Before starting - Special thanks to JoV for initial build idea and world peace.
This is the 3rd DW melee build in my GD: Ashes of Meleebuilds TM series. This is by far the highest single DPS build out of them killing the dummy in 18secs. The philosophy is similar to belgothian: have enough defense to kill them before they kill you.
This build is based on Korba’s frenzy helm with cold conversion DW savagery to take advantage of night’s chill + lethal assault, large amounts of electrocute dmg in the shaman tree are also converted to frostburn as supplemental damage. The build excels in single target dps, with moderate aoe capability. And a massive amount of resist reduction: elemental storm, wind devil, night’s chill, rumor +20% amp from viper. You also have massive crit dmg and lvl 14/8 execution - with good rng bosses disappear faster than they spawn.
Call me old fashioned, but in an era where saboteurs resort voodoo magic and blademasters turn to such blasphemy as Physique, can’t we sometimes use a little bit of the reckless abandon that once defined DW melee? (translation: take off that MoD you *****!)
[v126.96.36.199]Video: Gladiator Crucible 140-150 normal farm. 3.5min run
[v188.8.131.52]Video: Gladiator Crucible 140-150 no tribute Buffs, no banners
Challenge mode for build testing. got it on the 3-4th try i think, somethings that you will just die to when playing without tribute buffs - 2x maiden+fabius. sharzul is very manageable with blizzard shotgunning and cold damage.
(jk its reasonably balanced build, but does share the same issues as non S&B melee in general, need to dodge stacked ground AOE, and shotguns etc.)
LMB: savagery (devotion ability - elemental storm )
RMB: shadowstrike (devotion ability Rumor)
mousewheel up: ring of steel (devotion ability whirlpool)
mousewheel down: amarasta’s bladeburst
middle mouse - pneumatic burst
keyboard 1 - wind devil (devotion ability - blizzard)
keyboard 2 - pneumatic burst
keyboard 3 - bladebarrier
keyboard tilde - heal pot
shadowstrike in, cast wind devil. and hold LMB while scrolling mouse wheel up and down to use ring of steel + lethal assault buff.
you have a decent amount of frostburn damage, so you can kite a bit after a few secs of uptime if needed. while continuing to cast wind devils -> they will chase enemies and proc blizzard on them, which does quite a bit of shotgun damage against bigger enemies.
When u get chunked, ghoul will proc if its off CD for near 100% lifesteal and extra IAS/phys resist, so its often favorable to stay and manfight. In accordance to the berserker ethos, often times running is more likely to get you killed. However, do shift a bit to move out of stacked up aoe on the ground.
[SIZE=“2”]Gearing: (everything Mythical unless specifically stated otherwise)
Medal: in accordance to the national society of berserkers - mark of divinity is strictly disallowed… jk, use it in cruci by all means. I used it on the no buff challenge run. and DPS medal on the run with buffs, the dps medal gives about +10% damage, and MoD isn’t really needed with buffs if you are not careless.
Gearing is fairly flexible - you can use green rings to cap resists (psn+chaos) as they can spawn really high single resist nonrare prefix, like 100psn and 55 chaos with just a purging/ordered. if you use green rings, you can combine with Silver sentinels shoulders to get more damage.
I used alkamos rings so i needed zantarin shoulders for resists. (the purple alkamos rings are likely better but i didn’t have a full set so i used blues, which are quite decent as well.)
on MI -> ugdenbog dagger is super strong item that is very easy to farm, with -10% extra resist on the aura and easily 450% cold dmg, per grimtools im using a pretty mediocre one, if you have a good one you will do alot more damage than me.
components/enchants are depended on your gear rolls to cap resists, if resists are capped extra goes to 3% hp.
Shaman tree does not have naturally high OA while the build has massive crit dmg, so you want to gear for at least 3k OA. part of the reason i went for the blue alkamos rings.
see post #2
Overall the build preforms even better in campaign compared to crucible - due to many highly cold resistant bosses in crucible such as fabius,maiden,moosi, ?zantarin. As it excels in single target dps and requires minimal setup and will destroy campaign stuff very very quickly.
Cruci is very anti melee however, we compensate with pure dps. and with buffs, the build farms cruci very comfortably but you still cannot be reckless like with an S&B build and must move out of stacked ground aoe and be mindful of shotguns.
In campaign however, where boss fights are 1v1, this is one of the fastest/most fluid farm builds i’ve played, as it can burst near instaneously