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Season 16 releases today and Deadset has put together another Guide Compendium for the most viable builds for each class!

Greetings, fellow denizens of Sanctuary! We are at the doorstep of the 16th Diablo season, carrying a mechanics-oriented theme for the first time around: The Season of Grandeur. For the duration of Season 16, all heroes and builds will enjoy the passive effect of the Ring of Royal Grandeur. This seemingly minor change has larger implications, both for builds that traditionally use its power, and ones that don't. In short, you will be able to use one extra item slot in any build - since the required number of set pieces for the completion of set bonuses is lowered by 1.

-Deadset

What can you expect from Patch 2.6.4?

Patch 2.6.4 brings a sizable round of buffs across many sets - both popular and forgotten. Similarly to its predecessor, Patch 2.6.1, it is trying to bring playstyles and builds closer together, but whether it truly succeeds - well, we'll discover during Season 16! The patch also brings a slew of quality of life upgrades, including more visually distinct primal drops, more armory tabs, and potions no longer taking up inventory space.

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 16 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, auto aiming and visually spectacular Thorns combination.
  • Shield Bash Crusader - your best bet if you want to pound demon heads in Greater Rifts, if a bit on the clunky side.

Demon Hunters

Monks

Necromancers

  • Beginner's Guide to Necromancers - Levels 1-70 and Guide with the Starting Set, Trag'Oul - A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your Season 16 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 a 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.
  • Generator Necromancer - a unique take on Inarius gameplay, focusing on lightning-fast scythe attacks and intensive resource interplay.
  • 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  - A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your Season 16 Wizard with the Haedrig's Gift free set.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Energy Twister Wizard - a surprisingly undervalued, but horrifyingly potent on the time-bending, whirlwinding destruction from seasons of yore.
  • 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

Patch 2.6.4 brings a solid buff across the board for many of the lacking sets. Personally, I'm mostly interested in the buffs to the Legacy of Nightmares ring set, and what new and surprising builds are going to spawn off that. I'm off to trying it out myself, but as always - have fun, and good luck in Season 16!

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8 minutes ago, Rooach said:

Do it like me, play Destiny. Its the better Diablo

Do it like me, play Grim Dawn. A game in the same genre as Diablo, but much better.

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Do it like me, play Grim Dawn. A game in the same genre as Diablo, but much better.

Thats a good idea, ill try that when im finished with D2

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Any thoughts on updated tier lists?  The tier rankings at the top of the site are based on last patch, but the relative power of the class sets changed a lot this patch.  It's hard for a casual player to understand whether (for example) Leap Quake or Whirlwind is better now, or whether Uliana EP monk is better than Sunwuko WoL now (since Uliana got a massive buff and Sunwuko got a tiny buff).

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