|Capicorp's "Icepick Assassin" Monk||November-20-2014 10:00 AM PST (6 years ago)|
Martial arts can be as deadly as they are beautiful in practice, comprised of precise moves, honed to flawless execution. Taking inspiration from one of his favorite novels, Capicorp#1432 has embraced the lethal artistry of a professional assassin to deliver a chilling result.
About the Build:
Exploding Palm is a shockingly effective ability with pinpoint accuracy that delivers devastation with the lightest touch. In the novel 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, the lead character Aomame is a physical therapist-turned-assassin who specializes in eliminating her targets with similar effectiveness, her specially made icepick leaving no trace. Today, Capicorp#1432 draws inspiration from this novel to create a brutally effective cold-based build.
There aren’t new themes in here for experienced Monks; like many similar builds, you’ll want to target weaker enemies with Exploding Palm while gathering up larger groups with Cyclone Strike to take down tougher monsters and elite packs. What makes this build special is its theme, and if you’re new to the Monk, it’s a flavorful way to get introduced to a common and effective build.
The majority of the core items in this build are set pieces, which make for a fairly daunting list. Don’t get discouraged though! This build is meant for a late game experience, and it’s bound to take time to gear toward.
Recommended Legendary Gems:
Recommended Difficulty and Game Mode:
Capicorp is currently using this build in Torment VI bounty runs and Nephalem Rifts in both group and solo play. As of the time of submission, he has reached Greater Rift 35. While currently playing in Normal mode, with a strong level of survivability and Toughness inherently built into this kit, this could easily see use in Hardcore as well.
While it doesn’t falter on bringing an impressive level of pain to the enemies of Sanctuary, this build is certainly meant to shine in group environments and your friends will be grateful for the damage and control it brings!
Why We Like This Build:
While I do my utmost to play a little bit of everything, the intricate details and mysteries of the Monk have often eluded me. With my play time split in every direction, my Monk has suffered from a combination of limited experience and poor luck with gear. Theorycrafting and research can get you quite far, but I generally prefer to learn by doing.
Capicorp has taken a popular build and adapted it to a literary theme, paying special attention to group utility and efficiency. It makes a popular build feel more accessible, and tells the how-to story in a narrative fashion. He’s also, perhaps inadvertently, introduced me to a new novel that I’m eager to check out and read! Japanese alternate history? Let me at it!
Tell Us What You Think!
What kind of builds is your Monk running? Have you ever thought of adapting your build to a fighting style from your favorite book or film? If so, which one? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to send it in if you’d like to share it with the rest of the community!
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