Default League Passives
Hardcore League Passives
The basic idea of the build is to be as simple as possible. Your dps will be pretty good and with high armor, high hp and regen you will be relatively tanky. Your basic fight consists of cursing enemies with Projectile Weakness and then just spamming Ethereal Knives. If necessary for maps or lower gear levels it may be advisable to drop a Spell Totem with a Summon Skeleton support gem and Faster Casting attached. This will give you a meat wall to absorb hits.
The benefits of this build:
Very good dps, especially AoE.
Very simple to play.
Very desirable in groups.
The drawbacks of this build:
Can be dangerous to use at times.
Weak to physical reflect mobs.
The gear, gems, and support gems you want with this build are as follows:
You wants as much spell damage as possible and cast speed is ideal. Since EK is a spell, it benefits directly from spell damage.
As much spell damage as possible.
You want high armor and hp as well as a 5 link (a 6 link is ideal).
Use your jewelry slots to keep your resists as close to cap as possible. Once this is achieved look for cast speed and HP.
All other armor -
Get as much armor and Hp as possible whilst keeping your resists capped. Pieces with cast speed are a nice bonus, but don't skimp on your HP.
Ethereal Knives linked with Iron will, Life Leach, and Faster Projectiles. Once you get a 5 link attach Added Fire Damage. Once you get a 6 link attach faster casting. Try your best to get as many quality gems as possible as they will vastly increase your dps.
Projectile Weakness with Increased Area of Affect attached.
If you are having trouble at low levels or on maps I'd suggest equipping a Spell Totem with Summon Skeletons and Faster Casting attached as support gems.
The rotation for this build is very straight forward. All you need to do is curse enemies with Projectile Weakness and then spam Ethereal Knives. If you are having trouble at low levels or on maps you can drop a Skeleton Totem and this should help with your survivability.
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