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I need some help. I am mostly a duo player, play with my fiance (she is a DH) and just recently got back into Diablo 3 a little over a month ago. This is her first and so far, only game she has been willing to play, so we have been playing it nightly.
I left before right after Paragon levels were introduced, got to about 250 and stopped playing. Now that I am back, I had a lot to catch up on. Fast forward and here I am, a Crusader, trying to reach GR70 completion.
I have 3 sets nearly completed, but the one that is most complete is Deadset's Hammerdin build. I made a few replies on that thread, but it hasn't been approved, and since the last replies were from late Feb, I don't know if anyone is moderating or helping out on those anymore :(
My problem is, I hear this build can exceed into GR90s, or even much higher than I am now, but I can't seem to stay alive. The farthest I could push without extreme frustration (can't even past first blue pack at entrance to GR, with all CDs active) is level 64 GR.
Here is my current build: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Sarvoth-1975/hero/85281633
Here it is on Diablo 3 planner: http://www.d3planner.com/357572815
What I need help with, is what I need to do to improve. Is it just that my item rolls suck? Do I need to get higher paragon (over 500 now)? Do I need to fill out in full ancients? What do I need to survive up to at least GR 70 so I can start the possibility of the primal ancient drops on my account.
The build feels squishy. I tactically use all my abilities when my HP drops. I have a potion of the bottomless to help me as well, changed my gems to all Diamonds to a mix of Ruby and Diamonds, tried re-rolling my stats as close to perfect as possible according to Deadset's guide. I feel like I am missing something, or doing something really wrong here. My indestructible will always be on CD. I can't do a level 55 GR without dying at least once.
EDIT: I know a big weakness right now is my two rings and amulet did not come with sockets, so all the enchants on those had to go to getting a socket for my legendary gems. I just haven't gotten any that could replace them yet.
I am not the greatest at this, and so any help would be much appreciated.
Forgive me if this seems an uneducated question, but in learning about Caldesann's augmentation I have had the thought that as the basic Crusader requires Strength one would use Rubies in the Caldesann's augmentation. However, since the Thornsader utilises and thrives on a high thorns dps/output, would it make sense to Caldesann's augment the weapon with a Topaz instead? Apologies if this has been asked before: I'm a noob in forums. Thank you in advance :)
I just can't find the answer. Why are elemental shamans who take ascendance as their final talent not supposed to use earth shock during ascendance? earth shock does 920% spell power. lava burst does 275%. If you overload with lava burst you do an additional 206% totaling 481% spell power. if you have 25% crit during ascendance lava burst is now 343% spell power and the overload is 257% equaling a total of 600% spell power. you are missing out on a instant cast spell for 320% additional spell power worth of damage; and quite often times twice during ascendance. that's 640% spell power which is more than a lava burst cast during ascendance with 25% crit.
I currently have 18% crit chance and during ascendance I'm critting lava burst at 434k (not extremely well geared I know, but the ratio is still present). earth shock at 100 maelstrom non crit is 400k. If you don't crit with earth shock you lose very little damage. However, if you crit with earth shock you do easily over 1million damage (several lava burst crits worth) I really don't see a down side to using earth shock during ascendance other than 2-4 seconds off of fire elemental due to elementalist in your artifact tree.
By all means show me that I'm being silly. Please. Thanks all
Has anyone else been doing more damage with aftershock than with ancestral swiftness (lvl 60 tier talents)? the big thing I've been noticing is how many more earth shocks I'm getting off. Other things are that I don't ever have to worry about how i'm going to set up my maelstrom for full length flame shocks and icefury/frost shock casts. Also, lower damage decrease while moving due to more maelstrom. I'm 865 and I'm doing 20-28k more dmg with aftershock. Your thoughts