So when I learned that Blade Spirits got buffed with the patch, unlike many others who just thought that Nightblade got a good proccer, I thought that Nightblade got another viable main skill. I didn’t really get to theorycraft it immediately cause some bad builds got in the way and also irl stuff, but here it is now, just when New Year comes.
I first made a Trickster, cause I’m sick of Infiltrator but I couldn’t make it consistent in cruci with all the lags in my laptop is I gave in to the power of Censure+Seal.
Grimtools: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/0V0D9nyV (Please press the weapon swap button near the helmet to show the weapons. It’s a double Malakor setup)
Char sheet with all permanent buffs, Pneumatic Burst and Word of Renewal
Items, Skills, Devotions:
Blade Spirit is most effective when you have max conversion, so Alkamos rings, the gloves and the helmet are all required. Put in the whole sentinel set so I get the bonus RR. Best weapon DPS-wise should be a chillstrife dagger, even with imperfect affixes (perfect affix is something like Glacial of Scorched Runes) but green is the most hated color in this forum so we settle with Malakor’s Overbuff and get the extra ~12% RR.
For skills, just max out Blade Spirits then the rest is standard infiltrator stuff. If you could afford to get Lethal Assault you could do it but I personally hate charging it on non-weapon builds. Seal of Corruption over Chillpikes cause it’s more convenient, tho Chillspikes should be better DPS. Devotions I just wanted to try Tsunami and it’s not doing bad so it stays. Weird devotions there are Huntress which I got for beast damage, good against annoying Kupa and bonus against Reaper. Revenant for a similar reason.
Crucible: No videos for now cause build literally gives my laptop cancer but recordings show 10:20-10:40, so on a decent rig you could go 8-9 mins with 4 buffs and a banner. Take note I haven’t played any pet build before so I basically suck as a pilot with this build.
Grimtools: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/d2jqR6xN (Again, weapon swap please)
Char sheet with all permanent buffs and Pneumatic Burst
Items, Skills, Devotions:
Items are pretty much similar to the Infiltrator version, The weapon is basically a Shaman’s version of Malakor but weaker. No ABB/LA/Savagery cause I hate charging those on non-weapon builds. I got chillspikes here cause I really needed the but of sustain it can provide. Also more defensive devo setup cause we don’t have Censure+Seal.
Crucible: Again, no videos for now but this clears pretty much at the same speed as the Infiltrator (10:20-10:40 on my rig), that is if you survive. I don’t know how this will fare on better machines where you can micro well and the pets don’t contribute as much lag. I’d love to see some output on this one.
Supercharging Blade Spirits
If you haven’t heard of supercharging it’s when you summon a pet, the game only takes it’s stats from the skill bonuses you have at the time of summoning. For example, I summon a blade spirit while I have 26/16 on the skill. If I unequip all the items with Blade spirit on it and end up with 16/16, then the stats of the already summoned blade still stays as if it’s still at 26/16. This is a bug that exists in the game and has stayed for long already but is still not fixed. This build was not created with supercharging in mind but if you do it you could probably shave off 40s-1min of cruci cleartime. If you decide to supercharge your Blade Spirits then you could look at the following faction items so you don’t farm: Elite Wendigo Bladed Headguard, Malmouth Blade Seal.
Overall Blade Sprits is a good skill now not only for proccing but also for being the primary dps of a build. Thanks for reading the post!
Happy New Year everyone!!
It’s 12:48 AM, January 01, 2019 here in my time zone