So, I would not call myself an inexperienced builder, but I’d never tried grenado. Having found Mythical Crescent Moon’s blueprint, I settled on a dual-wielding saboteur with maximized grenade cooldowns (Saboteur, Level 100 (GD 22.214.171.124) - Grim Dawn Build Calculator) - not that dissimilar, as it turns out, to @RektbyProtoss’ [126.96.36.199-188.8.131.52] [HC] Snow Baller - cold Grenado Saboteur (sr65+, cr170), only I tried to make this purely a cooldown caster (yeah, I know, no Star Pact, no Aeon’s. However, Vilgazor’s amulet and Kymon’s medal cut the cooldown by 0.5 seconds each, so it’s about 1.8 second CD in practice.
I am vastly underwhelmed, frankly, by performance in what I consider minimum-standard SR 65. My two main observations are as follows:
Very slow throw speed. Similar to throwing an air-filled balloon; by the time it hits the designated area, your target will have moved off the spot. This is perhaps ameliorated by cast speed, but the build has a not-horrible CS of 162% so I wouldn’t think that would be it. This makes it very hard to do the classic cooldown kite, and trying to facetank isn’t an optimal solution either in practice.
Despite the amulet’s back-conversion of pierce to fire, Grim Internals on a target dummy shows that it’s about a 9:1 cold:fire ratio in practice after the dual Crescent Moons take effect. Note that while the proc cannot stack, the conversions and more importantly the %WD do stack.
Pure Grenado alone seeming insufficient, I experimented with the very energy-expensive Chillspikes, as well as interleaving both BWC and Canister Bomb. That helps some, and the Chillspikes do give you a decent single-target attack at point-blank (i.e. aggressive boss) range, but still. I’ve also tried putting on different pants (Rimestone Legguards) and Fateweaver’s Raiment, but they don’t really make much difference. Multiple deaths in SR 65 with all these variations (Grava, Reaper, and high danger from Fabius the latter not unexpectedly so).
What am I doing wrong here? Should I be moving West in the constellations to try to leverage the high WD for ADCtH on the main skill? I haven’t tried the Barrelsmiths to compare, but it would seem that a lightning-grenado purifier would be way more tanky, not to mention having respectable autoattack options, then trying to pull out every trick I can think of for a cold grenado without GD-stashed insane MIs… but I just can’t seem to make this work and it’s frustrating. Perhaps there is a reason why there is no cold grenado included in @thepowerofmediocrity’s MOAR GRENADO list?
Thoughts, observations, recommendations most welcome.