[3.5] Death by a Thousand Cuts - Frost Blades & Blade Flurry Raider

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Introduction

A melee build relying on elemental conversion to crit through the game with Frost Blades for clearing and Blade Flurry for single target. Viable for everything (with a degree of skill required).

Changelog
Spoiler

* Updated for 3.5, no longer use Molten Strike

Videos [3.5]

TBA, give me a day or two

Pros

* Good clear speed
* Good single target
* Budget viable (to a point)
* High EHP

Cons

* Relying on dodge, which is RNG
* Melee
* Blade Flurry can be unwieldy to use at times

Skill Tree

End Game Tree

Bandits

Alira or passives.

Ascendancy

Way of the Poacher -> Avatar of the Slaughter -> Rapid Assault-> Avatar of the Chase

Maximum DPS. Absolutely no fear. If you absolutely need more defences (HC probably), take Avatar of the Veil instead of Avatar of the Chase

Pantheon

Fully upgraded Soul of Lunaris

Soul Yugul/Soul of Garukhan

Current Gear

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This is ~8 ex worth of gear (mostly the weapon and Chest) but you should be able to get by with much less. Check the below section for budget or alternate options.


Gear Choices

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Weapons: High PDPS Crit Claw. Touch of Anguish or Wasp's Nest are good budget options. You can also use The Scourge which is a little iffy on the survivability side but does the most damage out of all the unique claws.

Shield: Lycosidae removes accuracy problems and adds a bit of life & block.

Helmet: The Tempest's Binding for 6L Frost Blades. If in a league where this item is too costly, consider Starkonja's Head or just a rare helmet with %Elemental Damage taken as Phys and/or -%Cold Res to nearby enemies.

Body Armour: Loreweave, The Perfect Form, or a 5L Shroud of the Lightless. Use a rare with life & res on a budget.

Amulet: Rare amulet with a combination of Life, WED%, %physical gained as cold, crit multi, WED.

Gloves: Rare with life, attack speed, and res. Tombfist is actually great here but you need res too much.

Boots: Atziri's Step for great movement speed and some spell dodge. If you're doing Uber Elder, consider Kaom's Roots.

Belt: Stygian Vise with life, res, WED%. Otherwise just get normal rares with missing strength.

Rings: WED%, flat cold/phys damage, life, attributes needed.

Flasks: Life Flask, Atziri's Promise, The Wise Oak, Quartz Flask, Diamond Flask. Use Taste of Hate instead of Quartz if you really want even more damage.

Magic flasks are for anti-bleed, anti-curse, and anti-freeze. Optimally you can try to balance your resistance for the Wise Oak to hit all 3, but prioritise high cold pen if you can't.

You want 1 single Watcher's Eye with Phys Converted to Cold when affected by Hatred.
On your other jewels try to always get Maximum Life %, other good mods are:

* Increased Global Crit Multi
* Increased Global Crit Multi with Elemental Skills
* Increased Attack Speed with Claws
* Increased Projectile Damage
* Increased Attack Speed

For Abyss Jewels, get any of flat life, flat emental damage, attack speed, ele pen, or dodge chance.

Gem Links
Spoiler
Blade Flurry - Concentrated Effect - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Added Cold Damage - Elemental Focus - Hypothermia

Your single target. Get as many multipliers here as possible.

Frost Blades - Elemental Damage with Attacks - Added Cold Damage - Multistrike

Put this into your helm. You can also put in Ancestral Call somewhere, but I hate it so I don't.
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Whirling Blades - Faster Attacks - Fortify - Blood Magic

Our movement skill, very standard. You can also use Whirling Blades if you prefer, and Reduced Mana instead of Blood Magic if you have Alia.

Hatred - Summon Lightning Golem - Herald of Ice

General auras. Use Herald of Purity instead of Herald of Ice specifically for insane single target (pretty much just Uber Elder).

Storm Brand (low level) - Power Charge on Critical - Culling Strike

Power Charge generation.

Frost Bomb (lvl 1)

For single target only.

Cast When Damage Taken (lvl1) - Immortal Call (lvl 3) - Increased Duration

Defensive CWDT setup



Leveling

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Level with Frost Blades and Blade Flurry when you get it. If you have a Tabula you can link these gems with the same supports. Be mindful of your defences and abuse Frost Blades range.

Normal levelling uniques like Goldrim, Lochtonial Caress, Tabula Rasa, and Wanderlust are good as always, get a Seven-League Step if you can afford one.

At 26 get a Ewar's Mirage for yourself. Periodically upgrade your gear with high PDPS Claw once you get to those nodes.



Why is this no longer a Molten Strike build?

Too much strength + jewel requirement got in the way. Blade Flurry is the perfect replacement.
Last edited by CynthiaCrescent on Jan 29, 2019, 10:28:41 PM
Last bumped on Feb 12, 2019, 9:12:43 PM
Added Levelling section
Absolutely going to give this a shot -- been looking for a way to enjoy frost builds when 3.0 hits and i'll give it a test run and report back. Much appreciated that you don't use anything ridiculously expensive, and that it's not CI/LL.

xoxo
Do you just switch your gems before boss fights? do you put one of your attack skills into your chest piece?
Last edited by Jigga_Justin on Jun 25, 2017, 2:58:49 AM
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Jigga_Justin wrote:
Do you just switch your gems before boss fights? do you put one of your attack skills into your chest piece?


From what I can see it, uses the chest for one skill and the sword for the other.

Last edited by adroanzi on Jun 25, 2017, 1:18:54 PM
I got a question regarding molten strike last support gem "Physical Proj att dmg", aren't we converting all our damage to elemental? is the support gem doing anything? I might be confused with how it works. Thanks for your reply.
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Jigga_Justin wrote:
Do you just switch your gems before boss fights? do you put one of your attack skills into your chest piece?


There're 2 options:

* For convenience sake (which is what I'm doing), you have two 6Ls of your main skills, one in your sword and one in your body armour.

* If you feel particularly feisty, you can have 2 different weapons each with a 6L so that you can switch to depending on the situation. This is extremely expensive since you need 2 6L weapons, but allows you to wear a Kaom's Heart which boost both our HP pool and Molten Strike damage (or wear a Legacy Kaom's Heart but if you can afford that then why are you playing this pauper build)
Last edited by CynthiaCrescent on Jun 26, 2017, 4:48:11 PM
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Completed 6 Challengessmash69420 wrote:
Absolutely going to give this a shot -- been looking for a way to enjoy frost builds when 3.0 hits and i'll give it a test run and report back. Much appreciated that you don't use anything ridiculously expensive, and that it's not CI/LL.

xoxo


Thanks.

Since I'll be preoccupied once 3.0 comes having someone else experimenting will be great.
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Completed 19 Challengesgreksix wrote:
I got a question regarding molten strike last support gem "Physical Proj att dmg", aren't we converting all our damage to elemental? is the support gem doing anything? I might be confused with how it works. Thanks for your reply.


We're converting all our phys to ele (cold & fire), but Phys Proj scales our damage before it gets converted, and that will then be scaled through our elemental %.
Any videos coming? How's it treating you still? May hop on this for 3.0 since I want to stick with Raider

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