I decided to push block on stream to showcase its power, ended up at wave 560 (died trolling)
You can find a video of the final waves of the push on the link below.
Block push 560
The same character with no shiled is the one who gets murdered by wisps in “Clip 1”.
EDIT 2 START
In order to prove that the problem is only Block and not Vengance or any other sentinel mechanic. I decided to push a “bad” skill with and without block, one push each, without using vengance.
The selected skill on sentinel was Rive, as its considered not capable of high pushing.
Block version: wave 400
Non Block version: wave 180
To put it in perspective, it will be like comparing a 1000 push to a 200 push on patch 0.7.7, so an 800 wave difference on previous patches. It is worth mentioning I actually had to play way better and focused on the no shiled version.
EDIT 2 END
Block is uber broken at the moment, specially on sentinel
It is so broken that removes any skill needed to play the game at the top level.
The main reason of it beeing so OP for sentinel, is that you can fully benefit from 90% block and 3000 Block Effectivnes with just using the passives and skills avialable.
This means that, regardless of the gear and resources you have invested into your character, you will be immortal to hits, specially the dangeorus ones that will end your run, like the necrotic wisps.
To illustrate how broken this is, il share this example.
In both clips, the two characters have the same gear, necrotic conversion to physical (85%) and necrotic % protections. The only difference, is the sentinel on Clip 2, is wearing a shield with T5 Block Chance, but all the other mitgations don’t change.
On this first clip, you can see my Rank 1 Forge Guard getting hit by necrotic wisps at wave 400 in arena.
Wisps vs NO block
As you can see, even with the vengance DR active, we just get 1 shoted for beeing out of position. I made a mistake as a player and I died for it, as it should be.
In order to succed with this build, I had to play and build like a god, felt very rewarding and requiered many attempts. I got deleted the first mechanical mistake I made.
Making use of my free 90% block and 3000 Block Effectivness obtained from my passives and skills, I am now immune to any hit damage, including the wisps that previously murdered me with a few hits.
Wisps WITH Block
I just stood there like a bot, and took no damage (they actually healed me with holy aura). Denies all skill involved and rewards low engangement and skilled combat.
It took me 1 attempt while standing still doing nothing to break 440 waves. I felt like I was cheating.
I think block needs to be revisited and hard nerf. Block Effectivness is uber broken as it gives you 3000 protections for free when normaly, you can’t even reach those numbers for necrotic protection with T20 GG gear without a shiled.
Once again, thanks for reading and hope it helps for the balance of the game!