I don’t really know what to write as an introduction as this build is super-obvious and simple so guess I’ll just put here a mad_lee’s quote:
Pierce Nightblade - Belgo BM: dedicated set, tons of synergy, special set AA, 15k hp, massive armor and phys res, steroided wps War Cry STRUGGLING to go below 4:30 in the most fantasy green spec
Aether Nightblade - Aether Spellbreaker: random items, bum AA, not even 12k hp, no armor, no good DR, bum wps EASY sub 4:20
It’s a bit of a joke but has a good amount of bitter truth as pierce/cold/acid NBs are in really bad shape now, and making, say, chaos sabo or aether breaker results in better performance despite these damage types having zero in common with NB by default.
Weapon – tested different combos (Mindwarp + Heart of Theodin, Blaze Herald + Heart) and 2 Blaze Heralds appeared to be bis, given better RR and full pierce convert;
Helm – BiS by any means due to conversion and RR;
Armor – 4 pieces of Krieg are quite good here for bonuses;
Belt – for extra damage and ADctH;
Rings – also tested different combos (Magelords, Magelord + Albrecht, Albrecht + Haunt, Haunt + Magelord). Two Albrechts are BiS for OA and chaos conversion.
Pros and cons of the build
Very smooth and simple gameplay – basically AA and Aether Corruption;
A lot of racial against most enemies (human, aetherials, chthonians and undead).
Despite quite good RR and a lot of racial aether-resistant nemesis could be a mess (Reaper especially);
Not very good stun res, but it’s not a big deal.
Average time I had was about 4:40-4:50, though with some luck is goes that fast as in videos. Note that these timers are pulled off by experienced pilots that do multiple runs to record the best one.
Avatar of Mogdrogen - safe but quite boring fight because of often stuns.
Ravager of Minds – quite safe fight too, though one can also take 1-1 RoS for fumbles.
I also tried both Calla and Crate but didn’t succeed in it. Having only one fail-safe (MoE) and mostly direct damage alongside with mediocre stun/petrify makes these bosses too hard to defeat.
Summary and thoughts
Is the build good? For sure, yes. It’s one of the best builds I’ve played lately as it’s super-simple, has good damage and sustain and it’s quite fun. Wanted to make an aether spellbreaker for a long time (probably since Blaze Herald was released), so now I’m really happy with this one.
Despite overall good stats, build lacks some HP/cc-resists for challenges like Crate or naked ex crucible, though it’s doesn’t make it worse for me.
So feel free to download the build, play it and write your impressions/feedback. Hope you’ll have fun with it as I did!