The recent changes to the the skill Biting Blades make it look really attractive and one can now actually hope to make a working build around the skill. While the obvious thing to do would be to make a Poison/Acid Caster I decided to try my hands on a Chaos version and it turned out better than I had expected.
The skill’s beauty cannot be captured properly in screenshots (at least not by me) so I decided to record a video of how it looks - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgscIlu3J-U
Pyromancer - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/0V04l8yV
*Screenshots with Permanent Auras, Blood of Dreeg and Hungering Void.
Witch Hunter - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/4VxdjEeV
*Screenshots with Permanent Auras, Blood of Dreeg and Pneumatic Burst
Why not go with Deceiver?
It’s true the mines are clunky to use and Death Sentence would provide me much more QoL but I am very used to the Demolitionist class so I find it much more easier to work with. Of course one is free to go with a Deceiver, the major change would be to the MI - instead of a Gollus’ Ring one would need a Bloodsworn Signet and the relic would need to be changed to Ignaffar’s Combustion.
Which is better among the two builds?
Witch Hunter’s DoT potential makes it more appealing to me.
Is Malediction usable here?
Uh, yeah but I find Korvaak’s Deception to be better due to the granted skill and because of the stats.
On the Witch Hunter it will loose out Dreeg’s Relic since Poison is a big part of our damage.
How dependent on Doom Bolt is this build?
Doom Bolt is merely there to increase my kill speed. The damage of the Biting Blades is more than enough to handle even the nemeses. I only use Doom Bolt in a boss fight to kill them quickly.
In the MQ video I deliberately didn’t use it more than twice to demonstrate the damage contribution of Doom Bolt in comparison to our main skill.
How does the Pyromancer fare against Chthonians?
Quite well I’d say, on top of the RR you have Doom Bolt to nuke the HP of their top guns (nemeses and shar’zul)
This is one of my favorite builds, the skill’s unique animation is what makes it attractive.
The Chaos variant’s kill speed was a surprise for sure but a welcome one. I enjoyed this build and hope you guys do as well.