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This week's Challenge Rift revolves around LoN Necromancers!

Challenge Rift 107 EU Guide

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Kanai's Cube Powers

Skills

Passives

DevourDevourDevouring AuraDevouring Aura will passively generate Essence which should be used to summon Skeletal MageSkeletal MageSingularitySingularity and maintain their uptime. Use Blood RushBlood RushPotencyPotency for movement and to get out of trouble. Use FrailtyFrailtyScent of BloodScent of Blood  and Command SkeletonsCommand SkeletonsFrenzyFrenzy on elites and whenever there's high mob density. If you find yourself in need of Essence, you can use your generator, which is  Bone SpikesBone SpikesSudden ImpactSudden Impact. Here's Mnemonic with his weekly EU clear.

Challenge Rift 107 US Guide

Gear

Kanai's Cube Powers

Skills

Passives

You can clear pretty much the whole rift with DecrepifyDecrepifyWitherWither, as it curses your enemies and they take increased damage from thorns. Use Command SkeletonsCommand SkeletonsDark MendingDark Mending and Command GolemCommand GolemBlood GolemBlood Golem on elites and the Rift Guardian. Here's Raxx with his weekly Rank 1 clear.

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