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Is the Season 21 Power Too Good? ZDPS Barb Can Solo GR 150 Without Area Damage

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There have been plenty of issues with the S21 power, a lot of which have been fixed, and it's mostly been buffs/QoL changes, aside from one big nerf. The elemental effects were procing Area Damage  which was overkill, and Blizzard decided to disable that (but the change won't be implemented on PTR). And so Rob2628 decided to test what that will look like, removing all Area Damage from his Barbarian and headed into a GR 150, to see if he could finish it up without doing any damage himself, as he was using a ZDPS build.


I went ahead and tried it without any area damage% as that is going to be removed for the LIVE version of 2.6.9!

Here is the result and I must say it is still WAY to strong for solo pushing but feels underwhelming for torments, bounties, speed runs and group META - So basically everything else!

This video was my first key of testing the theme on stream with no ad% and it is still a very easy to clear 150 as a zdps. That is not good!

To me this breaks the core concept of the game: Progressing and improving your character!

Paragons levels, gear, gems, augments, it all wont matter with this S21 Theme!

I dont have a good solution to fix this myself right now. Maybe you people have some ideas and we can gather some feedback? It needs to be meaningful in most aspects of the game but not completly overpowered in solo pushing.

- Rob2628

Now, in both of these examples he doesn't quite get the Rift Guardian down in time (getting pretty close on the second one), but his point is pretty much made, as he didn't spend that much time trying it, so it seems fairly certain it's absolutely doable, and let's not forget this is the absolute maximum difficulty of the game and leaderboards. While the Season 19 power did something similar, it wasn't nearly as powerful as this, as it only helped in clearing the rift (mostly the Rift Guardian at the end) and you still needed to have a viable build for doing the majority of the damage yourself, which really doesn't seem to be the case here.

Hopefully there's enough time for Blizzard to tune the seasonal power down, or change it some other way, or we'll have a whole lot of ZDPS characters on the top of the leaderboards, basically done with any sort of character progress and with GR 150ies done extremely early in the season, just looking to shave off a few seconds with better RNG.

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If they do not nerf this damage to 20 % of current im just gonna do season journey and cya next season. this is ridicoulous... they make 2 new sets and then make them obsolete... nice shooting yourself in the foot blizzard. and ya like you said, pure Zdps season... blizzard has to understand soon that we love making our own setup , and the sets that would be great in the game are stuff like Akkhan which has no skill modifiers so we can choose, we dont want the game to be played for us like passive elements while we afk play.

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