Greater Rifting: #1 GR56 Crusader and #10 GR55 Barbarian

Two more high level GRift videos for your inspiration today.

The first shows famed streamer Alkaizer playing a Crusader. The run is softcore with a number of deaths, but he still finishes in time for the #1 ranking on the solo Crusader leaderboard, and without even the benefit of Stonesinger!

I’d never seen this Crusader build before, and while I know that for a lot of players, “effective = fun” … this looks really boring. I like the horsey drag them on chains bit for some positioning, but 95% of this could be the D1 DiabloWikiWarrior, smashing his way through endless enemies with a billion repeated swings of a melee attack. It’s obviously effective, but if anyone watches this and is like, “OMG, Cruzados looks amazing! I must build one!” I’ll eat a shield.

Click through to view the Barbarian video, with everyone’s favorite v2.3 Spin2Win build in action, showing the very best and very worst aspects of the build.

Barbarian GR55, #10 rank US solo Seasonal leaderboard.

This video shows the strengths and weakness of Spin2Win. The strength is the amazing killing power and survival against huge amounts of enemies, and with an exceptionally-good monster spawn here, the 100% point is reached in under six minutes. The bad of the build is what happens for the next seven minutes, as the Barb spins and spins and spins and spins around Hamelin, his axe and tornadoes and Ancients slowly and gradually eroding the Guardian’s hit points in a yawn-inducing display of endurance.

This is what every Barb playing Spin2Win complains about, and it’s obviously a valid issue… but it does balance out the character’s incredible power against trash mobs and normal Elites. If there was an option to drop the Barb’s overall DPS by 50% in exchange for 100% more Elite damage… would players take it? How about -50% and +105%, for a net gain in overall damage?

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  1. That crusarder build was accually the reason for me rolling a Crusader as first character for S3

  2. No more boring than a Zealadin in D2….and I liked those 🙁

    • Yeah, I played fanatic zealot in D2 and my crusader is using a holy shotgun now…
      So how do you like your shields Flux? 😉

  3. Yeah Roland’s just feels clunky to me. I think the crusader metagame has gone downhill since the class started, because the further back I go the more unique the class feels.

    Hammerdin was classic, Fist of the Heavens was nostalgic and better than the old version. Then jekang/gyrfalcon’s was hilarious but a bit underwhelming on bosses, so that’s cool. Phalanx bowmen really fit the class theory where you’re leading an army… But pony show performed better because it was just a copy of zombie bears with more range and a crowd control baked in. That worked so well they copied explosive blast from wizards, but it places all targets near you so you don’t have to aim it or worry about positioning. Now we’re down to… more or less AoE versions of the basic weapon swing.

    Next will probably be a buffed trample rune for the horsey, so you just run through stuff all the time and don’t have to actively attack, making you a barb with a shield and no Rend…. Hooves are sharp, so running through stuff makes it bleed. There we go, ready for season 4.

  4. . It’s obviously effective, but if anyone watches this and is like, “OMG, Cruzados looks amazing! I must build one!” I’ll eat a shield.

    Get your shield ready, cause that is precisely what I thought. I loved Zealots, Smiters and Frenzy Barbs in D2 so that build is right up my alley.

  5. Hahaha also exactly what I thought. Rolled a crusader for S3, only difference is that I’m using the Shield Bash build. Loving it!

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