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Witch Doctor Raiment of the Jade Harvester Fresh 70 Starter Build (Patch 2.6.8 / Season 20)

Last updated on Mar 13, 2020 at 09:00 by Deadset 12 comments

This build is a starter build for fresh Level 70 Witch Doctors who have access to the Raiment of the Jade Harvester set.

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

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Fresh 70 Build

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Haunt Icon Haunt Resentful Spirits Resentful Spirits Right Mouse Button Locust Swarm Icon Locust Swarm Pestilence Pestilence 1 Soul Harvest Icon Soul Harvest Languish Languish 2 Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk Severance Severance 3 Piranhas Icon Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado 4 Horrify Icon Horrify Stalker Stalker
Passive Skills
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How to Play the Build: Skills and Rotation

The Jade Harvester starting build uses much of the leveling and fresh 70 build, but makes minor adjustments to take advantage of the unique, DoT-reliant nature of the set. The recommended changes are:

  • While Acid Cloud Acid Cloud is a respectable nuke, it is not a damage over time effect, and such are required for the Jade set to thrive. Locust Swarm Locust Swarm should replace it as one of the two major DoTs that Soul Harvest Soul Harvest will consume with the power of the Jade 6 piece set bonus.
  • Soul Harvest Soul Harvest is a centerpiece of the Jade Harvester playstyle and turns from a utility skill into a nuke with the 6 piece set bonus. Note that the leveling rune Vengeful Spirit Vengeful Spirit should be changed to elementally match your Haunt Haunt rune; since Resentful Spirits Resentful Spirits is the most cost efficient rune for starting characters, the recommended rune is the cold Languish Languish.
  • Continuing the transition from a pet-centric build into a DoT-nuke playstyle, Summon Zombie Dogs Summon Zombie Dogs will be replaced by Piranhas Piranhas Piranhado Piranhado. While it does add a minor DoT of its own, Piranhado Piranhado is primarily taken to group up monsters and prepare them for a Soul Harvest Soul Harvest consumption.
  • To finalize the transition away from pets, replace Gargantuan Gargantuan with the Jade set staple Horrify Horrify. You can choose between the speed-oriented Stalker Stalker or the toughness champion Frightening Aspect Frightening Aspect according to your needs.
  • Passives: Pet related passives like Fetish Sycophants Fetish Sycophants and Fierce Loyalty Fierce Loyalty should give way to Creeping Death Creeping Death and Confidence Ritual Confidence Ritual, both of which complement the Jade playstyle perfectly.
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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.

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Changelog

  • 13 Mar. 2020: Reviewed for Season 20.
  • 22 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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