Hi and welcome one more build post of mine. I read in this thread [Feedback] The Great Ranged Balance Discussion about ranged auto attack builds. I had a ranged vindicator that I decided to play around witht to provide insight for that discussion so here we are. Also English is not my best language but perhaps you guys and girls understand.
For references look here (click)
Seems like over all results was good single damage but poor AoE. We can see some trials with maelstroms to cover that but not good damage for high shards. Seemed that ultos devotion proc skill was more useful for aoe.
I made two version, one with using Ludrigan set pieces and another with Bloodrager helmet for more damage to savagery. Both performed similar.
Here is another interesting take with stormserpent set, but too weak for shards I think.
Here is druid, ranged savagery with passing through monster style, uses another weapon of course but still worth considering https://forums.crateentertainment.com/t/suggestion-buff-upheaval-skill-or-turn-it-into-a-wps/104765/83
I play self found gear, and all alone. I only use GD stash for saving items and searching for them. I level up my chars using speed level technique similar to Rektbyprotoss. My build-style is to try and make non-standard builds often centered around a concept or fun item that I find and not sets and such. In this case it was Elgoloth weapon that was focus. Sometimes build won’t work but sometimes you get nice surprises which I like.
GrimTools link https://www.grimtools.com/calc/nZoQbB92 (Ludrigan version of build)
GrimTools link https://www.grimtools.com/calc/JVlmb1XZ (Bloodrager and Ultos version)
NOTE: attack speed in Grim Tools is bugged, it does not display the attack speed from Ranged Expertice when you use 2H ranged weapons.
Stat picture with Ludrigan build, all procs up.
Stat picture with Bloodrager and Ultos build, all procs up.
I used kaisan amulets for crowd resistance, using different versions for the builds. These are among my best and are hard to farm. Perhaps you can change them to others and changing augments for resists.
Another idea is to use bloodrager shoulder for life steal and more attacking speeds on the second build version.
Bloodrager version use storm shepard belt.
Coven storm seal ring was used to get resistances so damage is not optimal here by using two glyph ring.
Crafting with 1 item slow res and 2 item with physique.
I did try get storm spread high instead of using maelstrom or storm totems for aoe as mentioned above. Ultos proc on wind devil is kind of nice but nothing specially.
NOTE: one should probably just invest points in storm spread wps to get 4 projectiles and rest in say bursting round for aoe. Thanks @Evil_Baka for mentioning that storm spread actually result in double (!!!) amount of projectiles when used two-handed range weapon. That explain why single target damage is bonkers!
- Maybe getting spear of heaven instead of ultos, but then no AoE from proc. Should be good heal maybe.
Both version can do SR 80 kind of consistent. I have died once in shards to grava by not dodging ball good so was my fault. The shards can be much harder than boss room because poor AoE and you need to play some smart.
Once in boss room it is pretty easy.
SR80 done with ludrigan version.
SR80 done with bloodrager and ultos version.
Should be very good for SR 65-66 farmer if you wanna get some nice items quick. Perhaps use maelstrom here for more AOE and speed. In higher shards maelstrom damage was garbage according to some tests by other. See references above.
Crucible not played because takes time for me to get to 150. Should not be very good (no 5min runs here, perhaps 6min) because lack of AoE. Perhaps maelstrom and storm totem more worth there because monsters are not as strong as in high shards?
I leveled this char “speed level” style using tokens, Lokarrs set and experience potions. I played with storm box, storm totem and wind devil maelstrom for most of the time until I got to level 94 in about 9 hours or so. I still try to improve this method and my execution of it but it is not main focus for my playing You guys wanna check out Rektbyprotoss video guides on youtube if you wanna learn more.