[b]Storm Totem and Wind Devil are one of my most beloved skills and i have always enjoyed builds centered around them.
Their immense AoE and spammability enables a strong stationary or kiting playstyle when needed.
By nature they are not complex to play, quite beginner friendly and non gear intensive to build around.
There are many combos to build around Totem/Devil, pre expansion i have played a lot of Warder and Druid. Post AoM release my current favorite setup that i will be presenting would be Vindicator
Gradually i would also like to showcase other class combos such as Elementalist, Warder, Druid under this thread.
I am aware there are other Totem/Devil focused builds, this is my rendition. [/b]
Different Class Combos
I have played a lot mainly Warder followed by Druid with this setup. My Lightning Warder was my first character that i bested HC Gladiator with.
I absolutely love what Soldiers brings into the table as in sturdiness and durability along with amazing skill set of Overguard and War Cry, procs such as Menhir’s Will and Fighting Spirit.
The biggest downside i felt throughout my playtime was the lack of resist reduction and utility.
With Druid i tried opting out of shield and embrace a more ‘caster’ approach. Arcanist has also amazing skill set of Mirror, Maiven, Nullification, higher crit multipler from Overload and so on.
Although pre expansion it was a lot harder to cap Bleed and Stun resistances in this setup so what Soldier brought into the table back then was a lot more valuable in my opinion.
Inquisitor is just an amazing selection and i love what the class offers in general.
SBoE and Lightning Tether are immense assets and an extra source of proccing.
Word of Renewal line is a valuable source of heal and replaces Scars of Battle along with making resistance capping so much easier.
Deadly Aim replaces Fightning Spirit as a way better option with 100% uptime and provides the invaluable crit multiplier we need in order for build to shine.
Inquisitor Seal replaces Overguard again with 100% availability along with more crit multiplier to stack.
Although i value Overguard to be one of the best skills in the game and i do miss it. Still Inquisitor allows much higher offensive set with way higher crit damage which may be the most important stat in the build.
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To keep it as beginner friendly as possible i chose not to use any MI’s or rares with nutty rolls.
The build is gear intensive but nothing that needs extra effort and specific target farming to have.
It is up to player’s preference to use MI’s or crafted rares and some spots may use a good MI on it which i can agree.
Mythical Chausses of Barbaros and Mythical Tinker’s Ingeunity can be used together as alternatives to choices in the setup.
They proc often especially in cases of the pants and boost All Damage quite high and nicely. Its great to overcap P/A and Bleed resistances and frees up mandatory component choices.
I have tested running double Allagast’s Stormgem instead of Judicator’s Seals. Sealed Fate is a useful proc, small heal is nice to have although not that easily noticeable but its definitely there. Chunky boost to OA and mainly DA is invaluable has 100% uptime in Crucible.
Allagast’s on the other hand gives a lot of bonus to damage in our direction, overcaps Vitality resistance and when used with Tinkers Ingeunity, pretty much caps Poison/Acid res by default.
It would be a really lucky shot to craft a Conduit of Wild Whispers but if managed to craft with either Storm Totem or Wind Devil affixes, it would be a great addition to the build.
Although i don’t think its necessary if anyone wishes to have more skills points, using Mythical Arcanoweave Cord belt provides +1 bonuses to both Inquisitor and Shaman.
Mythical Spark of Ultos is another amazing option and was my to go for pre expansion release. It boats the highest %damage values for any 1H weapon in the game and almost rivals the top of the top 2H weapons for its % boost. Also makes Wind Devils really persistent and enables having 3 up at any given time.
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Resulting changes grants us more dynamic proc intensive damage, higher %damage and a lot more Armor and Health in exchange of OA and DA loss.
Omega MI Version that i don’t have but if anyones interested : CLICK
- Current Version i am testing : CLICK
Aetherbolt Pendant has a nice addition to overcap elemental res and using it to test more %damage oriented version. Spark of Ultos as i said before is the best weapon choice for pushing %damage. Changed belts to squeeze out more skills points and got an amazingly well rolled and perfect fit Aleksander Chausses for the build. I even thought those are one of the best possible pants for the build and i actually got one from Crucible farming.
Albeit they are still quiet solid and on the higher end, im not too happy with DA/OA shrinking so i can see myself going back to Peerles Eye of Beronath, also for more critical multiplier.
Overall this also is a good version and running pretty good so far minus so energy tightness. Switched Tainted Heart on medal to an Arcane Spark, if it doesn’t cut can even use an Ectoplasm for that.
- Melee Electrocute Hybrid version : CLICK
This is another version i have been testing and it is quite the strong one. Getting high amounts of leech was a priority in this one.
Essentials are similar but now the character takes a more active stance and this one manages to tank the most amount of damage due to high sustain while stacking Electrocute from different sources. I have seen ticks of 240k and bosses especially melt rapidly with this one.
Overall another different approach.
- Full Caster version : CLICK
This is a proper caster variation for people that don’t want to see a shield utilized in a non-soldier combo and as a caster. It completely runs through campaign content but for Crucible, facetanking should be avoided against multiple nemeses depending on the situations. Seal + Wendigo totem enables a strong tankiness combined with the huge health pool but lack of physical resistance is a big minus against certain enemies.
Kiting should be the most effective playstyle in Crucible, even relocating around Wendigo Totem suffices most of the time.
Devotions are slightly changed to focus more on constant proc buffs although i think Bat and Tempest are still valuable as leech sustain and as a damage source, it is easy to respec back into the original setup i suggested with minor allocations.
The current setup aims to acquire as many Lightning focused procs as possible along with taking necessary RR ones at that.
When all the procs are on and going in, single target damage is impeccable on top of having massive AoE which is incredibly useful and a must have for Crucible.
Post AoM we finally got ourselves a fully Lightning focus T3 constellation and its an amazing one which also caused an indecision on my part.
Storm Totem attack chains hence synergizes perfectly well with Hand of Ultos but pre AoM i loved binding Storm Totem into Twin Fangs which was a crucial part of my build’s sustain.
When binded to Storm Totem, Twin Fangs proc all the time and a lot which is a quite noticeble sustain when taken off away from it.
I still switch SBoE and Storm Totem between Twin Fangs and Hand of Ultos but ultimately decided as shown in the grimtools.
SBoE can be tricky and hard to keep up 100% because it isn’t a priority on our cast list compared to Totem/Devil followed by Wendigo + Inquisitor Seal.
Alternative Devotion Tree would be focusing on Both Ultos and Hourglass, i centered the devotions around Hourglass pre AoM but with the new changes i find this old tree to be highly unneeded along with Time Dilation.
HC Gladiator 130-150 Extra Spawn : Click
Facetank Sentinel : Click
Mad Queen : Click
I did 5 MQ attempts at total and this was my least kited, carefree one. It takes 10-12 seconds longer to avoid dangerous shotgun situations which should obviously be done but i wanted to showcase a facetank one.
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I don’t really do a lot of rogulikes anymore especially after Crucible become available. This was my first run on HC appearantly and although you need to manage your playstyle since it is never smart to facetank 10 Golems are running to your face but other than that it was relatively a relaxed, easy run.
Alternative Gear Mad Queen : Click
Alternative Gear HC Gladiator 130-150 Extra Spawn : Click
I am planning to record and upload more videos in time.