[3.8] STEEL EMBRACE Pure physical [Shattering Steel Champion] Budget Friendly
I started the 3.5 league with the new shattering steel and found it to be quite satisfying with late game potential. It was super cheap to put together doing red maps with just a 5link and some Beltimbers.
Video of Gameplay:
Regular Red Map https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGLtTwbmsMk&t=1s
Maze of the Minotaur https://youtu.be/cyZitoZOgPo
Lair of the Hydra https://youtu.be/xZNuzIkgHwg
Forge of the Pheonix https://youtu.be/uAk_uLS89wY
Shaper Beam to the face https://gfycat.com/ImmaculateMadIrishwolfhound
Since the 3.6 patch the only change was the fork interaction but it wasn't mentioned in the notes anywhere so it's still unconfirmed
the leach changes shouldnt affect this build too much since it generates many instances of damage per second so it should be unchanged
3.7 Legion BIG buffs. with the new passive tree rework for the champ you can get even higher damage. There are impale nodes on the tree as well to get 100% impale chance. The 20% less attack speed is balanced out by the massive 169 added physical resulting in a net of +23% more damage overall
3.8 There were basically no changes in blight league
+ High dps Due to shotgunning (all projectiles hitting the same target)
+ High mobility speed with Leap Slam
+ Good Clear speed
+ High defense with champion + Molten shell
+ Budget friendly
+ Upclose and personal Play style
+ High leech
- Struggles With life plateauing at around 5.5-6k at level 90
- Need to be super close (read inside) bosses to do max DPS
Path of Building:
NOTE: The two bottom abyss jewels are for damage calculations only since impale isn't incorporated to path of building and shotgunning projectiles
do not take those nodes!
The damage shown in path of building is per projectile so multiply it by your projectile count. With my current build I have 10 projectiles so the jewel in the bottom left gives 100% more damage per projectile
In the bottom left click the down arrow to select different trees
Selecting the other trees will guide you to a finished tree
There's no need to take critical strike nodes until later on since consistent damage will feel smoother until you get some gear to complement higher critical strike chance.
I don't recommend using brutality until later on so you can use some elemental damage weapons
having 2 quick silver flasks will really speed up the leveling jog slog as well as %movement speed boots.
Some good leveling uniques:
You can also use the vendor recipe
Blacksmith stone + rare rustic sash + white weapon
gives a magic weapon with added physical damage
Giantsbane Bronze Gauntlets
Goldrim Leather Cap
Tabula Rasa Simple Robe
Meginord's Girdle Heavy Belt
The Magnate Studded Belt
Ewar's Mirage Antique Rapier
Passive Tree: / Path of Building / PoB
You want to rush point blank because it's basically a 50% more multiplier for free
Path Of Building:
Ascendancy Champion Order
2) Worthy Foe
3) Unstoppable Hero
4) Master of Metal
Help Alira (+15% all res 20% crit multiplier 5 mana/s)
Major god of your choice since Soul of Arakaali was heavily nerfed
You can still get the 50% increased life recovery (if you capture the essence with a divine vessel) by using turning of righteous fire then immediately popping a burn immunity flask so you've stopped taking damage over time recently (past 4 seconds)
Soul of Tukohama
Shattering Steel > Vicious Projectiles > Brutality > Maim > Impale Support > Fork
Leap Slam + Faster Attacks > Fortify
Power Charge Generation
(if not using kaoms roots)
Orb of Storm + Power Charge on Critical + increased Critical strike chance
Mana Reserved Skills:
Flesh and Stone + Maim Support
corrupted tombfist/Haemophilia with curse on hit (vulnerability but any curse is good)
If you see these reroll or be sad when it's already corrupted
> Reflect Physical
> Cannot Leech
These mods are doable but they can significantly slow down or make the map more dangerous for this build
> Reduced Physical Damage taken %
> Reduced critical strike damage taken
> Added damage as X element (some bosses might 1shot)
> reduced life recovery rate
> Cannot Taunt
These are the stats you want to look for on items in descending order
> Damage to attacks
> Armor / Evasion
> Extra Projectiles
> High physical damage
> High attack speed
For A corrupted Beltimber Blade you would want adds flat physical and or attack speed.
The Nomad corruption ideally would be critical strike multiplier during flask effect.
Jewels you want:
flat physical damage to attacks
Sword Flat physical damage to attacks
I'm using Inertia over by the ranger as a quick and dirty jewel slot (+90 str) since dex has zero value to this build. they typically cost 1c abyss jewels are better but even some exalted orb cost abyss jewels are only minor improvements
This is late game gear but making sure your res is 75% with 2 beltimbers will carry you far enough. a 5 link belly is like 40 chaos the most expensive of the gear.
If you have the currency picking up a Grelwood Shank will allow you to drop
point blank and iron reflexes
The shocked on focus is very nice late game damage buff if you want to farm shaper/elder but not a priority
Haemophilia are great options for mapping the bleed explosions make packs just pop
1 jewel tomb fist with murderous for intimidating is better for bosses
but requires a murderous abyss jewel
6L Armors you could use:
The Brass Dome - Bonkers physical damage reduction and no crit damage
Belly of the Beast - can probably reach 7k HP with a good %life roll
Loreweave - Good all around stats for the build and potentially huge elemental damage taken reduction
The Iron Fortress - Gives a pretty big DPS up without sacrificing too much defense.
If you wanted to push to the extreme getting an elder diamond ring with life on hit would be best in slot
For Flask mods:
Curse immunity is number 1 flask priority
For my life flask I typically put bleed immunity + instant recovery on low life since i hard ever use it unless death is imminent
Don't need a freeze immunity because you cannot be slowed below base if using kaoms roots
increased armor/evasion during flask effect (armor is better)
Other flasks you could use (until dying sun):
Amethyst Flask (for spooky Immortal Syndicate encounters)
Blood of the Karui
If you have any questions or comments feel free to let me know! I would be delighted to hear your feedback.
I edited the passive tree to give a bit more life/intelligence
as well as added a level 100 tree and an ideal chest (it's just called new item)
last update: Legion League 6/16/2019
Last edited by PeteTheLich on Nov 30, 2019, 3:52:52 PM
Last bumped on Jan 7, 2020, 4:54:49 PM
on Dec 26, 2018, 10:59:51 PM
What about the fork interaction?
on Jan 1, 2019, 3:51:33 PM
There's not appreciable benefit from using fork support over pierce for clear speed. Using pierce you get a more multiplier as well as the shattering steel 100% more at max range
Fork wont add to single target DPS and map clear speed would be unchanged.
on Jan 2, 2019, 1:56:48 PM
Have you seen this?
on Jan 2, 2019, 8:10:18 PM
I had not that's interesting. Fork would definitely be misbehaving if that were the case. I'll run some tests to see how it affects the shotgunning.
After some very rudimentary tests it seems like fork is in fact doing something. It massively lowers my dps yet it goes toe to toe when i did the beach map both bosses died in roughly 4
Ill start doing more runs to gather more data
I did Uber elder and didnt feel like I was super struggling for damage desipte it being a less multiplier.
I've not done the uber fight enough to be very good at it. But using fork felt better. I would say fork is better for single target but pierce is far better for general mapping.
Last edited by PeteTheLich on Jan 2, 2019, 10:08:06 PM
on Jan 2, 2019, 8:44:58 PM
So basically just a gem swap for harder boss content like Guardians/Shaper/U.Elder? Seems good.
on Jan 4, 2019, 1:58:38 PM
You dont have to gem swap fork and pierce work for general mapping. I've been trying out fork and it feels just as good so either one works just fine.
This build can do Shaper and guardians with ease. Uber Elder is possible but it's hard to find the time to stand still and drop a train on them.
on Jan 4, 2019, 5:18:44 PM
I'm using a
at the moment. Feels like the good old Vaal Pact before nerf.
Even at bosses it's under 1 second until full, thanks to the fork interaction. Lots and lots of hits.
on Jan 4, 2019, 5:25:37 PM
Oh yeah that's a huge amount of life. I was looking at watchers eyes with the vitality life on hit. with that ring you'd probably get around 3000 life per second minimum on top of the 2500 leach. Ive found the leach is generally enough (you can see I tanked a full duration Shaper beam in the video section) but getting an elder ring with life on hit would be best in slot.
on Jan 4, 2019, 7:28:30 PM
I just wanted to post my video of Mino
If I take Fork out it just gets worse.
My character is open
Last edited by rflynn74 on Jan 6, 2019, 12:12:02 PM
on Jan 6, 2019, 12:11:19 PM