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This Diablo 3 Crusader Build Has Cleared Greater Rift 92

CJ Miozzi | 16 Mar 2016 19:00
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2. Skills

Punish will be your main attack, granting you increased dodge chance when you land a hit. The Celerity rune allows us to stack some attack speed as we block, which in turn allows us to rain down more Punish attacks - it's a self-buffing skill. Thanks to our Hack, Punish will be our main source of damage.

Steed Charge is a great mobility option. It allows for quick escapes, fast travel between enemy packs, and the Draw and Quarter rune lets you drag straggling enemies along with you to the next group of demons waiting to be slain.

Laws of Justice is a powerful defensive aura, and the Decaying Strength rune will really help you stay alive against Rift Guardians. This build can take a while to bring down these Goliaths, so Decaying Strength really does get to put in its work.

Iron Skin is another defensive buff, but the Reflective Skin rune turns it into a massive damage buff that is essential to all thorns builds.

Provoke with the Hit Me rune not only buffs our block chance - which translates into more damage reduction thanks to our Justice Lantern - but it will also double our damage thanks to our shield.

Akarats Champion with the Prophet rune buffs our damage, toughness, and gives us a free revive as long as we can keep it up.

For passives, you'll want Fervor, since we're using a one-handed weapon; Iron Maiden since this is a thorns build; Hold Your Ground because we're stacking block chance, and Renewal for the added sustain it grants us.

3. Legendary Gems

Bane of the Trapped, Boyarskys Chip, and Bane of the Stricken.

4. Paragon Points

Start by getting your Move Speed up to 25, including what might be on your boots, then dump everything into Strength. Under Offense, prioritize Attack Speed, then Cooldown Reduction. For Defense, start with All Resist, then then Armor, then Life. For Utility, Area Damage, then Life on Hit.

5. Playstyle

Playing this build is fairly straight forward: hit things and don't die. If you'd like more nuanced explanation than that, then do your best to stay in the thick of combat - remember, the more you block, the faster your cooldowns reset. You want to try to stay in Akarat's form at all times thanks to the massive buffs you receive.

Rain blows upon your foes with Punish, pop Laws of Justice when you anticipate big incoming damage, and use Iron Skin when you want to deal big damage. Provoke has a shorter cooldown than Iron Skin and Laws of Justice and can be used more liberally - try to keep it up during all fights.


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