|Vaeus's "Demon Queller" Monk||June-19-2014 10:00 AM PDT (7 years ago)|
For this week's Theorycraft Thursday, we're taking a look at a mesh of functionality and form in this Area of Effect heavy build sent in by Vaeus#1389.
Are you ready to quell some demons in style?
About the Build:
Power, grace, and speed are all terms that come to mind when it comes to describing the Monk. These warriors have mastered techniques over years of disciplined training. They achieve physical and mental perfection and lay waste to those who would upset the Thousand and One Gods of Ivgorod.
Vaeus’s build focuses on the Monk's cunning and elemental prowess, and how to best make use of their sudden strikes and impressive displays of power when obliterating the forces of the Burning Hells.
Mechanically speaking, Vaeus has focused on Area of Effect abilities and Fire damage to create "a living, breathing AOE spell of epic proportions." Why cast a fireball when you can be the fireball? The full 360 degree coverage this build provides will allow you to roll effortlessly through your enemies, delighting in their spontaneous and inevitable combustion.
As an added bonus, I reached out to our most excellent Monk MVP Druin to discuss the finer points of this build, and he had several recommendations, also listed below (under "Alternative Skills").
The following skills are encouraged as substitutions to increase the single-target aspects of this build without sacrificing mobility or the focus on Fire damage.
You'll find that the items recommended below should complement theme as well as functionality. Some of the items are really needed to make this build shine, especially as Spirit is hard to come by.
Many different set pieces complement this build. Below are options you might seek out actively via crafting or consider using if you've collected a few of the others with a Ring of Royal Grandeur.
The following items provide more of a thematic match than a synergistic or mechanical benefit while still remaining useful. They may also be good substitutes if you have access to these items while seeking out other recommended options above.
Your primary focus on additional stats should be geared towards +% Fire Damage, as all your abilities will benefit from it. In addition, you may consider stacking Critical Hit Chance for its great DPS benefits and to get more out of Mantra of Evasion (Backlash). Resource Cost Reduction is also important for this build, as you’ll find it has an insatiable hunger for your hard-earned Spirit.
Recommended Difficulty and Game Mode:
Vaeus is currently running his Demon Queller build in Torment II on Normal. It's definitely a struggle to use this build without a Cindercoat, but once you land that and a couple other pieces, you’ll find you’re pretty comfortable in introductory levels. The suggestions offered above by Druin can help nudge this build higher, and it has the ability to climb to Torment VI with the right gear.
Why We Like This Build:
The builds that really catch my eye are those that make it clear the entire picture has been considered. Vaeus has considered how this build looks visually in his gear and skill animations, the lore-oriented reasons behind why his character uses these abilities, and the mechanical synergies that make it thrive.
Fire is a very strong element right now, but not one you traditionally think of applying to a Monk, especially with the recent changes to the Raiment of a Thousand Storms and Monkey King’s Garb sets. There's also something really compelling to the description Vaeus provided—the idea of being a living, breathing AoE spell. This build captures that concept perfectly, and it’s a fun notion that both delivers and pays off.
Tell Us What You Think!
Which element have you been experimenting with on your Monk? How would you change this build to match your preference? Are there any Legendary items you’d find useful for the Demon Queller that we didn’t mention above? Hop into the comments below and let’s get our discussion on!
We're looking at the Barbarian next week, so if you've got a build you want to see up here on the front page, send it to me! You can e-mail me at TheorycraftThursday@blizzard.com, and find all the details on the info you need to include here.