FEEDBACK THREAD FOR LACK OF DIVERSITY IN CHAOS MELEE - http://www.grimdawn.com/forums/showthread.php?t=67351
This save has been restored to what it used to be (Chaos WB) after AoM made Aether WB cheap gimmicks by adding impressive support for Aether based Battlemage and DeathKnight.
Screenshot (with Blood of Dreeg, Deadly Momentum, Shield Wall and Hungering Void)-
S&B Setup - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/m23wxG72
Theorycrafted Setup for 2h Cadence - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/b28adQeV
>I lack the Obsidian Juggernaut setup to test the latter.
Have you considered Warborn Helm or Darkblaze Helm?
Yes, Warborn helm is slightly better than Ekket’Zul’s helm. Darkblaze helm is inferior to both as you loose out on valuable plus skills when you equip it.
Warborn Helm> Ekket’Zul’s Helm> Darkblaze Helm
Any alternate gearing that can be recommended?
Using Iron Maiden’s shoulder MI and Mythical Doomforged Breasplate is an option if you do not have or do not wish to use Warborn Set.
Why isn’t Manticore included in the setup?
The Malediction Relic besides providing Flat damage also gives us valuable Flat RR. It certainly is less than the value that manticore provides but it’s good enough. Not to mention this allows us to take more valuable defensive constellations such as Targo The Builder
Is Time Dilation crucial to the setup? Is there any alternative to it?
I wouldn’t call it crucial but since you lack CDR to keep up Hungering Void almost all the time it is what I’d recommend. Of course one could drop Aeon and Targo and get Obelisk of Menhir for the Stone Form Damage absorption skill.
Why not use Abominable Might?
Abominable Might is an excellent in fact a mandatory devotion for Chaos builds who are attempting the crucible. But since I rarely play the crucible I do not use it. In the main campaign the On-Death activation makes the skill borderline useless. However in the crucible I’d recommend on to go for it.
Why Bat over Fiend?
Honestly, both of them are good. For more DPS i’d recommend Fiend, I went with Bat cause of the ADCtH on the proc. Since I have 50% Pierce>Chaos conversion and Vitality damage bonuses it’s pretty good.
Credits to mad_lee for reminding me that Soldier mastery has WPS
Overall this build is extremely fun to play and as far as S&B builds go this happens to be my favorite one. Hope you guys enjoy it