Why search for a picture when the set itself looks so good?
Acid is one dmg type i didn’t have a DW build with yet. Traditionally Vileblade was a king of acid DW but now it’s not that good, it lacks stats and skillpoints. So i tried to build with Dreeg and it turned out pretty good. If you forget about the Evil Eye, the set is loaded up with offensive stats.
dps in Beronath, procs are active
I decided to continue exploring low DA territory. Some class combos and sets have to make very big sacrifices to reach the commonly considered minimum of 2.8k DA.
In my late experience it’s not worth it. Not many enemies have high crit values. The difference between the average incoming dmg with 2.5k DA and 3.0k DA is not that big. The only real problem is hard hits which can oneshot or twoshot you with crits. So you just have to learn how to avoid them.
So what is good defense? Damage. Kill them before they kill you, this is the life of melee in GD right now. Second best layer of defense is leech. An overkill % of adcth and multiple sources of WD will save you in many situations where 3k DA will fail.
Gear, devotions and skills
The gear choice is very flexible outside of the core - Dreeg set. The rings can be kind of a bitch to farm but they aren’t mandatory. You can always take Deathguard Blade to complete the vitality conversion and reach 26/16 in Blood of Dreeg with Viperfang Grips (this combo might even be better, i’m not sure, it’s all very close).
Chains of Anguish is currently the best belt here. But it’ll see some nerfs and proc fixing in 126.96.36.199 so just be aware of that.
Devotions are also flexible. Tainted Eruption and Rumor are the only mandatory picks here. Also Guardian Gaze is very, very strong and not worth skipping. Other than that I went for max dmg with all the attack speed devotions. But if you feel uncomfortable with survivability, you can branch deep into blue and take more DA and health there.
AQC is taken for leech consistency, not sure if it boost dps. Nightblade mastery has a lot of defensive skill points left - more room for improving survivability if needed. The Occultist skills are pretty obvious. Not sure if Bloody Pox is worth picking. But it’s a good procer and, again, another possibility to boost your effective DA.
The easiest way to level Witch Hunter is faction 2H sword Spite (available at lvl94). It’s probably the strongest weapon in the game right now and it synergizes well with our class. Some more details are here.
I didn’t do that many speedruns in Crucible. I only tested the survivability. Here is one good run with 5:23 min on the clock:
Consistency is pretty good if you focus one target at a time and don’t forget to reposition yourself. High RR value allows to combat acid-resistant enemies with sufficient leech. 169 wave is scary as usual for melee. Make sure to kill Anasteria first. And it’s better to kill Korvaak before 170, or at least kill him last so you have some time to kill one boss of 170 before Korvaak joins again.
Other waves are simple. As always, avoid Aleks’ meteors, Father’s and Zantarin’s shotguns and MQueen during her buff. Also try to focus Reapers because they have charges with high crit.
SR is obviously farmable at 75-76.
Update: video of shard 76 within timer.
Mutators are pretty bad for the build, -15% health for below 10k build is usually alt+f4. And there is -23% AS and slow on top of that. Also i was lucky to catch the worst chunk for melee glasscannon - with beacons. Still you pull through. Goes to show the power of leech.
Not sure about higher shards but health is probably too low to go deeper.