Patriarch Gawain - 2H Avenger

necrolemming

Diabloii.Net Member
I didn't find playing a 1H avenger very engaging back in 1.10, but since I made the biggest 2H weapon around recently, I figured I might as well try it with Vengeance, if only for the meme value.

LCS

Stats
Strength 85/174
Dexterity 50/100
Vitality 375/415
Energy 15/45

Skills
Vengeance 20/25
Conviction 20/25
Resist Fire 20
Resist Lightning 20
Resist Cold 10
Vigor (1)/9
Redemption (1)/9

Equipment
Weapon: Breath of the Dying 1.07 ethereal Great Poleaxe
Armor: Chains of Honor Archon Plate
Helm: Crown of Ages + 2x resist all/IAS jewel
Gloves: Laying of Hands
Belt: Nosferatu's Coil
Boots: War Travelers
Amulet: Highlord's Wrath
Rings: Raven Frost + dual leech rare
Switch: beta Call to Arms (+1 Holy Shield/Vigor/Redemption) + Spirit Sacred Targe
Charms: Gheed's Fortune, 7x max/AR/life GC, 2x resist/life SC, 2x max/AR/life SC, 5x 1.07 +max charms

Mercenary (A2 Might)
Weapon: ethereal Reaper's Toll + Shael
Armor: ethereal Fortitude Archon Plate
Helm: ethereal Andariel's Visage + fire resist jewel
Code:
Breath of the Dying
Superior Great Poleaxe
VexHelElEldZodEth
Two Hand Damage: 384 - 1058
Durability: 28 of 30
Required Level: 69
Required Strength: 136
Required Dexterity: 72
Fingerprint: 0x7a113ba8
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion
50% Chance to cast level 20 Poison Nova when you Kill an Enemy
Indestructible
+60% Increased Attack Speed
457% Enhanced Damage
-25% Target Defense
+50 to Attack Rating
+200% Damage to Undead
+50 to Attack Rating against Undead
7% Mana stolen per hit
14% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
All Stats +30
+1 to Light Radius
Increase Maximum Durability 10%
Requirements -20%
Ethereal
6 Sockets (6 used)

Chains of Honor
Archon Plate
DolUmBerIst
Defense: 885
Durability: 50 of 60
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 103
Fingerprint: 0x73b210fe
Item Level: 82
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+200% Damage to Demons
+100% Damage to Undead
8% Life stolen per hit
+70% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
Replenish Life +7
All Resistances +65
Damage Reduced by 8%
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
4 Sockets (4 used)

Crown of Ages
Corona
Defense: 357
Durability: 44 of 50
Required Level: 82
Required Strength: 174
Fingerprint: 0x431d5b0e
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Indestructible
+1 to All Skills
+30% Increased Attack Speed
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
+50% Enhanced Defense
+108 Defense
All Resistances +58
Damage Reduced by 14%
2 Sockets (2 used)
Socketed: Scintillating Jewel of Fervor
Socketed: Scintillating Jewel of Fervor

Scintillating Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x74f39e3
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
Cold Resist +15%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%

Scintillating Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x5956e55b
Item Level: 83
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
Cold Resist +13%
Lightning Resist +13%
Fire Resist +13%
Poison Resist +13%

Laying of Hands
Bramble Mitts
Defense: 87
Durability: 8 of 12
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0xbc6f0012
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
10% Chance to cast level 3 Holy Bolt on striking
+20% Increased Attack Speed
+350% Damage to Demons
+25 Defense
Fire Resist +50%


Nosferatu's Coil
Vampirefang Belt
Defense: 58
Durability: 12 of 14
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x356dd6bc
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Increased Attack Speed
7% Life stolen per hit
Slows Target by 10%
+15 to Strength
+2 to Mana after each Kill
-3 to Light Radius

War Traveler
Battle Boots
Defense: 138
Durability: 46 of 48
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 95
Fingerprint: 0x61a7a993
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+25% Faster Run/Walk
Adds 15 - 25 Damage
+188% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Strength
+10 to Vitality
40% Slower Stamina Drain
Attacker Takes Damage of 7
50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+30 Maximum Durability

Highlord's Wrath
Amulet
Required Level: 65
Fingerprint: 0xbc53f972
Item Level: 83
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Increased Attack Speed
Adds 1 - 30 Lightning Damage
32% Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level)
Lightning Resist +35%
Attacker Takes Lightning Damage of 15

Raven Frost
Ring
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0x218128ae
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+247 to Attack Rating
Adds 15 - 45 Cold Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
+20 to Dexterity
+40 to Mana
Cold Absorb 20%
Cannot Be Frozen

Storm Band
Ring
Required Level: 47
Fingerprint: 0x9519df86
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
4% Mana stolen per hit
6% Life stolen per hit
+14 to Strength
Cold Resist +21%
Lightning Resist +29%
8% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Call to Arms
Divine Scepter
AmnRalMalIstOhm
One Hand Damage: 59 - 142
Durability: 70 of 70
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 103
Fingerprint: 0x55369879
GUID: 0x49a4399f 0x7398e0cb 0x0
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion
+2 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
274% Enhanced Damage
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+2 to Redemption (Paladin Only)
+1 to Holy Shield (Paladin Only)
+1 to Vigor (Paladin Only)
+11 to Battle Command
+13 to Battle Orders
+13 to Battle Cry
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
5 Sockets (5 used)

Spirit
Superior Sacred Targe
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense: 179
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 48 of 49
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 86
Fingerprint: 0xb5fb9540
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+35% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+13% Enhanced Defense
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+99 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
All Resistances +45
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+6 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
Increase Maximum Durability 11%
4 Sockets (4 used)
Code:
Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0x363f2daf
Item Level: 75
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Maximum Damage
+74 to Attack Rating
+31 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0xcfdc65f2
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+8 to Maximum Damage
+56 to Attack Rating
+32 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0x9f50d7f7
Item Level: 72
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Maximum Damage
+53 to Attack Rating
+31 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x50c4d5e0
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9 to Maximum Damage
+60 to Attack Rating
+36 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x7f4f57b2
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+7 to Maximum Damage
+73 to Attack Rating
+29 to Life

Sharp Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x29e6cdd2
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Maximum Damage
+73 to Attack Rating
+37 to Life

Small Charm of Maiming
Small Charm
Required Level: 43
Fingerprint: 0x5b0b6127
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion
+6 to Maximum Damage

Small Charm of Maiming
Small Charm
Required Level: 43
Fingerprint: 0x795c9cf5
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion
+6 to Maximum Damage

Small Charm of Maiming
Small Charm
Required Level: 43
Fingerprint: 0x51445c06
Item Level: 70
Version: Expansion
+5 to Maximum Damage

Small Charm of Maiming
Small Charm
Required Level: 43
Fingerprint: 0x93fb041
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion
+5 to Maximum Damage

Fine Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 21
Fingerprint: 0x5c1677c1
Item Level: 43
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to Maximum Damage
+20 to Attack Rating
+13 to Life

Fine Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x49fbee9a
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+6 to Maximum Damage
+36 to Attack Rating
+37 to Life

Fine Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xa5a0e2c
Item Level: 68
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Maximum Damage
+17 to Attack Rating
+18 to Life

Shimmering Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 25
Fingerprint: 0x5c626f63
Item Level: 78
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+11 to Life
All Resistances +5

Sapphire Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x1d0f7244
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+19 to Life
Cold Resist +11%

Forked Large Charm of Maiming
Large Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x5f0e9eb3
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion
+19 to Maximum Damage

Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0x525b9812
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
116% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 10%
40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Code:
The Reaper's Toll
Thresher
Two Hand Damage: 58 - 683
Durability: 55 of 65
Required Level: 75
Required Strength: 107
Required Dexterity: 81
Fingerprint: 0x286c187a
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
33% Chance to cast level 1 Decrepify on striking
+20% Increased Attack Speed
224% Enhanced Damage
Ignore Target's Defense
Adds 4 - 44 Cold Damage Over 1 Secs (36 Frames)
12% Life stolen per hit
33% Deadly Strike
Requirements -25%
Ethereal
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Shael Rune

Fortitude
Archon Plate
ElSolDolLo
Defense: 3501
Durability: 31 of 31
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 93
Fingerprint: 0x5cec98b1
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+129 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +25
Damage Reduced by 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 to Light Radius
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)

Andariel's Visage
Demonhead
Defense: 540
Durability: 11 of 11
Required Level: 83
Required Strength: 92
Fingerprint: 0xd50310fd
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
+2 to All Skills
+20% Increased Attack Speed
29% Enhanced Damage
+4 to Maximum Damage
10% Life stolen per hit
+133% Enhanced Defense
+29 to Strength
+10% to Maximum Poison Resist
Fire Resist +0%
Poison Resist +70%
Level 3 Venom (14/20 Charges)
Ethereal
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Storm Heart

Storm Heart
Jewel
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0xd65a72ef
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
29% Enhanced Damage
+4 to Maximum Damage
Fire Resist +30%

Planning
The skill build's very straightforward - max Vengeance, get 25 Conviction after skills, and everything else in Resist Element synergies. CtA on switch covers utility auras, and without a shield out normally, there's no need for Holy Shield or Smite.

The fastest a GPA swings is 10fpa, which requires 80 IAS past BotD's 60. Given that the opportunity cost of IAS from the chest slot is way too high, this means that I'd need to gear for it on all the other slots. Even if the build's not focused on physical damage, Highlord's Wrath and Laying of Hands both help with leeching and contribute resists towards the increased cap from synergies.

Not having a shield forces either a lot of charms dedicated to resists or a lot of it covered by the remaining two slots, and Vengeance scaling with physical damage puts damage charms at a premium. 1.07 Valkyrie Wing with an IAS jewel could have covered the remaining IAS by itself, but there'd be no way to make up resists with the freed up belt slot. The decked out Crown of Ages fills far more gearing holes in comparison, between +1 towards the Conviction hard cap and huge resists. (The Valkyrie Wing did see usage during leveling, though.) Nosferatu's Coil covers the remaining 10 IAS and also offsets CoA's strength requirement.

Fortitude would have been nice for the gaudier LCS number and extra leech, but this was one of the few times that Chains of Honor's hodgepodge of bonuses all came into use.

Gameplay
The same problem I had with my previous avenger build a decade back was still present - Vengeance is a slow single target attack that doesn't even come with the convenience of being mappable to RMB to prevent having to click on every target. The payoff isn't that great, either - the enhanced damage on it is the best that I can think of for a single button, but it's also coming at the cost of 72 skill points.

That part aside, the experience wasn't especially interesting. The LCS number looked impressive, but the DPS output was nothing special and the lack of survivability with no accompanying crowd control tools made things dicey.

I'd like to try another one with a 1h + Exile loadout at some point, but since I don't think I'll be either making a second BotD or finding a 400%+ ED ethereal Crystal Sword anytime soon, that's on the backburner.
 

Nibiru-

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats. I know the pain of single targets. I ran a conc-barb to the mid 50s and finished a frenzybarb a few years ago. It's certainly not for the faint of heart but a sweet weapon like that probably makes it a lot more enjoyable.
 

mir

Diabloii.Net Member
Very impressive char and congrats on the patriarch!

Did you tried the act3 merc? The cold one can provide good crowd control with some management.



on the other hand, you probably don't make BOTD to take it slow :)
 
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