[Feedback] Rancor needs a nerf - but it needs to be done carefully

I’m not disagreeing with you that it can’t be used as a pierce weapon, I’m saying that it would be suboptimal to use it in that manner outside of spam PB.

That’s all.

First and foremost are the keywords here. I.e. - pierce is auxillary bonus damage.

I think that can be said of any build. E.g. Stack relevant flat damage, and voila - success.

The difficulty lies in how one goes about maximizing this, and that’s where creativity comes in.

Sure. Again, it’s your call. I’m just here giving my 2 cents worth - but I do want to add that there are ways of keeping the primary function of the build while preserving spam PB.

That’s all.

Just a joke to break the tension (if any):


Pierce base it’s just a useless bonus here, it’s tiny. Weapon can be used as melee for Bleeding builds or as caster stick for PB builds. There is Naadan’s Reach if you want to go melee with 2h-Pierce.

You are absolutely right.
While you’re at it, please do take a look at both inashkor’s head offhand and decree of circle five dagger.

Physical caster with offhand will never ever work as long as armor mechanic exist. Pierce got better chance at this.

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@Norzan: I was thinking about your concerns regarding how damage reduction to PB on rancor might affect pierce PB nuke.

Well, what you could do is add flat pierce damage to PB on rancor to compensate for this damage reduction.

That way if I use untransmuted PB, I’ll suffer no net loss in DPS, and conversely, spam pierce PB will still be able to get nerfed

I am personally thinking that spamable pierce PB is the most obvious route of rancor because spam PB is always perform better than CD PB. No matter what damage type.

I think it will be a shame to destroy this variant just because it’s not intended. So I just propose to tone the damage instead while making it easier to build. Like toning that % total damage down while giving it a casting speed or energy Regen.

My 6 cents.

Can´t say much about PB, I don´t use Rancor for this. But please don´t touch all other things. Rancor already got a nerf (-Physical Resistance, -% RR to Devouring Swarm) and 100 % Piercing, Vitality Conversion to Pierce and Pierce RR really should stay for Bleeding Builds. There are only 2 legendary Melee 2H-Weapons for Bleeding (iirc) and Guillotine is for Soldier/Necromancer Bleeding Builds and Rancor for all things Shaman…and Piercing Damage is there for ADctH.

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I’d be surprised if this came to pass, rhylthar. As you can see in the thread, most of the changes being discussed are aimed at rancor’s PB mod + frenetic throw transmutor.

^ @norzan: I suggest you read OP a little more carefully

Yeah, therefore only 6 cents. I would have thrown heavy bucks in here if it was about the other things. :wink:

Reducing the total damage mod would nerf Bleed PB builds. -1 from on that suggestion.

@sir_spanksalot You would have to add a ton of bleed to Rancor to compensate the loss of 20% total damage to PB. 20% total damage is a lot. Same for compensating the pierce damage loss.

Sure. But that’s simply a number game isn’t it? The magnitude of the value which would need to be added to preserve bleed PB has no bearing on how difficult/easy it will be to implement said change.

Ditto for pierce.

EDIT - one could simply just take 20% of the base bleed + pierce damage of 26/16 PB and use that.

Does your build have any room for improving defenses? Because in its current form obscene dmg is the only thing holding it together and 20% reduction will kill it.

What do you think about 25% modifier instead of 50% plus 15% enemy dmg reduction to PB on Rancor?

Yes. Look at the naked setup in the guide.

20% DR will not kill the build I think. And I say this because I’ve tested this spec with -38% casting speed (aka the equivalent of -20% DPS)

I think that’ll make pierce PB too strong. You’ll become unkillable with SR set.

Anyway looks like that smth must be done to the modifier. That flat on the PB line isn’t meant to be spammable. But it’ll be good to see some buffs to Rancor in other areas. I’m a fan of 2H swords and i’ve made a build with everyone of them except Rancor. Because bleed is made by everyone already and is too obvious and for pierce melee base dmg is too low.

Tell that to the demonslayer :rofl:

But it isn’t meant to be a pierce weapon. Pierce is at best secondary damage.

EDIT: @banana_peel - you also lack attack speed on a 2H weapon…I don’t think it’s gonna work mate. :confused:

Why are you still claiming that? Why give all these pierce mods and global conversion then? It is a pierce weapon. Even if it’s secondary damage, it’s still a pierce weapon at the end of the day. It just happens to be a bleed weapon as well.

Tell you what norzan. I’m interested in this. Make a pierce trickster out of rancor. Use PB spam for all I care.

If the base dmg was a bit higher, i think it would be very possible. Answer = Bloodrager (supports Shaman btw). Nadaan’s reach also doesn’t have attack speed and it doesn’t prevent it to reach 200% with Bloodrager.

You’ll have 0% pierce damage from both masteries, no real access to WPS outside of feral hunger, and let’s not compare nadaan’s reach to rancor for auto-attacking builds.

Not exactly a fair comparison imo.

EDIT: Closest thing I’ve done up is a bleed based trickster using rancor, and which cycles through different nukes to stack bleed DoT.

I have yet to test it because of this build