I was always intrigued by the Stormrend axe ability that allows you to use the Primal Strike skill with a one handed weapon.
The other factor that came to light that if dual wielding 2 of these Stormrend’s then Primal Strike activates off BOTH of them. I tried a few builds around this and all were very lackluster, until this one.
I chose to go the Elementalist route for my build,
My initial attempts were a little hit and miss as an Elementalist can be a very squishy build at the best of times.
The base damage for the Primal Strike on the 2 Stormrends is initially very impressive, but without decent Resist Reduction it can fall very flat, especially against enemies that have high Lightning resistance and the Elementalist does not have that many survival skills to start with.
I ended up using combinations of the below skill base …
Primal Strike : No brainer - MAX out to take advantage of dual weapons triggering the skill.
Stormcaller’s Pact : Usefull lightning damage booster.
Wind Devil : MAX out as a much needed enemy Resist Reduction.
Mogdrogons’ Pact : No brainer - best health and survival skills of a Shaman.
Blast Shield : MAX as a circuit breaker to prevent most one shot or extreme damage hits.
Stun Jacks : MAX for increased damage and stun ability.
Vindictive Flame : More stun and attack damage to health conversion.
As you can see the DPS is very high, but beware of enemies with high Lightning resists.
This is a very fun build that fills the screen with extreme Lightning damage using the 2 Stormrend axes. It is not a tank and discretion of when to kite or stand your ground needs to be managed. ie. “Fight or Flight”. I do not play Crucible or SR and have only run in Campaign.
I am sure this build can also be optimized as well. I am not the worlds best theory crafter and am very open to suggestions on improvements to the build I may have missed. My build is all self found, I do not use GD Stash or any other tools to create items.