Hello esteemed theorycrafters and min-maxers!
I’m playing around with a smite spam dark cleric (VK), and am looking for ways to optimize my build. Currently my clear speed is decent, and just beat void Harkon relatively easily. I’m kind of at a point now where I need to start building out my gear properly for “end-game”, though, since I’m now reaching the lvl 85 content.
My build planner (Dammit, you’re a hero!) is below:
There you can see all my gear and skill points spent up until now. This is what I’m wearing at the moment.
A few things:
I’m playing SSF, so there are some items I’m hunting for specifically, that being the Forgotten Knight’s sword/amulet. Haven’t found either yet
Abyssal echoes keeps my void resist at 75% overcapped, so even though the planner shows 8%, I’m well over.
I am ACTIVELY avoiding Sigils. I’ve played 3 sentinel characters in the last 2 months, all of which used it, and I just can’t do it anymore. I’m using Void Orb with the 60% global damage increase as a lazy man’s sigils (plus some other bonuses).
What I’m really looking to build up is my single target dps. AoE is taken care of… abyssal echoes is far more powerful than I’ve given it credit for. It wipes out any and all trash mobs with ease. Smite does fairly well against most trash “elite” mobs, but is fairly slow going against bosses (compared to, for example, the SS rogue I had last patch, or the shatterstrike mage and Rive VK I played before that). I know I won’t reach those kinds of numbers, but I’m looking for the optimal mix of stats to make the most of the single target damage from Smite. My actual stats are as follows:
Cast Speed: 130%
Spell Crit: 32%
Crit Multi: 273%
Increased DoT: 213%
Increased Spell Damage: 198%
Increased Void Damage: 675%
Block chance: 49%
Block Effectiveness: 35%
Only resist not capped is physical (43%) and poison (8%)… working on it.
Endurance Thresh: 202
Crit Avoidance: 114%
HP Regen: 148
Those are pretty much the most salient stats I can think of. My questions are:
It seems like my increased % damage is VERY high (I know optimally it’s around 400-500%, beyond that it hits diminishing returns). What would be the optimal way for me to spread that out? Shift to more crit or crit multi? More cast speed?
I’m currently using the Void Damage/Void spell flat damage affix primarily. What would the optimal second affix be on chest, for example? Skill echo damage? I have 30% echo chance, I think. Not sure how the skill echo damage interacts. Does the 100% increase double the attack’s damage it’s based on, or does it just increase the damage pulling from my stats? So for example, say Smite hits for 5000. Would the echo be 10,000, or would it just change my increased damage from 675% to 775%? I’d appreciate some info on this.
What would an optimal shift to defenses be? Where can I get the most bang for my buck, based on what I have right now?
Are the “Increased damage of Smite” idols worth it? Or would I be better off getting something else for more damage/survivability? Right now I have 32%, 47%, 39%, so a total of 118% increased Smite damage. Is this calculated along with my 675% void damage (so it would be 793%) or is it multiplicative of that?
Are there ways that I can tweak my skills around for better performance? For example, would it be better to switch out for Mana Efficiency with Void Skills idols, and spec for additional echoes in Abyssal Echo? Has anyone played around with this?
Is it worth it to also use the Shadow Helm/Shadow Plate base items? It’s another (up to) 140% increased Void Damage, but my void damage is already pretty overkill. Would it be better to use the Solarum items for the Crit Avoidance, and then take it off of two of my other items for other defensive suffixes, like armor or Endurance? I’m leaning this way.
Any other things you can see that I can tweak to improve performance?
Again, playing this SSF, so my gear is not exactly optimal, it’s just what I’ve found/gambled/crafted so far by lvl 81. I’ve had a bit of a bad luck streak too, especially trying to get the Forgotten Knight pieces.
Thank you in advance!!