UPDATED BUILD WITH GUIDE:
Hi, wanted to share my thoughts on the build I made to reach Rank 1 so the devs can look at it for future balance.
After playing the Lich class for a few weeks, I decided to create a new character to use all I learned to try to push arena. The build ended up clearing wave 719 on my first push (can do way more and I stopped playing properly as soon as I took the first spot on Ladder).
This was achieved with very basic gear with a few uniques.
The only core item you need is the Exanguinious Unique chest piece, so you can benefit from all the damage bonuses while beeing low HP and the Ward. Yes, this is a ward build. Having the unique Boneclamor helm will help with the Ward but you don’t need it to make it work.
The Plague staff unique will really help with the poison damage (our main source of damage). The amount of damage this build does just using poison stacks is insane and comes mostly from the pasives and skills, so it requieres very little investment guear-wise.
I reached up to 150k ward with this build while I just kitted the enemies, runnin in a circle around the arena.
With a decent pair of boots, you can outrun everything in the game, and use your 4 second cooldown dash (transplant) over walls so you can take advantage of the mobs pathing.
The build is very simple to use.
At the start of your skill rotation, you cast Wandering Spirits. These will deal poison damage to your enemies while you run around.
While you run, the enemies will group while they follow you, use Mark for Death on all of them.
Then you cast the main skill of the build: Soul Feast.
WARNING! This hability is currently bugged and it recasts way more times than it should.
This makes it very convinient as you dont need to recast the skill manually, but even if it gets fixed, the build will be the same.
Soul Fest has a very high mana cost with the nodes I am using, but if you use Transplant and RIP Blood together to generete mana, you can cast Soul Fest like the current bugged version.
So basically cast Soul Fest (all you mana drains), then you dash with transplant (all your mana goes back up) and you repeat that till the wave is gone. With a single Ornate Idol with CD reduction for Transplant, you can cast it very 3.4 seconds.
If you add the fact that we can perma cast Soul Fest with the infinite times its ward gain component can proc, in arena you can surpas the 150k barrier (without the bugged multiplicative ward retation small idols)
The stronger and more oponents you are against, the better it is, since you can proc it more times. In early levels your ward will be way lower due to enemies dying too fast to your poison damage.
Over all, the build is really easy to play, really easy to build, and it is too strong. I am putting all of this info here to help the devs blance it.
My suggestion is too look at how easy is to generate ward with some of the skills.
Really love the game, can’t wait for next update!