[1.1.6.2] Storm Blitzer - Primal Strike with a shield, Warder, SR 65+

INTRODUCTION

The reason behind this build is to use Stormrend axe from totems + shield for Primal Strike. This time I chose to use Blitz with it and therefore used a Warder. Primal Strike hits hard even with one weapon, added to that we have two movement skills - Blitz and Masterful Rahn’s Might - with which you can avoid getting hit if needed. You can facetank most of the single boss enemies even in SR.

I have another Primal Strike with a shield build here. I also have other Primal Strike builds here, here and here.

GRIMTOOLS https://www.grimtools.com/calc/M2gk4RB2

Crafting bonuses on helm and medal are to stun resistance. To address the coming questions - component on the belt is chosen for OA.

image from the game with passive buffs only

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image from the game with passive buffs + Fighting Spirit

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OFFENSE

nice DPS for one handed weapon + shield - around 150k DPS

high crit damage 68 %

high OA - base around 3000 OA and with Fighting Spirit around 3200 OA

325 DA reduction to enemies from component and Blitz

OK resistance reduction from Wind Devils, Revenant, Viper and Widow

damage from devotions - Spear of the Heavens, Widow and Revenant

DEFENSE

nice life around 14000 HP

nice DA - close to 3000 DA

150 OA reduction to enemies from component and Arcane Bomb

nice lifesteal 19 % (with Wendigo Totem)

with good movement you can reduce getting hit if necessary but you can facetank easily most of the time

high important CC resistances except trap (not that useful anyway, Benny is easy)

reasonably overcapped resistances

nice physical resistance 25 %

nice armor - around 2400

% damage reduction to enemies and disrupt their skills from War Cry (with good CDR almost always up)

Ghoul

Prismatic Rage from component

blocks from shield

SR, CRUCIBLE

This build does SR 65-66 relatively easily. It doesn’t even have any great problems with Grava which melee lightning builds usually do. I don’t push my characters higher but it can go higher if you are a skilled player. I don’t play Crucible so I don’t have a time number for it.

image from SR 66

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does blitz work well here?

and why not taking Overguard (instead of Blitz, probably) as a save ability? It also provides a small but useful amount of damage absorb.

Amazing build
Thank you for your imagination

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Nice proof!

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I don’t like the skill much. I wanted to use Blitz. It damages OK (nice AoE and sigle target) and DA reduction is useful. And the build has nice CDR. I can use Blitz every 3 seconds. With 19 % lifesteal I can do SR 65-66 OK. Perhaps for higher shards you could go with Overguard. When I play with shield builds I always play offensively and not defensively.

looks very interesting

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Would making Mogdrogen’s Pact a one pointer and maxing out Military Conditioning and then taking out say 40 points off Physique and putting then into Cunning a bad idea?

If you can manage energy requirements of PS then it could be done. You will have to try it though.

Alright so MP is there purely for energy regen?

Yes, mainly because of that. It could work the way you said https://www.grimtools.com/calc/4Vxk5EE2 but I put them into spirit instead of it.

Cool ill try it out and see how it works, thanks for the reply!