The Blunderbuss/Ice Gauntlet is a PVP Tank build that focuses on bursting enemies down on point.
For this build, you will be running the burst combination of Azoth Sharpnel Blast and Splitting Grenade. Net Shot is a utility spell that can be used in two ways. Net shot can be used to slow people trying to escape or (if moving backwards with the ‘S’ key) can be used to help you escape bad situations.
Ice Shower is the Ice Gauntlet’s critical ability. Learning to land Ice Shower on targets is key to setting up kills.
Entombed is the final active ability in the Ice Gauntlet Mastery tree. It is a Utility spell that can help you survive the pressure and minimize damage taken if used correctly.
Below is how you’ll invest the rest of your Ice Gauntlet Mastery Points
The Attribute distribution for this build is 150 STR, 150 INT, and 200 CON. Since you will be playing on point 200 CON, combined with heavy armor and the ELITE survivability utility of the Ice Gauntlet and Blunderbuss makes you as tanky as they come. 150 STR and 150 INT give you access to 15% increased Elemental damage while also scaling both of the Weapon Damage Attributes of the Blunderbuss.
You will be in the Heavy Equip Load for this build which requires you to wear all heavy armor. We will discuss more on the armor perks you will be looking for below!
All of the Armor you will want for this build will be custom-made through crafting or bought from the Auction house. Below is the ideal perk spread you will want across all of your armor pieces. They are listed in order of importance from top to bottom. Start with armor with 2 perks on it and work your way up to three!
Crafted Weapons are also a must for this build. As with the Armor section, the Perks on the weapons are listed in order of importance, this time left to right.
Ice Gauntlet – Crystalline Curse
Blunderbuss – Enchanted, Keenly Empowered, Keen
All of your jewelry will need to be custom-crafted. The perks for each piece are in order of importance from right to left so you can prioritize obtaining them
Amulet – Health, Divine, Shirking Empowerment
Ring – Champions Ring from PVP reward Track
Earring – Doom’s Chance Earring
The current meta will determine what gems you use in your armor. Oxyx in your armor is the best choice since physical damage is the most prevalent damage type in New World. If you have high physical armor, Ice damage is the next most common damage type. You can Aquamarines or opal for general Elemental resistance.
In your weapons, you will want to use the following gems
Consumables on this build are pretty Strait forward. You will want one of each type of Infused potion on your bar (Health, Mana, and Regen) and a Stack of Hearty Meals. When your Health pots are on cooldown, you should use an Infused Regeneration Potion and Hearty Meal together while kiting away to increase survivability and reduce time out of the fight.
You will use food to balance out your gear to your desired Attribute Thresholds. The cheapest food available with the appropriate stats is most likely:
Tier V Honing Stones and Incense can also be used In Wars or other PVP situations. You can also use GemStone Dust to avoid spike damage in bad situations.
The Goal of Blunderbuss Ice Gauntlet Build is to stay on our around the point while picking off enemies with the same goal. For bursting enemies down, you will need to use your combo. Below is the sequence in which you’ll cast your abilities for the combo.
First, You’ll want to catch someone in your Ice Shower. This will rend you target and trap them in place. Once immobilized, you will swap to Blunderbuss and use the following combo.
This should deal enough damage to finish off most enemies and help clear off the point for your team to capture.
The key to survivability with the Blunderbuss Ice Gauntlet Build is using your abilities and dodges to stay on point. The most important abilities you have are Entomb and Net shot. Use Entomb to survive enemies combos/ccs. Net shot will be used to escape situations where you are outnumbered.
Also, don’t forget to dodge, using your iframes to sponge damage and proc Shriking fortifications.
That completes our Blunderbuss Ice Gauntlet Build. For more New World Builds, check out our build section!