This page is intended to answer specific questions players ask regarding Elder Scrolls Online builds.
1) WHY AM I DOING LESS DPS WITH THE SAME BUILD?
After multiple years of helping countless players at this point in this specific area, the answer to this question almost always ends up being one of the following:
A) Individual parsing/dps ability.
There is an enormous amount of old and misinformation on parsing on the internet and still circulating around Discords. Often times what a player may think is proper parsing habits/technique, is actually far from optimal.
B) A difference in build set up.
Many times when a player insists they have followed a guide exactly, there is a small oversight or a change for individual preference. Many times for a highly optimized build, a very small oversight or change can end up having a significant negative impact on a builds performance.
Don't worry, we can help! At the top of this page is the Discord logo that will link you straight to The Gameroom Discord community. Once there, locate the parsing channel:
If you play on console, the best we can do is discuss the issue with you and see if we can get to the bottom of what's going on. If you play on PC, there are much more tools available that will allow us to almost certainly find the issue very quickly for you.
First, we will need your Combat Metrics (CMX) screen shot of your parse. It should look like the following:
Make sure you click where the Blue Arrow is indicating if your character is Magicka based before taking the screen shot, likewise the Green Arrow if your character is Stamina based. Also, just in case it is needed, scroll down on the damage sources at the bottom, and take a second screen shot including any damage sources that don't fit on the screen.
The second thing we need is a screen shot of the complete view of your build. This can be done in three different easy ways. The first is to click this tab from your CMX parse, which will show your complete build.
The second way is the addon "SuperStar." Once downloaded, simply type /superstar in chat, press enter, and then the following window should appear with your complete build:
The third way is the addon "Overview." Once downloaded, simply type /overview in chat, press enter, and then the following window should appear with your complete build:
(Note on Overview: It is a bit more "messy" as each element of the build is displayed in its own window. Make sure they are all toggled on before posting your screen shot.
Between these two screen shots (Parse + Build) we should be able to see what is going on rather quickly and get it sorted for you!
2) YOU ONLY SHOWED THE CHAMPION POINT (CP) SLOTTABLES. WHAT ABOUT THE REST?
People don't typically show passive CP anymore because its just kind of implied "you take all of them" since the CP system was overhauled to version 2.0. The CP trees are a bit of smoke and mirrors. It's not as in depth as it looks on the screen. There are only a handful of passives (yellow stars) in the combat trees of red and blue. You simply just get all of them.
So that means every single player in the game with a build participating in PvP, PvE, Dungeons, Raids, Solo, everything, all have the identical CP build, with the only difference being the 4 slottable stars at the top. Its much less diverse than it seems.
You can get all the offensive stars at about ~1250 CP and you can get all of the offensive + defensive stars at about ~1550 CP. So everything after about ~1550 provides no value to your build at all as you already will have all of the passives stars and 4 slottables.
If you dont have 1550 CP, it's impossible to quantify the exact route, for every player at every number of cp, for every build. Farming CP is just part of the ESO journey until you reach the ~1550 cap to reach maximum power. If you need a general guide of where to allocate CP as you are farming them, we have a very general guide for you broken up by each role in the game located here: CP GUIDE.
In the screen shot below, you can get a bit of context for just how little of the tree is actually being used.
-The Red Circles indicate the only passive stars on this screen.
-The Red Arrows indicates a sub tree where a only few more passive stars are tucked away.
-The Orange Stars indicate slottables we cannot use as we already have 4 chosen at the top (also indicated by the Blue Circles).
3) CAN YOU MAKE A BASE GAME VERSION OF THIS BUILD?
Most of the DPS and SOLO builds on the Website and on our Youtube channel are the product of extensive theory crafting and play testing. These play testing periods can last days, weeks, or even at times a month or more depending on various factors. It's unfortunately not feasible to be able to modify every build to various player needs such as a base game gear requirements or not having access to a certain DLC for access to a specific gear set. Not because we don't want to (we really wish we could accommodate everything everyone needs in this area!), but because its just not possible from a time perspective.
The builds that are posted are the final versions at the conclusion of our time we have available to play test them. However there are always lots of great theory crafting discussions in our Discord where people share ideas and alternatives. The Gameroom Discord link is located at the top of this page if you are interested in joining that community. Everyone is welcome!
4) WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT CHANGING _______ ELEMENT OF THE BUILD?
Many of the DPS and SOLO builds on the Website and on our Youtube channel are the product of extensive theory crafting and play testing. These play testing periods can last days, weeks, or even at times a month or more depending on various factors.
We all play differently, have different strengths, weaknesses, and interests. We absolutely encourage you to make your own quality of life changes to any build you see fit. However, with that it should be expected that the output of the build will change. Whether that change ends up being a positive or negative aspect of the build is uncertain, there are many sliding scales involved including individual ability. The version of the build posted is the strongest version we had the time to develop, with the intention of it working both efficiently and easily for the largest scope of players possible.
If you have other fun or interesting ideas to shake up a build to make it better or more personalized for you, please do it! We just can't circle back and evaluate every idea from every player just simply from a time standpoint, as much as we would like to. The build is yours now, make it your own flavor if you wish!
5) CAN THIS BUILD WORK FOR OTHER CONTENT?
Every build on the website should be divided into a category for you of the suggested content to use it in. If there is a Youtube video guide for it, often times this goes more in depth explaining where and how to use a build. If you wish to use a build outside the listed content areas, it's usually not advisable without often times extensive overhaul(s) to the build.
Group PvE, Solo PvE, and PvP have very different requirements typically for a build to function properly. It's not that a build can't be used for content outside it's suggested lane, it's just that it likely won't perform nearly as well as other build options. So this is a heavy "individual results may vary" emphasis area for you should you wish to use a build outside the suggested content areas.