I’m looking for some end-game advice for my Gun+Shield Cadence Tactician build which uses the Stronghold of the Legion set. There are some obvious improvements that I will mention, but I’m looking for something a bit more, maybe even obvious things that I’ve overlooked.
Forget the bit about it set at level 96 - I forgot to change that detail. The unspent skill and attribute points are because I was pretty lazy through Veteran and Elite and didn’t complete all the quests that give those rewards. So there’s a point about efficiency that I could certainly improve, but I don’t feel a handful of points is going to make much difference to the problem.
“So what is the problem?” you ask.
First some background. This is a character that, in terms of the major story line content, last died somewhere in Act 3 on Ultimate. Assuming that is when the character actually died - I honestly can’t remember. What I can remember was taking zero deaths between reaching Ikon and killing Korvaak. Along the way the character facetanked everything except Dravis, Theodin, the purple-named dinosaur in the FG desert and the Mad Queen. There may have been something else, but seriously it was a handful of major bosses and nothing else, but having said that I’ve not run any nemesis because the only one I’ve unlocked is Kupa and I’m scared. Actually, I may have unlocked Moos now, but not faced it.
This is despite the almost total lack of “Mythical” items of level 94 on the character outside the signature set and the medal, plus the level 90 relic (ahem level 50 Voidsteel Gauntlets!). I used no augments whatsoever either, since the character has only just finished the content and has no relevant factions at Revered. So this is solution number 2: get the level 94 gear to upgrade what I have (including completing as far as possible either the Markovian or Warborn set pieces that don’t clash with the Stronghold set). I hear the argument that Cadence is not a match with the Stronghold set, and I used a Mythical Havoc up to level 94, but I want to see where I can take this build before scrapping use of that set because completing it (the first and only mythical legendary set I’ve completed) was the inspiration for this build.
“You still haven’t told us the problem,” you say.
This character can clear Ultimate SoT without any sense of danger. Soldier + shield and all that. But it takes almost half an hour to do so, and that includes skipping as much of the trash as possible (but trying to pick up all the champions on the way). It’s rewarding in terms of item drops, but very slow!
In Crucible, the character clears Aspirant 150 unbuffed, and Challenger 140 with 2 blessings. But another 10 waves beyond these marks mean the character either runs out of time or I play a bit more recklessly in terms of allowing myself to be surrounded and end up dying on Challenger 149.
In the Shattered Realm, well, the character can’t even clear shard 1 without either a death or running out of time on chunk 2. It’s pathetic.
So there’s the problem. It’s a very solid build despite the shortcomings of its gear (which may be a benefit for others who also don’t have hours and hours to play this game looking for end game items), and can farm an end game area like SoT with an eye to finding said gear. But it just takes too long to be effective in the additional game modes, which are the things I really want to play (my other toons are dreadful by comparison, mostly being slower or merely being glass cannons).
How can this build get back some kill speed without being a “quickly get some green items” or “totally respec everything” solution? Perhaps there are better gear choices I’ve overlooked in my quest for overcapped all-resists sans augments, for instance. Perhaps there are skills or celestial powers I have overvalued (eg Messenger of War, Obelisk of Menhir) and those points could be put to better use. Perhaps I need to find better ways of boosting DA/OA than relying on Sealed Fate?
The problem is that I don’t know what I don’t know, but I do know there are people on this forum who do. Please help!
Thanks so much, even if all you did was read to here.