Cadence is traditionally seen as a huge single-target skill that struggles in the AoE department. Additionally, Cadence is not traditionally seen as a bleeding skill, despite Fighting Form having one of the most massive sources of flat bleeding damage in the game. Crate’s v126.96.36.199 patch will introduce a SR set that is centered around Pierce / Bleeding Cadence; however, I wanted to show that Physical / Bleeding Cadence can lay out some heavy bleeds as well.
Below tooltip is for Cadence - highest DPS is roughly 110K when all buffs are applied
[188.8.131.52] Bloodrager’s Cadence GRIMTOOLS
Gearing revolved around the combination of Aetherwarped Cleaver & Crimson Claws to give Cadence a total of 10 targets to apply the sweet, sweet, Bleeding damage. Additionally, the Crimson Claws converts all of Cadence’s Pierce damage into Physical damage, which is great for Nightblade’s Dual Blades, as all of that flat Pierce damage is converted to Physical and goes through armor.
To round out the gear, as much as I didn’t want this to be a common Bloodrager’s build, there really is no equivalent when it comes to Bleeding damage. Transmuted Blade Arc is fantastic for when you just need a giant swath of Bleed applied, especially if you need to navigate around fumble pools so that your Cadence hits aren’t wasted. Ring of Steel + Circle of Slaughter provides a great fumble debuff as well as 360 degree bleeding coverage.
The highest Bleeding ticks I’ve seen on the training dummy is just short of 300K; not the level of Shaman + Savagery, but makes up for it with huge AoE damage and great tankiness through good Armor, 40% Physical Resistance, and adequate leech. The hardest part is finding a good way to use all the Skill Points; Deathstalker is necessary for it’s much needed RR for both Physical and Bleeding damage, and maxing out three attacks means there’s little left for things like passives and WPS. I’m open to any and all suggestions, but the Grimtools is how I currently have it.
Unsurprisingly, this build has much more success in Crucible than it does in Shattered Realm, and I’ve managed to get right around 7:00 minutes with this build, which is the fastest I’ve ever done with any build, pets or no pets. As long as you’re applying the Bleed ticks and constantly moving, you can do very well even in the face of Grava and his fumble pools. The only weakness I’ve found is low Freeze resistance, which hurts much more in SR than it does in Crucible.