[caption id="attachment_386902" align="alignright" width="336"] GR101 on the European Realm.[/caption]The Power Creep in Patch 2.4 is impossible to ignore, and it's certainly showing up on the Ladders, where multiple softcore four-player groups have already shattered the GR100 barrier. The current world's best is on the Korean realm, with a group clearing Greater Rift 103 in 14:25, and they're far from alone with the top 52 players on the Korea four-player ladder all at GR100+.
Outside of Korea this is still an achievement; just one European party has also broken GR100, with a GR101 clear in 14:42, and the lazy Americans should work harder! The best four-player party so far on the Americas Realm is a score of GR98 in 12:04.
No group has beaten GR100 yet on the Season 5 Ladder, (non-seasonal has thousands more Paragon Points, after all) but it's only a matter of time. Multiple Seasonal groups are already up to GR95 on the Korean ladder. GR91 is the best seasonal on US and EU, as of right now.
How are they smashing past Greater Rift 100+ in Patch 2.4? It's all about monster control; every party has one Wizard doing DPS, while the support/control comes from a Crusader, a Witch Doctor, and a Monk. I can't find a video from a party using this strategy to break GR100 this season, but one will surely pop up soon. (If you find one, post it in comments and we'll add it in.) You can get a sense of it in Quin's new video showing the Monk healing/support build, though there's not much gameplay and it's *only* on GR85.
Are you guys impressed by the power creep and strategy progression this Patch? Or do you think it's gone too far, and characters have become too powerful and are making a mockery of the game and overall difficulty balance? Do we need more Torment levels already?
Update: As Guardzor points out in comments, Battle.net is not showing the latest updated Leaderboards for the Americas Server, and there are several groups now at GR100 and GR101. Of course the #1 party is all players from
[caption id="attachment_386913" align="aligncenter" width="556"] US 4P non-season Leaderboard, 1/27/2016.[/caption]
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