This is a fun little build I thought up while leveling one of my Barbarians. I always like the passive skills that completely change the way you play. Berserker Rage is one of them. It’s far from the best DPS, but it has a fun play style and no gear requirements. You basically build Fury to the cap to get the Berserker Rage buff, then use Rend for high damage over time, followed by more Fury building to get back to the cap. By the time your Fury is at the maximum, Rend is ready to use again.
The Whirlwind Barbarian is the most popular Barbarian build at max level. There are two very good reasons for that: it does the most damage and it isn’t that hard to gear for. The basic idea is to utilize high critical hit chance and the high tick rate of Whirlwind to proc the Into the Fray skill rune. That gives infinite Fury, allowing Whirlwind to be used constantly and making the Wrath of the Berserker buff permanently active.
Hammer of the Ancients has the potential to do the most damage in a single hit for Barbarians, so, naturally, I wanted to make a build based around it. It can do 400% weapon damage just by itself. Combined with a few other skills, you can quadruple that and be one-shotting Elite monsters. It does have the disadvantage of your character being in melee a lot and taking a lot of hits. If you don’t have good defenses, this build can be frustrating.
Ranged enemies are traditionally hard for melee to deal with. This build takes as many skills as possible that negate the advantage ranged enemies have. A combination of distance closing skills and Stun effects shuts down any ranged enemy. The name “sticky” comes from the idea that the Barbarian is literally stuck to them and doing massive damage. The enemy can’t do anything to get the Barbarian off them.
While this is a fun build for PvM, I it is actually better for PvP. It is a gear dependent build. Most of the chosen skills include some survivability aspect, but that only helps so much when you Leap into a group of enemies, for example. In PvP though, it is usually a 1 vs. 1 situation, and focusing down a ranged player is a viable strategy. Continue reading