on crits. However, it does have a longer cooldown.

This ability should be saved for damage spikes. If you can top someone off with Innervate, then you should hold back on using Roaming Mend. Force Bending won’t be used with Roaming Mend too often. SWTOR PvP has a lot of splash damage. There are a lot of damage over time (DoT) spread abilities as well. This helps Roaming Mend, because you do not need to use Force Bending to gain its full effect.

There will be times though that you’ll have to bounce Roaming Mend off yourself to heal a single target teammate. For this, you’ll need to learn how to dip in with Roaming Mend (see picture above). Under normal circumstances, you will want to play at least 25m away when healing teammates. Roaming Mend can only bounce to targets within 20m or it becomes lost. If you need to heal yourself and a teammate with this ability, then you’ll have to get closer to the fight for a few seconds. You can then return to max range after Roaming Mend finishes bouncing.

Innervate

Innervate is a channeled ability which heals four times over the course of its duration. This is your best heal. Channeled heals are very good for reacting to incoming damage. The 6 piece Force-Mystic set bonus lowers the cooldown on Innervate by 1.5 seconds. This gives it a cooldown of 6.8 seconds with 968 alacrity.

You will receive a Force Surge charge everytime an Innervate tick crits, stacking up to 3 times. Force Surge stacks can be used for increased force regen or cast time reduction on Revivification. These charges are very important to pay attention to (see picture below).

Innervate Buffs and Talents

Force Surge stacks are essential for sorcerer healing in PvP, because they allow for instant cast Revivifications at 3 charges. In PvP, instant casts are much stronger. They help you avoid interrupts and stay mobile. You’ll want to use your Force Bending procs on Innervate whenever possible unless there is a big damage spike and you cannot bounce Roaming Mend. Force Bending provides 25% additional crit to Innervate. This gives you a 65% chance to crit on Innervate ticks if you gear for 40% crit.

Innervate should be used whenever Resurgence is on cooldown. Half your Innervates will sync with Force Bending. Those that do not still have a high probability of yeilding at least one Force Surge stack.

Revivification

Revivification is a puddle that places a heal over time on friendly targets who stand in its area of effect. When someone leaves Revivification, they will continue to be healed by this heal over time. This ability has a cast which can be reduced by Force Surge stacks (see Innervate above). Three Force Surge stacks makes Revivification an instant cast. Once Revivification is used, all Force Surge stacks are lost.

This ability also provides Dark Concentration. Dark Concentration makes your next Dark Heal an instant cast and cost no force. Revivification has a high force cost which can be reduced with Force Bending. Force Bending is only good with Revivification if you are below 50% force or your teammates aren’t under pressure. You do not want to use Force Bending with Revivification in most scenarios

Revivification Buff Icon and Animation

Revivification should be used after every other Innervate. On average you should gain at least 4 stacks of Force Surge every 2 Innervates. This should be enough for an instant Revivification and one Consuming Darkness. If you do not have 3 stacks and are freecasting, then you should still use Revivification when there is split pressure. Be sure to keep it down when multiple people are taking damage.

However, you should skip Revivification when someone is low health unless you need an instant Dark Heal. Revivification is not a very strong single target ability. It is only useful for healing single target when that target is at high health. The heal over time it provides can help cushion incoming burst damage.

The Revivification heal over time buff can be clicked off and refreshed (see picture above). This is a good way to get a little extra healing out of this ability. Turning on Quick Group Target Activation can also make it easier to drop your puddle. Double pressing the hotkey assigned to Revivification will activate it under whoever you are targeting. SWTOR’s camera and maps can be very buggy. Enabling this option can help with these issues.

Static Barrier

Shields are very strong, because they can be placed on someone before they start taking damage. Static Barrier is a shield. It absorbs incoming damage instead of directly healing a health bar. It is very effective as an instant cushion to react to damage spikes, but can also be used preemptively.

Shielding someone with Static Barrier applies the Deionized debuff. When someone is Deoinized, they cannot be shielded again for 15 seconds. You’ll want to get familar with this debuff (see picture below), so you know when you can and cannot use Static Barrier.

Static Barrier Debuff and Talents

Static Barrier does not stack. Other sorcerers might be using utilities that buff their shields like Backlash. Do not use Static Barrier on other sorcerers. Let them shield themselves unless you have no other heal available to save them.

You’ll want to use Static Barrier before your target starts taking damage. If your target is taking damage, then use it when Resurgence and Innervate are on cooldown. There will be gaps when Resurgence and Innervate are one global away from syncing. Static Barrier is perfect for these gaps, because it does not benefit from Force Bending.

Static Barrier can also be used as a filler when multiple people are taking damage. Roaming Mend, Resurgence, Innervate and Revivification all take priority when healing AoE and split pressure. Try not to blindly spam Static Barrier in these scenarios. Innervate and Roaming Mend are your better heals. Static Barrier is stronger, however, when someone is very low health. An instant shield is more likely to save them than one tick of Innervate or Roaming Mend (heals after damage is taken).

Dark Infusion

Heals with long casts are generally not as effective in PvP, because they are susceptible to interrupts and do not land until after the activation time ends. Dark Infusion has a long cast. It can, however, be lowered with alacrity and Force Bending. Force Bending reduces Dark Infusion’s cast time by 0.5 seconds which make this a 1.38 second cast with 968 alacrity.

The 2 piece Force-Mystic’s set bonus provides you with a 15% chance to proc a buff that makes your next Dark Infusion a critical hit. This proc is called Force-Mystical Critical Bonus which has a purple buff icon (see below). You want to know whenever this buff is active. Dark Infusion also provides you with Dark Concentration, which makes your next Dark Heal an instant cast and cost no force (see Dark Heal below).

Dark Infusion Purple Buff

Purple Dark Infusion takes priority when healing single target to Static Barrier, Revivification and Dark Heal as long as you can pair it with Force Bending. Casting Dark Infusion without Force Bending is only recommended if you are freecasting at max range, have Polarity Shift up or prehealing a damage spike. You can save your purple buff for burst damage, but do not let it fade. Sitting on Innervate’s cooldown to use a purple Dark Infusion with Force Bending can provide more burst healing, but is not recommended under normal circumstances.

Patch 4.0 change to Force-Mystic’s Critical Bonus “To ensure that Critical Hit Chance is never a wasted stat, any abilities that automatically critically hit now convert any Critical Hit beyond 100% into additional critical damage.”

Dark Heal

Dark Heal is a fast cast ability which has no cooldown and requires little setup to be effective, but has a higher then normal force cost. It becomes an instant cast with no force cost when Dark Concentration is available (see picture below). Dark Heal can also give a movement speed increase if you are specced into Dark Speed.

Dark Heal Buff Icons

This ability is a filler. On average, it does not heal as much as Dark Infusion, Static Barrier, Innervate or Roaming Mend. However, there are benefits to using it. Force Bending Dark Heal is a guaranteed crit if you have a 40% crit chance. This does not heal as much as a Dark Infusion critical hit, but also does not rely on RNG. It is situational which is better.

Dark Infusion takes priority over Dark Heal with Force Bending when purple buff is active. Casting a non-purple Dark Infusion with Force Bending is normally better, because it procs Dark Concentration. Dark Heal is the better filler without Force Bending, but is still weaker than Static Barrier.

Dark Heal is also better when someone is low health and you have a Dark Concentration proc. You do not want to be casting Dark Infusion as someone dies, though it does happen with the amount of burst in this game. Instant Dark Heals are also superior when moving. However, Dark Infusion is better for preemptive healing on a full health bar.

Dark Speed is covered more in the Survival and Healing Teammates sections.

Polarity Shift and Recklessness

Polarity Shift and Recklessness are both cooldowns that increase healing output. Polarity Shift provides interrupt immunity and an alacrity boost for 10 seconds. It is rare that people die when you are freecasting with this cooldown up. A non-Force Bending Dark Infusion becomes a 1.5 second cast during Polarity Shift (with 10% Alacrity). This gives you incredible burst healing potential. You can skip Resurgence during Polarity Shift and spam Dark Infusion in between Innervates if you need increased single target output.

The rotations below assume Roaming Mend is on cooldown.

Polarity Shift and Recklessness Rotation

Recklessness is another burst healing cooldown which provides 60% crit on direct force abilties with 2 charges. You should try to spread out your Recklessness and Polarity Shift cooldowns, but sometimes you will need to stack them. Recklessness is strongest when paired with non-Force Bending Innervates, because it gives a guaranteed crit (with 40% crit chance) on all ticks for just one charge. This allows you to use Force Bending on Dark Infusion, Dark Heal or Roaming Mend then Recklessness Innervate which is especially useful for the gaps where your Resurgence and Innervate do not sync up.

In PvP, you won’t always have time to save the second charge of Recklessness for a second Innervate like the above suggested rotation. A lot of times you will have to burn a charge on Unnatural Preservation (self heal) or another direct heal. Recklessness with Dark Infusion spam in Polarity Shift is also a lot of burst healing. Don’t use Recklessness on Force Bending Innervate or Dark Heal. You’ll waste charges.

All force attacks and heals will eat your Recklessness stacks, this includes things like Overload (knockback), Electrocute (stun), Expunge (cleanse), Force Slow and each time Roaming Mend heals someone. It is not recommended to use your first charge of Recklessness on Roaming Mend, but its good to use the second charge if innervate isn’t topping someone.

Relic Procs

You will most likely be wearing relics that proc stat boosts. It is not as important to pay attention to these procs when playing a healer. Healers do not always have the luxury of holding back big heals to sync with their relics. You should, however, be aware of when these buffs are active. It can be beneficial to save burst heals like Roaming Mend and purple Dark Infusion for when you are juiced as long as you can remain stable with your other abilities while you wait.

Relic Proc Buff Icons

Your heals are effected by stats as they heal, not when they are used. This means your heal over time effects will benefit from relics even if you placed them on someone before those relics procced. Under ideal circumstances, you’ll want to drop Revivification before or after you become juiced, because it is not a direct heal. Direct heals benefit the most from relic procs. This does not mean you want to skip Revivification during relics, but if you are only juiced for one more global, then you may want to sit on your Revivification cooldown and use a direct heal instead.

Force Management

A corruption sorcerer’s main resource is force. Most of your abilities have a force cost. Managing your force is very important, because if you run out of force you will be using globals on regen rather than healing.

Force management is not difficult. It revolves around an ability called Consuming Darkness. Consuming Darkness restores 45 force (with the set bonus), but also makes you Weary which reduces your force regeneration. This is where Force Surge stacks come into play (see picture below).

You can use Force Surge stacks to avoid Weary when using Consuming Darkness. Using Consuming Darkness with a charge of Force Surge also provides an additional 5 force and grants you Reverse Corruptions. Reverse Corruptions gives you increased force regen over 10 seconds.

Force Management Information

In PvP, force management is not as important as keeping someone alive. Using Consuming Darkness is determined by how much damage people are taking. Under normal circumstances, you should be able to use Consuming Darkness at least once every other Innervate when Revivification is on cooldown. Force Surge stacks benefit both Consuming Darkness and Revivification. Revivification will normally take priority unless you are getting low on force (around 30%).

Weary occurs when you use Consuming Darkness without a charge of Force Surge. It is not good practice to Consuming Darkness without a Force Surge stack, but it is sometimes needed when you get poor RNG crits on Innervate. Weary is not very punishing, but try your best to avoid it. Innervate should provide at least one stack of Force Surge every time it is used.

You do not need to keep Reverse Corruptions up the entire time, but you do want to be conscious of when it is fading (see picture above). Revivification also has a high force cost which can be reduced with Resurgence. If you are running low on force, you’ll want to use Force Bending on your Revivifications and use more Dark Concentration Dark Heals. You shouldn’t have force issues if you Consuming Darkness after every other Innervate.

Pre-fight Preparation

Before your team enters combat or before a match begins, you want to prep them as best as possible. Sorcerer healers are incredibly strong at prepping teammates, because of Static Barrier. Make sure to have Static Barrier on all your teammates including yourself. Do not shield other sorcs.

You also want to identify which teammates will be taking damage first. Melee are usually the initial targets in warzones. In arena, powertechs, snipers and mercenaries are popular kill targets. You’ll want to have Twisted Force and Reconstruct on whoever you think will be attaked first. Both last 45 seconds.

Precombat Preparation

Twisted Force gets applied from Roaming Mend. You can bounce Roaming Mend in the starting area with Resurgence (Force Bending). Resurgence also applies Reconstruct. A non-Force Bending Roaming Mend should also be sitting on whoever you think will be attacked first. Make sure to begin the fight with 3 stacks of Force Surge and full force. This allows you to open combat with an instant Revivification on your team.

I would also recommend putting a target marker on yourself. Something like the blue shield. This is not required, but it helps your teammates if they know where you are at all times. PvP combat in SWTOR can become very congested. It is a lot easier to see a target marker than an individual character. A good dps and/or tank will want to know where their healer is it all times. This way they will not line of sight or put you in a bad position and can also protect you.

User Interface

It is important to have your User Interface setup well. A good UI can greatly improve your game awareness, field of vision and overall skill level. A cluttered UI can do the opposite.

My User Interface

Above is my user interface. You should customize your UI based on your own personal preference. It is important to place your operation (group) frames in a good location. They need to be easily noticeable, but also out of the way enough that they don’t block your field of vision.

I choose to play with Show Only Removable Debuffs enabled for my operation frames. This is great for using Expunge (cleanse), but does not show debuffs like Deionized (shield debuff).

Another helpful tip is to make your player frame buffs a larger than normal scale. This will make it easier to click off certain buffs that are key to sorcerer gameplay. Phase Walk, Backlash Static Barrier (bubble stun) and Revivification all need to be clicked off from time to time.

It is also important to have target’s target enabled, so you can see who your target is attacking. Cast bars should be in a good visible location as well. It is recommended to have your focus target and focus target’s cast bar in an area where you can easily keep track of them. If you don’t know how to setup your focus target, then there is more information in the Control section.

You can also clean up interface clutter by keybinding spammable abilities to hidden action bars. Once you memorize your keybinds for things like Lightning Strike and Force Storm, there is no point to have them visible on your bars.

On my sidebar, I prefer having doubled over abilities for easier vision. This is a preference from WoW that you should just ignore.

How to Show Resolve Bar

Seeing your resolve bar is also very important. You’ll always want to know your resolve in PvP. I highly recommend turning on the Nameplate on Self and Always Show Resolve Bar. This way you can know when you are vulnerable to knockbacks, stuns and any other form of crowd control.

Targeting Teammates

There are several different ways to target yourself and teammates in SWTOR PvP. Targeting quickly is very important. Clicking on targets should always be a last resort, because it is a lot slower. The time you gain from keybinding your targets allows you to do more in a shorter time span. You will be able to react to things quicker with heals, cleanses and grips by using keybinds. Clicking also limits your camera rotation and movement which negatively effects things like kiting, positioning and awareness.

I will probably attach a video better explaining targeting teammates at a later date. It would be easier to show the operation frames workaround below and how to maximize target focus target’s target with a video.

Target Self

If nothing else, you’ll want to keybind Target Self or use the Self Target Modifier. Both these methods are great for using abilities quickly on yourself. You will see a survivablity increase by just learning how to use Target Self.

How To Keybind Target Self

I do not use the Self Target Modifier in this game. SWTOR does not seem to handle modifiers very well. If you are used to WoW’s Self Target Modifier, then try this one out, but I would recommend switching to Target Self.

If you are playing with a companion, hitting Target Self when you are already targeted will target your companion. Sorry button spammers. There are no macros in SWTOR to fix this.

Target Group Members 1-3

You’ll also want to keybind your group members. I am aware that most players in this game do not keybind their group frames. It is a hassle learning new keybinds. This section is only for people who want to maximize their play. If you are playing casual or new to the game, don’t worry about keybinding party members yet.

How To Keybind Group Members

Your immediate group’s frames has a maximum of 4 players. You only need to keybind 1-3, because one of those frames will belong to you. This is why you’ll want Target Self bound. Sometimes your player frame will be in the 2nd or 3rd slot in your group frames. Always skip yourself when remembering which keybind is for who. In the picture above, I’m in the 3rd slot (Kick-bot). To target Vinyard I would use Target Group Member 3, eventhough he is in the 4th slot.

Unfortunately, keybinding party members in PvP isn’t this easy. The operation frames, for whatever reason, will change your group member order around whenever you join an ops. This is a problem in warzones and arenas, because the game forces you to use the operation frames. Below is an example of this issue.

Isaiik is Group Member #1, but he has been placed in the 3rd slot in my operation frames. Whereas, Yourmamadwagg is Group Member #2, but has been placed in the 2nd slot.

Issue with Operation Frames

To solve this you are going to need to do a workaround. The game does not allow you to change which order your teammates appear in PvP. The only way to fix this is by re-keybinding your group members to match where they are located in your operation frames. You will need to do this before every warzone or arena match.

For this example, I want to swap Target Group Member 1 and Target Group Member 2’s keybinds (see below). This way I can then have my keybinds match the group member order as they appear in my operation frames. Remember, you always skip your own frame when determining who is placed where.

My keybinds are 9, 8, 7 for Group Members 1, 2, 3 (as they appear in the operation frames). I use 9, 8, 7, because I have a Razor Naga. If you don’t have a gaming mouse, I recommend using F1, F2, F3.

How to Resync Operation Frames

This workaround may seem like a huge headache and can be annoying to learn. Bioware needs to fix this! However, it will make you a lot faster once you do learn how to keybind your group members.

This is more for arenas. In warzones, you cannot directly keybind the other 4 players that aren’t in your immediate group. So even with this workaround and the keybinds below, you will still have to occassional click on frames, no matter how good you are.

Other Targeting Options

There are a couple other targeting keybinds you’ll want to get comfortable with. Target Nearest and Next Friendly are both useful keybinds. You only really need to learn one. Target Nearest is more based on character location where Target Next is more about camera. Both are great for reacting to animations rather than just operation frames. They are especially useful when gripping people as they get knocked off or instantly cleansing AoE CCs like fears and bubble stuns.

Target Nearest Friendly is similar to WoW’s Tab Target Nearest Friendly. If you are more used to WoW keybinds, then definately use Target Nearest.

Other Good Targeting Keybinds

You’ll also want Target Focus Target’s Target keybound. This is the most effective way to pick up an enemy’s target (specifically enemy ranged dps). You’ll have enemy ranged dps set as your Focus Target quite a bit, because of your ranged interrupt. If you have a lightning sorcerer, for example, set to focus and he is casting Thundering Blast, then this is a great option to identify which target he is attacking. This way you can shield or start casting a preemptive heal to cushion his incoming burst.

Positioning

Positioning is very important in PvP. Healers should be aware of their positioning at all times. A player can always position themselves better. This is the great thing about positioning. It has an endless skill cap. This section covers the importance of distance, line of sight, pillar humping and Phase Walk placement. These basic concepts should be considered whenever you are looking for a good position to heal a fight.

The pvp maps in SWTOR do not often allow for great positioning. There aren’t many pillars which give you an ideal amount of space or clean corners to hump off of. You also need to take into consideration things like objectives and aggressive play (going in for CC and interrupts) which I am not going to cover much here. I also won’t be going over positioning with a tank. Playing with a tank makes positioning much easier and a lot less important.

I’ll probably add a video explaining the concepts of basic positioning at a later date. It is difficult to break down something like this with only screenshots, pictures and text.

Basic Positioning

Distance

Your heals and most other abilities have a 30m range. When deciding where to play, distance is valued more than line of sight for most scenarios. Playing from ranged makes it more difficult for people to attack, CC and interrupt you. You want to force players to go through your teammates most of the time. Distance makes it much more difficult for melee to off-target CC and interrupt you. If you are playing from 25m, a marauder for example, will have to use at least one gap closer and a lot of time to land CC.

Range also gives you a head start when something is trying to attack you. A head start can be the difference between being killed or getting away. If you stand on top of the fight, then it becomes harder to escape when something starts damaging you. Staying at range will force a melee to use a gap closer which you can then counter with an escape.

The Importance of Range

Distance is also great for your teammates. A sorc healer values range and space when healing others, because it allows you to maximize Extrication (your grip). Space is also required for utilities like Electric Bindings (knockback root) to be effective. It is important to play 25m behind your teammates when healing. This distance provides a 5m buffer which allows you to reposition as your team pushes up or kites back.

Healing Teammates From Distance

Standing on top of the fight makes it a lot easier for enemies to swap to you. In the picture below, you’ll notice I’m on top of the fight. This is bad positioning. I am much easier to kill, interrupt and CC in this location. I also cannot use my grip on teammates, if they get in trouble. The only benefit to standing here is that I can possibly get dotted. Moving close to the fight for a few seconds is fine if you are trying to get yourself dotted (to protect yourself from mez CC), going in for CC or bouncing Roaming Mend off yourself. You will want to maintain a distance of 25m the vast majority of the time.

Standing on Top of the Fight

Line of Sight

Line of sight (LoS) is also very important. It provides protection against damage, gap closers, crowd control and interrupts. Unfortunately there aren’t many great LoS objects in SWTOR PvP. Most crowd control is also instant cast. This is why distance is valued more overall. Line of sight, however is great for countering ranged damage.

When facing ranged DPS, you will want to try and position yourself on a pillar. This way if someone like a sniper, for example, starts attacking you, you can move behind the pillar and avoid his damage.

Basic Line of Sight

Line of sight also protects you against interrupts and crowd control. When healing teammates, try and position yourself so that a pillar is blocking you from enemies, while still being in line of sight of your teammates. This way you can heal them freely without having to worry about being CCed.

Healing Teammates from Line of Sight

Your teammates should try and position themselves so you can have both line of sight and range to play with. Sometimes though this isn’t going to happen. There will be times where your team will have to play aggressive. Other times, teammates will be oblivious to your ideal location. And sometimes the map just won’t allow for great positioning. This is where weaving comes into play.

Weaving is when you strafe back and forth from a pillar to heal or cleanse teammates. When healing from a LoS object, you can move out of line of sight in between instant casts or ticks of Innervate with Force Mobility. This allows you to be protected by a pillar in between your global cooldowns. The goal is to limit the amount of time your character is actually in line of sight of enemies.

This is not as effective in this game. Most the CC here is instant cast and most interrupts don’t really hurt sorcerer healers.

Basic Pillar Humping

Phase Walk Placement

Phase Walk is a new ability for sorcerers. You should always place a Phase Walk down before combat. Once it is placed, you’ll be able to port back to it as long as you are within 60m of where it was placed. You need to be conscious of your Phase Walk’s location. Try not to go out of range.

The best areas to place Phase Walk is behind line of sight. This allows you to port behind a pillar and heal yourself whenever you get into trouble. Once you’ve ported, this ability will go on cooldown (45 seconds). Remember to replace your Phase Walk when it comes off cooldown.

Basic Phase Walk Placement

If you have to leave the area where your port was placed, then you’ll have to relocate Phase Walk. You’ll definately be relocating your port a lot during a match. There are two ways to do this. You can go out of range (60m) and hit your Phase Walk key again. This will cast it in the new location. Or you can click the buff off (see below) and then recast it.

It is generally better to click it off and then recast it. You don’t ever want to be out of port range, because it is one of your strongest defensives.

Clicking Off Phase Walk

This ability can be used while stunned or controlled, but not during Electro Net (see above). Server lag and being knocked back can also bug Phase Walk out. If you try and use it when Electro Netted, it will cancel the port you have placed.

There is more information on Electro Net in the Survival Section.

The biggest downside to Phase Walk is when you port too far away from the fight and enemies switch to your teammates. Your team should always understand where your Phase Walk is placed when positioning themselves. Do not expect your teammates to have any positional awareness, however.

Phase Walk Placement and Healing Teammates

When placing your portal, you have to consider where your teammates are playing. If your teammates are playing aggressive, then you may need to relocate your Phase Walk in a less than ideal location as you reposition throughout the fight. This may include putting it down in the open instead of behind a pillar (see picture above). If this happens, make sure to move away from your port as soon as possible. You never want to be standing directly on top of your Phase Walk.

Try and create a triangle. Your Phase Walk, teammates and yourself making up the three points. Space is key for this ability. The more distance you play from it, the better your survivability becomes (as long as you stay within 60m).

There is one more thing to consider when relocating your Phase Walk. This ability will be used as a defensive the majority of the time. However, there will be times when you won’t be targeted and may choose to use your Phase Walk aggressively to land short range crowd control on enemies who are playing back.

Aggressive Phase Walk Placement

The picture above is an example of how Phase Walk can be used to assist on CC chains. Offensive placement can turn this cooldown into a gap closer which synergizes well with abilities like Backlash (bubble blind) and Electrocute (stun).

The control section has more information on crowd control chains and when to go for CC.

Survival

How to survive is probably the most important thing you’ll need to learn when playing a sorcerer healer. You will be targeted in PvP. It is mostly on you to survive. Do not expect much help. Peeling damage is not very effective in this game unless you have a tank on your team.

Survival comes down to your positioning, utilities and defensive cooldown management. It also depends on kiting, crowd control use and understanding the other classes. This section explains how to keep yourself alive in PvP.

Defensive Cooldowns

forcebarrier2_thumb1 Force Barrier

Channel Duration: 8 seconds

Cooldown: 180 seconds

Projects a Force Barrier around you, granting immunity to all control, damage and negative effects while channeled. This ability does not respect the global cooldown and can be used while controlled. While you are protected by Force Barrier charges will build up and grant Enduring Bastion, a shield that absorbs an amount of damage based off the charges that are present when Force Barrier ended. Enduring Bastion also grants immunity to interrupts.

unbreakablewill_thumb1 Unbreakable Will

Activation: Instant

Cooldown: 120 seconds

Summons the unbreakable will of the Sith, immediatly purging incapacitating and movement-impairing effects.

unnaturalpreservation_thumb1 Unnatural Preservation

Activation: Instant

Cooldown: 30 seconds

Immediately restores 4750-5530 health toyou. Cannot be used on others.

phasewalk3_thumb1 Phase Walk

Activation: 0.5 seconds

Cooldown: 1.5 seconds

Activating this ability marks your current location for 10 minutes. When this ability is activated again, if you are within 60 meters of the marked location, you instantly return to the marked location. Phase Walk goes on cooldown for 45 seconds when used to return to the marked location. Does not break stealth.

forcespeed_thumb1 Force Speed

Activation: Instant

Cooldown: 30 seconds

Increases movement speed by 150% for 2 seconds. Does not break stealth.

cloudmind_thumb1 Cloud Mind (Suppression Utility)

Activation: Instant

Cooldown: 45 seconds

Wipes your enemies’ thoughts, instantly lowering your threat by a moderate amount. (Activating Cloud Mind grants Suppression, which increases damage reduction by 25% for 6 seconds.)

Warzone-Adrenal_thumb2 Warzone Adrenal (Consumable)

Activation: Instant

Cooldown: 180 seconds

Increases damage reduction by 15% for 15 seconds whiel fighting other players. Only usable in Player versus Player environments. (Sold by PvP Vendors and purchasable on the Galactic Trade Market)

Warzone-Medpac_thumb2 Warzone Medpac (Consumable)

Activation: Instant

Cooldown: 90 seconds

Immediately restores 35% of maximum health. Only usable in Player versus Player environments. Only usable once per fight.

Defensive Cooldown Management

Managing your defensives properly is about predicting damage. In 4.0 damage is more predictable, because of higher crit levels and larger health pools. This does not mean that random damage chains will not still happen. SWTOR PVP has and always will be heavily dictated by random crit chains.

Over time you will get a good feel for the damage, but there is no way to completely predict what numbers you are going to get hit with. This makes things very frustrating when judging when to pop defensive cooldowns. Early is better than never in this environment. Unfortunately that takes away a lot of the skill in using your cooldowns.

Being good at managing your defensive cooldowns is all about consistency. You never want to die without popping all your defensives, but it does happen. Even the best players will die sometimes without using Force Barrier. This section covers general defensive, escape and self-healing cooldown rotations.

General Defensive Cooldown Rotation

The rotations above are more of a guideline. There will be times when you will have to overlap defensives. Sometimes it is best to immediately use your bigger cooldowns like Phase Walk or Force Barrier, so that you can preserve your other outs. Under normal circumstances, defensive abilities with longer cooldowns should be used last.

There are general rules when choosing which defensives to use first. You should kite with Force Speed first unless you are specced into Dark Speed (which would then take priority). If Force Speed is on cooldown and you are going to take unhealabe damage, then use Cloud Mind (Suppression utility). Cloud Mind should be used to preemptively counter incoming burst damage. Try not to stack Cloud Mind and Warzone Adrenal. Damage reduction cooldowns do not stack efficiently in SWTOR. If you are not specced into Suppression or you cannot outheal the damage, then use Phase Walk. Phase Walk can also be used while stunned.

Surviving in between Force Speed’s cooldown without using any other defensives comes down to kiting, line of sight and using crowd control. This is covered more in the other sections.

When To Use CC Break

Sorcerers have three outs to counter stuns. Phase Walk should be used first when being attacked, because it has the shorter cooldown. Sometimes your team will also need healing and you won’t be able to Phase Walk out. This is when you’ll use Unbreakable Will first.

Only break stuns if you or your teammates are in trouble, you are playing aggressive or an objective is being capped. Try not to waste your break when Electro Net is in play. See the Electro Net Section for more details.

Warzone Adrenal Plus Polarity Shift

Polarity Shift is a versitile cooldown. It can be used for keeping your teammates alive, countering split pressure or as a personal defensive. The best time to use Polarity Shift is when you are full resolved (white barred) and have no escapes available. Warzone Adrenal combines well with Polarity Shift, because you will most likely be standing still casting during this cooldown. Standing still means you take more damage.

Corruption sorcerers have two self healing defensive cooldowns. Unnatural Preservation and Warzone Medpac. Unnatural Preservation can be used more freely, because of its shorter cooldown. It should be used to counter early damage spikes. Warzone Medpac is your failsafe heal. Try to only pop it when you are low health (around 30% or lower). Warzone Medpac can only be used once per fight.

You should always have several Warzone Medpacs and Warzone Adrenals in your inventory. You can purchase them on the Galactic Trade Market (auction house) or from the PvP Vendors.

Force Barrier

Your biggest defensive cooldown is Force Barrier. Try not to use Force Barrier at high health unless you are using it as a CC break. It should be your last defensive. The best time to use Force Barrier is around 20% health when you cannot Phase Walk. Anything under 20% health and you risk server lag bugging this ability out.

Force Barrier is very glitchy. It will not go off right away in midair. If you are casting, take a damage spike and need to use this cooldown, I recommend you either strafe or hit the ESC key to cancel your cast. Jumping won’t guarantee that this ability will work. SWTOR’s game engine is not the greatest and sometimes you will die in the animation.

There is one direct counter to Force Barrier in the game and that’s Electro Net. You cannot use Force Barrier during Electro Net.

When To Come Out Of Force Barrier

How long you want to stay in barrier is very situational. Sometimes you will be forced to leave early to heal teammates or play objectives. The Corrupted Barrier utility heals for a substantial amount which makes sitting in barrier a lot more beneficial. It is best to stay in Force Barrier as long as possible even without Corrupted Barrier, because of Enduring Bastion. Enduring Bastion provides an absorb shield when barrier ends. The longer you stay in Force Barrier, the stronger that shield becomes (up to 4 stacks). Enduring Bastion lasts for 5 seconds and also provides interrupt immunity. You should be able to heal back up after Force Barrier ends, because of this absorb.

Your resolve bar is also very important. You do not want your resolve bar to fade when you are sitting in Force Barrier. A faded resolve bar makes you vulnerable to stuns during Enduring Bastion. This could lead to you dying immediately after barrier ends. In the example above, my resolve bar is still white and I have reached 4 stacks of Enduring Bastion. This is a good time to leave Force Barrier.

Electro Net

Electro Net is a mercenary and commando ability with a hindering effect that prevents you from using Force Speed, Force Barrier and Phase Walk. All sorcerers need to know about Electro Net. It can be very dangerous when it is in play. You do not want to die because of Electro Net.

Electro Net Animation And Debuff

This ability can be seen in the picture above. Electro Net places two debuffs on you. One which stacks damage and another that hinders you from using your best defensives. The damage from this ability stacks while you move. You never want to take extra damage, but it is usually better to keep moving while netted unless you are in the open and can’t get to line of sight.

A sorcerer’s biggest concern is the hindering effect. You are incredibly vulnerable to being killed when you are hindered. Sorcerers have a lot of a good escapes, but they are also very squishy. When you cannot use your escapes, you die very easily.

The best counter to Electro Net is Unbreakable Will. Unbreakable Will is your CC breaker and can be used to break the hindering effect of Electro Net. Save Unbreakable Will for Electro Net. Once the hindering effect is broken, you can then use Force Barrier and your other escapes.

How To Counter Electro Net

You always want to start back whenever an Electro Net is in play. Position yourself on a pillar. Line of sight is great to use against mercenaries. Make sure to keep yourself at full health at all times. This way if you do get stunned, you won’t have to use your break.

A mercenary should not be able to solo you in an Electro Net. It will take at least two people. Try to stay away from the mercenary as much as possible. Do not allow him to net you when someone else is attacking.

You won’t always need to break Electro Net. Sometimes sorcerers can live only using minor cooldowns like Warzone Adrenal and Polarity Shift. If you see it coming, the Emersion utility lets you pre-Force Speed net. This will not make you immune to the hindering effect, but will prevent the slow which may allow you to get around a pillar.

Pay attention to your teammate’s debuffs. If a teammate gets hit with net, then you can play more aggressive. Just understand that Electro Net hurts your teammates as well and they will probably need a lot of healing. Extrication is a good way to counter Electro Net. Gripping another sorc back to you during net will help preserve his cooldowns.

All sorcerer’s will die to Electro Net every so often. Don’t worry too much if this happens. Just try and learn for the next time.

  • Kickbot this is really impressive. I do not play a Corruption Sorc but very impressive detail and LOVE the images, really creative 🙂 From one guide writer to another great job!

  • Choomba

    Indeed, I concur; very nice guide!

  • Slap-bot

    …and the Most Comprehensive Dulfy Guild Award goes toooooo…..

  • Seth Geco

    Nicely done, just need to keep in mind stacking Critical will increased diminishing returns. It’s all based on personal play style. I personally stack power over critical, power has no diminishing returns and increases healing bonus. My critical % is still at a modest 61% just below the diminishing return mark.

  • integrabyte

    This is how a PVP guide should be. It covers everything and shows the reader scenarios while giving him choice. Pictures are always better than words! Thank you, I may dust off my sage healer for PVP after this guide.
    I love the utility choice pertaining the scenario. People like to be given alternatives not be told one way or the highway.
    Excellent job, hope to see more guides from you.
    /ty

  • Alex

    Just one thing… You do know stacking Recklessness with Force Bending gives you (assmuing 40% crit and 70% surge) 212% crit multiplier on Innervate? So stacking everything WILL give you a lot of burst healing if you actually need it. Same goes for stacking set bonus auto-crit Dark Concentration and Recklessness (340%) or Force Bending Dark Heal and Recklessness (272%).

    • Rondowar

      I’ve not done much testing, but as far as I could tell, Recklessness/force potency will do NOTHING if you have an autocrit (except for losing you a stack)
      this is the case for the setbonus autocrit on your big heal, and for the passive autocrit for lightning/tk specced dps

      • Frogdog2701

        I did limited testing and I did see much higher crits on auto-crit Dark infusions when using force potency.

        • Rondowar

          okay, so I just tested it on my sage, unequiping my relics, and got 40.38% crit chance
          18540 without potency; 20836 with potency on my autocrit heal
          5.6k crits without potency; 6.3k crits with potency on my channel heal (with buff from the hot)
          10818 without potency; 12983 with potency on my small heal (with buff from the hot)
          11541 dmg without potency; 11608 with potency on my autocrit turbulence
          so it seems recklessness/force potency does work for heals/proc autocrits, but not on passive autocrits (apart from shadow/sin tanks)

          the increase isn’t as extreme as alex made it seem though

          • Alex

            It is. The normal multiplier is 170% (assuming my supposed stats)… So from 5.6k to 6.3k… It looks decent… The only auto-crit reported where Potency doesn’t work is Turbulence. Everything else works. Please post your own stats so we can check everything up.
            And note that except for Innervate, every ability has a rangen of Healing.. So results aren’t nearly as accuracte as with Innervate.

            • Rondowar

              The increase in healing from using potency is around 112% for the autocrit and for the channel, and 120% on the small heal
              My point was that the increase isn’t as high as you made it sound (to me at least, it’s all perception)
              I don’t know how much the average increase would be if you use it on other heals (not bored enough to calculate), but I’d personally only use it on big heals (often 1 channel and 1 long cast, the problem is that you can’t have 2 ‘hot-enhanced’ heals, as it’ll waste potency on your tiny hot heal)
              With rangen you mean rng? yeah, didn’t mean it to be 100% accurate, just wanted to check if it really did increase it (as I knew it didn’t for sage dps)
              as for my stats, they’re only slightly above your assumed stats (couldn’t get closer to 40% with my gear)
              btw, the multiplier I got was 191% (assuming 170% for autocrit and channel)

              • Alex

                The formula is multiplier = surge * max(1, crit)
                1.70 * (0.4 + 0.6 + 1) = 1.7 * 2 = 340% for Dark Concentration auto-crit under Recklessness, 238% without it.
                You got 18540 without potency, 20836 with it.
                20.8/3.4 = 6.1
                18.5/2.38 = 7.7
                Seems pretty close to possible non crit values.
                1.70 * (0.4 + 0.25 + 0.6) = 1.7 * 1.25 = 212.5% for Innervate under Force Bending and Recklessness, 170% without it.
                You got 5.6k without Reck and 6.3k with it.
                6.3/2.125 = 2.9
                5.6/1.7 =3.2
                The value is quite differing but I guess it’s more of an error with using 40% and 70% instead of your values. With your value, the formula should get us exactly where we assume it should. Since crit and surge are affecting each other, a 2% increase can be actually a 5-7% difference on the multiplier.

              • Rondowar

                Never knew the formula for it, learn something every day ^^
                Ow, and the value for the channel is actually closer to eachother than the difference between the autocrit (factor 1,1 vs 1,26), but doesn’t matter much really
                I don’t remember my exact stats, and I mixed different sets, so can’t log in to check
                Iirc I had 40,1% or very close to that

              • Alex

                But Innervate heals is static… No StdHealing range while Dark Infusion has one. So Innervate should have way less veriation than Dark infusion or Dark Heal.

              • Rondowar

                Ah okay, makes sense
                Theorycrafting always interrested me, but I’m too lazy for it :p but nice seeing a claim supported by facts for a change ^^

              • Rondowar

                ow, one of the reasons the numbers are off, is because sage/sorc healers have a pasive giving 3% extra force crit chance, so my crit multiplier was actually below 70%
                what I have now for example, is 42.83% chance, 69.10% multi
                I think I had close to 40.5%, which would give me 67% multiplier

              • Alex

                Damnit.. I forgot about that passive lol… Well fact is Recklessness on high crit abilities (Force Bending Innervate, Force Bending Dark Heal and Dark Infusion auto-crit) is a burst healing increase.. And a rather massive one. Using it on non high crit abilities won’t raise your burst, it will give you a better sustained healing.
                It’s not a bad thing per se. It just depend on the enemy comp. Against an hardswitch comp or a burst comp, going with your highest burst to counter MM Ambush, AP PT 4 GCD’s hitting in 2 for 40k, Arsenal HSM, Rage, Fury and Carny hitting you for 30k in two GCD’s is a good idea. Against Lightning, which will go in the burst category as soon as TB will be affected by Reck and starts hitting for 25-27k every 90s, Madness, Hatred, Deception with its oddly low burst high sustain for a burst spec, Concealment or all those not really valuable in ranked specs, lowering your burst to heal with a better sustained is the right strategy. Where to use Recklessness dépends on the enemy…

          • Alex

            Just another thing.. If you tested Dark Heal with Force Bending and over 40% crit.. You skewed your Dark Heal… And your Dark Concetration auto-crit already has (assuming my value until I get yours) 238% multiplier.

    • Kick-bot

      My mistake.

      I’ll change this when I send in my next update.

      Thanks 🙂

  • Rondowar

    really good and thorough guide, was amazed by the level of detail O.o
    one question though, why don’t you have health text enabled for your ops frame?
    and you might want to add the raidbuff to the list of cooldowns (with a note that it’s for normal wzs and open world only)

    • Kick-bot

      I’m used to it rather than % or text. Less clutter. I know where execute range on the health bar, but I should add that when I send in the next update.

      Thanks 🙂

  • Duke BigSnacks Macias

    ABOUT FLIPPIN TIME!!!! Nicely done I have PvP’ed and PvE’d with you several times you basically run the same thing I do good to know great minds think alike, but AWESOME details on the guide.

  • Frogdog2701

    Love the guide. One section I would love to see added is Force Barrier/Enduring Bastion and how it works with Acid in arenas. I have not seen anything comprehensive on this, and it can win/lose games.

    • Rondowar

      how it works: each stack of enduring bastion is like having a bit of extra health (not sure how much) which gets drained before your actual health
      so with acid in arenas: force barrier does not actually stop the dmg from happening, but the stacks you have left afterwards will kind of increase your healthpool, making you survive acid longer than anyone else (if at equal health, and nobody is trying to kill you)
      a good tactic for heals: put phasewalk at max range, pop your barrier, after it’s done, phasewalk out to stop others from touching you, and pray your dps/tank will hurt any enemy sage/sorc who’s trying the same trick
      for dps: pop your barrier, and after it’s done, focus on enemy sage/sorc who’s trying the same trick

      note, it doesn’t actually increase your health, it’s more like an extra buffer; as acid takes a % of your health per tick, having higher health wouldn’t have any benefits (like jug/guardian enure), but the buffer doesn’t count for the total health you have

    • Kick-bot

      Thanks. Yeah I plan on adding a section just for arenas and how to do acid. Like Rondowar says enduring bastion stacks absorb acid damage. Acid damage is bugged with absorbs, so enduring bastion and static barrier both are effective against it.

      Ideally, you’ll want to shield yourself at about the 10 second mark when the announcement goes off and acid starts creeping in. Try and avoid all damage at this point (really difficult though and doesn’t always happen). Deionized should end as you get the acid debuff and if you didn’t take any damage from players you’ll have a full static barrier. Once the acid breaks that static barrier, static barrier again and then use force barrier.

      Sit in Force Barrier for 4 stacks of Enduring Bastion then come out. You should be around 20-25% health if you had a full static barrier up as you Barriered. You won’t be able to static barrier again for a few seconds at this point, but you won’t need to because acid doesn’t do enough damage to actually break Enduring Bastion. Once Enduring Bastion ends, deionized should be over and you should be able to used your final Static Barrier. I’m not sure if static barrier gets absorbed if you use it with Enduring Bastion stacks still up. I think its better just to be safe and not use your final static barrier during Enduring Bastion.

      Above is only under the ideal circumstances. Usually you’ll be getting attacked, which means you’ll only be able to get 2 shields off. If you’re up against another sorc in acid, try not to full resolve them until enduring bastion is about to end. Then stun, build him up with dots then do direct damage. This will come down to RNG a lot, depending on spec, relic procs and other things.

      Also try and shield all your teammates as acid hits. I don’t think damage reduction cooldowns actually effect acid, but using suppression and warzone adrenal right before you Force Barrier doesn’t hurt. If you think the game is going to acid, don’t be afraid to blow Force Barrier before CC break if you have the choice at around the 2:15 mark of the match. This will allow your Force Barrier to come back up for acid.

      sorry long post

      • Rondowar

        I remember BW saying in patch notes that acid ignores all dmg reduction (so tanks die just as fast as anyone else), but seems they forgot to ignore absorb shields
        Didn’t know static barrier also worked, thnx ^^
        And I suppose tank relic proc shield and jug shields would also work.. anyone know about the jug aoe taunt shield?

  • Kre’a

    Hands down the best guide I’ve ever seen. You’ve truly out done yourself Kickbot.

  • Koality

    Great guide!

  • Mosh

    I’ll write a concealment operative guide if Kick-bot does it with me 🙂

  • Tefia

    Oh, ni hao.

  • Lyalã

    Nothing to say, except that u’ve done an amazing work and that I totally agree on all points covered here. Congratulations!
    All points… except ur vision of static barrier. I think u highly underestimate this power, which is more than a 12k+ (with 10% talent, which I don’t take in solo ranked) instant heal, with no RNG and almost 0 force cost!
    But anyway, great job! 🙂

    – Wintø, #1 Sage

    • Mosh

      Who?

      Mantle of the force is a server?

      I’m actually disgusted with comment “#1 sage” on a server I didn’t even know existed rofl

      • Lyalã

        Yeah, why ? xD
        French PvE serv

        • Mosh

          so a random server. got it

          • Lyalã

            So if u don’t play on TRE or ToFN, ur on a random serv?
            (Actually, MotF is more populated than ToFN)

            Well, that’s a really limited PoV…

            Yolo ranked poped every day from 3PM to late evening (!) so idk why it deserve the title of “random server”…

            • Lyalã

              Sry for double post, but i forgot to say that the whole french community plays there. The two other servs are totally empty (less than 50 people on fleet a sunday afternoon).
              Many people from TRE even transfered there just for yoloQ pops.
              It’s far to be a random serv…

              Btw, that’s not the place to discuss about serv popularity/population 😉

              • Mosh

                The leaderboards alone speak volumes on that server in terms of “competitive players” in the population. I only brought it up cause you put “#1 sage” on a server where the next highest rank was 1000 below you. I don’t even want to go into the accusations that alone screams to me that I’d like to throw.

                I wouldn’t have said anything if you didn’t put “#1 sage” at the end of your post as though that should hold some weight. Makes me think you got in some illegitimate manner. Who am I to say that through I know nothing about achieving rating or spotting the people who are fishy when it comes to theirs.

                -Mosh holder of 3 of 6 top 3 titles of Scoundrel/Operative season 6 (sounds douchie am I right?)

              • Lyalã

                Well, if there is a such difference between me and the next one, that’s just coz I queued all the day, 24h/24…
                And noone would
                I know u’ll be on TRE soon, for the URC tournament.
                Then u could ask many people who transfered from TRE to MotF just for yoloQ, I was continually spamming /pvp chan for queuing, from 10am to 2-3am. (If I take the first page of MotF leaderboard, Crowz, Wintrading, Mlg’fazenoscope, Jesaelyn, Isuck and Larkin are from TRE.) They all can say you that I was in almost every ranked game.
                So NO, I didn’t play elsewhere, and I don’t hide anything. I just played far more than anyone else.

                If I added this line to the end of my message, that’s just to support my words, like many people do when they give a reasoning a bit different from the one of the author…

                (And sry for my bad english)

              • Lyalã

                Just for example:

                MotF: 742 difference between first and second.
                ToFN: 759 difference between first and second.

                So ur argument is a bit pointless…

              • Mosh

                you forgot to put “#1 Sage” at the end of your post, again

              • Uu’ma

                Wintø is a bot!
                I can log at any hour, he’s always here asking for solo ranked…
                Joke aside, I can confirm that’s it’s an excellent player, always ready to help and probably the best sage i’ve ever seen… this guy is unkillable.
                – Uu’ma, just a random player

              • Mosh

                so basically, just asking poor plebs from general chat that probably dont know the difference between dps and heals to queue?

                Yeah, thats how I want to get my rating.

  • Catherine

    Great guide

  • Darth Twinge

    I have a tip that I’ve had great success with: Buy some Seismic grenades. Level doesn’t matter because you aren’t buying them for the damage – its the knockdown, here is why:
    When you are in Static Barrier, there is almost always gonna be some sucker(s) that camps you for it to wear off. Watch the cast bar and just before your Static barrier ends drop the grenade and knock those guys on their backs for 5 seconds while you make your escape and heal yourself as necessary 😉

  • Tykè

    You should do more guides you explain things really well my sorc will be better at healing in pvp now

  • Brianac

    Can this guide be used to gear a healer for PVE too? Minus the different names of armorings/mod/enhancements?

  • Neenas

    Do you have someone for the merc heals pvp guide? or more like is it coming soon?

    • Kick-bot is writing the merc one as well 🙂

      • Kick-Bot has done a great service to your site. Been studying this for days. Though it would be easier, if someone translated it for Sage.

      • Willie

        Do you know how long until we can expect the merc pvp healing guide? Really looking forward to it!

  • elocin

    Is there an ETA for DPS Sorc builds? (PVE Lightning, specifically)

  • Vøka

    first time i’ve ever seen a PVP build guide up here bravo man love the in depth explinations and the visual referances.

  • Zikky

    Amazing guide. I really love the details you put into this guide.

    I think it’s really good to see the increasing pvp guides posted on dulfy. But, aside from specific class guides, maybe it will be nice if one of you guys can write a general pvp guide, like the basic/advanced tactics for each map (hypergate, civil war, etc), how resolve works on pvp, how to have maximum expertise without pvp gears. (the last part is quite essential).

    Because i’ve seen an increasing number of people joining warzone matches without having a basic knowledge of how pvp works, ranging from having only 800-900 expertise on their gears, overcommit to one side, etc the list goes on.

    Just a thought.

  • EZbored

    This is bit offtopic, will there be some pvp lightning sorc guide?

  • Sweg

    Kickbot I love you

  • John Doe

    And when I actually thought this guy was a win-trading bot.. Kudos bro for helpin’ the community getting better at this game.

  • That one guy

    This is the best guide I’ve ever seen for any class (pvp or pve). Thank you Kickbot for putting it together. Much appreciated.

    • Nikolas Real

      Right? Best guide yet..

  • JorXYZ

    Amazing guide, thanks!
    Playing SWtoR since it has been released but I could still learn a lot about playing Sorc in PvP and about PvP in general.

  • Nikolas Real

    Best guide i have seen on this site.. Great job very informative 😀

  • Varak’sas

    I’m… amazed. This guide goes over almost every single detail on how to play Corruption. Truly, one of the best guides I’ve ever seen.

  • Hanna is Sith

    Very nice Guide, just wish I didn’t have attention problems so I could actually read it all 🙂

  • TooCool

    Holy heals this guide is amazing! THANKS

  • Alex Andru

    real nice info..good job

  • Zanzou

    this page is Hiterally Litler

    and yes, I will own up to just being a sore loser

  • DSF

    what is the right way to barrier when acid comes in arena? 🙂

  • Rai-chu Keith Bacalla

    This. I applaud your attention to detail. Wow.

  • Elane

    Seriously……I’m totally impressed with your guide…And very grateful for your work…Amazing!

  • Adam Freeman

    you put some serious work into this tutorial amazing job helped a lot well done thx alot

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