I just finished my first gladiator run on the new crucible and just wanna share my experiences and thoughts.
TL;DR: I died. New Crucible is friggin hard. But I like it. What you guys think?
So i started from wave 100 Crucible of the Legion with my triple meteor battlemage. Didn’t personally love the arena, mainly cause there’s a lot of roofs that can block my falling rocks, lowering my dps. Don’t know if it was the wave changes or the arena, but my clear speed was significantly slower than before. I can clear waves 100-150 in 25-26 mins with the build with buffs/banners but this time buffs expired (25 mins) just before clearing wave 140.
Waves 100-150: not much has changed. But I like the little changes i noticed. Wave 109 does not (always?) have Lagothak (hate this guy so much) + Harrath anymore. The two bosses before Shaper appeared instead. Wave 137 Valaxteria replaced Salazar, nice. But the best thing that happened here is wave 140 no more heralds. Loved it.
Waves 151-160: Not much of note, but this is much harder than 140-150. Was surprised when Kuba+Grava appeared on 154. Looks like they stopped putting nemeses on xx5 waves. You’d think Fabius+Maiden is easy with this one. Wave 160 was nuts. Had Kuba + Alex +Ben. Just ran like a retard most of the time as blood pools can quickly deplete my hp and also meteor. Got through it but drained the energy out of me. Had to rest a bit before continuing.
Wave 161: Saw 1 skull. Went there immediately to check it out when FUCKING METEOR FALLS. They put Alex on 161! Good thing I was not 1shotted. Carried on and passed a few waves.
Waves 162-169: was HARDER than anything else. You’ll get a Mad queen alongside some other boss (iirc), I got Grava + Fabius + 2 other bosses. Grava disruption is annoying. Had a 149esque wave with Sharzul, alkamos and lucius. 169 I thought was easy until I noticed that there was Anasteria and Shaper that revives to his 3rd form (the one that dives). I recommend killing Shaper first cause you don’t want a diving maniac on 170.
Wave 170: The final wave, 4 nemeses. Got Alex, Ben, Kupa and Zantarin, so just like my 160 earlier but I had no buffs anymore (last buffs were bought on 140) and Shaper from previous wave was still alive so I had to play really safe. Everything went well but I was doing unspectacular damage cause I ran a lot. The wtf moment was when I had about 60% hp, mirror on cd, potions on cd, giant’s blood on cd (i think) so I just kited and kited then Ben trapped me just as Alex cast his meteor. BAM, dead. Journey ended.
Overall it was really harder than the previous crucible. I’d say 150-170 with buffs and banners is still way harder than 100-150 without buffs and banners. I like the changes they made, though. And I also just noticed that solael pants now drop in the crucible, my first time seeing them, if my memory serves me right. I guess this is the end of ‘Crucible has become easy’ era and we’re back to pre-xpac time where only a handful of builds could farm gladiator reliably, and I like it. I imagine Zhuugus’, list will be cut by about 1/4.
That’s all for now. What do you guys think?