DS, CS, and Vengeance

Tib

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DS, CS, and Vengeance

Hey folks,

I'm sure that DS and CS affect the physical part of the Vengeance damage calculation, but I'm not certain if it affects the elemental portion. Anyone know?
 

Tib

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All right, this means that Grief would be the best rw for a Vengadin, right? Or does ED count towards it?

The way I figure: the amount displayed for normal attack is the amount calculated for vengeance enhances. Right?
 

Bladewind

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Nope Grief will be downright the worst. The + damage of Grief does not count for Vengence. Best choices will be Ebotdz or even eth Stormlash.
 

Asmodeous

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Not grief. Oath is the best of the inexpensive rune words for an avenger. use a ethereal conquest sword or beserker axe and hope you get a 300% ed+ roll. Also the built in 50% ias is a huge bonus in getting a good attack speed.

And on your topic of the post, deadly strike & crushing blow do little on a well set up avenger. If your achieving a 1-2 hit kill on most monsters then DS & CB are a waste. The only time they will help is against champions, uniques and bosses.
 

Tib

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Oath is cheaper, and can be made in flails which look sexy.
:) Price is of no concern to me. I'm willing to pay quadrupel for 10 extra damage :)

I understand Oath is a decent weapon, possibly a twnk, but end-game offeres much better soultions. I'm wondering if there is something about Vengeance I don't know that reacts with Oath :)



 

PhatTrumpet

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:) Price is of no concern to me. I'm willing to pay quadrupel for 10 extra damage :)

I understand Oath is a decent weapon, possibly a twnk, but end-game offeres much better soultions. I'm wondering if there is something about Vengeance I don't know that reacts with Oath :)
There isn't.

Top choices include Famine and the usual eBotD (both in zerker axes of course).

Death is too slow to be of any use, and DC would be completely pointless due to the wasted Deadly Strike.



 

Delreich

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Oath has (a lot of) IAS, Death doesn't...

Asmo did say inexpensive though, so Death might not have been considered becuse of that.
However, all Death has that Oath is missing is the 45-90% extra ED, so I'm not so sure.

Can't see how a DC would stand a chance at all. Less IAS, less ED, not indestrucable...
A spare socket can hardly make up for all that.
 

Veilside

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Oath has (a lot of) IAS, Death doesn't...

Asmo did say inexpensive though, so Death might not have been considered becuse of that.
However, all Death has that Oath is missing is the 45-90% extra ED, so I'm not so sure.

Can't see how a DC would stand a chance at all. Less IAS, less ED, not indestrucable...
A spare socket can hardly make up for all that.
What about the huge CB and DS on Death?



 

Delreich

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Having no experince of avengers myself, I rely on Asmo.
And on your topic of the post, deadly strike & crushing blow do little on a well set up avenger. If your achieving a 1-2 hit kill on most monsters then DS & CB are a waste. The only time they will help is against champions, uniques and bosses.


 

PhatTrumpet

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I don't know if there's any amount of CB that would make up for Death's slow speed. Avenger's tend not to have much room for IAS in the rest of their gear.
 

Bjam

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I have fast killing, nearly indestructable Avenger (PvM only) so I'm just gonna tell you what I'm using and why, since it is working so well. You'll notice I have 0% CB, and I assure you that it doesn't matter. I can tank Baal's minions like a Grief wielding Zealot, and Champions, Super Uniques, and Bosses go down very very fast.

Weapon: eBotDz (Has it all: huge damage, 60% IAS, stats, dual leech)
Switch: None personally, but obviously CTA would be nice
Helm: Perfect Gaze (big DR, dual leech; CoA might be better if you are rich)
Gloves: Lava Gouts (Laying of Hands would work too, but not as fun)
Armor: Archon Fort (extra physical damage and helps leeching a lot)
Belt: T-God (life, strength, light dmg, max light res +10%; Dungoes or String are excellent too and I prefer them for the extra DR when battling Baal's minion's)
Shield: HoZ (blocking, stats, resists, +skills, and socketable; for an Avenger, it is far superior to Exile)
Boots: Upped Tearhaunch (I love vigor, but not spending points for it, also gives stats and resists; this may be my only controversial selection, but you can also use good rares, War Travs, eth Treks, Waterwalks, whatever)
Rings: Raven (no brainer)/really good rare (use a BK if you have one)
Ammy: Mara's (Highlord's would be nice for IAS, but I need the resists and +2 skills gives a nice damage boost)

Inventory: Torch, anni, and any good combo of life, damage, resist charms, or skillers that works for you.

Merc: Might merc with Eth Doom Polearm

End result at level 83:
Life: approx 2000
DR: 20% to 35% (add 8% or 16% if you Ber the Gaze/HoZ, but I am using IAS jewels)
Damage: Over 7K average damage (effectively much higher due to Vengence...and I have no skillers equipped)
Resists: 80/80/95/75 (T-God) 80/80/85/75 (Dungo/String)
 

Bladewind

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if u want CB, use guilimare's face and gores with an Ebotdz. That way you won't lose out too much in terms of speed.
 

Tib

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*cracks fingers* I"ll do some number-crunching and elighten you all up with results.
 

Tib

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*cracks fingers* I"ll do some number-crunching and elighten you all up with results.
I can't edit anymore, but here's a template I'm going to use to replicate the damages. Let me know if I'm off.

Name - Illustrator's Axe
Weapon - Tib's Axe
Min Damage - 50
Max Damage - 100
IAS - 40
+Dmg - 100
ED - 250
Min Dmg - 525
Avg Dmg - 613
Max Dmg - 700
+ EFire - 184
+ ECold - 184
+ ELight - 184
+ Avg Fire - 1739.5
+ Avg Cold - 1739.5
+ Avg Light - 1739.5
AVG DMG - 5831



 

Tib

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Okay, I've done some homework, and here to report my top 3 for each of the following: weapon, shield, helm, armour.

Weapon.
#1 - Death Eth Zerker
#2 - BotD Eth Zerker
#3 - Oath Eth Zerker

Shield.
#1 - Dream
#2 - Phoenix
#3 - Hoz

Helm.
#1 - Griffon's
#2 - Dream
#3 - Didn't bother to check any others. Maybe 2*5/5 CoA would do well.

Armour.
#1 - Fortitude
#2 - Dragon
#3 - Didn't bother with any others, but you may chose to go with defence route or +skills (enigma).

Best damage would be a toss up. BotD is a staple. Cheap, great second mods. Death will surpass BotD's damage, even if just the physical part is cs/ds, but BotD has leech which is very nice, and IAS, which is even nicer.

Dream helm is nice for damage, but Griffon's is much better. If you can afford it, I highly recommend it. If you put Griffon's on head, pop Dream on shield. If you can't afford Griffon's, pop Dream on head, and Phoenix on shield with Dragon accompanying it.

This gives you a nice dual light / fire build. If you want to go pure light (damage) then ignore Dragon and put on Fortitude (physical damage boost is actually superior to fire damage boost from dragon).

If you're going for physical dmage route, switch BOTD with Death. So you've got Death, Griff's, Dream, Fort. This is physical / Light.

Light/fire would go with BotD, Dream (helm), Dragon (arm), Phoenix shield.

Phoenix works wonders with dragon equipped since it gives you that 28 to enemy resists mod :)

I've already got all of the gear on a test pali I use with 1 into each skill, so I'm going to throw it all on my vengadin and switch it up for fun. If I find something else out that would benefit y'all, I'll let you know for sure.
 
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