Golden Flease - Makes it so you can sweep attack to gain wrath. Sweep will give good denfense and lots of dmg to setup hard hitting shield bash
Full Set - Buffed sweep and shield bash
Piro Mirrello - Reduce wrath cost - craft till you get a high block w/ crit
Stack phys dmg + gear in bracer, neck and soj
I'd probably run RoRG and do aughilds bracers and shoulders as I have a good roll on those this would give a significant defense and dmg boost vs elites and in general, seems a no brainer.
Primary: Sweep attack - Holy Shock -> Generates wrath and heals (phys dmg)
Secondary: Shield Bash Shield Cross - Hard hitting w/ aoe (Phys dmg)
Skill 1 - Provoke - Hit Me for dmg and block or cleanse for significant healing
Skill 2 - Shield Glare - Divine verdict for dmg or Zealous Glare for wrath
Skill 3 - Phalanx or Bombardment for wrath independent cooldown
Skill 4 - Second wrath independent cooldown or alternatively Ironskin for survival. You could also run a law here with crit or toughness. Hell you could even run akarats prophet for oh shit moments.
Passives: Finery, Heavenly Str, Lord Commander, Optional choice
Indestructible - great for GRifts Holy Cause - Extra dmg
Renewal - More healing
Towering shield - Even harder hitting shield bash
First , the new set suffer from a lack of toughness in comparaison to Akkhan who have perma AC prophet for him (+150% armor and a cheat death)
Next point is the new set suffer from ressource management. In comparaison , akkhan set give a perma + 5 wrath/s , and a 50% reduce cost.
My opinion : The new set is much less powerful than akkhan. by far , extremely far.
My change to the set bonus :
2 Piece : +30% block chance
4 Piece : Each time you use Punish or Slash , you gain Unsurmontable wrath who increase the damage of Shield Bash and Sweep by 20%. 10 sec duration , stackable 6 times. Each new stack refreshes the existings ones.
6 Piece : Each time you use Shield Bash and Sweep , you gain Roland's defense who increase your armor by 150% for 10 sec .In addition each time you block an attack , your wrath regeneration is increase by 5/s for 5 sec.
My philosophy behind my changes :
The 2 piece bonus is here to promote the melee style and the crusader main particularity : the shield !
At the moment , a crusader doesn't care about block chance. With my bonus , you can have 65% block without too much effort (30 % from bonus , 20 % from shield , 15 % from punish.) It gives a good boost to toughness (even if the block chance is not taken in account on the character sheet toughness) aswell as a damage boost if you choose Shield Bash.
4 piece bonus promote the interaction between generator and spender. Let's be honest , almost no one play with a generator this days. To solve this issue , i propose a sinergy between the two. If you have to use a generator sometimes but in exchange you get a huge damage boost ?
Think it's a really cool idea.
6 piece bonus solve the ressource issue of this build and the lack of toughness in comparaison to Akkhan prophet.
Even with a +150% armor , it's not equal to akkhan prophet (150% armor + cheat death).
But at least we can go to melee without being one shot.
The ressource management make another reason to choose block % as a stat.
So this is my opinion on the new set , and my change to make this set desirable.
I am personally looking forward to this set. It would be nice to have a build that is viable post T4 that doesn't "require" Akkarats. Where in this build, AC may be an option you can take if you want, it isn't necessary.