Hi there! I love Rend build and got to easily do GR110 in season 21 but the way I use it is with Bul-Kathos, I know most use Istvan’s Blades and… that’s the part I don’t get… they all use Ancient Spear/Rage Flip skill. With my build I just aim at crowds and Ground Stomp/Wrenching Smash pulls my victims to me… I try to play with Ancient Spear but I don’t see how it’s really helping me.
The reason I’m asking is 'd like to aim a bit higher than 110 and even with a very decent gear and critical 53%/600% I wasn’t able to get to 115. Almost all builds from the leaderboard use Istvan’s and it seems to mean the Ancient Spear is a must. Can someone please explain the actual physics on how to use this skill exactly?
Ancient Spear / Rage Flip allows you to gather lots of mobs into huge packs. This is important so that when you manually cast Rends (which, unlike the auto-applied Rends from Ambo’s, benefit from Area Damage) they can hit as many targets as possible.
Usually, when players that are newer to the build hear “density” and “lots of it” they vastly underestimate how many mobs that means. We’re not talking 20-30. Sometimes we’re talking about an entire map’s worth, and then popping them all next to a pylon. If you want to see an example…
Around 5 minutes 30 seconds shows a nice open map, multiple elite packs, plenty of trash, and popping a Conduit pylon.
You dont NEED it. If you run captains with the BK swords you can do a 125 w/o sweating it too much. It’s just squishy and you need to be able to manually move around to avoid taking lots of damage.
Casually playing and goofing around. Rage flip and IB swords aren’t my go-to. It’s a lot of busy work.