So I play all the melee classes primarily and I love how Crusaders get to use shields in all of their builds but I miss S&B being a viable option for Barbs. I was starting to wonder though, couldn't a S&B build for barbs using the namesake passive, and then items that work with block chance such as Blood Brother, Justice Lantern, and maybe even Coven's Criterion be a possible build option? S&B reduces damage taken and fury costs so you could maybe do a variant of Frenzy/Thorns using a shield? Any ideas?
Yeah I guess when it comes down to it S&B will always be limited compared to other builds when it comes to pushing GRs. I miss the vanilla days when the only measuring stick you had to compare against was A3 Depths clear times LOL
I wonder though...perhaps making a "challenge" (of sorts) during this season of creating a S&B build that reaches the highest GR. The Sword & Board challenge? Entries include build, gear, and video proving their best GR run? Might might things interesting this season and break the monotony.
The sword & board idea sounds cool for a change! Although, there aren't many exciting shields for Barb out there.
First thing that popped in my mind with the S&B idea though was a LoN fire build using Bash (Pulverize), with high attack speed and Wrath of the Berserker - although a bit harder to get perma Berserker without IK, and, well, LoN builds take some time to farm.
I could also imagine the Rimeheart/Freeze of Deflection dream, but I never managed to get a decent Rimeheart to check how it´d work at higher GRs.
In any case, we could always start with LoN build to tweak and experiment, and see how it goes. Most likely there´s someone out there already trying something similar as well.
I'll share something if I get to a somewhat decent idea/build.
Well I'm sure my follower stuns some of them but yeah you're probably right. I need to switch out bracers (strongarms aren't proccing either) and then change my cube to something more useful. I have an ancient pair of Sescheron's in my stash.
Well this build revolves around Blade of the Warlord. Due to that fury consuming mechanic Aquilas Cuirass is really out of the question. I run Fury of the Ancients for the big fury boost that gives as well as running with the S&B passive for reduced fury cost. I also run with Zodiac so ensure near 100% Wrath and CotA uptime. The damage difference with CotA down is huge...not to mention the toughness of the rune I'm running.