[3.12]Dragoon's DW Calling Lancer |High mitigation |"budget" 15M+ sDPS |99% of the Game Done|+Videos
Is that a barrage build?
Is that a herald build?
No! It is the new Lancing Steel+Lord of Steel build!
Hello everyone, today i present a build that is kind of an “open secret” for those with sharp eyes out there, capable of doing true endgame “on a budget” although is very hard to make it league-starter
In truth, i picked up many builds out there and optimized the pathing and items for my needs and budget, making so that i could scale through red maps to breeze through endgame content. So here we go:
1-Most of the content on a budget (did Sirus, Shaper, Unbreakable and so on);
2-Very easy to build: no need for enchants, clusters, timeless or many jewel sockets;
3-Most tanky build with less than 5K life i ever did, due to the many mitigation mechanisms used;
4-The revamped Lancing Steel is one of the best against those heists mobs that aggro behind doors;
5-Damage comes mostly from uniques and passives, no need to invest heavily on crafting or influenced items.
1-Weak against most types of degen;
2-Sometimes Call of Steel feels clunky and is not as fast as explody chests;
3-Mana management gets a while to get used to it;
4-You need to constantly be alert, knowing when to flask is very important;
5-You need to dodge some hit kill skills, especially Sirus.
For those who don't believe about some of the build's capabilities, take this red pill - by me, Low Quality video
Endgame Bosses Showcase - All Deathless - Video made by @KoiroAvamyr, a big thanks for taking your time making this! Also his version of the build is superb!
TL;DR gimme that PoB
https://pastebin.com/bHfrYvkj - Just a warning, Pastebin is deleting those shortened links so use the code inside here:
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Updated 17th October with my endgame gear, leveling trees and some items for simulation. If you are looking for budget options refer to the Gearing section
use Local Identity's Fork for PoB, you can squeeze more damage by sacrificing some life in the scion life wheel
Mechanics and Playstyle
Offence: Pretty straightforward, we are maximizing physical damage with impale and pumping up projectiles to deal more impale reflections, the quicker the mob reaches max impale stacks the better. Get Iron Grip as fast as you can. Overwhelming phys resistances is nice too.
Defence: this is the best part of the build as we reach over 14k+ armour rating unbuffed and mitigate a lot of damage with molten shell, endurance charges, fortify and we top it with a cherry with some little attack block chance. Enduring cry on mouse1 also saves some life flask charges and gives end charges which is nice.
How to play
Mapping: leap slam onto the pack to gain end charges and proc your beltimber buff, if you are using saviour, flask before attacking stronger enemies to make your mirages stronger. Do not spam Lancing Steel unless you are overwhelmed by mobs, use the skill once or twice and then apply Call of Steel to clear packs. Rinse and repeat.
Bossing: swap whatever you need or have (you don’t need Lord of Steel explosion mod for most bosses), activate your totem, leap once on the boss, flask up and keep shooting and dodging as you don’t need to be on place for the shards to track the boss, keeping some distance (not far) to maximize the damage, dodge first and shoot or call shards after. Mark the boss for more damage and cool movie-like lightspeed effects.
The biggest differential in this build and skill comparing to others is that when you attack and then move or stop, your shards are still hitting the boss keeping up your leech and you don't need to be overly cautious when to attack, the fights get very relaxing after getting used to it
About degen damage: i cannot stress this enough as degen damage is more dangerous than the chance to get one-shotted. I recommend even re-rerolling desecrated/burning grounds and be careful when delving or fighting baran/hezmin minions. You don’t need to keep blood rage up in these scenarios too. I like to carry an enduring mana flask against baran runes or no regen
maps. Beware of mobs with "on death effects" like delve mobs, delirium mobs etc.
About Adrenaline/Banner usage: i don't recommend manipulating your adrenaline with blood magic for more DPS as it is more of a hassle than anything because of socketing and if you get some bad status you can't gain adrenaline while the timer isn't out, so let it rest as a "hidden 6th flask". The same applies to War banner, only plant it when in danger.
some showcase gifs
Elder T16 - Beginning of the fight to the portals phase
Jorus T15 - A very relaxing fight while i make my mirages do the work as i wait for the challenge opportunity...95% XP? who cares...
Heist T16 - Cheesing through mobs behind doors demonstration
Al-Hezmin T15 A7 3.5 seconds kill
-Tanking Minotaur Slam...
-...And his metamorph
-Kosis on Wave 20 in simulacrum
Content done with this guide
This works as a personal and honest review of my build...everything here was done SOLO, so no aurabots and whatever
The reason i don't put "All content done" on the title is because honestly, if i can't do it deathless or without portaling, then it doesn't count so i will categorize as such:
-Conquerors (Drox Easiest, Baran Hardest)
-Shaper's and Elder's Guardians
-Uber Elder encounter
-Sirus (not dodging his "rain of stars" before final phase = death)
-4-Way Timeless Conflict, Solo'ed with 4 Rows of rewards
-Every Heist Boss
-Mastermind lvl 83
-Any Breachlord at any level (Chayula maxed takes some time)
-Abyssal Liches T15/16
-Uber Lab One-shot izaro np
-Metamorph is so easy that is almost addicting
-Blighted Maps are very easy, only needed to slow mobs as much as possible
Not so Easily done, a.k.a. near death or died once:
-Simulacrum 20 Waves (near death some times on wave 18+)
-Full Delirium T16 8-mod Maps, because FPS drops is my biggest foe
-Atziri/Uber Atziri: sometimes her reflect get the better of me
-Some Synthesis bosses mechanics
-Infused Beachhead, lots of proximity shield mobs
Can't do or died twice or more (not worth doing):
-HoGM (at least the mirages can kill the blocking flicker GM)
-Incursion inside Fully Delirium maps (FPS rock-bottom)
-no leech or phys reflect mod on maps, obviously
Gear Updated: 17th of October
This is probably the build finalized
Lvl 96 5.4k Life, 74M DPS fully buffed
Gear Updated: 12th of October
Example of Endgame invested Gear
My Gear when i killed Sirus A5
1-Weapons: We are Dual Wielding swords, so for starters get 2x Beltimbers and work up some currency to get a saviour in your off-hand, if you are lucky or rich enough get a 180+ pdps paradoxica in your main as the double damage also buffs the saviour’s mirages. I don’t recommend a rare 1H sword as it needs to be over 430+ pdps to be worthwhile
When you use get the extra 2 projectiles from beltimber the damage gets equal as paradoxica, but the mirages won’t get buffed
A really rough calculation of DPS using my "Sirus A5 Gear" shows:
2x beltimber (after mov skill) = 16mi dps (lots of proj and reflect impales more constant)
Beltimber+Saviour = 11.5mi dps x 2 (+50% from each mirage) = 23mi dps
Paradoxica+Saviour = 12.4mi dps x 3 (+100% from each mirage) = 37.3mi dps
The BIS here is Lioneye’s Vision as it gives us pierce and mana leech to make clearing smoother, second place is Yriel’s Fostering with Bestial Ursa/Rhoa but you will need mana leech elsewhere
if you are insecure with this amount of life, leech and res go for a elder astral plate or belly
The nomad’s hands down is probably the best item for the build as it not only give us stats, damage and resistances, it also gives the much needed flask charges bonus
use catalysts here to fit your tastes
Marylene’s fallacy works very well as it pumps our crit multi in exchange of some crit chance which we balance this "Debuff" through passives. For anoints i recommend: Will of Blades for cost effectiveness, Vengeant Cascade for better clearing, True Strike for more balanced dps or Lust for Carnage for more leeching. This is a bit of currency sink btw.
I actually carry 2 Marylene’s: one with Vengeant Cascade for mapping and other with True Strike for endgame bossing.
5-Gloves, Boots, Helmet, Rings
In these 5 slots, you are free to max your resistances, getting more flat phys, life and strength. I recommend getting +30% mov speed boots to help you adjusting when bossing. You can craft int or dex wherever you need to use some items/gems but you don’t need to max them.
The best ring types are cogwork, diamond, coral and steel. Try to get Eva or Eva/Armour types because with iron reflexes we get a little more armour
Optional - About enchantments
Boots go for crit, leech or speed...reroll if elemental dmg appears, you dont want to leap yourself to death on ele reflect maps
Gloves: i like "of Ire" enchants for the teeny tiny chance of shocking bosses, otherwise get something that chill mobs
Helmet: the most for DPS is +1 Projectile for Lancing Steel (this enchant alone is better than abyssus), next comes Anc. Protector extra speed followed by Blood Rage speed
Another good idea is getting aura enchantment for less reservation which allows you to pump your precision level a bit more.
Lord of Steel has 3 variants, i recommend getting both that have Call Speed and swap for bossing and mapping
For the other sockets i recommend rare jewels that have life%, Attack speed, Crit/damage/speed with swords and resistances/attributes
If you really want Watcher’s eye i recommend attack speed with precision or Impale Duration with Pride if you are rich.
A little warning for new players: Lancing Steel is NOT a melee skill, so take a good
This is very important as we need to shield ourselves from degen and maximizing our ehp through armour
Use a life flask with staunching, then you need a diamond flask, a granite flask, a quicksilver with the mods in any of those flasks: warding, dousing and heat.
For the last flask slot pick an enduring mana/hybrid flask of curing for some map mods or leveling. Use Dying Sun otherwise.
After flasking diamond if you have saviour, try to minimize using leap slam to impede the mirage to copy leap instead of lancing steel.
Lancing Steel - Maim - Vicious Projectiles - Brutality - Impale for the initial 5L
For the 6th Link
If you dont use Lioneye’s vision, use Chain or Pierce
If you are using Lioneye’s go with Slower Projectiles or Awakened GMP if you have money
Anomalous Slower Projectiles is a nice variant too
I recommend only using non-awakened GMP before you reach maps, as this support requires more mana than Slower Projectiles and can take a toll on your build if you are using Lioneye's Vision
4 S Boots
Pride - Enduring Cry - Blood Rage - Precision (i use divergent here)
You can swap for Anomalous Blood Rage, Divergent Pride against bosses
CWDT lvl 9 - Molten Shell lvl 14 - Increased Duration lvl 20
This combo should be in off hand in case you get saviour as the mirages benefit from the duration gem.
Main Hand 3S
Sniper’s Mark - Summon Ice Golem - Flesh and Stone
I recommend using mostly sand stance
Leap Slam - Blood Magic - Faster Attacks - Endurance Charge on melee Stun
More utility than movement...this should be prioritized with beltimber blade
Phantasmal Leap Slam is BIS here as more attack speed is very nice
Ancestral Protector - War Banner - Culling Strike - Impale
Linking ancestral protector is optional here, you can put whatever you want instead of impale/Culling, like Vaal Grace or Vaal Haste are nice options
If you don’t mana leech, deactivate War banner or put Splitting Steel if you like
Very simple: go for Iron grip following the normal pathing but do not pick any of the projectile and dual wielding nodes before picking up at least 2x beltimbers.
Go right to pick herbalism, Thick skin, Honed Edge and Iron Grip
Then go Left, Pick Bloodless and Juggernaut and Call to Arms, use skill books to pick point blank, iron reflexes
Go up Pick Forceful Skewering, Constitution, Path of the Warrior and the jewel socket for Lord of Steel
By this time you should be around lvl 50 or so, get a terminus est and level up picking the sword nodes, remaining of life nodes and rampart. If needed pick a single mana leech point on essence sap wheel while you level towards Lioneye's
As you enter maps pick up swords and start leveling the DW, crit and fury bolts nodes. Pick all jewel sockets, crit nodes and life nodes before Twin Terrors and Swagger.
Bandits,Ascendancy and Pantheon
Bandits - Kill 'em all or Alira
Ascendancy in THIS order:
1-Master of Metal
2-First to Strike, Last to Fall
3-Respec Number 2 (need 10 respec points) and pick Unstoppable Hero AND Fortitude
4-Any of the remaining, i recommend First to Strike, Last to Fall because adrenaline can save our skins sometimes
Major - Arakaali, try to upgrade at least with Thraxia
Minor - Ralakesh or Shakari, upgrade them
I said a bit about items before but i will put some tips and items if you want to pick this build
1-Tabula, wanderlust, praxis, shiversting and goldrim -> typical power leveling stuff, use chain as final link
2-Meginord vise and girdle : nice for iron grip
3-Great Old one’s Tentacles : if you want to level with impale skills these are the best gloves
4-Terminus Est: Best weapon while you don’t go Dual wielding
Do a lot of heist with blight drops to get as many oils as you can for anointing
Budget and order of upgrading
These are rounded-up prices at the time i bought them but it can vary as you upgrade:
1-2x Beltimber Blades - 2x 4c = 8c
2-Nice mov speed boots - around 20c
3-Marylene’s Fallacy - 1c
4-Nomad - 18c
5-6L Lioneye’s vision - 4ex+40c = around 400c
6-Rings, Gloves, helmet - around 40c in total but they are super easy for you to drop or craft
7-The Saviour - 120c
8-Dying Sun - 50c
9-Oils for Anoints - around 100c if you are unlucky with oil drops
Total = 760c or 11ex but you can save more than 150c if RNGesus blesses you
Rich guys’ area
This section is for those interested in maximizing the build to obliterate any content
For starters i recommend Paradoxica as it buffs the mirage from your saviour, a good paradoxica with increased phys and attack speed + quality are over 20ex
In my case i bought a veiled one for 80c and managed to hit the jackpot in the 1st try... only reveal paradoxicas when you get all the best mods from betrayal
After, the best thing for the build is awakened and alternate gems, specially vicious projectiles, brutality and GMP -the latter in place of Slower Projectiles - that you can put in the slower proj slot, they vary a lot each from 80c to 15ex. A warning for GMP or Woke GMP is that the FPS plummeting and stuttering with delirium/incursion is much severe that i anticipated and the damage gained is not worth the price. I died a lot experimenting and wasted a ton of delirium orbs for me to warn you.
For alternate quality gems that are a bit more pricey, there are Anomalous Slower Proj for more clearing speed, Anomalous Blood rage for swapping against uniques bosses, Phantasmal Leap Slam for more speed. I recommend doing at least 5 grand heists with gems rewards as it is not that hard for them to drop.
Next up is Watcher’s Eye, getting impale hit duration is at least 15ex but they can cost way more than 40ex if combined with other pride mods or precision
Also, You can use tailwind and elusive boots but since crit chance isn’t high the effects don’t stay on all the time and some GG jewels with corrupted blood immunity.
Investing the bling here allows the build to reach over 70 Million DPS, bringing the build to the top of the tier for Attack Projectile based builds
My actual build as in 17 October reaches 74 Million DPS with Adrenaline and it is not even costing a single Mirror.
for an extra "measly 18ex" or 1200c, If you want to forego of many of my advices in pursuit of pure raw damage, you can also swap the quicksilver flask for a cinderswallow urn with crit chance (they stack with diamond flask) and a bottled faith instead of the granite. with these flasks and all of the above if the conditions are met you can go beyond 130 Million DPS, but the fight will be more risky. I probably won't test this, unless if i get lucky with currency.
Read this at least once.
This is based on most i hear on whispers, forum posts and private messages about the build:
Q1-"My damage with Paradoxica isn't that different in PoB/Tooltip, so why are you using it for?"
A: This stems from the misconception of PoB reflecting everything the build can do, which is a big lie as PoB is a mere simulating tool and has severe limitations no matter how much programmers or community contribute to it.
To put it simple, paradoxica trivializes endgame as it nullifies the nerf on the saviour sword, ramping your damage combined with the mirages 1.5 times higher.
Q2-"Why Saviour? isn't dual beltimber's enough?"
A: This i tend to disagree, sure we get a ton more projectiles with dual beltimber, but saviour trades off much QoL as we don't need to keep shooting the skill all the time to kill every mob offscreen and this makes high end content easier and better mana control too.
Q3-"Why i can't keep my mana always full?/ how do you manage your mana?"
A: This is probably the what most stumble or get frustrated and there are some fine details to make it right.
Firstly, the build works fine with only 0.4% mana leech as long you don't keep spamming or missing a lot of the attack.
Secondly, with Lioneye's Vision we are in fact using a 7L combo which makes the skill cost a bit, i recommend using Slower projectiles instead of GMP to lower the total mana cost. If you are already using dying sun plus helmet enchant the GMP won't have much impact overall.
Finally, you really want to zoom a lot with the build just put an enduring mana flask or leap a lot in mobs (you leech mana with leap) but most importantly do not spam the skill, most of the clearing is done with the call of steel, all of this take a while to get used to, but is fun to learn this too.
P.S.: i am not condemning anyone for using elreon rings/crafts, i just don't believe the build demands it.
Q4-"Vengeant Cascade? what is that and why should i use this anoint? it is too expensive!"
A: I carry two amulets, one for bossing anointed with True Strike and Another for clearing with Vengeant Cascade.
What this anoint does is basically returning all your projectiles after they pierced the mobs with Lioneye's Vision (if you don't use lioneye's skip the anoint), and when they return they pierce all mobs till offscreen, and not only they damage again, they can crit again and they impale again; making it so that the use of Call of Steel is much more efficient with a ton of mobs in your screen.
Q5-"I don't like Marylene's because no crit and no life, isnt always better any other amulet/talisman?" or "why is your damage so high with so little crit chance?"... I GET THIS A LOT #stopaskingmethisplz
A: Okay buddy, this might be true for assassin builds, but i am trying to balance the build to cost less than a half mirror and need to maximize somewhere and Marylene's fits like a glove, just remember that wielding 30% crit chance with 500% multiplier is better than 50% crit chance with 200% multiplier.
To not choose Marylene you will have to spend a lot more currency elsewhere like double warlord rings, getting a GG talisman with crit anoints, top tier gloves and so on. IF you get lucky with a nice fractured amulet or a talisman, go ahead and use it.
Q6-"I completed your budget list but don't have enough to buy everything inside the rich club, what should i do?"
A: Just take it easy, slowly build your currency and then get a nice paradoxica first...then everything else comes after. Do not go after Bottled faith or some crazy Watcher's eye in the beginning. Make sure your defences are up to par first.
Q7-"is your build really tanky with this little life? Can you tank everything?"
A: Hell no, i merely combined some combos that stacks defences, you can tank some hard hits like mino slam and adrenaline can save me from sirus' beam but the build cannot tank things like: shaper's balls or his beam, Aul's Cleave, Kurgal's Final Flash and so on. Thankfully these sure-kill attacks are very much predictable on these encounters.
The most dangerous situation for this build is when you have to deal with a lot of mobs that does effect when they die (like delirium mobs) coupled with some FPS dips/stuttering, so never get cocky when overwhelmed with mobs.
Q8- "is this build a "pianist's" one?"
A: No, although flasks are important and much needed you don't need to keep flasks up all the time. Save your fingers!
I think this is it for now, my idea is to show that Lancing Steel can become your only skill if you gear your gems or items enough because i am certainly not impressed by splitting steel and shattering steel requires you to stay more in place.
I uploaded some gifs and a video mashup (720p trigger warning) to prove the build potential.
Any questions about the build or suggestions i am all ears.
Last edited by Dragoon_Diver on Oct 26, 2020, 10:45:00 PM
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on Oct 8, 2020, 3:49:43 PM
looks like acool guild, thank you
Last edited by Thelegenddreams on Oct 9, 2020, 4:26:22 PM
on Oct 9, 2020, 4:25:54 PM
Rushed almost the entire game in one week and reached lvl 95
i will upload more gifs in a day or so
on Oct 12, 2020, 10:17:20 PM
Hello my Friend, interesting guide, but can you post another POB since the one that you posted got deleted by gethub ? bear in mind that gethub is auto deleting all pobs posted without a gethub account.
on Oct 13, 2020, 10:50:26 AM
Hey thanks for alerting me, i wasn't aware of this problem
i updated the pastebin and put the raw pob code there too
on Oct 13, 2020, 1:08:30 PM
The pastebin still have error. Would you mind upload again?
on Oct 13, 2020, 11:05:34 PM
When i click the link, it show me this instead.
This page is no longer available. It has either expired, been removed by its creator, or removed by one of the Pastebin staff.
on Oct 14, 2020, 2:05:27 AM
This pastebin stuff i don't have control over it so i can't fix it
but i just tested the raw code and it works fine
i hope you guys are using the community fork for PoB too
if nothing works just use the import from account tool inside pob and import my champion in heist league
on Oct 14, 2020, 7:28:17 AM
does the amulet really make sense over just a really nice rare? sure you gain culling strike and lots of crit multi but it wrecks your crit chance and has no life
on Oct 14, 2020, 7:51:48 PM
it does not wreck crit chance as much as you think since i put a ton of crit chance on passives. I could also recommend diamond rings too but i prefer having more resistance or life
if you don't want marylene's, then it needs to be a real top tier GG amulet, like a real uber simplex with tons of crit multi or an ultra rare talisman with the right anoint
so putting cost and effectiveness in the equation marylene's is almost the only option and believe it, you only need to crit on unique mobs, just drink a diamond flask and you are set, because when a single attack hits the crit, all the following projectiles will also crit
you can also put assassin's mark instead of sniper's but as i said the build crits a lot more than expected, just a matter to get used to it
Last edited by Dragoon_Diver on Oct 14, 2020, 8:08:17 PM
on Oct 14, 2020, 8:06:52 PM