[126.96.36.199] VOIDSOUL CHAOS FOI/AEGIS PALADIN
(with Deadly Aim and Ascension)
GT: Paladin, Level 100 (GD 188.8.131.52) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator (crafted with 2x stun res and 1 x slow res)
GT 1.1.9 fantasy theorycraft Paladin, Level 100 (GD 184.108.40.206) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator
Crucible 3+1 6:38: 1 1 5 0 Voidsoul Paladin 6 38 - YouTube
SR77: 1 1 5 0 Voidsoul Paladin SR77 - YouTube (got to 80 with first death at 78 and got bored)
FoI buffs are noticeable but not mindblowing. Weapon dmg buff is very nice. AoE buff, though… I did not notice any improvement at all.
WoP buffs are minimal. Word of Agony at 6/12 is still worse than CoF at 2/10. But better something than nothing.
Enemy chaos resistance nerfs are hardly noticeable. Chaos is what is always was. Still struggling with resistant enemies. Still can’t hold dmg spikes for long. Still have a long long time to think about your next lightning dps machine as your chaos toon struggles and struggles and struggles and struggles…
In a word, I expected much better. But I guess this kinda performance is what Crate is aiming for as golden standard. I did not grind the runs, just made sure I’m not gimped but shitators, so mid-six is best, seven plus is average. I don’t think it’s possible to go under six.
[220.127.116.11] VOIDSOUL CHAOS FOI/AEGIS PALADIN
(all buffs save Resilience and devos)
So, I’m done with strong builds as posting them gets them nerfed. Here is another mid-tier build that can still hack it:
Paladin, Level 100 (GD 18.104.22.168) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator (crafted with 3x stun res)
Crucible of Death 3B/VB (7:07): Voidsoul Paladin 7 07 - YouTube
Shattered Realm 75: Voidsoul Paladin SR75 - YouTube (cosmetic changes: put 2 from Word of Agony to Vigor and changed medal rune to Rune of Dark Desires for oa shred)
First of all, including Aegis in this build is 90% gimmick. It contributes little to the overall performance, considering the investment. Why not deceiver, then? Did that, too, Here it is: Deceiver, Level 100 (GD 22.214.171.124) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator. It’s slightly better but the Doombolt part, even if there were points for it, is also not that great. Doombolt needs good weapon damage mods and/or solid cdr. Anyway, I wanted to make it about the oathkeeper.
The good stuff about Voidsoul is the mods to FoI and ele to chaos conversion. But still… it’s FoI on a no-DoT dmg type. These mods could still be better. And that ele to chaos conversion looks extremely strong but honestly… there is little elemental around to really make use of it once fire to chaos is stacked from the Void ring and the Bloodlord belt. Also, the extra casting cost reduction is golden. It really helps the deceiver that would hardly be viable without it.
MY TAKE ON VOIDSOUL:
Problem 1: It tries to be vitality. It cannot be vitality. It’s a chaos set. Although vitality tries to fill the hole of chaos not having a DoT, in this case it weakens Aegis by converting the first node’s fire to vit.
Problem 2: It’s a chaos set with a shield and not an off-hand. The absence of 19%-ish cdr makes chaos weak. This is because the two chaos enablers - Dying God and Abomination - have only 65% uptime.
Problem 3: Outside FoI it’s a nuker set. Not only does it not have any cdr but it actually adds cooldown to one of its nukes. Cooldown is the most important stat on direct damage nukes.
Problem 4: It’s a chaos set with no rr except the proc on the shield which is quite… good. Or would be if it wasn’t for the fact that it has only 30% on block. Stacking block chance is not gonna happen on chaos but this is not a problem - under the avalanche of hits you will block sooner or later no matter the chance. The problem is that chaos has access to 0% block recovery (no one will go for Shielmaiden on this, come on, go for non-chaos relics or use up a weapon component for some recovery when other block stats are zero-ish…), and once you do block you got 70% chance for the proc to miss. And then you gotta wait full recovery for the next chance.
Problem 5: It’s a chaos set. Period. Going full chaos gear+devos leaves you stat-less almost always.
remove fire to vit to Aegis. Investing in the third node of Aegis for burn converted to vit decay does not pay. And extra chaos from the first node would make the skill stronger.
add - (minus) in front of this Aegis cooldown mod (I’m exaggerating, just remove this thing). No need to say that chaos is a no-DoT dmg type, and cooldown on the nukes is the most important thing.
buff the rr proc on the shield. I’d say 50% on block would be nice.
add some oa/da. There’s that 110 on 3pc but that’s not enough. Chaos rr rings are mandatory and they hardly have any oa/da. I thought of Bane but… it’s chaos. Needs RR. And paladin has little global %chaos.
for the love of the Three, add some pierce res already PLEASE!
add cdr… I know it’s much to ask but cdr is really needed here. Even at the peak this build is not so great. When low it’s rather bad.
THANKS FOR READING AND ALL FEEDBACK/COMMENTS WELCOME!