Hello ladies and gentlemen, I was trying to theorycraft a melee vitality build for a long time and finally made it. I’ve got a few ideas from @Nery ‘s earlier build and used some of mine and the result is this. Alucard, Commander of Death; a blood thirsty knight who dies unless he keeps fighting, so he does. He keeps devouring his enemies’ lives in battlefield and makes them his servants.
Image from the game with permanent buffs + Deadly Momentum + Hungering Void
Helmet is crafted with Freeze resist and Edge of Death crafted with Stun Resist.
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Changes; Changed the gloves for more phys resist. Tweaked the wps and included NE aswell. Used the spare points to hardcap Counter Strike(Gloves needed to get 26/26 Counter Strike) and 17/22 Fighting Form. And get Callof the Grave for some more damage. Build is now more stable in defensive ways, though damage is still not that great, AoE is still problematic.
SR 85 Complete Run
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Changes: I compensated the lost %5 phys resist from set nerf, I changed the belt and the gloves; took Ill Omen instead of RE for more DR. Took Wendigo instead of Ghoul and binded to Ill Omen. Started using Dark Desires runes for more OA shred. Build lost almost 500 armor in overall, gained some damage from the devotion changed and the Edge of Death buff.
Build Explanation :
Attention: You need an impervious prefix that provides both pierce and poison resistance on belt or pants, and elemental resistance on the other MI. Weapon is not hard to farm, you struggle to get the belt or pants with right resistances though.
Signet of the Fallen Ring and Cursebearer for RR. Medal choice is better than Korvaak since it provides more OA and better resistances and racial damage. Serenity is for defence and it’s hard to balance resistances without it.
(latest patch change)Valguur’s Touch OA bonus, %Damage, Spectral Wrath bonus and good proc.
(latest patch change)Lunal’Valgoth’s Waistguard, best part is stun resistance but if you can’t find the right resist on it, you can use Ugdenbog Girdle instead, which is easier to farm but +1 Necro skill is more useful than +1 Soldier.
There are a lot of pants alternative. I tried almost all and the best one is Reaper’s Legguards by it’s SH bonus. Best suffix surely is Void Harbinger but since I got the impervious prefix didn’t care about the rest but +2 Fighting Form bonus is good enough.
Rattosh and Dying God are obvious. Revenant for RR and makes the build more thematic.
(latest patch change)Since Serenity and Turtle provides the circuit breaker, I decided to take Wendigo and bind it to Ill Omen for more tankiness. But I had to give up from Ghoul to take follow that path.
I took Turtle Shell idea from Nery and it works quite good, it’s a key circuit breaker for the build.
Very fun build but requires focus. You need to keep hitting to survive. Ground damages and DoT are ver serious treats. It surely held by good lifesteal and health. CC resist are crucial here so try to cap them as long as you can. No monster is dangerous in 1v1 situations up to certain level and you can tank most of them in 1v2 situations. Though keep Aether Clusters with you, you might need them time to time.
Ravager Kill Setup: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/4ZDmzJwN
It was a hard combat, it took 2,5 mins or so. You might try a few times to success. You need 2 Aether Clusters, Deathwhisper Oinment, 2 Courageous Tincture , 2 Cursed Tincture and Lifestealer Oil , Hungerer Oil to get more lifesteal when needed. You can also use health regen consumables(they provide no big difference), and Vilescaer Oilment which I forgot. Timing is important, use these when your circuit breakers and MoT are on cooldown. It’s not quite facetank so after he enraged you need to kite time to time to use MoT again.
Mogdrogen Kill : No need to change anything here. You can do it with main setup, you only need 1 Stormshroud Ointment, 1 Aether Cluster and lifesteal consumables. It’s a facetank fight, easier than I expect even. It took 1,5 mins or so.
PS: Life difference between Mogdrogen kill and SR run is from gloves. I found a better one with more stun resist but health bonus was a bit lower.
SR 75-76 Image with not so bad mutators. Wendigo is level 4-5 in this run. I made the changes and started just from the SR 75 so build will be more tankier.
PS: Build is does SR 75-76 ratherly easy after the latest patch but it also lost Ghoul proc so 1v1 situations in higher shards might be require more concentration. Same as Ravager, didn’t try after the patch but it’s the same combat, kite till you get to use MoT again in second phase. I tried 80+, it’s possible but my game crashed and lost the progress along with the motivation to push that far again. 85 is quite possible, 90 also is possible with dedication(if you don’t mind dying). 90+? Doubt it. I’ll add 85+ images when I don’t get lazy to do the shards again.