Hello, wonderful people!
Edge of Death was not so good as a Vitality damage melee weapon: it was always outperformed by better alternatives such as Decree of Malmouth.
However, with proper support it rocks in the campaign and Crucible.
Today’s build is designed to show the proper usage of this weapon.
Mythical Edge of Death is the core weapon of this build. Actually I wanted to make a good use of Edge of Death and I made it.
Counter Strike boosted by Blood Knight set is somewhat useful; I didn’t measure its impact on build’s overall performance, your main damage comes from Cadence. I believe its ADCtH helps if you’re surrounded.
Strong defenses including 32% constant ADCtH, 2* Bloodthirster and Mark of Torment in rotation, Counter Strike, high armor, moderate DA and Ghoul on top of that.
Necessary secondary resistances are capped: 80% to Slow (with my rolls of gear), 30% to Trap and Stun, 46% to Freeze, 100% to Skill Disruption (I dont really need it, but these legguards provide a large chunk of it).
~130 Vitality RR - any single target including Kuba gets melted.
Strong DoT damage as a side effect: up to 130k Vitality Decay ticks.
Key explanations and alternatives
I invested only 1 pt into Reaping Strike and 1 pt into Markovian’s Advantage, because damage increase from boosting them is negligible. You do much more damage with Cadence.
Acid Spray bound to Soul of Nazaran works great, and all bindings are balanced to ensure the most comfortable proc rate.
Direwolf’s Crest provides the Aether resistance, OA and enables us to wear 2 swords.
Doom relic is surprisingly BiS damage-wise, with Uroboruuk’s Reaping your weapon damage is lower.
Reforged Chains of Oleron belt is much better damage-wise too, but current belt provides lots of OA, so I decided to leave it.
Stacking flat physical damage here is a must.
Overall this build is well-rounded and all resistances are fit near softcap. If you feel unsafe, swap the pants and boots for ones you like better.
Aggressive melee combat: debuff 'em and reap everyone.
As always, Anasteria is annoying, be careful with her. And watch Alek’s meteors too.
All combinations of nemeses are facerolled. Kuba is facerolled little slower.
Max crit landed in Crucible (solo, Crucible buffs, no banners)
Yep, this set is good. It is designed to boost Bone Harvest and Counter Strike, but vitality and bleed builds get advantages too.
I think Vitality Cadence using these blades can wear something like this as an alternative. Why not?
The best way to level this build on early levels is Spectral Wrath. Max it, gain 25 level with Spectral Wrath, max Cadence and Deadly Momentum, craft Bladesworn Talisman, equip random phys or vitality weapons and you’re good.
Get Harbinger of Souls ASAP after Cadence and Deadly Momentum.
Equip 2x Edge of Death on level 65 if you have 'em and use them till level 94.
That’s it, this build is very easy to play, just keep your resistances capped and look for vitality bonuses on gear.