Hey folks this is Sajid with a Diablo 3 patch 2.5 season 17 blog on the best-build in this article. We’re going to take a fast look at 50 top best builds ranked the top 10 and then rank all of these in different tiers forming a tier list of relative command between each other and as we’re going through these builds we’ll also take a look at which are the best starter classes for season 17 based on the starter sets that you can earn via Heydrich’s gift throughout your seasonal journey now if you want to skip straight to the top-10 builds you can follow the time stamp on screen here and the video description we’re going to have links to guides or gear and reference guides for every build on this list all 50 builds now first off for added context if you have not watched our season 16 tearless video we will be referring to our past tier list and house earn builds have either risen or fallen with respect to last season’s tier list our expectations for season 16 mostly panned out with a few minor wonders. so as you bring up this season’s tier list first off the FT R and D tiers of last season are completely knocked off this list all of those builds are not going to be covered anymore and we’re now defining the old si tier to be the new F tier in season 17.
Our new F tier is still defined as 20 greater rifts behind the S tier that’s our top builds that’s just how far the new s tier has pushed things now these builds an F aren’t bad it’s just that relative to the top builds F to your builds require more effort so dropping from C tear into F tier we have the gargantuan pet build using the hell tooth set for witch doctor we have the monk build that uses a mixture of innies and Lyanna set and the monks lashing tail kick built using these son Luke o sent in all three cases there exist more powerful builds that can be created with these sets which will cover all right now to give you folks .
The D tier we’re defining dt r as roughly eighteen greater rifts behind our most powerful builds in this year we have several builds that have been pushed down due to the readjustment of the tiers but there is one notable exception in arias the necromancers and arias built was DT reason but it has risen empowered this season and thus remains in the D tier you know rather than being pushed off the list along with all the other former D tier builds the buff that an aureus receives this season pushes it several greater rifts higher in power and as these starters set for necro in season 17 it’s a robust set for early game it’s a one size fits all kind of set with a generic damage buff that allows it to be used in combination with many different skills this makes a necro a decent starter choice for season 17 other builds. Now in the D tier include the witch doctors hell tooth fire bat build which is the strongest hell tooth build you can put together we also have the demon hunters unhallowed essence grenade built once the strongest demon hunter built but now far outclassed by most other demon hunter builds we also have the classic Firebird build for wizard.
Now Firebirds is the starter set for wizard in season 17 but it’s a rather cumbersome bill to play due to the awkward mechanics of the set which makes the wizard in my opinion a relatively poor starter class for season 17 now in the d tier we also have the Roth most singularity mage build for the necro this build is now outclassed by a legacy of nightmares version thanks to the season of nightmares which we’ll cover later we also have two vir based builds for wizard which are now highly outclassed by the buffed traditional viewer using Chan Toto set which you guessed it will cover later lastly in this tier we have the travel corpse Lance build now try ghouls did receive above the season however that buff does not impact the corpse Lance build it will however benefit the blood mage build for speedruns alright on to the sea tier which as you can see is 14 to 15 great rifts behind s tier here again we have several builds that have simply been pushed down due to the new s tier we have the demon hunter Nathalia build which is outclassed by the Natalia more our build we have the witchdoctor Eric here build the barbarian whirlwind build the in a generator built outclassed by another in a build and another generator built we have the barbarian leap quake built which is built upon the barbed starter set for season 17 might of the earth leap quake is a very fun build it’s powerful but there are stronger and faster options out there for Barb’s nevertheless it makes the barb at least a decent starter class for season 17 we also have the Sun woo ko wave of light built which will be outclassed significantly this season by the legacy of nightmares wave of light build and I think this actually makes the monk a strong starter choice for season 17 the Sun woo ko wave of light built is an excellent multipurpose build for various speedruns and greater rift pushing and while you’re running ISA mukha wave of light you can also be gearing up for your legacy of nightmares wave of light which will even use some of the same items and all the while letting you practice roughly the same gameplay also on the sea tier we have the sweep Crusader using the rollin sent it was c2 your last season but proved to be a little bit stronger than I expected so it’s not getting pushed down this season we also have two legacy of nightmares builds making it onto this list the crusaders legacy of nightmares heavens fury build which may potentially prove to be stronger than sea tear but really is stronger as a rift guardian killer in a group than as a solo build and then we also have the new rapid-fire legacy of nightmares demon hunter build which may potentially prove to be stronger than sea tear but is very unlikely to surpass the current top demon hunter builds by virtue of the mechanics of rapid fire you have to sit in place and channel for several seconds to build up your damage which makes you a sitting duck on a class that typically relies heavily on mobility to keep it alive all right on to the B tier which will be about 11 G hours behind us here here we find the tal Rasha fire meteor build the tall Rasha star pact built the Firebird star pact built the classic condemned crusader the legacy of nightmares condemned crusader new to our list the pestilence necromancer the uliana monk and the DMO now we also have here the legacy of nightmares spirit barrage witch doctor which was b-tier last season and will not drop this season thanks to a combination of the season of nightmares and the build performing a little better than expected in season 16 we also have the barbarians hammer of the Ancients immortal kings build that will not be dropping from last season again due to it performing better than expected alright on to the eighth year now this is a group of great builds but still they are on average about eight greater rifts behind the st ER many of these builds were previously in the S tier and now we’re getting close to our top ten builds so some of these former STR builds include the Marauder demon hunter the multi shot demon hunter the impale demon hunter the n6m for demon hunter basically the demon hunter has a variety of solid high tier choices but between those multi shot is the best for speedruns but the most difficult to run at the highest greater rifts and 6m4 is likely the easiest to run at higher greater rifts with the greatest potential for survivability so great choice for hardcore and the shadow impale build is the easiest and quickest to put together while still being very very very strong with impale being the starter set for demon hunter in season 17 demon hunter is perhaps the single best starter choice for the season one of the crucial items to the shadow impale build is ridiculously easy to acquire you craft a couple rare daggers you bring them to your cube and you upgrade them into legendaries there are only two possible daggers you can get one of those is the one you need you can have a fully functioning and game demon hunter build faster than any other class this season and that build also happens to be among the best demon hunter builds but if that sounds boring to you you can use that impale build to gear up for other builds now also in the a tier we have the charge barbarian using rakers and immortal King set we have the inner wave of light monk which has proven to be more powerful than the Sun woo covariant we have the legacy of nightmares wave of light monk which in season 17 will definitely surpass the in a variant now let’s talk quickly about the necromancer which is the class that has actually fit it the most from the season of nightmares we actually see three different s and a tear builds for the necromancer using the legacy of nightmare set or bonus at least thanks to the season of nightmares we see the emergence of a legacy of nightmares singularity mage build which is made possible by freeing up the ring slots that this build so desperately needs this variant is solidly more powerful than the Roth ma singularity mage build and I would not be surprised to see legacy of nightmares singularity replace the old Rasmus singularity for speedruns we also see the legacy of nightmares corpse lands build being buffed this season solidifying it as the most powerful corpse lands build and now we’re moving into our top 10 bills and it was very difficult to pick only ten many of these builds I would rank as equally powerful but rather than give you at number 5 we have these 5 builds or these 3 builds I’m gonna commit to 1 build per placement so for number 10 I’m going to put the legacy of nightmares Captain America Crusader build and this is a bit of a conservative estimate on Captain America it could potentially come out on top for Crusaders and beat out the top Crusader build which would rocket it further along in this list the Captain America build was buffed on the PTR in a big way but then toward the end of PTR it was nerfed and people I’ve in my opinion overreacted to the nerf it’s still a lot stronger than it was in season 16 the nerf on PTR took it down a few to several raider rifts relative to where it was buffed but that still puts it solidly in the 8th year it’s still definitely going to be among the best Crusader bildt’s and potentially potentially will become the best now another bill that was brought back to viability in season 17 patch 265 is the dagger of darts witch doctor now there’s two variants of this built here the legacy of nightmares version and these anomalous version and it’s not entirely clear which one will become the best the Zuni Massa six-piece damage buff is a bigger multiplier than third ancient pieces with legacy of nightmares however it only buffs your pets damage and not your own damage whereas a legacy of nightmares version of dagger of darts has the potential to work in a convention of elements and your own damage is also loved that said both these builds are definitely a tear both are among the top witch doctor Biltz both beat out spirit barrage and this marks the first time Zuni Massa’s has ever gotten anywhere close to a high tier on what a my tier lists one of these two builds is potentially poised to actually take the number one witch doctors spot we’re putting it right now at a conservative ninth place and you’ll note that I am putting the Zuni version here rather than the legacy of nightmares version because maybe I’m just gonna for the dark horse but I think it’s Sunnis time to shine and it’s a lot easier to get together a six piece set than thirteen perfect ancient pieces that takes us to number eight the Jade witch doctor which again most likely will be surpassed by dagger of guards the Jade set is a very strong set it’s a very fun set and it is the starter set for witch doctor in season 17 that said it can be a little tricky to play it requires a very specific play style of setting up a bunch of dominoes and then knocking them down this makes it not great for speed builds so overall because of the play style here because of the lack of versatility we’re going to actually give witch doctor a mediocre start for season 17 now coming in at number 7 we have the hammer den Crusader built which I’m really hoping will be surpassed by Captain America and number six we have the monks raiment generator built which I would love to see surpassed by the legacy of nightmares wave of light build but I’m a little skeptical as to whether that can happen coming in at number five we have the best barbarian build the hammer of the Ancients Racor again most of these builds that were covering here in the top 10 are very very close in power at number four we have the Crusaders invoker thorns built now the invoker set is the starter set for Crusader in season 17 so if you want to go straight and vocre then you’re off to a good start invoker performed better than I expected last patch but that said it’s really only able to perform at its highest potential under very specific circumstances requiring more greater rift fishing than most this is a bill that deals no area damage so it could really only deal with one enemy at a time and it works best against enemies that attack quickly rather than slowly because you want to be triggering as many blocks as possible so overall it’s a strong build but to really perform at the highest levels requires a lot of constraints still if invoker is where you’re aiming to go at the end then Crusader is a decent starter for season 17 now we jump to number 3 whereas these past builds were relatively close in power 3 is going to be a step above the vir Chan toto wizard this patch Han todos received a tremendous buff solidly landing it at the top of a tier with the however remote possibility of it actually squeezing up into the S tier now Chan toto was buffed on PTR and then later received an adjustment that many interpreted to be a nerf but in practice seems to have worked out to not be a nerf and possibly a buff I suspect we have not seen the plateau of the power of the vir Chan total wizard but our s tier is so far above anything that it’s now clear whether Chan todos will be able to catch up which takes us to the STR these two builds are very close in power but we’re gonna rank the legacy of nightmares star pact Archon aka the bazooka wizard at number 2 this build is ridiculously powerful but also ridiculously difficult to play perfectly it’s one of the most technically challenging builds in Diablo 3’s history it requires precise timing of a number of different windows and if you screw up any of them some might say the whole build falls apart others would say you’re just not playing optimally and generally if you have the choice between playing the best build sub-optimally or one of the top 10 builds optimally you’re probably gonna do better on an optimal play of one of the top builds than a suboptimal play of the top build the bazooka wizard emerged throughout the last season it’s the biggest surprise of season 16 in fact on paper it seems like a build too difficult to run too difficult to pull off but there are some incredibly talented players out there and with this now being the season of nightmares it’s gotten even more powerful but will it surpass what we’re ranking as the number one build best to be determined which takes us to number one the legacy of nightmares thorns necromancer now this build rose to unprecedented levels of power throughout season 16 but there is one major caveat behind it and that’s that it is a build that really only performs well at the highest grid rift levels the key to the tremendous power of a thorns necromancer built is its slow and gradual ramp up in damage output the longer you attack an enemy the more your damage Rises and Rises and Rises and Rises so the longer you spend attacking an enemy the higher your damage output gets this means that at lower great rift levels most builds on this list will outperform this number one build it’s only one is taking very long to kill enemies that this build is able to catch up and surpass the other builds.