Hi there, like Luffy said: PtV works. It´s viable, fun and very addictive. You could say that PtV is endgame. I first posted this 2 months ago to EU and promised to post here too. It took sometime as I didn´t play in 3 months. Anyhow´ yesterday evening I made a new clip at VoTA, 3 consecutive runs. So here we go.
For the last week, I´ve been testing a lot. I grinded with PtV, using different setups until I got it to work smoothly. By smooth I mean clearing faster than with the "bis" SV.
When you play without PtV, you´re always on full mana. Sometimes you go oom when chain cc´ed. Alarm bells are ringing.
PtV adds mana management. You´ve to think what to do, when to do and sometimes think a bit ahead.
PtV is very simple. It´s based on killing creeps before you go oom.
What does PtV require to work as intented?
-Mana regen and max mana
MR to keep channeling and recover mana fast when oom. Max mana for big mana pool to draw and for better mana returns from GI,GF and HG.
An example for 1H: 65 MR, 970 max mana with 1.65 aps does not work. Constantly going oom and with just 65 MR it takes too long to recover.
-SoJ with -cost to bats
Max mana and -cost is a bonus. A very good bonus but SoJ is used for the massive dmg boost vs elites. Bat ring can be -6,8 or 9/10. -6 is very cheap and enough to work. Like I said it´s the 30% dmg boost vs elites that makes the PtV work. Those that don´t believe in SoJ always calculate dps on paper for SoJ and for their ring of choise. It´s wrong. I´ve always believed in SoJ but PtV clearly shows just how powerful the ring is.
An example for 1H and 2H without SoJ: When you´ve voodoo and paranoia ready, you can kill the elites fast and it works. When there´s lots of creeps around you can kill the elites. If you do 3 VoTa runs in row, you´re oom vs 30% of packs. You go oom before the elites die which will result in deaths and waiting e.g it´s slow,boring and inefficient.
You need to get every mana bottle that drops. If you go oom cause you didn´t get the mana bottle, get more PuR. I recommend having atleast 10 yards. The more the better even thought the kill radius of CoB is limited, PuR makes the build work a lot smoother and you vacuum everything by just walking forward.
Needs to be high enough so that you can kill the creeps before going oom. I haven´t tested these for several reasons but having 200k should be enough. On the other hand, if you´ve 300k it might be too much, you might go oom cause too much ias but then you don´t even need PtV.
That´s right. I´m talking about flying solo. A build has to work in solo play, as a matter of fact I enjoy playing alone on soft more. Anyhow´ I used scoundrel. First I had to change his skills, slow,blind and multi shot away. Still elites often attacked him and it was annoying and he dies a lot (not giving the 3cc or 10% dps bonus). I took templar and the build started to work better. He gives you 4 additional MR. Don´t teach him skills that may interfere with CoB, I recommend getting all the skills from the left side. Give him high aps azure with high% freeze. A high block% storm shield, a token with high vitality and block%. Black´s cross and rings with ias. He never dies, he stays close to you, close to elites and his freeze is very solid, even better vs gobs than scoundrel with buriza.
1H & 2H:
PtV works with both. The differences are:
With 2H you don´t need armor, even 3.5k is enough to facetank everything with FA. Reflect does nothing. Gobs are easy to kill, so much easier than without PtV.
With 1H you need armor, even 4k armor and reflect causes deaths. I only got 2.6% LS so I need to be careful with reflect. I recommend getting atleast 2.9% LS. 1H get´s more MR which is gold when you need to recover.
Otherwise it´s more hits n crits with the chance for more vitality vs high crits n healing with better dots (locusts)
I was mojo shopping. Zuni is expensive and the only reason to use it is tal chest. That left me with Uhka and frog. Frog has godly PuR with MR and MM. You can get high Int/Vit. A good Uhka gives me +10k dps and 6% vs elites but I´d have to use PuR on other gear which lowers my dps by 6k. I lose MM and PuR so frog was an easy choise. Everything is situational, use whatever is best for you.
It´s a cookie cutter really but let´s break it down:
The more max mana, the more mana you gain. You need to time it before the elites cc you, before frozen explodes and always before you go oom.
SH:Swallow your soul/Vengeful spirit
Vengeful spirit is for 2H, it does dmg and pressing the button is full heal with that massive LS. With 1H the dmg is pathetic and the life return is weak. It took me almost a week to let go of that rune. I used languish which worked better but Swallow your soul is what made the difference with fast kills and going oom.
Haven´t used this in a while. Actually fun. Always use it so that you don´t hit the elites. Exception to the rule is that you would die otherwise. Sometimes it´s best not to use it at all. Allows tanking reflect and molten explosions. A mandatory vs reflect even for 2H.
Our greatest buff 30% dmg with 20% ias is too good to pass. When you need to kill fast. Best to be used vs champs and nasty blue packs that need to die fast.
Packs come near you, they usually come walking around you. That is the reason I love paranoia, it makes a huge difference in clearing speed. Eliminates all the enemy affixes and the 20% AoE buff around your CoB is godly. Sometimes the champ wanders away which is always annoying but only a minor con. Hex works aswell and it´s even better vs spinners, however sometimes you need to take out shocking guardians and skelly archers one by one, which will slow down.
Passives are set, nothing to add about em´.
VoTA MP10 with PtV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsnW6WZSi6g
I forgot to change Stalker to FA. There was one more pack in the last room, a blue blazing pack that killed me in 3s ^^ I left it out cause there was about 30s just walking to it.
NEW Clip, 3 consecutive runs at VoTA:
NEW Clip, 1.98 Aps
For para 100 and the way bliz patches the game, there´s only 2 things to do for me. VoTA and fields of misery.
On fields, there´s no need for SoJ. I´m using ias litany and the build looks like this.
Build for fields:
Pull 60+ creeps with locust´s, the more the better. Use Jaunt + Stalker when not pulling. Jaunt is used for protection, you can literally be invinsible 100% of time. Paranoia is always ready. Everything melts, it´s crazy. With 2H locusts kill frogs and bats alone. I skip all dungeons, they interfere pulling. All the other areas are way more boring than fields and the creeps on willow are too slow.
I hope you find the guide useful, enjoyed the video and give PtV a proper chance.