Welcome to Forgotten Gods forgotten classes edition!
Yes,there is class called Battlemage and I assure is worse than it sounds.It has even multiple dedicated sets-Krieg and Magelord are for BM even if they are suited for DK,also there is physical devastation set:D.Defensively is very good class,but offensively is lacking,both class suffer from lack of -RR at their disposal.For S&B BM looks ok,but how it fares for DW melee?I decided to check and creates analogy of DW Krieg build done by Veretragna.
Actually build is done entirely by Mad Lee. But he decided to not posted in separate thread.
He tested some different gear combinations and came up with this as BiS version. BM lacks - RR on either mastery, so that’s optimal performance to do ~ 6:30 in Crucibl. Also needs to be noted that Arcanist mastery was improved after I posted initial version in 220.127.116.11. Some changes to the build are:
- Agrivix relic over Haunt.
- Albrecht’s duality and Eternal Haunt over Magelord rings.
- lots of spirit.
*pic with permanent buffs
Gearing-Core is Krieg set easiest set to be farmed.
Weapons are dual Mindwarp,their proc is excellent and offers attack speed as well as RR.Pants are just tremendous for any aether build,Rings are magelord set,they are selected over the combo Eternal haunt+Albrecht duality.Conduit is the new aether Cadence one.Relic is Haunt,it’s cheap and have skill with RR to aether .Belt is mainly for a stat stick.Medal is allowing us to wear two weapons.
Devotions-Nothing crazy here,key is to get Spear+Dying God.Some standard devotions like Ghoul and Hawk+Widow for RR and Revenant for attack speed and racial damage
Here is test video from Mad Queen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHTN4cN9Z3o&feature=youtu.be The speed is decent and I don’t felt pressure from her the entire time.
Crucible-prepare for disappointment.Build is super slow.I can’t go under 9 minutes even with 4 buffs+ 1 banner.Biggest reason is that multiple enemies are aetherial or resistant to aether and our RR potential is severely limited.Build is one of the safest possible DW melee,though.
DK vs BM
It’s not even close for DW melee.For shield version BM is more close,but here Necro provides extra WPS skills,attack speed bonus,siphon souls heal and more importantly instant and big RR.Also health bonus,unlike Arcanist.The mage have sphere for absorb,nullification and flat aether in abundance.Actually the later is misleading,cause Necro also have flat+big bonus from Soul Harvest.
For melee I will go with DK,just better build,you understand why BM is not that popular class:D.Oh and DK is easy to level as physical Forcewave.BM from other perspective is pain.