Crusader Thorns Build - Torment (video)

  • #1
    Here's a quick series of clips I've put together showing everyone a Crusader thorns build I'm currently working on. This is a great example of how Loot 2.0 opens up the possibility for new builds by combining items and skills to create synergy. Before everyone says this is overpowered I'd like to point out that this isn't a cookie cutter/get one item and win build. This build requires a number of legendary items that I've personally only seen drop once in my entire ~40 hours of testing. I'm still playing around with the skills, passives, and enchanting to try and find the right combination but overall it's starting to feel pretty nice. This footage is all from Torment 1 difficulty. I've only tried doing a couple Torment 4 Nephalem Rifts which were much slower but still doable.

    The first couple clips I'm just showing off how powerful Thorns can be when combined with the right legendary items. I'm literally just standing doing nothing and mowing everything down including elites. I could easily complete full Nephalem Rifts by just running through the entire map not using a single skill besides the occasional health potion and Steed Charge for mobility sake. Using skills makes things even faster and is definitely required when I go up in Torment difficulty.
    http://youtu.be/X16-pIerrh8

    Here are the 6 key pieces of gear needed to create the build:

    Thorns Set (helm, shoulders, gloves) - (4 set bonus) Your Thorns damage now hits all enemies in 15 yards.
    Sanguary Vambracers - Chance on being hit to deal 1000% of your thorns damage to nearby enemies.
    1h Thorns Axe - Your Thorns damage is applied to every attack.
    Ring of Royal Grandeur - Reduces the number of items needed for set bonuses by 1.

    The key here is the Ring of Royal Grandeur which lets me replace the Thorns Set bracers with the Sanguary Vambracers.

    Near the end of the video I decided to try out a new legendary amulet which occasionally pulled all enemies to me which was SUPER nice in order to get everything in range of my Thorns. Even though I lost both damage and toughness I feel the trade off was worth it.

    Hope you all enjoy!
  • #2
    Wrong forum.
    Bandyto#2350
    EU
  • #3
    Quote from Bandyto


    Not really, I'm just trying to show an example of how items can be combined to make new builds in Loot 2.0.
  • #4
    i wonder how this is going to work with a wd and lots of thorns pets :o
  • #5
    Ha, that's pretty cool =D gj mate
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  • #6
    Quote from randomice

    i wonder how this is going to work with a wd and lots of thorns pets :o

    damage wise even better but i would be concerned with survive. Ranged classes taking way more damage than melee in ROS and this guy even got tank spec

    It looks nice, its strong enough to be viable but also it's not "omg nerf it"
  • #7
    Nice build, so cool to see one of the new possible builds.

    How much thorns dam do you have? And do you have it on every piece or just a few?
  • #8
    Nice. I saw Kripparian using a similar build on Torment 6 and owning... I think they might nerf Thorns before release, what do you think?

  • #9
    Quote from MrMonstrosity

    Before everyone says this is overpowered (...)

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    I'm literally just standing doing nothing and mowing everything down including elites. I could easily complete full Nephalem Rifts by just running through the entire map not using a single skill besides the occasional health potion and Steed Charge for mobility sake.


    lol

    Still, nicely done.
  • #10
    I had a good laugh when you killed the Reflect Damage champions with the thorns damage.

    Thorns was something I just never understood how they could balance, it always seems like it's overpowered or negligible.
  • #11
    Really awesome. Gave you a thumbs up.
  • #12
    As soon as I saw the thorns set and the crusader skills I wanted to try this out, thanks for saving me the time! Excellent use of the legendary lines to massively up the damage too, very well thought out.

    Can't wait to try out a crusader now.
    "It takes a man with real heart...to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep." - Clive Barker
  • #13
    This was the first thing I was going to do on my crusader! Any chance we could see a Monk LPS Build with those pants that convert LPS to a damage aura (Death's Bargain) or an even harder set to find a Death's Bargain + Thorns build. Ultimate Passive Damage set for the extremely lazy person!
  • #14
    Seems boring as hell.
  • #15
    Quote from gurg0

    Quote from randomice

    i wonder how this is going to work with a wd and lots of thorns pets :o

    damage wise even better but i would be concerned with survive. Ranged classes taking way more damage than melee in ROS and this guy even got tank spec

    It looks nice, its strong enough to be viable but also it's not "omg nerf it"


    well you pets are the one soaking damage not you, in the wd case so far not even having fierce loyalty pets seem to have real good surviability
  • #16
    Crusader seems so awesome to me...
    I mean look at his skills and passives...
    Loads of block, armor, skills to proc life regen, armor, self healing skills, skills to mitigate dmg...
    Barbarian is more offensive style while crusader is more defensive...
  • #17
    Nice build i want to try the same with my crusader, but i havent found the thorn set pattern yet. Does it drop in normal too? so i can farm it faster?
  • #18
    This is an old thread.

    That thorns set was nerfed really really hard after that post IIRC. It was the core ingredient of the Thorns builds, so I'm not sure if it's still possible.

    I would like to know if it's still possible as well for my barb.

    p.s. is that Thorns set now called Demon's Hide?
  • #19
    actually its calledThorns of the Invoker the demon's hide is another set, looking at the items of the thorn set from the blizz website i dont see any nerf, the bonuses set are still the same.
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