SiAnKo wrote:Rip for this build?
Well, there are several things that are nerfed now: Tainted Blood; LoSiM on Hymn; Terror Strike; Balefire power; shrine drop chance; Stormlord attribute bonus; Malthael's set, base attack speed with paladin spears.
Thing that was buffed: crystal swords (have +All Skills
modifier now; no more max mana penalty, overall crafted items' power increased).
Taking into account all of the factors named above (considering the fact that I didn't name everything, just what quickly came to my mind), I'll make a priority chain of all nerfed things:
LoSiM > Balefire (ouch) > shrine drop chance > attack speed (varies, I'm just lazy to hunt for breakpoints, you just need more to invest to reach the cap) > Terror Strike (not tested
) > Stormlord (not tested
) > Malthael's set (no more ez -100 all pierce, overall need to invest harder into -enemy resists now, Flamestrike proc deals less damage) > TB (not tested
, but does not really matter).
After that we can come to conclusion that the initial build that uses Balefire to rape everything, non immune to magic and relies on 1000+ LoSiM for survivability (imagine old 50% Balefire proc with a power of 10/10 against now 33% with a power of 3-4? as its dmg was reduced
, not just slightly reduced
), I can tell that on paper it looks certainly weaker than it was before.BUT:
1. Blessed Life (%DR, DR) is still a strong reward skill;
2. You can look into Alternate gear section; hint: Plague Avatar hasn't changed in any way
3. Crystal swords should roll with more LoSiM/LaK now and stronger spell damage which is not affected by -max mana penalty;
4. The power of SU's used in the build remains the same, drops are good, trade center is opened for all.
You see, my idea was to make a build that does not uses any Elemental runes, any Toraja runes, any Xis runes and any rare SSSU's for getting most charms and farming main uberlevels. Now, in 2017, the Blood Knight is not one of the cheapest builds you can make but I don't think it's completely useless as well.
I've seen at least one person who's building UHM this ladder (loc89?), you can ask him how it goes, because I won't be playing Median in the nearest future.