GT (naked, 3+1, SR 75+): https://www.grimtools.com/calc/aZq3eO92
YT (SR 75 - 76): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSXzaYRDDcw&t=
YT (3+1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRRoclPLW8M&t
YT (naked): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMS3JB7-eRw&t
- @sephelutis for challenging me to make a top tier DB spec
- @superfluff for making the first DB spammer
- @rektbyprotoss for making the first vit DB spammer which is HC viable
- @PlagueMirth for spending hours brainstorming with me the various DB possibilities
- And finally…the person after whom the spec is named: @adoomgod for constantly all his effort in trying to buff underperforming skills/items
This is by far the HARDEST spec I’ve ever piloted
- DO NOT play this spec if you hate an active playstyle
- DO NOT play this spec if you hate precision piloting
- DO NOT play this spec if you hate piano builds
That being said…once I mastered the spec, it began raining blood.
How to pilot the spec (READ THIS)I don't normally do this, but I feel a breakdown on the actual gameplay of this spec is necessary
Abusing DB’s AoE
As you can see, you have quite a bit of leeway with clairvoyant’s modifier. Given DB’s direct strike mechanic, what you should do is to focus direct-striking the tankiest enemy in the mob and let the AoE take care of trash.
If all enemies are equally tanky, alternative between them helps to distribute the damage evenly, so that you’re always maximizing your DPS
Abusing DB’s range
DB has the longest range of any spell that I know of - capable of hitting targets just shy of the top of your screen. Couple this with its increased radius, and you can snipe targets before they even come into view.
What this means is that you should think of yourself as a sniper - skating from cover to cover as you fire off devastating shots at priority targets
Pulling this off safely and consistently
40% CDR + Vire’s might + will of fallen kings = Ultimate sk8rboi
You’ll rarely need to walk.
So stay at the periphery of mobs. Fire 2-3 shots while dropping sigils, skate off, rinse and repeat.
Given the crazy number of active spells this spec has…:
- Vire’s might
- fallen kings augment
- Plague of corruption
- Blood of dreeg
…having an optimal keybinding lay out matters.
What I use is: QWER, ASDF, rmb, lmb, and my little side mouse button.
QWE are debuffs: pox, CoF, plague of corruption
AS are skills used for sustain: A for BoD, S for sigil
D is bound to Doom bolt, and its almost always held down whenever I’m not moving
LMB is for movement; RMB for vire’s might; Side mouse button for fallen kings
R for energy pot, F for health pot.
So just hold down D, and tap away at the other things you need, when you need to.
IMPORTANT - @thejabrixone asked me why DB isn’t bound to my LMB. Here’s why:
It’s hard to consistently use double skate with precision, so sometimes minor correction is needed. Binding DB to your LMB may cause it to misfire, not only sending it into CD, but may result in your death due to the spec being out of position.
Furthermore, if bound there, holding down the LMB will cause your character to autoattack between DB strikes. This will result in you decreasing the frequency of DB casts as you cannot use DB in the middle of an attack animation, and will also cause your spec to move closer to the enemy.
What's the DPS like?
I’ve seen direct strikes crit for 600k in naked crucible.
With buffs/banners, expect to be able to pound reaper into the dust with 3 - 4 strikes…in other words, you can tear reaper apart in less than 2.5 seconds with consistent 800k - 1.1mil crits
What defences does the spec have?
Aside from killing things before they kill you, this spec relies predominantly on 4 things to stay alive:
- Reduced racial damage: a. 10% less from beasts, b. 10% less from undead, c. 6% less from cthonics, d. And while it isn’t really the same thing…86% aether res with huge overcaps
- Resilience, grey magi’s, prismatic diamond
- Multiple lifesteal sources with hardcapped Haven to maximize their potency: Sigil, Wendigo, Bat
M. Lifeblaze mantle: Great well-rounded stats with casting speed and phys res. Use this for more defence.
Valguur’s raiment: Let’s you hardcap Sigil. But the loss of phys res isn’t worth it.
I still like rylok crest the best because you can get quite a bit of flexibility with affixes.
Honestly, the only thing you need on the rylok crest is pierce resists, and there are PLENTY of affixes which give it:
Basically, use whatever patches up your OA/DA, and resists.
As you can see, due to the lack of OA/DA provided by the affixes I chose, I went crazy with triple wratih’s scream augments, and 7x DA augments.
2x scaled hides were used to maximize armor absorption, and with 2 enchated earths for more tankiness.
That’s how much wriggle room you have with your augments and suffixes.
I’m also 100% convinced that the “of hungering rifts” suffix on my medal actually gimps the build. Despite the +2 to sigil, the lack of %vit damage doesn’t benefit Doom Bolt.
Because of its direct strike mechanic, Doom Bolt is able to utilize %damage twice as efficiently as all other spells.
A previous iteration of the build used voidwalker’s for hardcapped sigil + destruction, and for %vit damage.
However, the defensive proc on Grey Magi’s is absolutely HUGE.
It’s essentially ghoul on bath salts (minus the adcth).
Being able to facetank more consistently in turns translates into more consistent direct strikes.
Another very competitive option which leans towards the side of DPS is boneshatter
I honestly go back and forth between grey magi’s and boneshatter.
I would, however, recommend boneshatter treads if you need an easy way to fix slow res without crafting bonuses. I find 40-50% slow res to be more than adequate on this spec.