It’s been more than a year since I posted this Runebinder Tactician that didn’t make any use of rune damage (btw, this was when rune was OP) and just fully focused on Runic Bolts, the autoattack skill given by the bow, while still using full set to get the RR on seal. This was initially just an experiment to see if 5pc sets were any good since most of them sucked during the time (Markovian and Iskandra were okay for DA meta cruci since the former was tanky and the latter made binders tanky. Deathmarked was a mess, Ulzuin was paper and Ultos didn’t have enough damage. Don’t get me talking about Dreeg. Uroboruuk wasn’t yet posted by fluff during this time too.). It quickly became one of my favorite builds and this is the only one that I still tweaked since the old times until now. The initial build was done during the DA meta, so of course I had to use a lot of DA. After the DA nerfs I used a variety of damage specs, tried Whirlpool+meteors, Ultos+DG, Seekers, all while making the build stay elemental. During the 126.96.36.199 patch, with inspiration from an unrelated build (mad_lee’s lightning PRM), I transformed the build from elemental base (with seekers) to lightning base (with Ultos+DG) which improved performance by a lot.
Fast forward to current patch, the build suffered many nerfs as collateral damage to many of the OP inquisitors and soldiers of the past patches. Seal, Censure, Field command, Dying God, Storm Spread, Steel Resolve. This build got left behind by the new OP shit from FG…
But the Tactician finds a way…
Char sheet with all permanent buffs, Word of Renewal, Deadly Aim and Runic Bolts attack speed buff
GRIMTOOLS>> my main setup
GRIMTOOLS >> Budgety setup without the green boots. Less slow and stun res so will lose you some time.
5pc Runebinder and no runes - This is literally what the entire build is about.
Shit attack speed - Must be a grimtools error. My in game attack speed is 148% BEFORE RUNIC BOLTS > https://youtu.be/QGi723jbUx4
Rings and Belt - 100% aether to lightning conversion made the build this good. 75% lightning aetherfire on storm box and full lightning spear gives the build so much clear.
Maxed Storm Box? - I’ve said it somewhere else. Box is the maker of current lightning inquisitors. The thing doesn’t do much damage but it ticks as fast as AAR while not restricting movement. The DA shred is a big help too and lightning tether damage becomes decent when stacked on different targets.
Devotion route? - That gave me the best results. My original lightning spec was Ultos + DG and various lightning rings but I couldn’t get anything below 7 mins. I then did this item setup, then Ultos+Spear+Aetherfire with Ele storm as RR and it was better on average time but I’d die on a bad 169 run where ghould would activate and I won’t have enough lifesteal at 170 when a nasty combo spawns. Did go Elemental with Seekers + Arcane currents (which I heard is good now with conversion) but it was worse on time. Arrived at current devo setup with worse RR than ele storm but better lifesteal, attack speed, racial damage. The fact that skellies go with you at the end of every wave is kinda good too since it’s extra RR without waiting for the next RR proc to happen. And skellies do half aether which is all converted to it’s not like they’re not doing any damage.
Why Tactician? and not deceiver or vindi or something? - Well during the DA meta in which I made this, Tactician was the best choice due to all the easy DA and stats. During AoM last I checked Deceiver was on par with this, the problem with deceiver is that it’s so item dependent you’ll need multiple greens so if you’re a green hater it’s not for you. Vindicator also has OA/DA problem and getting tenacity is a PITA. Tactician just has better all around stats with the slow res and the stun res.
5:46 run below. 3 buffs1 banner
Cruci cleartimes are consistent at around 6:35, but that one run was kinda lucky. Dunno if it was a fluke but I couldn’t replicate it. Cruci gameplay is pretty much faceroll tho. Except on 169/170 where you have to take care cause Dravis+Korvaak+Anasteria can just pop ghoul instantly leaving you without it for 170. If that happens you can man up and face that there’s a chance of defeat if the next wave spawns stuff like double reaper or you can try to be smarter and use the environment to fuck Reaper’s pathing up. Btw, skellies are good at this since sometimes nemeses just run around the arena for a few seconds when they spawn trying to look for a skeleton. This loses time but it’s safer that way than with them directly slamming your face.
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of my life in these forums. You guys have been a lot of help in making this build evolve to what this is now. And no, I’m not leaving
and to Zantai: STOP NERFING INQUISITOR PLEASE