Heya, new to LoD BS this season, I used to play akkham BS (and even adapted it with crimson for more goodies).
I saw 2 versions of the build, one with ice climbers & stone gauntlets and other with illusory boots.
I am only 1200 paragon atm and I am forced to use esoteric gem to stay alive in GR100+ (I am running the ice climbers & stone gauntlets variant, with leoric crown not andariel’s). Am using CoE and Justice Lantern (with unity cubed), ~300mil toughness before getting hit or popping skills (akharat champ / provoke), sadly I still need to get 5 items in ancient version (chest piece, gloves, justice lantern, shoulders and boots).
Also running gogok to help me with AS / CDR due to non-ideal rolls on some of the ancients (and primal shield) so I am at 2 attacks / second outside of Laws of Valor (as I figured out having more uptime on Valor & provoke & champ akkharat will give me more overall DPS / toughness than using bane of trapped for example - could be wrong tho).
In my position is it more important to get the ancient version for the pure dmg buff and DR, so I can drop esoteric and get bane of stricken / trapped even if they don’t have ideal stats / rolls, or stick with the non-ancient ones who have the right stats?
Cheers, any input much appreciated!