EDIT: I can’t read for shit apparently. The iskandra amulet proc only works with melee weapons, so we lose out on 22% phys --> elemental conversion. T_T. Now the title reads 78% physical damage converted.
GT link: https://www.grimtools.com/calc/d2jOv3vV
YT video as requested by fluff: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ-VRtQS3F0&feature=youtu.be
My thanks to: Heatwave, Marzuk, Cryoo, Strukto, seriouscomedy, Ampd, Mad_lee, Chthon, Fluff, Pitarodaktill, x1x1x1x2
Having done waaaaaay too many CDR builds, I decided to take a stab at creating something outside my comfort zone.
Capable of facetanking 2x reaper and valdaran, and popping one of 'em within the time frame of deadly aim, this beaut exceeded every single one of my expectations.
I didn’t time my test runs, but I reckon I cleared crucible 170 with 4x buff and banner in about 11-12 minutes or so.
P.S. While I don’t play HC, I do believe that this build IS HC viable if a few minor tweaks were made to increase its HP pool.
Logic of the build
1. Damage conversion
From the aegis set we have: 30% physical --> fire
From IEE: 28% physical --> elemental
From Shard of beronath: 10% physical --> elemental
From seal of the void: 10% physical --> Chaos
Note: It is possible to run seal of resonance if you are lacking in stun/freeze resist for more elemental conversion, however seal of the void offers attack speed and a bitchin’ WPS
From chilling grips of hag-idon’tgiveafuck: 25% pierce to cold conversion
Note: Seriouscomedy suggested using gauntlets of Ignaffat for pierce to fire conversion. I’ve yet to test this out, but it seems mad promising, and is possibly BiS for this build.
Revolves around stacking as much flat elemental damage as we can. We do so from the iskandra set, and by maxing out the IEE line. Steel resolve and arcane empowerment will also be pumped due to the phenomenal damage conversion we have going on.
This flat damage will then be further amplified by the WPS we are using. While not by a large margin, fire is the predominant damage type - and so, bursting rounds will be given the most love out of the 3 WPS offered by the inquisitor class. Stormspread is taken to 7/10 to get that 4th projectile.
Deadly aim and aura of censure will also be pumped for obvious reasons.
Devotion wise, we have hungering void for more attack speed and +40% crit damage, fiend, and elemental storm for RR.
Obviously a healthy DA amount is needed (around 3.2k in my sheet data). However, what makes this build the tank that it is is the sheer amount of flat damage absorption being stacked: Arcane seal, phoenix, and obelisk’s stone form. When the 3 coincide, we are looking at ~800 flat absorption - or the equivalent of a undercapped blastshield with a MUCH better uptime thanks to the 12% CDR packed by the iskandra set items. While it is somewhat rare to have these 3 things up and running simultaneously, I have noticed that I almost always have at least 2 of the 3 up.
Thus, practically speaking, we are almost garaunteed to have 400 - 800 flat damage absorption at any point in time.
It may not sound like much, but when coupled with 22% damage absorption from maiven’s, you can basically ignore all DoT effects.
Furthermore, we boast 2 circuit breakers:
i. Ghoul and prismatic diamond will kick in at around 40% hp
ii. Mark of divinity at 30%.
We also have word of renewal for an on-demand heal, and mirror for a 3 second ‘can’t touch this.’
4. Offense and defense
Works extremely well together. By being able to stand your ground, you deal an incredulous amount of damage. This allows you to shotgun nems without risk per WPS like stun blast.
The combo (or rather, the sequence of events which unfolds as I hold down the LMB) is as follows:
Mirror --> tank, tank, tank --> heal --> tank some more --> Ghoul --> mirror --> repeat
It’s hard to know which combination of enemies you’ll be able to tank safely, thus I would advice any interested players to play this build RISKILY at the start to get a feel for its limitations.
i. All crossroads minus eldritch
iv. Quill, crown
v. Eel, lion
vi. Phoenix --> Get out of quill
vii. Viper, panther, watchtower,
viii. Obelisk, Dying God.
I’m toying with the idea of dropping something for soleal’s witchblade to get more fire RR, but am uncertain what to forgo. Any and all suggestions would be much appreciated.
However, as it is, the build does enough damage.
i. PRM + devastation
ii. Or crucy power leveling if you have a friend.
Cheaper item alternatives:
Pants - mythical legwraps of the tranquil mind
Shoes - Stormtitans
Untested item alternatives on my ‘to-test’ list:
Gloves: Gauntlets of ignaffar