*When the nerfed Octavius meta makes a glorious and unexpected return
**Credit for the picture goes to @Tararihen
Octavius Soldier has gotten nerfed quite a bit since Forgotten Gods came out. And Tactician went from being one of the best cookie cutter classes in Ashes of Malmouth to a class rightfully considered to be one of the worst. So making a relatively fast Crucible farmer and a tanky deep SR crawler out of it seemed like an impossible task at first. Well, only at first.
<<<< GRIMTOOLS >>>>*
*Craft one item for Slow Resist and rest for % Physique or % Armor
**For Shards 85+ You can take Obelisk of Menhir’s proc instead of 3 points in Azrakaa
Internally traumatic questions
No Forcewave? No Trauma focus in devotions? No Doom relic?
Well after some thorough testing I figured out that cooldown Forcewave is not worth it and all of that trauma-shawarma loses to the magic of converted Physical damage (that bypasses armor) and it’s not even close. Focusing on OA and decent casting speed turned out to be the recepie for success.
But Reign of Ice and Fire is not a Physical ring…
Yep, and it’s best-in-slot here. Points to Artifact Handling that are hard to come by + a proc that is a converted physical damage that goes thru armor (and heals)
No War Cry? And you call it a tank?
It is a true tank. And there are no points for War Cry, instead - Empyrion’s proc serves as damage reduction mechanism
Core of the build is Octavius set and wonderful Physical damage dagger - Decree of the Circle of Five (nouns in the row). Everything else is pretty standard and in-line with latest physical meta. The only trauma that Internal Trauma devotions and skills are inflicting is a moral one, so I skipped them and build became much faster and more fluent.
For leveling guides, check this forums. This is an endgame build and works as advertised once you equip all the items/skills/devotions at character level 100
In Crucible everything is facetankable but be careful on wave 169 around Anasteria. You don’t lose damage by kiting as long as you are making enemies step on your runes.
In Shattered Realm build I pushed the build as far as SR 85. I think 90 should be possible and maaaaaybe 95 if you remove points from Azrakaa in favour of Obelisk of Menhir.
General (before Deadly Aim)
Damage (with all the procs up)