After i was reading the datamined set bonuses from the new set i was realy disappointed about the new set, but after they revealed the other supporting items for this build i changed my mind.
What do you guys think? Did someone tryed the 2.3 hammerdin yet on the ptr?
If the new flail is realy one handed, we still want to find that ancient 2h furnace and cube the johannas affixe.
Im realy unsure which legendary armor affix i should cube... Not that easy
The set bonuses are:
Seeker of the Light
(2) Set Bonus
Every use of Blessed Hammer that hits an enemy reduces the cooldown of Falling Sword and Provoke by 1 second
(4) Set Bonus
You take 50% less damage for 8 seconds after landing with Falling Sword
(6) Set Bonus
Increases the damage of Blessed Hammer by 750% and Falling Sword by 250%
The supporting items are:
New Legendary Bracers
When your Blessed Hammer hits 3 or less enemies 75-100% of its Wrath cost is refunded
Guard of Johanna
New Legendary Crusader Shield
Blessed Hammer damage is increased by 200-250% for the first 3 enemies it hits
New Legendary Flail
Increases the attack speed of Blessed Hammer by 100%
New Legendary Belt
Judgment is cast at your landing location when casting Falling Sword
I'm running with an ancient Jace's hammer with the johanna's argument cubed along with the other support items and im seeing consisten 2.5-3.5 billion crits from the hammers' first damage, then 5-700 million hits after that. Set really packs a punch, havent even thought about furnace though, I just assumed Jace's hammer would be the way to go since it comes with 20% BH dmg
Originally this set was designed for Blessed Shield and Falling Sword, but Blessed Hammer suits it as well.
2- Blessed Hammer now restore 15 wrath whenever it hits enemy, Falling Sword has no cooldown, but it cost is increased to 40.
4- increase damage of Falling Sword by 1000% and increase damage of next Blessed Hammer by 500% for 5 seconds if the last time it hit less than 4 targets.
6- Your Blessed Hammer increase your critical hit damage by 30%, stack 5 times, last 10 seconds. Whenever you use Falling Sword you get 30% reduced damage and 50% armor for 5 seconds.
Cast FS for movement, defance and burst damage, while stand still and cast BH for constant damage, i think gameplay wise this is better solution, cause right now with current ptr set you don't want to cast FS cause you lose a lot of damage.
Someone could add a pic of this new set? I wonder if it looks nice
the new set with blessed hammer shield, just took some pics from the ptr ladders, yes those are unlit candles on shoulders and helmet, complete rubbish if you ask me, http://i.imgur.com/cUnbRy8.jpg direct link to pic in original size
Furnace with the Johanna's flail cube'd is a very strong option, amazing synergy with the shield on the rg fights. Shaeffer's/Maximus are fun farming options that work well with the flail cube.
1h flails having lower damage range than a dh 1h xbow is going to need looking at, I can't believe that the entire purpose of the new flail is to instantly break it but I don't see an ancient flail with furnace cubed out pacing an ancient furnace with flail cubed. Assuming equal value weps in both cases 5% off perfect damage affix rolls with same stats.
Falling sword is in need of desperate re work picking up the skill does more harm than good, for the reason of the lockout and the travel time. Sure its nice to jump out of frozen or other nasty affixes, or pull of an rng dodge of some charging monster, but really this skill does nothing except give people the illusion they are playing with actual skill. Real skill would involve not being in a position for those things to be more than a minor annoyance to begin with.
Falling sword needs to be an actual use-able skill. The devs own the garbage design, we as a player base interested in the class own the idiocy that was the outcry for a falling sword set without any real push for improvement to the actual skill. Everyone just wrote it off as garbage, which it is due to low damage bad animation and ability lockout.
As for how the set looks visually, it's very Baron Samdi, with a fruity looking shield. Either design the set around the shield or the other way around but as it stands the whole thing clashes dreadfully.
Just a side note, if anyone is looking for crusader content on ptr, SunnyDecree who wrote the Roland's mat farm build/guide is streaming some ptr when he can get in, pretty good content/perhaps above average streamer.