So I was one of the first to post regarding running a combination strike monk with a macro since the pre-release beta days. Yes, the build has never been end-game powerful but I don't care, it's been one of the most fun play styles for me in the entire game. The last build I was running was the one with Shengs, two parts of Rainment, all the fire damage and a combination of Epiphany and a few other support skills to mitigate damage, was doing GR55 with it solo felt powerful but I hated the skill management required and it felt like a slow moving build. I've seen builds come and go over the years with different patches. I've been away for like 10 months now and I came back to find that I can do an empowered GR55 in about 7 minutes with my combo strike setup now!
And my gear isn't even all THAT great at the moment, never played a single season and although I have most of what is needed in each slot it's all pretty medium quality imho.
I mean yeah I know apparently the top level guys are doing really stupid high GR numbers now and I don't care much for that but hey, I'm pleasantly surprised by how damn powerful this build plays out now! Great fun!
Thoughts? Any gear recommendations you guys may have to keep on the loot hunt? Currently I'm thinking I need a HellFire ammy with Lightning damage on it as I don't have much +lightning at the moment.
Got a GR55 run video done to share. Didn't play it my best and found a particularly troublesome elite pack that made me die 3 times but still got it done with plenty of time to spare. I basically just zombied the run leaving the macro held down, dashing at random and hitting Sweeping Wind when I needed to bring it back up. If I aim and time my dashes better and select my generator manually depending on the situation I become much more efficient. Usually you only really need the macro to help cycle the generators when entering a pack. Once the 3 stacks of combo strike proc in the background if you keep striking with any generator the bonus stays up so if I'm facing packs of trash I just leave DR/Scattered Blows held down and mow them down quickly, FoT to lock onto kitting monsters like Goblins and the like and WotHF for single single target damage.
During the day I just swapped out my Mantra for Salvation/Perseverance and gained a ton more survivability. Have barely died in other GR55's during the day or doing bounties in T12.
Because I'm an old man set on his ways and I've always tried to swim against the current and make this setup work from day one. My previous best was GR50 and using this setup I couldn't even get passed GR45. So I was surprised to clear GR55 in much faster time than I could before.
If you read my OP remember I've been away for many many months. I just learned about the new R6 bonus when I opened the game again 2 days ago and actually read it on the set pieces.