DUEL OF HYBRIDS
NEW BLOOD LUDRIGAN VS. ALL TIME CLASSIC STORMREAVER
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For those less fluent in GD terminology, hybrid is a build that combines two of the 3 main sources of damage in the game: autoattack (melee or ranged), casts or pets. While pet hybrids never worked all too well, autoattack/caster hybrids are some of the strongest builds in the game (like dead now N&O/RoH or Venomblade dervish). In this thread, I will compare two hybrids that focus on the same two skills: Storm Totems and Savagery. Both are vindicators. One is ranged and the other one 2h.
in-game stats, gt and vids
Both setups are built with zero greens. Both are built rather offensively in order to max Crucible times while still being able to clear SR 75/70. Pics show in game stats with all buffs (one Kephlat proc might be missing and Ghoul is ofc missing).
Ludrigan YT (SR70) (2 points pulled from Bursting Round and Storm Touched and invested in Vigor)
Vids say it all. Stormreaver wins in every round. It stronger and tankier. More dmg, more health, more res, more armor. It’s one of the fastest no-green builds in Crucible right now and it clears SR75 with no problem (not much deeper though due to low phys res). But this is known to all who played it. Stormreaver is and has always been strictly top-tier.
4 totems with short cooldown plus Storm Shard beat five totems any day. 2h Savagery is how Savagery is meant to be played - easy 24/26 and 2h transmuter rule. Brute Force line makes up for very low attack speed and contribute tones to sustain. Even though both builds are what I call “foxhole builds” (staying in one area where your dmg is highest) Stormreaver offers much more dynamic gameplay due to very fast cooldown of totems.
The only problem is low attack speed and very low phys res.
But what about Ludrigan? Honestly, I was surprised at how well it did. It plays smooth and I only experienced problems after SR 70. Thanks to hybridizing with Totems, it beats all purifiers in dw ranged division (arguments more than welcome). It’s lower Crucible times is mainly due to the fact that it takes ages to set up all 5 totems, and nothing can be done about it in dw hybrid setup (the conduit gives just 0.1s more cd than Halakor so it’s no good). This forces a somewhat static gameplay where you set up your totems and lure enemies inside with ranged attacks. I expect this build performing better with Groble Sky Effigy and 7 totems on 2s cooldown and Savagery just for the buff.
a few words on alternatives
The main variance in all lightning builds are the rings. I took my time testing different configurations and my favorite lightning rings Kephlats turned out to work best for me due to really massive flat (about 6k wd difference on gt tooltip between Kephlats and Glyphs of Storm Witch) and 4 ranks to Inquisitor Seal (worth of 80-90 flat absorb). Glyphs are also great as they give much needed pierce res, massive oa and better heals, and the procs are strong. Possibly there is a configuration with Glyphs that is better than this (gts welcome in the comments). Coven blue rings are both good, especially for deeper shards due to da. One Time-Flux ring and Kephlat might be better for maxing Crucible times.
Ignaffar vs. Eye of the Storm. Both have pros and cons. Better setups might be possible with Ignaffar (especially on Ludrigan who is Seal of Corruption behind Stormreaver in RR department and has more things taken in inquisitor mastery)
WHY NO BOX
Shaman has all the best proccers. It is my opinion that vindicators don’t need the box.
SECOND GUN for Ludrigan
I went for double Ludrigans because of best attack speed and cdr (4% translates to 0.2s on totems). Exonerator is best aa offensively with Dagallon as a strong contender. Electrollis needs a buff (but the description reads Master Agrivix designed it so I wouldn’t be surprised another nerf…;))
Alternative Ludrigan setups
Ludri cries for phys res so a natural choice would be Ultos shoulders. With Crimson gloves and Conduit it is even possible to get Savagery to 24/26. But after some testing I decided to stick to 2pc LD for the da and armor.
DIREWOLF VS. KORVAAK for Stormreaver
Very close. Because Savagery contributes quite a lot to dmg I stuck with Direwolf. Flat is almost the same (due to ranks in Savagery). Racial dmg to beasts is very important because of naturally low phys res and Reaperphobia.
All comments welcome
If you think some of my choices are suboptimal don’t hesitate to mention that. I would love to hear about it and improve my game. However, please support your claims with gt and logical argumentation. Thx 4 reading.
Thanks to Mad_Lee, 1x, Superfluff, thejabrixone for ideas and pre-post comments. Thanks to all who ever posted Stormreaver builds for inspiration.