Despite buffs from 1.1.8.x and 1.1.9.x, this weapon - or archetype I guess - still kinda sucks. Don’t know where Purifier or Defiler stand, but Sorc definitely has issues.
Build itself: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/Q2zjMPd2
Was built around Krieg set, but what else is new. Was also considering non-set version, but it requires extra greens which I can’t be bothered farming.
Now let’s talk stats. Ingame DPS shows something around 190k, which is not too shabby number-wise. Build also has 99 aether RR. But for some unknown reason you can’t feel that damage while actually playing. Chthonians die quickly alright, but that’s the whole idea of “opposing forces” thing.
AoE damage almost doesn’t exist despite fully converted Brimstone and 12/12 Explosive Strike. I was trying to somewhat fix this by picking Imp constellation, but unfortunatelly it doesn’t do much as it is bound to Thermite Mines (we need Arcane Bomb on Fire Strike itself). Procs from gear are weak and barely scratch even the trashiest of mobs.
Ok, if AoE sucks, maybe it does great single target damage? Nope. For a 2h build with lots of flat damage and pretty high %WD (164% to be exact) single target damage is very modest. Biggest issues are Aleksander and that damned Slathsaar Fumblegaze or whatever his name. If Alex can be pretty dangerous if not careful, that snake is just plain annoing to deal with. Half the shots get fumbled away which sends all survivability down the pipe.
Well, if damage department is underwhelming, maybe it’s tanky then? No, not that either. Health is rather low (around 12k). DA is complete trash. CC resists are pretty good though. The only reason this build is able to survive is because I went more defensive in devotions. For defences it has DR from Empyrion, Flashbang, % damage absorb, Blast Shield and Serenity. In video I made for dmeonstration you can see Serenity procced two times I believe.
One SR 65-66 took me 14 minutes, and that’s with decent mutators!
To be honest, I’m not too sure how Sorc part can be improved. For better AoE I was thinking about changing +4 to Static Strike to +4 to Brimstone. By my calculations it should improve fragment’s damage by approx. 30%, and it will add 1 extra fragment. Also maybe add proc from non-mythical version.
OA on the gun could be improved as well. Most of 2h rifles have it at ~100 mark, and even Witching Hour, a pet item, has higher OA - I mean, c’mon.
But maybe I just had high expectations? It’s not like Arcanist bring much to the table for ranged builds except for damage and stuff like Mirror and Nullify…