DoT builds have been meta since the new crucible waves were added. the first ones to show up were the fire builds with BWC and the trauma Octavius build. I wondered how the build that literally just does DoTs do in the new waves so I repurposed my Physical Witchblade to a Bleed build. Was really fun and satisfying to play while clearing the new crucible at great speeds. Sent the build to Zhuugus and got featured in his thread but I got some new setups after more testing and would like to share these ones.
Why Witchblade over Warder
- I don’t have a warder and I have never played warder
- Witchblade has an instant heal, which I consider better than a Wendigo Totem in Crucible.
- Easier to cap resistances with Aspect of the Guardian
I think Warder will still work. I just don’t have one. Even 2H bleed might do it.
Took a more offensive approach for this build. I still have 2 setups, a more offensive one and a defensive setup. Both now use Grasp of Unchained Might and Mark of Consumption (was previously Colossal Grasp and Mark of Divinity).
Defensive Setup: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/lNkg4BbN
Offensive Setup: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/nZoGmXvZ
Difference between the two setups is just the exclusive skill but it changes a lot. Offensive Setup gains around 300 OA, some IT and capped movespeed in excahnge for 14% Damage absorb, regen and flat phys. Clears 1-2 min faster than defensive setup (10-11 min for offensive, 12min for defensive) but with defensive setup you almost don’t kite. Pick your poison.
Offensive setup char sheet with permanent buffs and Blood of Dreeg
Offensive setup clear pic @ around 11 mins. will probably upload a 160-170 video tomorrow if I can
The older setups, aside from the DA setup are all still very viable. Check them below! also contains a no MI setup.
Character sheet for setup 1. Taken with permanent buffs and BoD up.
UPDATE: Added Markovian Setup 4
Setup 1 - The ‘Original’ Setup
This is the the setup posted in Zhuugus’ thread but with arcane spark instead of tainted heart. Pants is the only MI but is a double rare. Pretty sure you can achieve the same results with an Ordered prefix, though. Ancient is just BiS. You can also try going for Stormtitan Treads on boots and have another suffix on the pants but I prefer the slow res on Boneshatter Treads. Also, Chains of Oleron can be used on chest if you hate being trapped by Benny.
Skills are pretty standard. The flex points are spent in capping Counter Strike for more bleed but it’s just personal preference. This clears 150-170 with 3 buffs and no banner in 15 to 20 mins depending on mutators.
Setup 2 - No MI Setup
I know there are people there who just don’t have the time to farm MIs and/or don’t just create items from nowhere and good news, this can be built with no MIs. It’s a bit harder to play, and while there’s theoretically little to no DPS loss, you lose quite a bit of armor which results in a slower clearspeed. Cleared with this in about 22 mins with 3 buffs no banners. Could’ve played better in this screenshot though.
Pants is changed from the MI to Really Great Pants. Chausses of Barbaros can be used but I needed an excuse to use Really Great Pants. Stormtitan treads is also used to compensate for the lost Stun resist. This can also work without Spirit investment due to the pants.
Setup 3 - Chinese DA Worshipping Setup
After ABCbarbecue posted the chinese builds thread with a lot of DA worship, I decided to try the build principle and got to the above setup with 4.5k DA. More MIs in rings because I did not want to deviate much from the original setup but I’m pretty sure you can do this with vendor rings if you’re more creative. Medal is mandatory though, as well as the stalwart prefix.
The thing with this setup is that while it isn’t slow as seen in the screenshot below, I feel really slow when I played this. The good thing though is that it FULLY FACETANKS (almost) EVERYTHING, except in 170 where I had to be careful with Zant Shotgun and in some cases where I had to reposition for better Blade Arc hits. Don’t think it can fully facetank some dual nemesis combos like dual Alex or Reaper though.
Setup 4 - Markovian Madness (credits to Superfluff for the original version)
Many of you should have already known about Superfluff’s Markovian Madness build back in 220.127.116.11. Here’s the link of you don’t know it. The build was proof that Bloodrager isn’t the only set that can do Crucible for Bleed builds. I initially wanted to use Markovian for this build but decided to see more numbers so used Bloodrager instead. Tried Markovian just recently to guarantee that the link I was giving to user The Mogdrogen is capable and decided to add the link here too as an update.
We’ve been posting too much shield (and cadence) builds recently. Someone post an offhand caster Kappa.
Thanks for taking the time to read! Have a good day (or night in my case).