two-handed physical meta will be like
Thanks to Tararihen from Safarael Discord community for providing the picture
Two-handed melee builds have never been meta in Grim Dawn. Unfortunately, they still lag behind dual-wielding melee characters. Recently there has been a very tiny 2-handed resurgence in a form of a very solid and powerful 2-handed melee Archon made by John Smith which I personally recommend to check out and try. So inspired by that build I have decided to dig out one of my old pre-FG projects: Leviathan Witchblade.
So Gutsmasher has finally arrived. However, I had to change up some stuff because of how much more harsh Crucible has become compared to 22.214.171.124. Mark of Consumption is a must have now. Oleron relic added some spice to the build as well.
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*Craft helmet/medal for Stun and Slow resistance. You can choose different resistance augments and physique/cunning allocation depending on your gear rolls.
Why no Cadence and Blade Arc with a transmuter?
It’s much worse and barely performing, I have tested it.
But what about using Cadence just for Deadly Momentum? Damage buff from DM seems huge.
I have tested it too. It’s too clunky and damage buff is not noticable because of missed Blade Arc hits.
Isn’t 3-piece Warborn better with permanent War Cry?
Nope, tested it too, Bloodrager is superior in every way.
Pretty much every item is best-in-slot here and was chosen after hours and hours of excrutiating tests. Bloodrager set, Gutsmasher, Grasp of Unchained Might are core of the build. Blue boots and Mythical Menhirian ring were chosen due to their amazing stats and to properly overcap Aether resistance. Boneshatter Treads boots offer a tiny little bit more damage but make build less consistent.
Skills and devotions
Standard skill distribution here. We need Veterancy for a monstrous Cunning dump that build has. This devotion setup is optimal, I have tested one with Revenant and also another one with Empyrion. This one is the best on all fronts. Azraaka’s Sands proc wonderfully with Curse of Frailty.
In Crucible build facetanks everything. But you have to be extra careful on waves 169 and on 170 if Grava pops out and Korvaak is still alive. Be sure to take out Grava first.
In Shattered Realm build can farm Shards 65-66. 75 is possible but only versus some boss arenas and prepare to die a lot.
I recommend searching for levelling guides on this forum written by Malagliwien, Stupid Dragon, Sir Spanksalot, Nery and other real builders.
Thanks to John Smith for pointing out that Cadence’s Deadly Momentum is not needed in this build, it gave the build a final polish it needed.