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Old 10-01-2018, 01:45 PM
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Default [1.0.6.1] Carrot Tank - Markovian S&B Witchblade, Gladiator farmer (12 minutes)




Hello, wonderful people!
There's a common opinion that Warborn builds outperform Markovian nowadays.
Today's build is made to prove that Markovian deserves some love and attention even in AoM era.
Besides, I wished to make something special for my first S&B character ever. I bet no one expected this punch from good old Markovian.

Meet the Carrot Tank.

>> Grimtools << no green items used - no bottles, no health potions, no mercy
>> Grimtools << alternative: @mad_lee's suggested variant with Crab and Empyrion
>> Grimtools << with Oleron (for reference only, is slower than others)

It's a classic S&B Witchblade using Cadence and Blitz as the main sources of damage.
Clears Crucible in 12 minutes. Surprising performance for shield-wielding character.

Core of the build
  • Main damage skills of this build are Cadence and Blitz.
  • Core items for this build are Beronath, Reforged and Markovian's Bastion set.
  • This build stacks many sources of flat physical, elemental and chaos damage to overcome low offensive potential of one-handed weapon. All these damage types are converted to physical using Beronath, Reforged. As a side effect this build has huge load of internal trauma, so you can expect ~120k trauma ticks in Crucible.
  • Build's defenses include big HP pool (~21k in Crucible), huge armor, shield, Overguard, Stone Form, Bloodthirster and Will of Menhir.

Key explanations
  • Mythical Mark of the Dreadblade is better damage-wise than Markovian's medal or Blood Sigil of Chthon. I think +2 to Cadence makes that difference.
  • Haunted Steel is needed because we don't have Ghoul (again). Damage loss from converting 10% physical damage to Vitality is ~400 of ~13k = 2-3%, but increase in survivability is much more. Rotating Bloodthirster, Overguard and Stone Form makes this build a true tank.
  • Targo's Hammer deals good amount of damage, don't underestimate it.

Gameplay
  • Aggressive melee combat.
  • It's been a while since I facerolled Anasteria and Theodin with such comfort. Aleks meteors are not dangerous too, but keep an eye for them.
  • Almost all combinations of nemeses are facerolled. Low damage output from 1H weapon and low ADCtH, however, make sick combos of nemeses hard to outheal from. If you encounter double Reapers, kite a bit and watch your HP.

Max crit landed in Crucible (solo, Crucible buffs, no banners)




Stats pane (Deadly Momentum, Overguard up)




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* It is named Carrot because "Markovian" sounds close to "Carrot" when you say it in ukrainian or russian.
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Old 10-01-2018, 01:48 PM
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Don't use haunted steel with it
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Don't use haunted steel with it
I prefer Seal of Blades but Haunted Steel is better. I made some calculations: damage loss is ~2-3%. After all, huge chunk of flat phys comes from conversions not affected by Haunted Steel.
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Clears Crucible in 12 minutes. Surprising performance for shield-wielding character
12 mins is slow for some shield builds but hey, warborn mace should be faster.

Also, seal of blades pls
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12 mins is slow for some shield builds but hey, warborn mace should be faster.

Also, seal of blades pls
No Warborn in my swamp
Jokes aside, Warborn Gavel gives the same weapon damage in result (near 21k) but have lower attack speed and no crit damage.
However, Warborn Gavel can be used to hardcap Cadence. Matter of taste.

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Key explanations
  • Haunted Steel is needed because we don't have Ghoul (again). Damage loss from converting 10% physical damage to Vitality is ~400 of ~13k = 2-3%, but increase in survivability is much more. Rotating Bloodthirster, Overguard and Stone Form makes this build a true tank.
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I'd think you can tank even without ghoul, but you're the one who tested
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I'd think you can tank even without ghoul, but you're the one who tested
Fortunately, I tested it
Really, 5% ADCtH is not enough in Crucible. Double reapers shred through your defenses even with that armor. Bloodthirster is needed
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Nice build!
Hm, what if we use the gun instead of Beronath? For Warder build gun should be fine, but witchblade will lose damage ...
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Nice build!
Hm, what if we use the gun instead of Beronath? For Warder build gun should be fine, but witchblade will lose damage ...
Nope, Occultist is better in any case. Phys RR, attack speed from Solael's Witchflame, poison resistance, physical resistance - there's no way Warder can outperform the Witchblade
Try to straightly replace Beronath with Deathdealer's Sidearm and see what happens next
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