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[3.0] Ice Crash Duelist (Slayer)

Intro & build description

Great starting build in upcoming Fall of Oriath expansion. Build is balanced damage and defense wise, best part is, you don’t need any expensive uniques to get going. Once you get to mapping(endgame) you will have more than enough currency to buy Kongor’s Undying Rage maul. From there, you just upgrade your flasks, gear and jewels with currency accumulated while mapping/farming.

Build Pros

  • Great starting character in new league
  • Very easy to play, very easy to gear
  • Deals massive amounts of cold damage
  • With some investment can do all the content in game

Build Cons

  • Elemental reflect can kill you if you don't pay attention

Passive tree(s)

Full Build

Bandits

Bandits Quest Choice
Help Oak

Ascendancy skill points

LabyrinthsSkill point choice
Labyrinth 1Bane of Legends
Labyrinth 2Headsman
Labyrinth 3Endless Hunger
Endgame LabyrinthBrutal Fervour

Skill gem setup

Helm


Hatred

Herald of Ash

Summon Stone Golem

Blood Rage


Body Armor


Ice Crash

Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

Melee Physical Damage Support

Cold Penetration Support

Elemental Focus Support

Increased Area of Effect Support or Concentrated Effect Support


Gloves


Leap Slam

Blood Magic Support

Faster Attacks Support

Fortify Support


Boots



2h Weapon


Ancestral Warchief

Melee Physical Damage Support

Elemental Damage with Attacks Support

Concentrated Effect Support

Elemental Focus Support

Cold Penetration Support


1h Weapon


None


Offhand weapon / shield


None



Build uniques / Example rare gear


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Helmet

Starkonja's Head

Great helm overall, attack speed, huge life and some crit paired with decent chunk of evasion.


Body Armour

Astral Plate

High life, high resistances and armor. They come very cheap. Your best bet is to buy Celestial Justicar divination cards for easy 6 linked astral plate and crafting it yourself.


Gloves

Spiked Gloves

Life, resistances and attack speed or flat physical damage on gloves.


Boots

Kaom's Roots

Great boots, You cannot be slowed to below base speed means you will ignore temporal chains curse and chilled ground won’t affect you.


Left Ring

Steel Ring

Try to buy or craft ring with % Weapon Elemental Damage, life, elemental resistances. They can be expensive as the league starts. I suggest buying white steel ring and crafting it yourself.


Right Ring

Steel Ring

Life, % Weapon Elemental Damage,  resistances. If you can afford or get lucky with crafting, flat physical damage is great paired with stats above.


Amulet

Turquoise Amulet

Life, % Weapon Elemental Damage, resistances. If you can afford, get one with flat physical damage too.


2Hand Weapon

Kongor's Undying Rage

Great maul overall, it has built in ”Hits can’t be Evaded” so we don’t have to take Resolute Tehnique keystone which saves us couple of passive points.


Belt

Leather Belt

Increased elemental damage with weapons, life and resistances. If you can afford, get flat armor on belt too.


Jewel

Crimson Jewel

Increased life, increased physical damage and increased area of damage. If these are expensive, get life and physical damage paired with stats you are lacking or resistances.


Jewel

Crimson Jewel

Increased life, increased physical damage and increased area of damage. If these are expensive, get life and physical damage paired with stats you are lacking or resistances.


Jewel

Crimson Jewel

Increased life, increased physical damage and increased area of damage. If these are expensive, get life and physical damage paired with stats you are lacking or resistances.


Flask

Seething Divine Life Flask of Warding

Instant recovery life flask which aloso removes curses. Very useful.


Flask

Atziri's Promise

Great dps boost and leech flask.


Flask

Lion's Roar

Adds layer of defense and boosts our damage. Must have flask.


Flask

Taste of Hate

Great flask to have, adds defense and damage.


Flask

Experimenter's Quicksilver Flask of Adrenaline

Our utility flask, increases movement speed on consumption.



Feel free to share your thoughts/experiences/tips about the build in comments section below.

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12 comments

  1. loving this build

  2. I will give this build a try, but how will you pierce resistd to make Ice Crash more effective?

  3. Is there possible to use a Cast when dmg taken set up since we have gem slots free ?

  4. Why are you using Herald of Ash instead of ICe?

  5. Hey 🙂

    I wonder if its worth it to get 20 % quality gems, i now have a 20 % ice crash, warchief and the melee physical dmg sup and im not so good in this math so should i get other 20 % gems ?
    Cause when i swapped the 20 % quality melee dmg one it doesnt change on my dps sheet so i would love to get some feedback 🙂

    • In general, I always use GCP recipe when my gems hit level 20 to get 20% gems. 20% gems outscale 20 lvl gems by level 15 in most cases, not counting spells of course.

  6. What would be the best head enchant ? i noticed that on some bosses i run around like a scared chicken and hope the totem does my work and kill the boss.

    • Well, they all have their place. Honestly, go for Area of effect if you feel like lacking and need more coverage. I haven’t done the math, don’t know which one does more damage, either 40% increased ice crash dmg or 15% of Ice Crash Physical Damage gained as Extra Cold Damage. Go for either one if you need damage, shouldn’t be huge difference.

  7. why that maul, and not some other powerful 2h weapon?

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