YouTube Build Guide + Gameplay : Swarmblade Druid Crit Lance Set, Last Epoch Build Guide Patch 8.4, Finally got Swarmblade to Work - YouTube
So I stand corrected. You guys can laugh at me now. People were like dr3ad you are being overdramatic, try it again. Well to be honest, Swarmblade is bad, mainly due to the fact that there is only 2 ways to build it now I believe. And those ways are very very specific. This is one of them. We utilize Shard of the Shattered Lance’s Set, which was buffed this patch because they were going to be severely underpowered vs legendaries if left untouched.
One of these buffs was to the Lance set. It want from a set bonus for both pieces from 6% increased health regen to 15% increased melee cold damage per 10 flat regen. That is much more fitting in my opinion. So it uses the value thats on your sheat, if you have 500 hp regen, it will take that to calculate your damage. This means as we invest into HP regen, it means we also gain a large amount of damage. This carries all of our increased damage, meaning we can focus on more important things like crit and attack speed. We end up dual wielding 2 shards, as the bonuses they give are too strong to to use both. We can do this thanks to the hefty amount of critical strike support inside Swarmblade, Serpent Strike and Druid’s mastery tree.
When you look at the planner, you are probably going to be confused. Why aren’t I taking Hideskin? Isn’t it one of the best nodes in Druid? Yes it is. But its been placed in such a poor spot its hard to justify it anymore, especially since we invest 30+ points in the other masteries. But instead we grab Impervious instead. So impervious is a buff gained on melee hit, that gives 4% reduced damage taken per stack. It goes up to 5 stacks, and when you get hit you lose 1 stack. This is insanely powerful DR for bosses. And when combined with our staggering 500 HP regen and our low base amount of HP, i.e. 2k, it means impervious makes us feel just that. Impervious.
Another neat thing this build has is the access to the Deicide buff. If you are familar with Path of Exile, then this kind of thing will be very familar. The Lance set gives us this buff on kill of rare or boss enemy for 15 seconds. It gives us 20% more damage and 20% more movement speed, which are multiplicitave with other modifiers. Usually after killing a rare I can reach insane speeds of 120-130% movement speed. Normally this kind of thing would not be good. But Last Epoch is special, and every monolith is always inhabited with hundreds of marsh beetles, ice golems and Diamond Matrons, meaning we pretty much have this buff up all the time while running through monoliths, which is very exciting.
Thankfully, I managed to pull a 180 on my failure of making a druid build, and ended up with something much better than I ever thought Swarmblade could ever achive and more.
No Leveling guide again, I havent leveled a fresh druid this patch!
Thanks guys, this has been Dr3ad from Epoch Builds, off to make more builds!