AAA = Intro
BBB = Min Gearing requirements.
CCC = Build + alternatives
DDD = Gameplay Tactics
AAA : Intro
Well as i am almost at the paragon 100 stage, i figured i may share with the public my build and gearing advice for any new WD's out there who are thinking of starting in my opinion the most effecient and fun class to play :) Frequently i get asked in game "omg you are kicking a$$ and you can bear for soooo long, and have zero mana issues with your attack speed!!! HOW?????" Well this lil build guild is just for you :)
Now, for starters, you MUST, read, MUST be honest with your MP level of choice. Dont step into mp10 with sub 30 yards pickup radius and under 200k unbuffed. You will fail. And fail hard.
DONT SAY I DIDNT WARN YOU!!!!
BBB : Gear
Now this build is, if you are honest with your MP level, 100% free of mana issues and you CAN stack as much IAS as you want. However, you DO require a large ammount of Pickup Radius (PUR) for this to function correctly. I Suggest a MINIMUM of 30 yards. This is easily attainable with a Thing Of The Deep (20 yards) + 2 more items. The more the better and the better the build works.
You will also want to get a Zuni 4 Piece. If you are running with a Skorn, you will want to run with a SOJ with Zombie Bear Reduct on it, if going 1h/mojo (this is ideal) get Firebat reduct on your SOJ and Zombie Bear Reduct on your mojo.
If running a 1h/mojo and NOT a ToTD (if you have 20+ yards of pickup on your gear) a good endgame MJ or Zuni SoS is great for mojo. a SoS is BiS for this build, this enables you to run either a CC mempo (damage!!!) or a Visage of Guiya (if mana poor still)
CCC : Skills
Base of the Build:
Now you may be wondering why i left some skills blank and empty. Basically you can fill in what you wish in the rest of the slots, but, myself personally i run with this:
Now i will explain my choices and skillset based on the top build, and give options for what can be filled in the blanks :)
Left Click : Zombie Charger : Zombie Bears - great all around attack. Huge damage. Decent AOE. Life Steal works a treat. Good for close to mid/far range attacks. Can be a hassle to aim when 1st use the skill, and you figure out how to "bearstream - bears in single file" but its tried, true and works.
Right Click : Plague of Bats : Cloud Of Bats. - MASSIVE damage. Huge. very limited range and HUGE mana cost initially. Does just melt anything in game quickly. Possibly the hardest hitting skill in the game at moment.
Button 1 : Spirit Walk : Jaunt - your OOOOOHHHH SHIVER MY TIMBERS button. Used to escape, not die, movement speed buff and survive Vs reflect. While you are in spirit realm you cannot die. If your ghost gets hammered tho, you WILL come back to mortal realm and you CAN die. Be Warned!
Button 2 : Spirit Vessel : Languish - Huge damage buff. Also sends your resestances up as well. Why use Languish and not any of the others? Well as my gameplay vids will show, you run into middle of a pack in spirit walk, cast spirit vessel and SLOW effected enemy's for 3 seconds then cast bats. Normally within 3 seconds the white trash is dead, packs are 50% dead, and they have not started to attack you as they are SOOOOOO slowed.
Button 3 : Sacrifice : Pride - Mana regen. 1st we kill the enemy, then you get the dogs, then you Sac for the mana. Win. The damage they deal is a nice added bonus. The build is built around this!
Button 4 : YOUR CHOICE!!!! Personally i like Big Bad Voodoo : Slam Dance. Extra damage buff for myself and party. Other possible contenders in this slot are Hex : Jinx for Vs1 damage buffs, or Horrify : Frightning Aspect for the extra armor Vs reflect packs. I would advise using Horrify until your mitigation and life steal is high enough that reflect is no longer a problem.
Passive 1 : CIRCLE OF LIFE. Critical to the build. This is where the Pickup radius comes in, plus the realism on your MP level of choice. You MUST be able to smoke down the white trash so you can spawn a dog or 3, before you go out of mana. And you will go Out Of Mana quick enough. The larger your PUR, the more dogs you can spawn for free, and the more extra mana you get from Sacrifice.
Passive 2 + 3 : Your choice. I like Gruesome Feast / Grave Injustice. Huge damage buffs. Cooldown's lower. Not for the undergeared tho in higher MP levels.
If you are squishy, Jungle Fort + Blood Magic works nice, but honestly you can put whatever you like in here.
DDD : Gameplay
On my twitch i have recorded some basic video's on skills and tactics to use Vs white trash. Please pardon the horrible quality as i am on an Australian connection.
P.S any deaths i am blaming on being drinking for past 4 hours!!!
Here is the direct link to some gameplay video's of my WD in action to get an idea on HOW to run this build. Dont mind the death, i am a little drunk at moment! Gearwise i am wearing the gear i did the video on my profile now so you can checkit there.
pardon the heavy breathing as well i noticed on playback but WD's just make me HAWT!!!
Give it a shot and see what you think!