Slightly old timer here, wanting advice from all you knowledgeable sages out there on whether I should change spec/build or runes etc.
I am trying to build up my Crusader & have been lucky to obtain a Golden Flense & Piro Marella.
I feel with these 2 combined & my Belt of the Trove (bombardment dmg) I feel I have unwittingly (but happily) lent towards the Rolands Sweep & Shield Bash rotation. I do good AOE & can handle most I encounter.
I am playing Torment 2 & about GRift 20. I am trying to obtain the rest of Roland gear whilst also doing bounties for mats for alts.
My crux is that I now have all 6 pieces of Akkhan gear (some in bank) & was wondering with all the suggestions out there, should I go Akkhan.
If not have I selected the right runes; I like my boots (gives good health rec & bracers for thorn dmg).
Without getting into specifics, any 6 piece set should get you well above Torment 2.
If that's an acceptable arguement, you could equip the 6 piece and farm higher levels with better drop rates for the gear you actually want to run as well as higher bloodshard drops per GRift etc. IE more Rolands I'm guessing?
Just a thought.
Also, IF you are agreeable to group play, if you let people know that you are looking for Rolands, they are likely to toss em on the ground for you, as well as further increased drop chance fromm group play, AND increased bloodshards from group clearing.
If you play solo 99.973% of the time, like I do, drops most certainly do steer your play, at least until you gather up what you want to use.
Make sure you have sockets in all your items when possible. Set chests/pants always come with max sockets, but even more important is a socket in helmet (12.5% cooldown reduction if your build can benefit from it, otherwise 22% life), weapon (130% critical hit damage unless you go for a thorns build, in which case you want a topaz), and most importantly sockets in all three pieces of jewelry to wear legendary gems.
The most important legendary gem is Bane of the Trapped, which is always a good choice. The rest depends on what you do: if you have a thorns-based build, go for Boyarski's Chip. If you need more toughness, wear Esoteric Alteration; the damage choice on the other hand would be Bane of the Powerful. Boon of the Hoarder (only for Torment rifts, not in Greater Rifts!) and Gogok can also be helpful in certain situations.
You have many ways you can go, depending on which set you want to try next. However, there are two very distinct gearing pathways that cannot be combined. If you go for a thorns build, you don't need any critical hit chance and critical hit damage, as thorns won't crit. You also really want to get six pieces of the Invoker's set to make full use of thorns, as well as a topaz in weapon and the Boyarski's Chip. Thorns has the advantage that you can focus on toughness stats whilst maintaining high damage - and there are a lot of strong crusader builds this seasons around thorns.
The other direction would be Roland's or Akkhan's or the Light set. Although most people go for thorns this season, those sets are quite fun to play, so if you have them just give it a try in case you don't like the thorns build. Note, however, that for any of those builds you really want the full 6 piece set bonus (which easily elevates your game play from Torment 2 to Torment 6 and beyond). And most importantly, you need to combine critical hit chance and critical hit damage to get to higher DPS levels. You can get critical hit damage on amulet (up to 100% and most important stat on any class/build but thorns crusader) and rings+gloves (50%) - in addition to the formerly mentioned 130% on weapon by socketing an emerald. Critical hit chance can be on amulet/gloves/shield (up to 10%), bracers, helmet, rings (up to 6%).
There are many many more things I could go into here, but I think those are the most important ones. Damage comes from 1) 6 piece set bonuses and 2) legendary gems, and in the case of non-thorns from 3) critical hit chance+critical hit damage (or short CHC/CHD). There's one other build using the Legacy of Nightmare (LoN) set but for that you need very specific high-end gear with ancient rolls, so forget about that for now (although you should definitely keep ancient items if you find them!).
Last but not least, sometimes you come across an item and wonder "is there any build for that?". In that case here's one advice: use the build tool and enter the item name under "has item" to find out if there's a build around that item. And of course you can also just browse builds in the build tool to get some inspiration - but at first I'd urge you to just discover the game for yourself and use whichever items you get. That's the most fun part of the game and much more satisfying than just trying to copy/paste existing builds.