Werewolf Druid - 1.4 update

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Just wanted to post about something I tried, hopefully this will be found useful.

When I was playing through with Wolf Druid, everything was going great until around the lvl 90 range in late nightmare. I felt like the damage and defense fell off drastically, and there was really no gear improvements to be made until I could start getting set items (I was in T4 everything per the guide). I've heard that a lot of people go through the same hurdle around this point, and the guide even mentions it.

I had a sacred crystal sword laying around, so I decided to mess around and try a dexterity variant. Best decision I ever made. I crafted the two items shown below, the sword is nothing special, got kinda lucky with the shield though. These were the only gear changes I made from the guide, and for sockets I switched to amethysts and IO runes for tons of dex. I also moved the points from Werewolf Form into Twisted Claw for better bossing skill. It was like a new-found strength... my damage almost doubled and I gained 35% block chance on top of all the avoid the Wolf tree offers. The build feels leaps ahead of what it was pre-switch, and I just self-tanked The Butcher and trucked through The Infernal Machine, both as soon as I dinged 105.

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OrphineM
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Ooh, those look nice, what's the socket fillers on the sword though? Looks like ith crafts with AR/dex/ias/fcr.

Based on this it might be more prudent to swap over to wolf from another spec once you can get a sacred crystal sword/bone shield base and craft something passable.
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Crafted 15% IAS jewels with random other stats, but all the dex comes from the shrine roll and bless (I went abandon for both). I'm super happy with the shield, but I really want a life spark / banish combo on my sword :twisted:

Note that a crystal sword with 6x 15%IAS jewels and 5x IAS MOs hits the 4fpa breakpoint of 115%wIAS, which is just insane.
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Semigloss wrote:Crafted 15% IAS jewels with random other stats, but all the dex comes from the shrine roll and bless (I went abandon for both). I'm super happy with the shield, but I really want a life spark / banish combo on my sword :twisted:

Note that a crystal sword with 6x 15%IAS jewels and 5x IAS MOs hits the 4fpa breakpoint of 115%wIAS, which is just insane.


Interested with you do you with 120 content with this. I feel that my gear isn't bad but struggling a little bit with damage in teganse. While my tu malice nec clears it now problem lol
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Semigloss wrote:Crafted 15% IAS jewels with random other stats, but all the dex comes from the shrine roll and bless (I went abandon for both). I'm super happy with the shield, but I really want a life spark / banish combo on my sword :twisted:

Note that a crystal sword with 6x 15%IAS jewels and 5x IAS MOs hits the 4fpa breakpoint of 115%wIAS, which is just insane.


If u think 4 fpa breakpoint is insane, you should try 3 fpa or even 2 fpa :)
Im doing Carsomyr 3 fpa, and boy it was an upgrade going from 4 fpa to 3 :)
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DJPaxo wrote:
Semigloss wrote:Crafted 15% IAS jewels with random other stats, but all the dex comes from the shrine roll and bless (I went abandon for both). I'm super happy with the shield, but I really want a life spark / banish combo on my sword :twisted:

Note that a crystal sword with 6x 15%IAS jewels and 5x IAS MOs hits the 4fpa breakpoint of 115%wIAS, which is just insane.


If u think 4 fpa breakpoint is insane, you should try 3 fpa or even 2 fpa :)
Im doing Carsomyr 3 fpa, and boy it was an upgrade going from 4 fpa to 3 :)


How do you hit 244% wIAS with Carsomyr? That shouldn't be possible...
OrphineM
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I think the question now for the more SSF players is how to make that transition to those items, even a crappy craft as long as you roll life spark and slot in the right jewels. Might be more prudent to transition over to wolf from another build like bear/caster druid.
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How much harbinger dmg with shark + lightforge?
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Semigloss wrote:
DJPaxo wrote:
Semigloss wrote:Crafted 15% IAS jewels with random other stats, but all the dex comes from the shrine roll and bless (I went abandon for both). I'm super happy with the shield, but I really want a life spark / banish combo on my sword :twisted:

Note that a crystal sword with 6x 15%IAS jewels and 5x IAS MOs hits the 4fpa breakpoint of 115%wIAS, which is just insane.


If u think 4 fpa breakpoint is insane, you should try 3 fpa or even 2 fpa :)
Im doing Carsomyr 3 fpa, and boy it was an upgrade going from 4 fpa to 3 :)


How do you hit 244% wIAS with Carsomyr? That shouldn't be possible...


Then im wrong, i went from 5 fpa to 4. i just looked it up and ur right. its quite impossible :mrgreen:

Im at 529 total ias with facebreakers, and at 150 wias with my carsomyr.
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DJPaxo wrote:Im at 529 total ias with facebreakers, and at 150 wias with my carsomyr.

I think that once you hit the 75% effectiveness, it doesn't benefit you to add more sIAS/gIAS. And you hit that 75% with like 150 sIAS/gIAS. Just FYI.