Ok, I see. I’ve judt started a new char going WoP all the way. Let me record the entire process. This is C-Point from youtube btw. This is my work acct lol.
Here’s a few tips to make your HC journey really smooth:
Start the main campaign, get to lvl 3 dumping everything into word of pain.
Switch to crucible (choose a good map that doesn’t have too many pillars to block your WoP.
Since you don’t have a single finished char, I assume you dan’t have any potions of clarity. Still should be fairly quick without those.
Do 10 waves and grab the reward. Dump everything into physique, word of agony (this gives bigger area ) and word of pain. Gearwise, focus on resists and elemental damage. Devotions - start working towards meteor, there are multiple good routes but I find taking viper early on helps your WoP quite a bit.
Repeat 10 waves until you reach death sentence. You will notice by then that you can do 10 waves super quick (2-3min tops). Most people get 5-10 devotion points and switch back to campaign but I stay in crucible till I’m at 18-20 dev pts. Mainly because it’s super fast and easy to do using wop.
At lvl 20 craft 1-2 riftstones for your wep and/or offhand. Assign your devotions to these and now you have both the insane mobility and extra firepower.
You could stay in crucible forever but you need to start gettimg faction rep asap so somewhere around lvl 20-22 I’d switch back to the campaign and rush it. The only delaying aspect is the shrines, I get them all on veteran (will reach 55 half way into elite).
Now you can focus on optimizing your damage and toughness.
Max out the aura of censure then seal asap. Next, put some points into word of renewal and deadly aim. Then you can start working on your second class mastery. But the main focus should be in survivability.
As for not having enough damage in elite, that’s because you were missing some key gear. You need to go above the cap on word of pain, word of agony and death sentence. Biggest upgrades early on would be a wendigo eye medal (any level), bargolls mace, haunted shoulders that drop from elementalists, chest armor with the deceiver/apostate prefix and any blues that give +1 to skills like abalons offhand. So by level 50 you should have your word of pain dealing 10k+ per tick, which with crit %, resistance reductions and the seal+deadly aim would hit up to 30k per tick. That is more than adequate for finishing log in elite. Heck in one of my vids I killed him in ultimate with 10k sheet wop dmg, though it was pretty slow.
And no, you won’t be squishy at all either, since you can both get decent armor + shield + overcapped resists + aura + seal. I can facetank Ultimate Shar’zul with my deceiver with only 2.6k da and 1800 armor.
So if you really like word of pain, I encourage you not to give up just yet. This build can be really rewarding. In any case, I’m gonna record the entire leveling process in HC this weekend. Hope this will be helpful.