Diablo 2: The Phoenix Strike Assassin – Hardest Build To Play?

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Today we’re taking a look at Phoenix Strike Assassin build. This build has a lot of cool things going for it; An elemental build, as a melee character, very good visuals, and its playstyle and rotation can be very hard to master.

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  1. Djuntas 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    First of all, GREAT written guide in description. Some future thoughts;

    Enigma would be a good choice. Then use mara's amulet or Jade Talon etc, try to cap resist without COH. And since you then don't get IAS from maybe either gloves, belt or amulet, go with Burst of speed for 60 IAS in total hard-points, or at least what makes sense in terms of diminishing returns (If you use Runic Talon / Greater Talon bases)

    Else I wish phoenix strike would just do all 3 elements at the same time on 3 charges, kinda how the tooltip says "Finishing move that deals fire, lightning and cold damage all at once" 😀

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Xander Ford 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    Another option for MA assassin is the pure damage "Tiger Strike – Dragon Tail" combo. Even at hell, this combo is still powerful because you can inflict your TS-amplified physical damage portion of the DT onto fire immunes (albeit only targeted). Another advantage is you can right-left click easily without necessarily counting particular charges with TS, which renders farming more streamlined. Damage and clearing wise, the TS-DT build could compete or possibly superior to Phoenix Strike Build.

  3. Momchil Andonov 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    One major issue with Phoenix strike is the almost useless 3rd charge. You need to do dmg and not just slow/freeze the enemies! 3rd charge should've been a lightning one and the second one freezing! I don't understand why are they not reversed?!

  4. Charlinho 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    instead of putting points into dexterety, you can use 2x angelic halo rings for massive attack rating and then spend the remaining points into vitality

  5. delosombres 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    Dude… low AR of Phoenix Strike? Do you realize that Infinity decreases defense by 82% (works on everything at full strength) meaning that you have 95% on anyone including maybe even Baal? Lol…

  6. 3rd Gen Guy 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    good video.
    i found that 1 point in blades of ice and 20 in shadow master helps a ton with durability.
    shadow master tanks a fuck ton of damage.

  7. Brent Schumer 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    This is an insanely fun untwinked build that can solo the game. It's one of the best builds available for its pure kinetic nature and massive toolbox.

  8. Frejborg 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    Very nice man, but that's the part of using DS. Once you spec DS, the MA build becomes more of a DS build. It takes over every build, because of course, it's very strong, even with just one point, but with 20, the aoe is huge.

    Obviously Assassin, and MA in particular is for fun, and the cool tactical gameplay and awesome looks of assassin, with great run speed too. It's very fun and why Assassin is my favorite class in D2.

    I have built Claws of Thunder with Infinity Merc, and facets and such, it's nice imo, and worth giving it a try.

    I certainly have wished for many years that Phoenix Strike would release all 3 at once. It would be SO good! 🙂
    Currently on live I have a Venom assassin, and it's pretty nice and varied.
    Great job man, nice build.

  9. Tailless Jay 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    So you have become powerfu enough to have constructed yourself a new "Light saber" (Venom skill activates) Maybe build a Venom Assassin!?

  10. ЗлатомиР АлександроВ 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    max claw mastery! get whirlwind claw! ur dmg for lvl 90 sin is SOOOO LOW. also max dual block het hit recovery and its all good

  11. 3blindwhales 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    YoU're suppose to use charge up like Phoenix strike with left click hot key dragon claw on same click, u hold mouse down with Phoenix strike and use on by pressing the dragon law finisher hot key, great items with no play knowledge. Not to mention every guide I've seen tells u to use ur keyboard for hot keys. You did what they tell u to avoid doing. Using left and right mouse buttons for charging and finishing, pick left click OR right click for charge/finish not both.

  12. Troy Langdon 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    Having block is a bad thing on a melee assassin? Lmfao i made my the way through the core game first time playing one and demolished content, + if you dont at least put one point into death sentry you're *&$#@*& How someone as #@&%^#&^# fdkjskfjs as you has 2.9k followers is beyond me. Martial assassin is actually alot easier than you think if you stack crushing blow/open wounds/deadly strike. I'm sorry you're just really bad/stupid at diablo 2. By the way my martial sin was done on the 12/12/17 ladder reset.

  13. Kevin 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    since d2 pvm has become all about efficiency this build sucks. your right its just death sentry doing all the work and pretty much pretending your melee is doing anything lol. however for pvp you can play some fun melee assassin builds with kicksin against low defense targets and ghost sin (ww, max mb, max fade, max venom, max claw mastery) can be really gg in pvp

  14. rob brown 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    I have a 91 dual claw melee on battle.net. I can solo on Hell/p8 Baal and I usually dont have to pot, unless I run into unique monsters with physical immune+stone skin, like Lister has sometimes (even then its just takes a long time, little chance of dying).

    YOU DONT NEED PHOENIX STRIKE. Chaos runeword claw does both frozen orb and lightning when hitting. Combined with a sins aspd+atkrate, means it makes lots of sparks. Tiger/Dragon Claw is the way too go (i've tested all builds with dozens of token resets).

    ClawMastery/Venom/Tiger/DragonClaw ALLL lv 20, 1 point in everything else, except traps…only get 1 point in tree to death sentry, you wont need any trap but death sentry…in fact its your ONLY mob killer, and boy does it work!

    This is my Build so far, need better stats on some gear:
    Chaos Runic Talon Main hand/Barctuc's Ethereal(ZOD) offhand
    Enigma armor/Thundergods belt/Dracs gloves/Gore Boot/Carrion Wind(OMG THIS RING!! on a claw sin!)!/Ravens Frost/HShako w/+9min+6max jewel/amulet is crappy +2sin need better.

    Str: min for gear
    Dex: MAX IT OUT!!! MAX DMG + MAX ATK RATE
    Vit: 260 and thats it, you have tons of life drain
    Eng: none

    When i grind i have 6 different AOE spells popping off my gear. It's a fireworks show!

  15. MyYTwatcher 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    I played Phoenix strike assassin back in 1.09 (or maybe even earlier?). I have to say that from all builds I ever played this build requires the highest skill.

  16. TyQueezy 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    Rare circlets can have up to 30% enhanced damage mod on them. I found a godly one last season with two sockets, +2 paladin skills. I used it on my zealer.

  17. jzb JZB 2 June, 2020 at 13:02 Reply

    i tried all phoenix/light/frost claw spells on my singleplayer assa, its actually underrated as hell but you will not be able to solo the game early without decent items though, DS helps alot with the corpse explosion aswell

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