After taking a break I’ve returned with no less than three builds showcasing an underutilised item. Tome of the Arcane Wastes gives you your very own AAR without the hassle of spending skill points and being an Arcanist. It even has huge flat RR attached to it. The huge downside is it has no adcth or %WD, so finding other ways to survive (Bat) is crucial. So without further ado, here’s the builds.
The first one is an evolution of my very first build. It’s the weakest of the lot, and very fragile but it’s still quite powerful.
Word of Pain and Storm Box put in most of the work here with lots of powerful procs to supplement the AoE cocktail. The build relies on Bat and Hyrian’s Glare to survive, if you find yourself struggling you can drop Leviathan for Ghoul and/or invest more into physique. Craft for slow resist.
Screenshot with permanent buffs and WoR/BoD
I couldn’t quite get under 5 minutes but it’s certainly possible. Average run is closer to 5:30
Aether Mage Hunter
Moving up the chain we have what I like to call fake AAR. It’s stronger than the deceiver and also more survivable due to being an Arcanist with Mirror/Maiven’s. It’s still quite fragile though so be play around your cooldowns carefully.
Once again WoP and Storm Box are doing most of the work. Box in particular is very beefy here with the transmuter. Affixes on the greens are flexible, just try to get something that patches your resists. Once again more points in physique can help if you’re struggling to survive. Craft for Stun resist or %Physique
Screenshot with permanent buffs and WoR
My fastest run, I think it can go under 4:45 though. The average is around 5:15
A run from last patch built more aggressively with Fantasy greens. The nerf to Aether Corruption and Dying God hurt a lot though.
The last of the lot is quite easily the strongest. Obliteration and Vitality damage is a match made in heaven. Vitality easily covers Obliteration’s weakness of adcth, while Obliteration fills the hole many Vitality builds have of a strong filler as well as having huge flat RR.
Thanks to @mad_lee for reminding me this amulet exists.
Normally you don’t want an AAR build to be such a piano, but here Obliteration is just a filler between your cooldowns. RE puts in a ton of work here and is the real strength behind this build. I’ve built this very aggressively to pump as much damage as possible out of it. Fevered Rage obviously makes the build a lot more fragile but it speeds times up by a lot. If you want to tank it up and be unkillable for SR or whatever you can drop Fevered Rage, add more Physique and maybe use the Sigil Conduit. Craft for Slow Resist.
I added the budget version because Magi Rings are ridiculous to farm. It ends up being 30-45 seconds slower but it still totally works.
Screenshot with permanent buffs and BoD
My fastest run, with potential for going under 4:30. I think this is by far the fastest vitality build and really showcases the strength of RE.
These results are quite impressive but I don’t think it warrants any sort of nerf to Obliteration or the Tome. It has clear weaknesses that really hold it back, namely survivability. The first two builds really struggle to survive if not played well and honestly most of the power doesn’t actually come from Obliteration. It’s mostly just a supplement. The vitality build is an exception with the root cause being RE and to a lesser extent Dark One’s set.