Reaper - Spectral Onslaught



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The community gave this build a rating, making it second-tier: Good.

Focused on: Direct damageBoon removalControl.

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Overview

A high damage PvP Power Reaper built around the recently buffed Reaper's Onslaught trait, augmented by spectral skills for proper Life Force management to decimate team fights.


Skill Bar

GreatswordHealingUtilityElite
Axe/Focus

Slot Changes

Utility

For the optional slot:

Specializations

Spite:


Bitter Chill.png Bitter Chill



Chill of Death.png Chill of Death



Spiteful Spirit.png Spiteful Spirit



Soul Reaping:


Speed of Shadows.png Speed of Shadows



Soul Barbs.png Soul Barbs



Death Perception.png Death Perception



Reaper:


Chilling Nova.png Chilling Nova



Soul Eater.png Soul Eater



Reaper's Onslaught.png Reaper's Onslaught



Equipment

Greatsword.png
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Superior Sigil of Annulment
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Superior Sigil of Annulment.pngSuperior Sigil of Annulment
Your next attack after swapping to this weapon while in combat will remove 2 boons from your target.
Superior Sigil of Cleansing
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Superior Sigil of Cleansing.pngSuperior Sigil of Cleansing
Remove 1 condition when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
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Axe.png
Focus.png
II.png
Superior Sigil of Agility
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Superior Sigil of Agility.pngSuperior Sigil of Agility
Gain 5 seconds of swiftness and 1 second of quickness when you swap to this weapon while in combat. (Cooldown: 9s)
Superior Sigil of Revocation
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Superior Sigil of Revocation.pngSuperior Sigil of Revocation
On hit, remove a boon. (Cooldown: 10s)
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Superior Rune of Speed
Superior Rune of Speed.pngSuperior Rune of Speed
(1): +25 Vitality (2): +10% Swiftness Duration (3): +50 Vitality (4): 25% chance when struck to gain swiftness for 15 seconds. (Cooldown: 30s) (5): +100 Vitality (6): +25% Movement Speed; +20% Swiftness Duration
Demolisher's Amulet
Demolisher's Amulet.pngDemolisher's Amulet
+1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Toughness +560 Ferocity

Equipment Changes

Rune

  • - if you'd like more Quickness Quickness uptime.
  • - pure damage, zero utility.


Amulet

  • Paladin's Amulet Paladin's Amulet
    Paladin's Amulet.pngPaladin's Amulet
    +1050 Power +1050 Precision +560 Toughness +560 Vitality
    - trades some damage for more sustain.

Usage

General

  • Spectral skills and Focus 4 are going to be the main Life Force (LF) builders, especially Spectral Armor.png Spectral Armor.
    • Even at maximum LF you can consider using Spectral Armor.png Spectral Armor before entering Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud. Both the Protection Protection and the extra LF from incoming attacks are going to increase the time you'll be able to spend in shroud.
    • Spam 24px Soul Grasp as much as you can if you're not at the Life Force cap.
  • There's more to Spectral Walk.png Spectral Walk (SW) than just being a stun breaker with a bit of LF management, this skill allows for quite a bit of creativity. For example:
    • Activate SW jump off a cliff while being chased Spectral Recall.png Spectral Recall when your enemies jump after you.
    • Activate SW break line of sight cast "Chilled to the Bone!".png "Chilled to the Bone!" teleport back at the very end of the channeling (this makes it harder to avoid and reduces the chance of getting interrupted, although the outcome is going to be a bit luck based).
    • Activate SW Necrotic Traversal.png Necrotic Traversal (if using Flesh Wurm) teleport back when they catch up to you. This works for stomping downed enemies as well, the channeling isn't interrupted by either of these teleports!
  • For mobility use the following sequence:
  1. Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud applies Swiftness Swiftness from Speed of Shadows.png Speed of Shadows
  2. Death's Charge.png Death's Charge
  3. Exit Reaper's Shroud.png Exit Reaper's Shroud just before Death's Charge finishes (the ending of DC brings your character to a halt, which can be cancelled by dropping out of shroud early)
  • "Chilled to the Bone!".png "Chilled to the Bone!" has a very distinct animation which makes it easy to avoid, if you feel like that's going to happen then stow your weapon to cancel the channeling. This is also great for fake casting - you can use the skill, cancel it immediately with weapon stow (the whole animation will still play, potentially baiting out dodges or other defensive CDs), and send it only on a CD of 5 seconds.
  • Ghastly Claws.png Ghastly Claws is one of the best burst skills in the build. Try to use it when you have a fair amount of Might Might stacks, Quickness Quickness, and peferably Vulnerability Vulnerability on the target.


Shroud

  • Most of your burst comes from Reaper's Shroud.png Reaper's Shroud, where your damage is further increased by Death Perception.png Death Perception and Reaper's Onslaught.png Reaper's Onslaught.
  • Opening with Infusing Terror.png Infusing Terror is very common, as it helps getting your damage off uninterrupted while the damage reduction helps you stay in shroud longer.
    • Terrify.png Terrify is the chain skill of this slot. This should only be used when either A) you need an emergency CC, or B) Infusing Terror is about to expire.
  • Death's Charge.png Death's Charge should be used in the field created by Executioner's Scythe.png Executioner's Scythe for the
    Frost Aura Frost Aura
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    Frost Aura
    Protect yourself with frost armor that reduces incoming damage by 10%. While active, it chills foes that hit you. Each attaker can be affected by this only once per second.
    Frost Aura.pngFrost Aura (7s): -10% Incoming Damage
    Chill.pngChilled (2s): -66% Movement Speed, -66% Skill Recharge Rate
    whenever possible.
  • Soul Spiral.png Soul Spiral should primarily be used on CC'd or downed targets (as Poison Poison reduces the resurrection healing coming from their allies), but thanks to the permanent Quickness Quickness while in shroud this skill is now much easier to land without any real setup.
  • Executioner's Scythe.png Executioner's Scythe's a single target skill for the most part, and one that's best used on low-HP targets. Terrify.png Terrify can Fear Fear targets long enough to prevent enemies from dodging this skill.
  • Use auto attacks when eveything else is on CD.
  • Burst combo example: Death's Charge Death's Charge (gap closer with good impact damage) Terrify Terrify Executioner's Scythe Executioner's Scythe Soul Spiral Soul Spiral


Greatsword

  • Nightfall.png Nightfall is the only thing that justifies taking Greatsword, its strength is arguably on par with Well skills. Nightfall is fairly versatile and useful in many sutations, especially when it comes to surviving vs melee players or 1v1ing on point (but that's not your main role).
  • The auto attack chain is just way too slow and will barely (if ever) be used.
  • Gravedigger.png Gravedigger suffers from the same problem as the auto chain, but at least it hits way harder. This will mostly be used as a downed cleave skill when Shroud is on CD, but if you're feeling lucky you can try to use it for bursting in regular combat especially against bunkers. Much easier to land with some lingering Quickness Quickness from Reaper's Onslaught.png Reaper's Onslaught.
  • Death Spiral.png Death Spiral is excellent for stacking some vulnerability/life force.
  • Grasping Darkness.png Grasping Darkness is a decent CC but can be hard to land against moving targets.
  • After unloading skills 3-5 spend most of your time in Reaper's Shroud waiting for weapon swap to come off CD.

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Build rating - 4 stars
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6 Ratings
4 stars
Baescons gave this build 4 stars last month

Decent in ranked and for replacing scourge FB in team play though it has fallen pretty far.

4 stars
Justavi gave this build 4 stars January 2019

Pretty strong in 1v1s. Too squishy against more than 2 though, so I avoid anything where I'm outnumbered. I run it with Rune of Speed for the +99% speed to grab home quick and bounce between home and far. If overwhelmed, just use warhorn 5 and sprint away. Pretty fun~

5 stars
Artazkaran gave this build 5 stars November 2018

This is best reaper build what can be used. Good for pushing lower ranks and with a lot of practise u can push to the higher (as I did). But for me is better to use Avaken the Pain in Spite trait line :D

3 More Ratings
4 stars
Shiroshiro gave this build 4 stars November 2018

A good build overall, but I don't think it will last for more than 3 seasons. The damage is insane, cc is there, but it lacks sustainability against high damage burst conditions.

4 stars
Justiceretrohunter gave this build 4 stars September 2018

Couple Revisions

1) Decimate Defences....no. With Spite Trait-line, Chilling Victory is BIS. Soul Eater is a contending preference (If you have trouble with Life Force). DD is completely unnecessary, and is irrelevant when you have 88% crit chance.

2) This configuration makes sense, but it's an obscene amount of damage, at the expense of sustain and survival. This iteration is indeed meta right now, but it is also not the best configuration. This build lacks condition cleanse, is easily pressured by ranged foes, and the Strength Rune choice is excessive.

3) Chilling Nova is fine and all, there's good synergy...but with the drop in Blighter's Boon, and going Onslaught, it is a waste of a trait because it's unnecessary (since you do so much damage already, and now you lack sustain). Despite the popular consensus, Relentless Pursuit now holds more value than it did before...making it a more viable option to deal with kiting foes.

4) Back to the Strength Rune. Rune of the Lynx makes for sticking to your target much easier, and provides more mobility and escape potential. I'd recommend that rune, over strength.

5) The amulets are up in the air...almost anything can work, again, the build has so much damage that you could go Barbarian and still hit like a truck. Personally i go with Demolisher. There are variations that use Seeker Amulets and Condi alternatives. There are also alternatives that swap Spite for Blood, Spite for Curses, and Spit

5 stars
Hanz gave this build 5 stars September 2018

New fotm build, will see if it lasts. Burst is a bit overtuned.

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