Thorfinnr, on 08 September 2015 - 08:41 PM, said:
I play-tested Reaper MM...kinda like the build i linked above. I used the default celestial/Traveler armor and left the Force/Health Steal runes on the staff and GS.
I think my max # of minions was @14. This requires good use of 'Rise' to maximize the spawn on 5 minions and minimize the CD. I used Flesh Golem as my Elite, although the 4x spawn from Wrath Form may be more efficient and maxing out minions. But I like my minions to be utilities as well...so I willprobably keep the Flesh Golem.
I used Blood Fiend as my heal, though I understand there is some question on if it is worth it or not...I'm just not sure what might be better...'You're Soul is Mine!' looks interesting...though I think the Signet might be best...thoughts?
It will be intersting to see what a full cleric set of armor will do to Minion survivability...the pop-ups from 'Rise!' and the Trait died rather quick to AoE...but again, I did not have Cleric gear on.
I know we have talked about pack runes...any thoughts on Ranger Runes? Do they still even work with Minions?(wiki says they do, but not sure if it has been updated since they tweaked them a couple patches back.)
If you want to play minions, I don't see why you wouldn't take blood fiend. Ever since they fixed minion AI, blood fiend has actually been pretty comparable to the signet even in the standard zerker necro build in my opinion. As for ranger runes, I'm pretty sure they do work.
All in all, I'm not sure what minion master is shaping up to look like in heart of thorns. For PvE right now, full zerker is actually okay since they fixed minion AI. Now you aren't just strictly worse version of the meta zerker necromancer build, and actually do comparable damage while offering other kinds of utility. And because most minions now heal outside of battle, it isn't as vital to keep healing them in combat.
Full clerics is probably more reserved for pvp, and just for fun while playing to a theme. For pure efficiency and effectiveness in pve, I think berserker with pack runes to buff the minions (though I'm not sure on the math if this is worth it or not) is a good way to go.