Revisited Oathbearer after recent small buff. Tried SR80 just to really stress it as this has been about the tankiest build I play. Somehow rolled neutral mutators, yay!
Original layout, SR set, Watcher shield - still feels the best. SR80 can easily be a 0 death affair and will see how high it can push this weekend. Things die very very slowly, but you just camp out in seal and phys res and armor and ridiculous CC resists and not care. Will update with GT when I remake because I forgot to save updated listing
Dual wield attempt - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/q2mmmQm2 - You gain last RF charge, 12% more damage on RF, but lose capped attack speed, smite bonus, flat damage on safeguard (make up some dumping into rebuke) and some defense. Probably kills slightly quicker but not nearly as much difference as you’d expect. Starts to run into some trouble in SR80 range if you get swarmed. Doesn’t feel worth the tradeoff to me from either stats or thematically
Dual wield damage attempt - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/pZrmmb1V - dropping SR set and grabbing all the flat pierce. Resists stay manageable, but defense definitely takes a hit. Does allow for much better cunning dump with lower phys requirements on armor. Folded extremely quickly in the SR80 level. This is probably the approach if you’re going for faster SR75 but requires more paying attention. Single target kill speed is still pretty meh but faster than above options.
Will try one last config with the latter damage focus and erulan/wrathguard this weekend to see if there is a happier balance on that side.
All versions AoE feels awful. May be expected you need to put more points into WoP or runes or something to pull AoE (I suppose even max horn is worth trying), but already low weapon damage would also suffer to reach for a fleshed out support skill unless horn works. Kept devos the same on all. May be a niche option to reach for something like magi and see if abusing the full conversion can net the needed AoE.
edit: damage gear w/ wrathguard https://www.grimtools.com/calc/lV7mmvON
maybe slightly better damage than SR set? doesn’t feel noticeable, but it’s also a slow but extremely safe SR75-76 grind. 17/12 buffed horn is okay as extra trash clear but the cooldown is a bummer
final test will be with crazy go nuts converted devos this weekend. Otherwise maybe it’s better on the solider side, if you can find enough points for cadence?