The reason behind this build is to create a pure Cadence lightning Warder without any other nonsense. There is Stormreaver 2H axe for lightning Cadence but it is meant to be used with Storm Totems and Savagery but using Cadence with anything else is just cancer to me so I decided to make a pure Cadence build. @RektbyProtoss made a Cadence Warder using Stormreaver here. For my goal Stormreaver is not the best weapon. The best one is actually Fist of Ultos. Their DPS is similar yet Stormreaver has more damage in electrocute and Fist of Ultos has more in lightning damage. You need bonuses for Cadence and both classes and best way to get them here is using the SR set, weapon, pants, gloves and medal. Physical to lightning conversion is 60 % for Deadly Momentum. DPS can go up to 200k and is most of the time close to it. Because this build is pure Cadence you need to get some AoE and for that I use gloves with +target bonus to Cadence and 2 AoE WPS - Zolhan’s Technique and Feral Hunger. The result is that on average 2 out of every 3 hits have good AoE of 3-5 targets. Defensively build is good because of having around 24k life and damage reduction from War Cry with good physical resistance and lifeleech. Wendigo Totem also heals you for 3300 HP/s. Build also has 4 circut breaker skills. I don’t use typical lightning melee devotion path and went for Korvaak instead of the Spear of the Heavens so that you get help with petrification on generally weaker AoE of Cadence and nice OA/DA reduction also. Build can do SR 80 but it is slower in it.
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 one monster infrequent item - Gutworm’s Mark. You want affixes for OA bonuses. Crafting bonuses on boots and rings are to slow res (1x) and physique (2x).
Stats of the build
nice DPS 130k - 200k
90 % crit damage
OK base OA - around 2900 OA (around 3150 OA with Fighting Spirit)
55 DA reduction to enemies from Annihilation
OK lightning RR from Wind Devils, Arcane Bomb and Revenant - up to - 95 % + Hand of Ultos
huge life (you don’t have to worry to take some damage) - close to 24 000 health
lower base DA - above 2800 DA
150 OA reduction to enemies - 55 OA reduction from Annihilation and 95 OA reduction from Arcane Bomb
lifesteal is 21 % (with Wendigo Totem)
maxed resistances with reasonable overcap
decent physical resistance 29 %
good armor around 2550
high CC resistances
nonzero disruption resistance for Grava
damage reduction from War Cry
image from the game with passive buffs only
image from the game with passive buffs + Blood Pact, Deadly Momentum, Fighting Spirit and Glyph of Kelphat’Zoth (2x)
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 does SR 65-66 easily. It can also do SR 80 but it is slower in it. No boss is a problem but Grava and Mad Queen are very slow to kill.
I don’t play Crucible so I don’t have a time number for it.