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zDPS Crusader Support Build with Cain and Born Sets (Patch 2.4)

Last updated on Jan 12, 2016 at 08:00 by Deadset 6 comments

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With potential so vast to shape an entire 4-man metagame around it, the Static Charge Monk necessitated proc coefficient improvements across his entire team. The Proc Support Crusader is the latest iteration of the process, and this strictly multiplayer, proc-oriented build relies on the following core set pieces:

Following the nerf to the Static Charge Monk in Patch 2.4 (proc mechanic can no longer be abused by the entire party), the Proc Support Crusader build no longer makes any sense. We removed it from our menus, but left it on the site for documentation purposes.

1. About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

2. Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Smite Icon Smite Surge Surge Right Mouse Button Condemn Icon Condemn Reciprocate Reciprocate 1 Judgment Icon Judgment Resolved Resolved 2 Iron Skin Icon Iron Skin Steel Skin Steel Skin 3 Laws of Valor Icon Laws of Valor Critical Critical 4 Akarat's Champion Icon Akarat's Champion Prophet Prophet
Passive Skills

3. Strategy, Skills, and Runes

The build rushes headlong into battle, joining the ranks of frontline supports like the Healing Monk and into the pile of monsters created by the Support Barbarian. Compared to a bursty composition with a Sunwuko EP Monk, a Proc Support Crusader comp relies heavily on kiting enemies forward and consistent damage over time from the Static Charge procs. While spamming Condemn Condemn, you will attack regularly with Smite Smite — both to replenish Wrath and to create an efficient, relentless duo of high proc coefficient skills. To keep yourself alive, you will be using the survival staples Iron Skin Iron Skin and Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion, which are to be used on cooldown. Finally, use your Laws of Valor Laws of Valor and Judgment Judgment buffs whenever available to benefit your entire party.

Contrary to Crusader tradition, Condemn Condemn will not be used with the signature Vacuum Vacuum — instead, you will make use of the proc coefficient superiority of Reciprocate Reciprocate. Towering at 166% proc rate, this rune will take advantage of several beneficial factors: the circular AoE of the Condemn Condemn skill, the tripling effect of the Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy weapon, the cooldown-to-spender transformation from Frydehr's Wrath Frydehr's Wrath, and the fire skill resource cost reduction of the Cindercoat Cindercoat. When put together, they turn Reciprocate Reciprocate into a spammable field of death for a Static Charge Monk to reap.

Fulfilling the role of a Wrath generator and a second Static Charge trigger, Smite Smite takes a slot for a simple reason — the high proc coefficient for the sheer number of targets it affects. Its coverage is extended even further by the Surge Surge rune and the Golden Scourge Golden Scourge flail, and with resource regeneration improved by the Righteousness Righteousness passive successfully countering the high costs of Condemn Condemn spam.

The Crusader is known to offer the strongest damage buffs for a reason, with two solid crit boosters under his belt:

The first is the Critical Critical rune of Laws of Valor Laws of Valor. The law itself will provide a passive increase to the Attack Speed of nearby allies, but the true powerhouse is in the active component of the skill. Increasing Crit Damage by a 100% for the entire group, this potent buff is the reason to strive for permanent uptime through Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law.

The second is Judgment Judgment. Similarly to the old favorite Shield Glare Shield Glare, it offers AoE crowd control; Judgment Judgment however takes the form of a circular, 20 yard snare on a chosen location, instead of centred on you. The Resolved Resolved rune will provide 20% increased Crit Chance against affected enemies, synergising with the Laws of Valor Laws of Valor buff for a constant streak of high crit numbers. On top of that, you will be taking advantage of the free Debilitate Debilitate rune coming from the Sacred Harness Sacred Harness belt — adding some needed damage reduction in the mitigation stacking 2.3 group meta.

To survive the front line in high difficulty content, you will be stacking a lot of toughness on gear — but it is necessary to supplement those defences with the tank rune of Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion, Prophet Prophet. Strengthening you with 150% additional armor and another life to fall back to, as well as 5 Wrath per second for continued Condemn Condemn spam, this skill becomes irreplaceable. While permanent uptime is hard to achieve in a setup without the Akkhan set, you will get close through cooldown reduction stacking.

Iron Skin Iron Skin is a staple mitigation tool, cutting incoming damage in half. While DPS builds often fall back to Flash Flash for maneuverability, you will be incorporating Illusory Boots Illusory Boots for that same purpose — so take advantage of the hefty 7-second duration of the Steel Skin Steel Skin rune. Do not hesitate to re-apply Iron Skin Iron Skin whenever available, as the build tackles elemental damage affixes in the typical support fashion: head on.

This concludes the overview of the active skills, now let us look through the passives.

Fervor Fervor is the one-hander counterpart to Heavenly Strength Heavenly Strength, shaping the traditionally slow and hard-hitting Crusader into an attack speed and cooldown reduction specialist. This passive makes a tight fit into the support setup, where any source of additional CDR is welcome.

Damage bonuses are the ace up the sleeve of Support Crusaders, and Long Arm of the Law Long Arm of the Law ensures your Laws of Valor Laws of Valor Critical Critical stays active throughout the rift. With proper itemisation, you will be able to reapply Critical Critical long before the 10 second active effect (extended by the passive) wears off.

Spending Wrath at the whopping 40 per cast, Condemn Condemn demands a lot from a non-Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force build. Part of it will be cut down by Cindercoat Cindercoat, but the rest will have to be regained the old-fashioned way: through generator spam. The underused Righteousness Righteousness passive brings more Wrath value from your Smite Smites, finding a niche in a build that struggles for resource management.

Finally, the Indestructible Indestructible passive ensures that you live through the highly damaging environments of Greater Rifts. While Prophet Prophet gives you a second life and is up for the majority of the rift, perfect overlap of Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion is unrealistic, especially in XP farming setups. Thus, another cheat death on a 60 second cooldown is a useful safety net.

4. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

Similarly to other supports, the Proc Crusader mixes craftable sets into a high Toughness, bonus experience gain, cooldown reducing and attack speed increasing concoction. The core sets are Born's Command and Cain's Destiny, introduced with Born's Frozen Soul Born's Frozen Soul plus Born's Privilege Born's Privilege, and Cain's Habit Cain's Habit plus Cain's Scrivener Cain's Scrivener respectively. Their 3 piece bonuses are obtained through the use of a Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur in Kanai's Cube. Born's set provides additional Toughness in the form of Life %, 10% cooldown reduction and 20% bonus experience; Cain's set completes the picture with another 50% experience on top, and even its attack speed bonuses are not wasted — faster Smite Smites mean more Static Charge procs. Rolls-wise, aim strictly for Toughness and prioritise high Vitality, All Resistance and Cooldown Reduction where applicable. Resource Cost Reduction can also be added on the shoulders and gloves (alongside CDR) to assist with Wrath management.

Bonus experience is top priority in speed rifting, while maximum CDR is imperative in GR progression; and no other helm will empower your socket bonuses quite like a Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown. Essentially doubling the effect of the gem slotted in your helm, your cubed Leoric's Crown Leoric's Crown will bump your experience up by 82% with a Flawless Royal Ruby Flawless Royal Ruby and CDR by 25% with a Flawless Royal Diamond Flawless Royal Diamond.

The feet slot will be taken by the Illusory Boots Illusory Boots; obtained through the completion of Act II bounties, this legendary item allows you unparalleled freedom of movement. The ability to maneuver through enemies unhindered and ignore Waller affixes is crucial for Support Crusaders, where positioning to maximise procs is key.

Avoiding the synergy with Falling Sword Falling Sword altogether, Support Crusaders incorporate the Season 4 exclusive Sacred Harness Sacred Harness for a sole purpose: it allows you two runes for the price of a single skill slot. Providing the damage mitigation of Debilitate Debilitate for free, this belt allows you to improve damage through Resolved Resolved as well. For non-seasonal characters, the CDR staple Vigilante Belt Vigilante Belt or the Toughness powerhouse String of Ears String of Ears make for decent replacements.

With no crowd control to trigger Strongarm Bracers Strongarm Bracers and little reason to improve your rock solid Toughness with Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders, the Proc Support Crusader finds an unlikely fit in glass cannon favorites. The rare Lacuni Prowlers Lacuni Prowlers improve your Attack Speed and are superior to the more common Steady Strikers by rolling an additional primary affix; nevertheless, both bracers will make you more efficient at proccing.

A crafted Hellfire Amulet Hellfire Amulet with good rolls and a solid fifth passive (Vigilant Vigilant, Fanaticism Fanaticism) is among your best options, and only rivaled by The Star of Azkaranth The Star of Azkaranth to protect you from Molten explosion spikes. A perfect roll would include high Toughness, Cooldown Reduction and an open Socket.

With no necessary rings for the remaining jewelry slots — and an unquenchable thirst for additional experience throughout a Season's length — you can adopt both a Hellfire Ring Hellfire Ring and a Leoric's Signet Leoric's Signet, reaching a theoretical maximum of 75% bonus experience for optimal XP gain. You can substitute the latter with an Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac to assist you with cooldowns, but it will hardly be necessary as you only have meaningful downtime on Toughness skills, and survivability is rarely an issue.

As forgotten as the primary it affects, the Golden Scourge Golden Scourge flail resurfaces in a setup that tries to affect as many enemies as it possibly can per attack. Complementing the Surge Surge rune by jumping to three additional targets (for a total of 8 affected enemies), this weapon ensures the best possible spread of a major proc source in the build. Thankfully the flail is craftable, so obtaining a good roll should be relatively easy. A natural roll of Strength, Vitality and CDR can be perfected by rolling the damage range away (useless for support characters) into Resource Cost Reduction.

Frydehr's Wrath Frydehr's Wrath is the former Season 1 exclusive shield that turns the cooldown-based Condemn into a spender — an extremely potent effect for the build, as the sky-high proc coefficients of Reciprocate Reciprocate can be abused on demand. Similarly to Golden Scourge Golden Scourge, you will be aiming for high Toughness and Cooldown Reduction.

5. Stat Priorities per Gear Slot

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Socket
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. All Resistance
  5. Strength
Shoulders
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Strength
Torso
  1. Vitality
  2. Strength
  3. All Resistance
  4. Life %
  5. Reduced damage from Elites
Wrists
  1. Attack Speed
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Strength
  5. Armor
Hands
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Resource Cost Reduction
  3. Vitality
  4. Strength
  5. All Resistance
Waist
  1. Vitality
  2. All Resistance
  3. Strength
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. Vitality
  2. All Resistance
  3. 2 Sockets
  4. Strength
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Vitality
  2. All Resistance
  3. Strength
  4. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Strength
  4. Vitality
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Strength
  4. Vitality
Weapon
  1. Socket
  2. Cooldown Reduction
  3. Strength
  4. Vitality
  5. Resource Cost Reduction
Off-hand
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Strength
  5. Life %

6. Paragon Points

Slot Paragon Points
Core
  1. Movement Speed up to 25% cap
  2. Maximum Wrath
  3. Vitality
  4. Strength
Offense
  1. Cooldown Reduction
  2. Attack Speed
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Critical Hit Damage
Defense
  1. All Resistance
  2. Life %
  3. Armor
  4. Life Regeneration
Utility
  1. Resource Cost Reduction
  2. Life on Hit
  3. Gold Find
  4. Area Damage

7. Gems

Your three jewelry sockets will be taken up by the legendary gems Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration, Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness, and Moratorium Moratorium.

  • Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration is one of the strongest sources of elemental mitigation, bringing a welcome Toughness improvement to this frontline build. Improving your elemental resistances with every gem level, as well as providing you with a near-impenetrable last line of defense through the level 25 property, Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration pulls you through the vast majority of elite affix damage spikes.
  • Gogok of Swiftness Gogok of Swiftness offers perfect synergy to the build, indirectly providing the entire party with more survivability and damage by increasing your two essentials: Cooldown Reduction and Attack Speed.
  • Your final gem slot is less clear-cut than your other choices; any of the mitigation favorites like Moratorium Moratorium and Mutilation Guard Mutilation Guard will do fine, while an offense choice like Pain Enhancer Pain Enhancer will skyrocket your Attack Speed in big fights (at the expense of survivability).
Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

8. Kanai's Cube

The Kanai's Cube recommendations are as follows: Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy for the weapon slot, Cindercoat Cindercoat for the armor slot, and Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur for the jewelry slot.

  • The trademark weapon of Condemn Condemn builds, Blade of Prophecy Blade of Prophecy triggers up to two additional Condemn Condemns with at least two targets present in the initial Condemn radius. The AoE coverage from this weapon, coupled with the Reciprocate Reciprocate coefficients produces a deadly chain reaction.
  • Unable to rely on Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force or set-related RCR, the Proc Support finds a savior in the face of Cindercoat Cindercoat; its unique bonus maximised to 30% in the Cube, this powerful resource management piece allows you to be trigger-happy with the fire rune Reciprocate Reciprocate.
  • The final item that binds the incomplete sets together is the Ring of Royal Grandeur Ring of Royal Grandeur. The ability to run with full set bonuses and synergistic rings for your purposes, dodging the undesirable guaranteed stats on the Grandeur altogether by cubing its power, is a tremendous boost to the build.

9. ChangeLog

  • 12 Jan. 2016: Build no longer viable with Patch 2.4.
  • 20 Oct. 2015: Made numerous revisions to reflect current state of the metagame.
  • 24 Aug. 2015: Added Kanai's Cube recommendations for Patch 2.3.
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