But I've been comfortable above 70 playing a Seismic Slam build with Earth set (focussing primarily on the damage of Seismic Slam).. My biggest crits vs rift guardians are over 160bil, and I'm slightly more towards area damage and survival (640mil toughness before Travellers Pledge) than full out damage (missing SS damage on helm). There are probably lots of unknown and unplayed builds out there that are comfortable above GR70.
It's above 80 where it will get tough, where only endless paragon levels will push you forward.
Well, I play hardcore with MOTE(might of the earth, also known as leap quake), and I've done GR72, and there is still room for improvement. I don't fish for the perfect rift, and I have never failed a rift for time or quit one. I will probably hit a brick wall for damage soon, but it can achieve more than GR70 solo. I'm not saying whether you will find it enjoyable, but it can achieve what you want it to.
And Raekor/IK doesn't suck in terms of potential, it can just be annoying to play. Also, why not use unity and band of might instead of Focus/Restraint if you keep dying, or one of them and convention of elements. You could also use wrath of the beserker (Striding Giant) instead of insanity, if you don't want to change rings.
Also, I've been messing around with LoN, and for barbs it just doesn't seem to be anywhere near as good. I can clear T10, but it's not gonna push higher GRifts
Raekor is 100% rng build.
You must fish a decent rift with a perfect boss (with maras or star immunity necklaces)
MOTE = Leap Quake set.
I will try that Seismic Slam my friend, thanks a lot for sharing this build.
I really dislike Raekor + IK charge, but for sure it has very impressive damage in large AOE packs and Earth (Boulder Toss or Seismic) cannot compete with that, on boss damage though Raekor isn't that impressive since Vile Ward is no longer in effect, nor do the Ancient Parthan Defenders have the same effect.
I'm doing a lot of rifts at the moment in a 3man group with an Impale Demon Hunter and Raekors Barb (I'm playing SS) and we're farming 75s pretty quickly, I'm at a situation where I can just stand on the spot and heal through almost everything, with only physical damage being scary (since esoteric does nothing), where as the Raekor Barb during the whole rift will only fight mobs until they are stun immune and then he will leave and find new stuff and leave me + DH to deal with it.
In solo the Raekors is still clearly the best spec because the damage on large packs is so much stronger than other builds, but the spec is still quite prone to death and it's such a clunky and situational spec to play, I just can't stand it. My Seismic Slam build will take me far enough, it will run out of steam in the early 80s though from lack of damage scaling, where Raekor will keep pushing on.
I've not played Boulder Toss (with Tribes Blade) enough to really compare, but SS seems in a similar place but while being far more about the spender than the generator, with SS the Earthquake/Avalance is more like a filler damage to activate Earthen Might so that you're at high Fury and full toughness (from Iron Impact + Band of Might) just before the fire element on COE comes up. My latest crit records are over 200bil on RG.
try Leap its fun.. i did gr 65 on my non season barb but thats with a non ancient earth weapon 3400 damage only so with a good ancient i can easy do 70+ and u have decent toughness too which u dont have with reakor..
That IK+Raekor SUCKS, maybe the worst build for barbarian ever ?
0 survability and 100% RNG dependent on guardian and rift. Most idiot build ever.
Actually, I find people who say this actually suck at running this build efficiently and in their frustration tend to blame the setup and not themselves. Granted, it is your typical glass cannon barb and it does take some skill compared to other mindless builds, but with a couple of tweaks it's easily the most powerful barb build this season if done right. I mean, if Chainer beat GR88 to get rank 1 that should be enough to contradict the TC's whining.
Of course he made 88, he play entire day doing speeds and already at paragon 1800, like, 5000+ str than 99% of playerbase.
Worst and most nonsense buidl ever. And the gameplay is no fun at all, just one fucking skill to do damage. And pray for a poison/fire boss, otherwise, you will be 1 shooted by any guardian.