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Rolands Sweep Attack Crusader BiS Gear, Gems, and Paragon Points

Last updated on Jul 02, 2017 at 05:13 by Deadset

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General Information

Below, we detail the items and gems that you should use for your Rolands Sweep Attack Crusader in Diablo 3 and why. We also list your paragon points and Kanai's Cube items. Updated for patch 2.6 and Season 11.

The other pages of our Rolands Sweep Attack Crusader guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Best in Slot Gear and Alternatives

The build incorporates the complete Roland's Legacy set, taking all 6 pieces available and leaving the jewelry to balance offense and defense with the Endless Walk set. Rolls-wise, this Sweep Attack Sweep Attack-centric playstyle makes good use of skill damage affixes on the Roland's Visage Roland's Visage and Roland's Stride Roland's Stride. The Roland's Bearing Roland's Bearing and Roland's Determination Roland's Determination are responsible for the majority of the tankiness, and even on the Roland's Grasp Roland's Grasp a Vitality roll is incorporated alongside the usual Crit Chance and Crit Damage. While not the sole focus of the playstyle, Cooldown Reduction is still helpful and is taken on the Roland's Mantle Roland's Mantle as the fourth primary, alongside Strength, Vitality and All Resistance.

Not skipping on any of the 6 available set pieces to obtain the full Roland's Legacy bonus allows you to split between protection and damage in the jewelry slots. One of the 2.4 reworks, the Endless Walk set — The Compass Rose The Compass Rose ring and The Traveler's Pledge The Traveler's Pledge amulet — adds a unique mechanic that slowly increases your damage by up to a 100% if you remain stationary, and drains it away and increases your damage reduction while moving. This is the exact tactic employed by the build, which shifts from long-distance Steed Charge Steed Charges into massive Condemn Condemn pulls and stationary Sweep Attack Sweep Attack destruction.

Seen as a necessary sacrifice for a build that charges into the thick of battle, a socketed Unity Unity is strongly recommended as your second ring. It provides you with unparalleled damage reduction when paired with another on the follower, plus an immortality item for him (i.e. Enchanting Favor Enchanting Favor). As you lose the follower in multiplayer and are less threatened during speedruns, you should replace this ring with Convention of Elements Convention of Elements for a significant increase of your damage during the Lightning cycle.

Procced by the potent stun of Trip Attack Trip Attack, the Ancient Parthan Defenders Ancient Parthan Defenders will supply you with much needed damage reduction in Greater Rift progression. The sheer amount of crowd control available to the build will shape your approach to fights to maximize the effect of these bracers. In time, it will teach you to lead fights into one another — as newly engaged enemies will not suffer from diminishing returns on the crowd control, and the fresh stuns will protect you better.

An exotic recommendation for the belt slot is the underused Thundergod's Vigor Thundergod's Vigor. Guaranteed to roll with synergistic elemental damage bonuses and sacrificing a minimal amount of Toughness, this belt is the meeting point between the glass cannon The Witching Hour The Witching Hour and the tanky String of Ears String of Ears. With a melee oriented legendary affix and the unique ability to roll All Resistance on top of a guaranteed Lightning Resistance Secondary roll, Thundergod's Vigor Thundergod's Vigor makes a tight fit for the Sweep Attack Sweep Attack Crusader.

The first part of the mandatory mainhand and offhand combo, the Golden Flense Golden Flense legendary flail makes up for the lack of any elemental or elite bonuses with a massive skill bonus and an indispensable unique property: up to 6 Wrath refund per enemy hit. Coupled with Unstoppable Force Unstoppable Force, this weapon will be the foundation of your Wrath management and a solid reason for you to seek bigger and bigger fights. Rolls-wise, seek Life per Hit or a high Vitality roll, alongside the usual recommendations for high damage range, damage % and Strength properties.

Finally, Denial Denial is the necessary shield for a Sweep Attack Sweep Attack-centric build. Its unique affix cements the AoE orientation of the build, increasing the damage of your main attack per enemy hit. While the bonus capping at 5 enemies engaged might seem a paltry requirement for most decent rifts, do not disregard the high chance of a single target Rift Guardian fight, where your damage will drop sharply. It bears repeating — take the most out of the AoE nature of Denial Denial and focus on clearing up to the Guardian in the shortest amount of time possible. For its rolls, aim for high Crit Chance,Strength, and a Socket to synergize with the Finery Finery passive.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Strength
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Sweep Attack Sweep Attack %
  5. Vitality
Shoulders
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. Cooldown Reduction
  4. Area Damage
  5. All Resistance
Torso
  1. Strength
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced Damage from Elites
  5. All Resistance
Wrists
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Lightning Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Life per Hit
Hands
  1. Strength
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Vitality
Waist
  1. Strength
  2. Lightning Damage (if Thundergod's Vigor Thundergod's Vigor)
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Life %
Legs
  1. Strength
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. All Resistance
  5. Armor
Feet
  1. Strength
  2. Vitality
  3. All Resistance
  4. Sweep Attack Sweep Attack %
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Lightning Damage
  5. Strength
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Strength
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Cooldown Reduction
  5. Strength
Weapon
  1. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  2. Weapon Damage
  3. % Weapon Damage
  4. Strength
  5. Life per Hit
  6. Vitality
Off-hand
  1. Crit Chance
  2. Strength
  3. Socket
  4. Damage Against Elites
  5. Vitality

2. Paragon Points

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

3. Gems

Bane of the Trapped Bane of the Trapped is a potent source of additional damage, as it is its own multiplier in your total damage calculation. The gem procs itself with its level 25 property, and is otherwise kept up with the Trip Attack Trip Attack stun, making it an inseparable part of this crowd control-heavy setup.

Introduced in Season 4, Bane of the Stricken Bane of the Stricken takes a firm slot in the second jewelry socket. Building up your damage multiplicatively in prolonged fights and with a level 25 bonus specifically targeting Rift Guardians, this gem is designed to assist AoE heavy builds in their struggle against single target, high HP enemies. Sweep Attack Sweep Attack is a textbook example for such a build, making the gem mandatory.

Your final gem slot can be taken by either Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful or Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration, with the former providing better damage output, and the latter — better survival. While it is generally associated with speedrunning, the duration of Bane of the Powerful Bane of the Powerful scales very well with levels, and having a low uptime on a decently leveled gem is a telling sign that the rift is unfavorable anyway (winding layout, lacking density, insufficient elites). The gem's default 20% damage increase has been reworked into multiplicative, and the level 25 bonus now increases AND reduces elite damage by 15%, making it a well-rounded choice for many builds. The alternative is Esoteric Alteration Esoteric Alteration — the strongest mitigation gem available, with a noticeable impact in facetanking builds such as this one. 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 edges over other defensive options like Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard and Mutilation Guard Mutilation Guard.

Slot Gems
Jewelry
Helm
Torso and Pants
Weapon

4. Kanai's Cube

Cubing The Furnace The Furnace provides you with an incomparable source of bonus elite damage, significantly shortening time spent in the most dangerous moments of Greater Rifting — fights with champion packs and Rift Guardians.

Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass will halve incoming damage as long as Wrath doesn't dip below 90% of its reserve, which is not a hard bonus to keep throughout the rift as long as you maintain density in fights, where the Golden Flense Golden Flense will refund you back to the Wrath cap. This bonus will almost invariably drop against single-target Guardians, lending somewhat to the "fishing" nature of this build.

Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac is one of the most attractive jewelry cube choices for Crusaders, helping with the CDR management of this cooldown-centric class. Synergizing well with the Rolands-induced attack speed bonuses, the ring will quickly reset important skills like Condemn Condemn and Akarat's Champion Akarat's Champion.

5. Follower

For more information regarding followers, we advise you to read our Follower Guide, which contains detailed advice for choosing the skills and the gear of your follower.

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 and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

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