Every cabalist build I found (at least in the newest compendium and tagged cabalist threads) relies on Ravenous Earth, legendary sets and items so I wanted to make something that can work with easily obtainable greens, faction gear and self-found items that you will likely get during your normal/elite/ultimate campaign playthrough.
I think a picture will describe what I had in mind, when I created this build, better than a thousand words:
Grimtools link: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/wV1ePLzV
Disclaimer: This is a theorycrafted build so I actually don’t know how easy is to obtain some of those items, mainly rings and amulet. But the build should work even with random greens or faction stuff that has bonuses to used skills, vit damage or whatever stats you are currently missing. Tbh, only weapon is necessary.
How is it supposed to work:
Hold RMB (Bone Harvest) and randomly use every button in your skill bar whenever they are off-cooldown to stay alive, proc devotions and eventually kill everything near you. Keep Blood of Dreeg active and use Bloodthrister if you see your HP dropping.
Yes, this is piano build but it’s like piano for toddlers that plays nice songs even if you mash the keys randomly.
I stole it from one of @Nery builds because I couldn’t find any other way to get Scales of Ulcama, Rattosh, Wendigo and Dying God together. I don’t like Wretch here but I think it’s necessary.
I think it’s possible to experiment if you drop Wendigo or/and Scales. I wonder how more tanky version with armor devotions would work with all this life leech.
How this build actually works:
I actually don’t know because so far I’m around level 40 and I have none of those items except weapon and off-hand…
So far I kill things relatively fast and don’t die - even with cheap components, no augments, no resistances, etc. I farmed some devotions with the elite merit and now I’m rushing the campaign to unlock all factions, get basic gear from them and then I’m planning to move to elite.
So why not Ravenous Earth?
I actually started building cabalist with this in mind as my goal:
But even budget version of this build wasn’t “budget enough” for me.
Also, once I’ve got to ~35 level and started using RE I immediately didn’t want to play it any more. I just don’t like RE - it’s like opening hell’s anus to fart at your foes. I know it’s an awesome skill and RE cabalists are really good but I find Bone Harvest 100% more appealing…
I know it’s a stupid reason but I just can’t stand RE and I can’t imagine watching it for ~50 or more hours I will probably spend on this character.
Future and end-game:
I have no idea. This should be enough to complete ultimate (my wild guess) and I’m not planning anything more.
Maybe Blood Knight set with Morguul’s Mortality, Deathguard Blade or even 2h version with Nightbringer?
Then why are you posting this?
So maybe some kind and helpful souls will fix it if it needs fixing, make it better, offer suggestions and tell me what I can do with it next.
I’m not looking to be competitive, break SR or Crucible records - I just want it to be somewhat viable to complete all content and something to aim for, once I finish this budget version.
Thanks for help in advance.
Edit: updated the build based on suggestions by @Evil_Baka (fixed resistances and greens, bumped up DA considerably, boosted armour absorption, shifted some skills around, replaced head gear and belt).