Crusader Aegis of Valor Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.6 / Season 29)
Fresh 70 Build
|Heaven's Fury Fires of Heaven Fist of the Heavens Fissure 1 Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force 2 Provoke Too Scared to Run 3 Steed Charge Endurance 4 Iron Skin Flash|
How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation
The Aegis of Valor set locks you into Fist of the Heavens and Heaven's Fury pretty early on — as soon as you obtain the 2-piece bonus, you are incentivized to learn the interplay of their mechanics. To that end, we will be including Fist of the Heavens with the superior coverage of the rune Fissure; learning how to efficiently spread its lightning pillars and arcs will be very beneficial, because as soon as you get the 4-piece Valor bonus, it becomes the basis of your Wrath management. Its highly damaging nuke counterpart will be found in Heaven's Fury, taken with the shotgun-like effect of the Fires of Heaven rune.
Mobility is paramount, whether we are talking about getting a character started, or pushing well into the endgame. To cover for the movement needs of the otherwise plodding Crusader, you will be taking Steed Charge with the longer lasting Endurance rune; later on, you can transition it to the crowd controlling Draw and Quarter.
While parts of your resource management will come with the Aegis 4-piece and learning the Fist of the Heavens interplay, two staple resource cooldowns should be included in the build to help you early on. Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force will cut Wrath costs in half for its active duration, which you will extend with the help of Long Arm of the Law. Provoke Too Scared to Run will be another supplementary Wrath-generating cooldown, along with a helpful monster-debuffing side effect.
Lastly, you will do well to include a protective cooldown in the build for tougher engagements. Akarat's Champion is the usual choice for endgame builds, but with its demanding cooldown reduction breakpoints, it is not advisable to implement it early on. In its stead, try Iron Skin Flash — a versatile cooldown that also cuts incoming damage in half (albeit for a shorter period), along with a helpful mobility side effect when hit.
When it comes to passives, adapt your basic weapon passive — Fervor or Heavenly Strength — according to your best current weapon, and augment its damage even further with Holy Cause (straight additive damage buff) and Finery (a socket-based boost to Strength). Lastly, take Long Arm of the Law to extend the resource management benefits of Unstoppable Force.
Gear and Builds Using This Set
The build above is specifically created not to require any additional sets or legendary items. In order to transition to a late game-oriented spec using the same set, we have a rough list of high priority items to obtain, as well as a link to the build they pertain to.
- Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Build — Fate of the Fell (2h Flail), Shield of Fury (Crusader Shield), Bracer of Fury (Bracers).
- 15 Sep. 2023: Reviewed for Season 29.
- 22 Feb. 2023: Reviewed for Season 28.
- 10 Dec. 2021: Reviewed for Season 25.
- 23 Jul. 2021: Reviewed for Season 24.
- 02 Apr. 2021: Reviewed for Season 23.
- 20 Nov. 2020: Page added.
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