The reason behind this build is to create 2H melee vitality Cadence because I have not seen it anywhere. Using Death Knight is the best option becasue of support for vitality damage from Necromancer. As a weapon I use Korvan Reaping Halberd with support for Bone Harvest. The core of the build is The Blood Knight set. Cadence generally has weaker AoE so I also use gloves that give Cadence more targets for better AoE. Bone Harvest also helps with AoE. I have not maxed it because of skill points shortage but it still gets +120 % weapon damage to it. Physical to vitality damage conversion is 80 % for Deadly Momentum. Build has % damage reduction, very high lifesteal, high life, Scales, Mark of Torment and Ghoul + Bat. Yet as it is with all vitality melee it is squishier with packs of mobs in high SR despite all of these defenses but it can still do SR 80 consistently if you play carefully.
Here is a list comparing all my Cadence builds from best to worst. All are at least SR 65-66 capable.
Oleron – great build, 2H melee physical, good offensively and very powerful defensively
Aether Crusher – great build, 2H melee aether, offensively a little weaker than Oleron, defensively noticably weaker than Oleron
Ultos – great build, 2H melee lightning, offensively noticably weaker than Aether Crusher, defensively a little weaker than Oleron
Chaotic Crusher – great build, 2H melee chaos, offensively similar to Aether Crusher, defensively noticably weaker than Aether Crusher
Amatok – great build, 2H melee cold, offensively a little weaker than Chaotic Crusher, defensively a little weaker than Chaotic Crusher
Ele Mental – good build, 2H melee elemental, offensively a little weaker than Ultos, defensively a little weaker than Aether Crusher
Empyrion – good build, 2H melee fire, offensively a little weaker than Amatok, defensively a little weaker than Amatok
Rattosh – good build, 2H melee vitality, offensively similar to Amatok, defensively a little weaker than Empyrion
Build uses four monster infrequent items - Ugdenbog Girdle, Mark of Plagius, Reaper’s Legguards and Korvan Reaping Halberd. You want affixes for vitality damage, resistances and OA, DA. A lot of the affixes are interchangeable. Crafting bonus on helm is to stun resistance.
Stats of the build
high DPS from 130k to 230k
high base weapon damage
high attack speed 193 % (200 % with Hungerin Void)
low critical damage - 21 % (39 % with Hungerin Void)
OK OA - base around 2900 OA (with Fighting Spirit above 3000 OA)
55 DA reduction to enemies from Annihilation
good vitality resistance reduction - from Spectral Wrath, Rattosh, ring, Soul of Nazaran and Scales - up to - 102 %
damage from devotions - Rattosh, Scales and Bat
good life around 17500 HP
OK base DA around 2900 DA
55 OA reduction to enemies from Annihilation and Arcane Bomb
nice lifesteal 46 % (70 % with Bloodthirster)
good CC resistances
reasonably overcapped resistances
OK armor - around 2650
good physical resistance 28 %
damage reduction from Ill Omen
Ghoul + Bat
Prismatic Rage from component
Mark of Torment
image from the game with passive buffs only
image from the game with passive buffs + Deadly Momentum and Soul Harvest (both are always up)
image from the game with passive buffs + Deadly Momentum, Soul Harvest, Hungering Void and Fighting Spirit
I play SR with camera pointed away from enemies and I try my builds only in SR 65-66 and SR 80. I play around 10 SR runs per character.
This build can do SR 80. No boss is a problem but killing Kuba is very slow. DoTs can weaken this build but it has great lifesteal. Life goes up and down a lot.
I don’t play Crucible so I don’t have a time number for it.