[1.1.5.2] A Court of Fire: 6m 150-170 Crucible, SR 75-76, no greens caster Paladin [g3][cr+][sr+]

*My face when I have realised that Paladin is not as tanky as it looks on paper

**Credit for the picture goes to @Safarel. Thank you, man!

Foreword

I’ve had an idea to make a resilient and tanky Paladin caster for quite some time now. Obvious weapon of choice is Fire, however there are quite a few problems with this: first of all, by taking Aura of Censure we are missing out on huge damage boost from Divine Mandate, secondly, Paladin’s offensive spells aren’t exactly impressive when compared to Arcanist’s or Demolitionist’s arsenal. After quite a few hours of trial and error I have finally come up with something powerful and somewhat unique.

The Build

<<<< GRIMTOOLS >>>>

<<<< Shattered Realm GRIMTOOLS >>>>

*Craft for Stun Resist and Armor

Igniting judgmental questions

Biting Blades on a Fire build? What in the meme?..
Credit for the idea goes to @thejabrixone. Biting Blades + Oathkeeper’s belt combo gave build the final push it needed. With all the conversions Fire damage on Biting Blades is higher than the one on Stormfire (from Seal of Destruction component). Plus BB have high weapon damage and hit twice so ADCtH is off the charts.

Why not double Light’s Oath?
Initially build had double Light’s Oath, but resists/heal/crafting bonus on Reign Ice and Fire outweighed extra skill bonuses and conversion from Light’s Oath.

What about Arcane Harmony pants? Blazeheart? Anderos’ Amplifier?
All those items have been tested before I came to this setup. And current setup is better on all fronts.

Gear/Skills/Devotions/Leveling

Itemization is built around supporting two build’s main damage dealers: Judgment and Rune of Kalastor. It also gives us neat converts to utilize Biting Blades. Build is very tight on skill points, so some sacrifices had to be made. Devotion map is classical Fire/Burn powerhouse enabled by flat resist reduction from gear/skills.

For leveling check out multiple leveling guides posted on this forum. This is the endgame build and it works as advertised after you equip all the gear/skills/devotions exactly as in Grimtools link above at level 100.

Gameplay

In Crucible build facetanks almost everything. However, you have to watch your cooldowns and be sure you are standing inside the Seal on hard waves.
In Shattered Realm you are fine as long as you can aggro abuse Boss chunks. If you have failed and aggroed few bosses, it’s better to die and try again so you can fight one or one, however, versus some boss combinations you can kite.

Stats

General (with Ascension up)

Magical (with Ascension up)

Defense (with Ascension up)

Videos

Omnitrio’s SR 75-76 11:22 run

Plasmodermic’s 5:21 Crucible run

Average 5:58 Crucible run

SR 75-76 with a difficult boss chunk @76

In Conclusion

I want to thank @thejabrixone who gave me the idea to use Biting Blades together with Crimson Lotus belt. Also shout out to all the best builders from our little builders chat, you know who you are, guys, much love, your builds always motivate me to create something new.

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Still not creative enough

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Fire Biting Blades wee :partying_face:

Like the build and performance it’s nice. So Paladin isn’t that tough? That’s a surprise.

And the video for Shards 75-76 is finally up:

Things were going swimmingly untill they weren’t at boss chunk of Shard 76.

Outstanding!

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This is my fastest run with the build, it’s pretty smooth and consistent and pretty fun if you like using runes.

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Thanks, that’s hella fast, sick piloting as usual. Added to the op.

@omnitrio kindly agreed to test this Paladin in SR 75-76 and even recorded a video, enjoy:

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Love the build lee!

BB on the spec actually makes perfect sense. It was something I theorycrafted ages ago, but never got around to testing because of the lack of burn damage on tome. (It was also an infernal knight SB)

Also, I didn’t see you mention any helm alternatives in the thread, so…

  1. Are you sure the helm beats out full justice set proc? it’s basically a second HoW with more CS
  2. I also suspect that virtue helm might be better than empyrion’s here.

EDIT: OP’s image also looks like an orange who’s on the verge of an orgasm

Since you have bumped it I might test both helmet options today. I am 99% sure it will be impossible to beat +1 to Oathkeeper and +2 to AoC (that’s -3% rr from just one item)

His anus is on fire because he realised he has been fooled by the stereotype that all Paladins are predominantly tanky. Seriosly, for some reason making this concept tanky and consistent was a bit of a challenge.

4s duration to Ascension with 23% CDR = 4.5s downtime. vs ~7s downtime with current helm.

This may actually be the defensive boost you need.

Regarding justice helm, i’m also a little uncertain about it.

EDIT: While you’re testing it, might also be worth trying out virtue ammy for +120% fire damage, +200% burn damage, and +5% CDR

At this point build is pretty balanced and consistent. It’s pretty fast in Crucible and pretty reliable in SR 75-76. But I will test it of course!

With virtue ammy, it’s 3.75s downtime on ascension, which is basically half the current downtime.

I’m really curious about the results, so thanks in advance for testing it

So you want me to test Virtue ammy + Virtue helmet? Because I am kind of losing a lot of skill points with that setup that I don’t know how I can recuperate

yeah, it’ll probably be worse, but i wonder if the massive boost in %damage can offset the loss fo skill points.

I mean…250% burn damage is no joke

So I have tested Virtue + Amulet. Two runs, so not really a sample, but I had troubles surviving for some reason. Died on 160 at the first run and got a laboured 6:50 timer on the second run with Resistant mutator on 160-170.

Definitely does not feel like more damage, feels like a bit less damage and worse survivability for some reason.

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Yeah. Loss of skill points must be it. Thanks for testing it though!