A collection of new #1 Greater Rift completions today.

    First up the new highest four player party clear, which is somewhat surreal to watch if you don’t know the builds. The party is 2 identical DHs using Kridershot with the UE set, a Crusader, and a WD. The entire Grift clear takes place in about a dozen individual “battles” of 1-2 minutes each, during which the WD locks everything into motionless punching bags for the 2 DHs to stand still and endlessly spam Ball Lightning with occasional Multishots just to keep up their Focus/Restraint buffs, while the Crusader scurries around, dragging stray trash mobs into the killing zone.

    The whole thing is pretty clearly not how the developers want a Diablo game to work, and they’ve said that perma-CC tactics will be fixed in the future. For now, they are the way to do the highest GRs in a party, and it makes for a very effective, if weirdly-boring combat style.

    Click through for two much more enjoyable videos showing off a #1 Greater Rifts. A #1 GR58 Wizard and a #1 GR 53 Monk hardcore.

    The new #1 Wizard with a GR58 clear. Fun, very active build with non-stop multi-flavor meteors and Aether Walker for constant teleportation, plus bonus points for getting a not-easy Guardian and doing it without a great/easy rift spawn. (It’s great @ 5:45 when he takes a sniff of Floor #2, finds Sand Wasps, and immediately scoots back to Floor #1 to finish up.)

    Finally, here’s a new #1 Hardcore Monk, clearing GR53 despite having terrible luck on Pylons. Perhaps the great monster spawn he got on level 1, with a high density of very slow, progress-rich enemies exhausted his RNG good fortune?

    Apologies for the auto-play, but that’s how Twitch videos roll.

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    People often ask what’s required to go from say GR45 up to GR55 and the top ranks, and in my observation it’s mostly about subtle improvements in gear. Most of the gear/builds you see in the very top GR runs aren’t that different than what non-full time players use for say GR40+… you just need every affix perfect to go that high, with required amounts of CDR and RCR type values that enable you to keep the procs or CC or resource flowing just a little bit more often.

    Any of you guys pushing towards the top of the GR leaderboards, or aspiring to it? Or does the play style and skill you see in these sorts of vids have almost nothing in common with your more casual enjoyment of the game?

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