keep up with the tag, use your shades just ahead of where you are running to convert conditions on squad members to boons and the opposite on enemies.
Role: Boon removal, DPS and area denial
Staff is Preferable in fights that are decided long range or if you need extra cleanse or are lifeforce starved.
You can otherwise replace staff with axe + torch/dagger/focus (take - instead of - in such case)
Axe provides short range aoe corrupts around the caster and non-projectile single-target lifeforce-generating damaging skill
Dagger provides extra corrupts with blanket conditions and a personal condi cleanse Focus is a good source of single target corrupts and damage as well as lifeforce generation at shorter range
for dagger/focus variant
- over - if you have good Firebrands.
- instead of - for additional shade damage when not using staff, or - for cleansing soft CC