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Necromancer Masquerade of the Burning Carnival Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.7.6 / Season 29)

Last updated on Sep 15, 2023 at 09:00 by Deadset 36 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Necromancers who have access to the Masquerade of the Burning Carnival set.

This guide is part of our Necromancer Seasonal Progress Guide, which also includes a leveling build and other early builds for fresh 70 characters.


Fresh 70 Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Grim Scythe Icon Grim Scythe Frost Scythe Frost Scythe Right Mouse Button Skeletal Mage Icon Skeletal Mage Singularity Singularity 1 Bone Armor Icon Bone Armor Harvest of Anguish Harvest of Anguish 2 Land of the Dead Icon Land of the Dead Shallow Graves Shallow Graves 3 Blood Rush Icon Blood Rush Metabolism Metabolism 4 Devour Icon Devour Devouring Aura Devouring Aura
Passive Skills

How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The Necromancer's Masquerade set is quite strong, but unfortunately its powers hinge almost entirely on both the completion of the 6-piece set bonus, as well as the inclusion of two build-defining legendary items — Haunted Visions Haunted Visions and Gelmindor's Marrow Guards Gelmindor's Marrow Guards. Because of that, it is advisable that you do not include any of the signature Masquerade set skills — Bone Spear Bone Spear and Simulacrum Simulacrum — early on, unless you stumble upon the respective items. Of course, as soon as you obtain Haunted Visions Haunted Visions, insert Simulacrum Simulacrum in the build to enjoy the massive damage reduction from the 4-piece bonus.

Instead of constructing a traditional Bone Spear build, you should use a makeshift summoner with whatever items you come across, and strive to obtain the Masquerade pieces as soon as possible via the Haedrig's Gifts to transition into an endgame-appropriate build. Until then, use a combination of Essence restoration from Grim Scythe Grim Scythe Frost Scythe Frost Scythe (which you will continue to use with this set, so it is worth getting used to) and Essence spending with Skeletal Mage Skeletal Mage Singularity Singularity.

In order to gain more Essence for these resource draining, but supremely strong summons, you will be using a combination of the automated Corpse consumption of Devour Devour Devouring Aura Devouring Aura and the short-lived, but extremely strong Land of the Dead Land of the Dead Shallow Graves Shallow Graves cooldown. The former will help you with the gradual summoning and re-summoning of minions as they fall off, while the latter will allow you a brief moment of omnipotence and unlimited Essence spending — useful during tougher engagements.

Finish off your skill selection with mobility cooldowns; Blood Rush Blood Rush is the Necromancer's take on a movement spell, allowing you a quick reposition tool with double charges through the rune Metabolism Metabolism. Bone Armor Bone Armor assists you with damage reduction as a base effect, and then adds a helpful movement speed angle with the rune Harvest of Anguish Harvest of Anguish.

In your passives, bolster your Essence generation (you will need all the help you can get, considering the drain of Singularity Singularity) with Dark Reaping Dark Reaping and Swift Harvesting Swift Harvesting, and prolong the usefulness of your summons with Extended Servitude Extended Servitude. Final Service Final Service is a cheat death that can save you against overwhelming odds, but if you are feeling confident, you can alter this slot to Fueled by Death Fueled by Death for the extra speed.


Gear and Builds Using This Set



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