I wanted to make a build around Reaping Arc, but then I found a Soulrend, and so I shifted focus to Scourge Strike.
I enjoy melee, and wish there were more spammable skills. Scourge Strike isn’t spammable, but it is another nuke like Shadow strike, so I built around it as my main nuke, with Bone Harvest complimenting nicely as another source of Col/Vit damage. Scourge Strike is Cold/Vit, but I went mostly cold, due to Soul Rend. If I had another weapon, I might split them more evenly, as Necro has good Vit support.
This build is by no means the strongest out there, but it is quite capable of clearing all campaign content. I am grinding rep for the Nemesis encounters and will update accordingly.
Scourge Strike is LMB, hence the low dps number. I left many of the attributes free, so feel free to add more to physique, or cunning, depending on if you would like health/DA, or crit/OA.
LMB - Scourge Strike
RMB - Bone Harvest
1 - Pneumatic Burst
2 - Shadow Strike
3 - Chillspikes
4 - Winter King’s Might
Q - Mark of Torment
W - Blade Barrier
- The MI gear is not required for the build (I currently am using the 75 version of the rings, as I have not found the 94)
- 59% stackable RR
- Mobility from Shadow Strike (I find a mobility skill a near-must as melee)
- Single target (Scourge Strike) and AOE (Bone Harvest)
- All res except bleed capped (and 71% stun res)
- 28% life leech
- Cooldowns on 2 main damage abilities
- OA is a bit lower than I would like
- Will not crush Crucible in 30 seconds without potions, banners, etc
- Crossroads Green
- Crossroads Purple
- Rhowans Crown
- Chariot of the Dead
- Crossroads Yellow
- Bard’s Harp
- Crossroads Blue
- Crossroads Green
Depending on what gear you find, you may decideto go a different route, but I would either make use of the DW line in Nightblade, or just use a 2H and use Bone Harvest all the way up.
Scourge, the relic the build is based around comes at lvl 60, so around Elite difficulty, you have most of what makes this build available to you.
Alternate Gear Choices
Weapon: Bane of the Winter King - Cold damage, Nightblade skills, attack speed, and cold %rr
Weapon: Alkamos’ Warsword - Cold damage, and any number of affixes can give you good stats. Another MI though, so not necessarily a better go than Soulrend.
Weapon: Alkamos’ Scythe - Same as warsword (MI, but good potential affixes)
Ring: Deathguard Sigil - Cold damage, attack speed, resists
Ring: Mythical Reign of Ice and Fire - Cold damage, crit damage, speed, resists
Ring: Justicar Seals Set - attack speed, OA, resists
Ring: Mythical Eternal Band - Cold damage, cold rr, resists
Ring: Misery of Alkamos Set - MI, so not necessarily easy to find, but cold damage, speed, resists
I do not consider myself an expert, just a player that enjoys messing around with Grim Tools and seeing what works. If you have any feedback as to how this might work better (as with any of my other builds), please, offer it.