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Deadset's Guide Compendium for Patch 2.6.1

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With Season 12 live, Deadset has compiled a list of all our new and updated guides - a useful resource for your time in Sanctuary.

Greetings, fellow denizens of Sanctuary! As many of you already know and have slain hundreds of demons with your trusty weapons, Diablo's 12th Season is upon us. Let's delve into the latest events from the battle of the High Heavens and the Burning Hells!

-Deadset

Why is Patch 2.6.1 a Great Time to Come Back?

Patch 2.6.1 sees one of the biggest rebalancing efforts to the game since Patch 2.4, the strongest content Patch of the Reaper of Souls cycle. It builds on every good foundation set by it (class diversity, options for underused skills, introduction of mechanically interesting items) and skyrockets it to post-2.6 damage standards that has seen the likes of Lightning Archon and Trag'Oul Lancer builds. If you have ever craved a patch where multiple builds are considered top tier GR pushers and practically dozens of combinations are completely capable endgame farmers, this is the one.

Basics Guides and Conquest Guides

Before moving on to class impressions and recommendations, I just want to give a quick pointer to the new basics and conquest guides that I compiled recently. If you are new to the game, returning after a long break, or simply have friends that you want to get into Diablo, give those a read:

As a guide hub, Icy Veins receives a ton of messages on a regular basis for topics like these - I hope they are of use to the community and answer a lot of questions for Seasons to come!

Barbarians

Crusaders

  • Beginner's Guide to Crusaders - Levels 1-70 and Guide with the Starting Set, Seeker of the Light - A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your Season 12 Crusader with the Haedrig's Gift free set.
  • Akkhan - Condemn Endgame Build - This build is the embodiment of the melee spellcaster fantasy, exerting powerful crowd control over monsters and decimating them in waves of holy destruction.
  • Akkhan - Blessed Shield Endgame Build -  This build plays on the archetype of using the shield as a weapon, charging it with holy might and reaping an entire field of demons with a single, mighty toss.
  • Akkhan - Holy Shotgun Endgame Build - The Holy Shotgun Crusader is a tanky, impenetrable bulwark of steel that absorbs blows and retaliates in blasts of pure, radiant vengeance. 
  • Blessed Hammer Seeker of the Light - The reigning champion of many Seasons, the Hammerdin build is still a beast in terms of AoE damage and solo GR pushing potential.
  • Thorns Invoker - Likely the tankiest build in the game that is able to push into GR110+. Tough, focused and dead simple, this build almost Thorns itself to the absolute endgame.
  • Sweep Attack Rolands - This Crusader build revels in high density rifts, shredding demons to pieces with the highest attack speed possible to the class.
  • Bombardment Legacy of Nightmares - The Bombardment Crusader spec takes assorted legendary items into a highly mobile, autoaiming and visually spectacular Thorns combination.

Demon Hunters

Monks

Necromancers

  • Beginner's Guide to Necromancers - Levels 1-70 and Guide with the Starting Set, Trag'Oul's Avatar - A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your Season 12 Necromancer with the Haedrig's Gift free set.
  • Pestilence or Trag'Oul - Corpse Lance - This build alternates long scouting sessions while waiting on cooldowns with the utter devastation once Devour meets Land of the Dead.
  • Rathma - Skeletal Mage - If you like to keep a tight rein on your minions with precise commands, leading the menagerie of undead at your side in resource-fueled frenzy, this build is the one for you.
  • Command Skeletons Inarius - Turning the skeleton warriors into a vicious, unrelenting superior to Bane of the Stricken, this build is a Necromancer's one-way ticket to the absolute endgame heights.
  • Skeletal Mages Trag'Oul - This is the alternate take on the Mages build, specializing in extreme speed farming, while still offering capable GR pushes.
  • Bone Storm Inarius - While it took an undeniable nerf, this build is still one of the most relaxing, farming-appropriate melee builds of Necromancers.
  • Corpse Explosion Inarius - An underappreciated offshoot to the close range Inarius variants, this build is among the most visually appealing and satisfying Necromancer builds out there.

Witch Doctors

Wizards

  • Beginner's Guide to Wizards - Levels 1-70 and Guide with the Starting Set, Vyr’s Amazing Arcana - A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your Season 12 Wizard with the Haedrig's Gift free set.
  • DMO - Frozen Orb - Combining the Frozen Orb nostalgia of sorceresses past with the forgotten power of Slow Time wizardry, this build leaves enemies helpless, watching their frozen death creep ever closer.
  • Firebird (or Tal Rasha) - Meteor - Reaching for the heartstrings of Meteor lovers, this build channels torrents of arcane energy to conjure destructive, burning meteorites into a pure visual feast.
  • Vyr Archon - The oldest devotees to the Archon playstyle, Vyr and its complementary Chantodo sets got an awesome boost of power in Patch 2.6.1.
  • Tal Rasha - Explosive Blast - Aside from its distinct cannonade of arcane blasts, this build is very attractive to Wizards due to its ability to include Sage's set for materials farming.
  • Arcane Torrent Tal Rasha - Spawning off the addition of Manald Heal this guide offers not one, but three very fun, tanky, non-Archon lightning variants to build around.

Conclusion

In short, Patch 2.6.1 is one of the best times Diablo 3 has experienced in terms of build diversity and sheer endgame potential. A living proof that pure numbers patches can sometimes work wonders. Have fun and good luck in Season 12 - I leave you with my hour-long overview of some of my favorite builds in the new patch!

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so for this post I drop the mantle of mod, and reveal the frothing fanboy underneath :)

great compendium, great guys, thanks for all your work :D i use your guides every season and they are always very easy to follow and exceedingly helpful. I'm a big fan of you work.

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I've been really happy with the guides here for D3. I love how I end up with powerhouse characters.

There's one notable gap though. What about the set dungeons? I usually end up floundering with those, chasing down builds and guides all over the internet. Last season I got a late start and just gave up in disgust.

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Hello Everyone!

Finally created an Account for this awesome site =)

A big THANK YOU Deadset for your hard work! Excellent Guides, always up to date, they help me every season and make the game much more enjoyable to play (for me). Im certain they also help alot of new players aswell, and make it easier for them to tackle the endgame. Thanks again, wish all the best, keep up the good work! 

Greetings

Eld

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GREAT Compendium, DeadSet!  Seriously, this is Awesome!!!  Much appreciated!

My problem is I'm not into endless GR Runs and now the characters are much too Powerful to just Play in T13...

Hey Bliz:  More Torment Levels, Please!

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I have to jump on the bandwagon here and say, "well done" Deadset. I do look at other D3 guides as well when I plan out a season -- i.e. Rhykker, Bluddshed, Leviathan, etc -- but, the way you put everything together with the sections so organized is second to none. Keep up the good work.

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8 hours ago, Metro said:

I have to jump on the bandwagon here and say, "well done" Deadset. I do look at other D3 guides as well when I plan out a season -- i.e. Rhykker, Bluddshed, Leviathan, etc -- but, the way you put everything together with the sections so organized is second to none. Keep up the good work.

And... Deadset's stuff is more Linear and CLEAR... which is great for noodles like myself!

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Great stuff as always! Big cheers to Deadset and the community - thanks for all the hard work you've been putting in! Much luck and enjoyment within the new season upon you all and yours!

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On the Blizzard Launcher! Well done, Deadset. Your guides have always been a help when looking for inspiration or a little push in the right direction. You and Rhykker have been great for me over the years.

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Love the guides. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into them.

I have to ask about one section of the guides that always catches my (remaining) eye. 

Why are the "Role in current meta" sections all the same? 

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8 hours ago, Bubba1978 said:

Why are the "Role in current meta" sections all the same? 

I don't think there is a reason for all guides to have different "Role in the Current Meta" if their role is pretty much the same. Builds that differ significantly have non copy-pasted Role in the Current Meta. Great examples of those builds are Support Monk or Command Skeletons Necromancer as those aren't really great at performing the "filler" role of dealing damage to any foe, and are focused around specific roles, in this case supporting your party members (but being unable to deal any reasonable damage yourself) and dealing tremendous amounts of single-target damage (yet lacking greatly in the AoE department) respectively.

TL;DR: there is no need for them to be different most of the time

However, it is possible that we missed something, so some texts might not really fit, in which case we will gladly change those.

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      Q: When does Season 14 start?
      A: Season 14 begins Friday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site.
      Q: When will Season 14 end?
      A: We currently anticipate that Season 14 will be ending on Sunday, September 16at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia.
      Q: Why is the Season end date an estimate?
      A: Traditionally, we have given players two weeks notice prior to the ending of a Season. However, we’ve heard the community’s feedback, so going forward, we’ll be providing more comprehensive Season details in the Season First Look blogs. Please bear in mind that this date is an estimate and there is always a chance it may shift. While we will do our best to hit these target dates as closely as possible, we will continue to verify the Season end date at the two-week warning mark.
      Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?
      A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The most recent era began November 9. For more information on Eras, please see this post.
      Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records?
      A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 14 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 5, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from the previous Era when the next one goes live.
      Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.
      Season 14 is almost here! What are your goals for this Season? What do you think of our first Seasonal theme? Will having more treasure goblins to chase down change how you approach your Season Journey and loot hunting?
    • By Stan
      Patch 2.6.1a is live for PC / Mac and brings backend improvements and Razer Chroma Link support. 
      Blizzard (Source)
      An update to Diablo III patch 2.6.1a is now live in the Americas for PC / Mac! Check out the full patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes.
      Important: Please note that you will not be prompted to download the patch until it is live in your home region. If you are logging in from a European or Asian client, you will need to wait for this patch to release in that region before it can be installed. Additionally, if your home region is in the Americas, you will be unable to log into Europe or Asia using Global Play after the update is live until those regions have also patched.
      Diablo III Patch 2.6.1a - v2.6.1.50649
      Visit our Bug Report forum for a list of known issues.
      If you are experiencing technical issues with the patching process, connecting to Blizzard Services after installing the patch, or errors while playing a newly-patched game, please visit our support site or post in the Technical Support forum for assistance.
      GENERAL
      Razer® Chroma Link  Support has been added for computer peripherals which use this technology. Backend Improvements Changes have been made to improve server-side game performance.