Diablo 3 – PTR 2.4 Crusader – Condemn Build

Hey guys, today I give an update to the original Crusader Condemn build. Not much changes other than damage multipliers and I do believe it’s ~G70 capable, but unfortunately the melee heavy playstyle means too much incoming damage and therefore a heavy tradeoff for defense is needed. As a result, it’s still a fun speed farm build with Unleashed and may get you on leaderboards with Vacuum, but without ‘set bracers’ or a rework of the 4 piece bonus, it won’t be at the top. Sad, because this is my personal favorite Crusader build. Enjoy & discuss!

Build: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/crusader#bdXiTQ!aWbS!YbZaZY

Legendary Gems:

Esoteric Alteration: https://youtu.be/ImqObZ13CFU
Bane of the Stricken
Bane of the Trapped: https://youtu.be/4DI_exBJj3U

Crusader Playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOh14k39ypt83SBI2A-kiGVOHF0D0ErJF

Patch: PTR 2.4

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  1. Is that build working for now? I don't get how your condemn explodes instantly, and how you managed to reduce the cooldown. What passives/skilles/gears do the job to reduce the delay of an explosion?

  2. How viable is the condemn build in group play? I haven't played since season 1, and I loved the condemn build play style. My wife played a wiz, so I would just round everything up and she would blow it up. Do you think that with the addition of someone else's damage that condemn would still work for higher rifts?

  3. For toughness I was actually looking at stun gloves, freeze belt + ancient parthan defenders, condemn has decent proc chance, and since you're pulling everything on you it works pretty well. Still don't have gloves with stun chance unfortunately to test it, but I did do a 70gr with no diamond/esoteric with the belt having 5.1% freeze chance.

    I think if we really want to push the build, this will be the way to go, because condemn creates a LOT of density, which in terms result in a lot of toughness through the bracers. And, as you already mentioned, you already have 300% condemn damage (well, 290 because of passives), so +20-30% from bracers isn't that significant.

  4. It could've been much simpler… this set already sacrifices a lot to work (very strict CDR requirements), the 4P bonus could have easily also give 40~60% damage reduction. But no, Blizzard is on a "let's make everything squishy, tanky (see melee Demon Hunters… and every other set but this one getting MASSIVE damage reduction bonuses/procs left and right) and everything tanky, squishy" rampage right now.

    This set/build (and also Shotgun) alone could've made me return with great joy to Diablo 3 next patch, and I really thought so myself… until I realized how they dropped the ball on it.

  5. I made this build on D3planner (after I outlined it in my mind)… and indeed, the lack of damage mitigation kills… Looking at another theorycraft of mine… Unhallowed Essence DH… 87% permanent damage reduction… before you factor in regular mitigation like resists, health, armor etc… DH's (and most other classes) all get a OP as fuck 60% dmg mitigation for x seconds or permanent with their revamped sets… but Akkhan's gets DIDDLY SQUAT… WTF Blizzard? Just Prophet and pray for Iron Skin at the right time is not enough anymore. And Unity combo sucks and always has sucked, I hate it. And the massive nerf to the new resource/mitigation chest (90%+ to work) makes it useless to this build, believe me, I've tried, almost impossible to get >150 wrath pool and <16.2 wrath per Condemn, and at that pointn you sacrifice too much.

    Sigh.

  6. will you make a video on the crusader speed farm steed charge set with build? I was interested in that one but all the guides I found right now do not in depth on the build.

  7. What about cubing blood brother and justice lantern, using holding ur ground passive instead of vigilant, and using string of ears belt? You could even switch provoke rune to "hit me" and slash to the rune that stacks armor for more survivability

  8. I cleared 2 65 in a row without issues. At GR68-70 getting killed by white mobs. Need to incorporate Justice Lantern into the build.
    With Akkhan Leniency in cube and using "speed" Akkarat rune you actually can cube Aquilla Cuirass.

  9. I think condemn really needs a belt more than anything. Strongarms already proc in a standard condemn build, so I'm not sure we want competition in the bracer slot. Something like a guaranteed cooldown reduction roll and 30% damage reduction for 4 seconds after casting condemn or a maybe even a primary would do wonders. An item similar to what Wraps of Clarity do for UE demon hunters.

    This would allow more defensive builds to feel like they're actually defensive and offensive builds to be able to drop a little defense for some damage.

    I also think that you should probably try this with the endless walk set instead of a hellfire + f/r. This way you can run unity and coe at the same time without giving up a damage bonus from your accessories. This would also give you more survivability in situations where you need to move around while also increasing your damage in situations where you can sit still and wail on stuff.

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