Draw and Quarter Crusader PvP Guide

Introduction

Stun Stampede is our Draw and Quarter based PvP build that focuses on the Crusader's highly mobile playstyle while maximizing stuns. Save Draw and Quarter until you can use its full duration on top of an enemy for maximum damage. Travel to objectives with Falling Sword to begin engagements. Use Spinning Shield to create space and soften enemies at range, and chase with Falling Sword to finish off your foes.

This build guide assumes you have a Character at Level 60. Check out the Crusader 1-60 Leveling Guide and Complete Leveling Guide if you're not there yet!

High AoE Damage
Wide Array of PvP Skills
✔ Effective Party-wide Buffs
Impressive Defensive Skills
✔ Incredible Movement Speed

Long Skill Cooldowns
❌ Difficult to Avoid Damage

❌ Low Single Target Damage
❌ PvP Relies on One Play Style
❌ Underwhelming Primary Attacks


PvP Build - Stun Stampede

Punish (Primary) - Use for filler damage when all other skills are on cooldown.

Draw and Quarter - Hold down your Primary while moving to deal extra damage and trigger Primary secondaries and family bonuses. Use on top of enemies to chain-stun them!

Shield Charge - Smash your enemies into walls! Carefully position yourself using the dash from Falling Sword, then stun your foes into oblivion!

Falling Sword - Use for mobility and to chase nearly dead foes.

Spinning Shield - Soften enemies at a distance and use to zone out other enemies from entering objectives.

Feasting Baron's Pack is our recommended Set for Crusader, enabling you stun your foes for extended periods of time to secure those precious kills!

Check out our Set Item Guide and Equipment Guide for more information.


Gameplay

  1. Save Draw and Quarter. It might be tempting to use it as a gap closer, but this is your primary damage skill. Wait until you are staring into your opponents eyes before summoning your steed!
  2. Gap close with Falling Sword, and get behind your foe if you can. Use Spinning Shield to keep chasing foes at a distance.
  3. Mix in Punish when you can for the extra block chance.
  4. Chase and finish low health enemies with Falling Sword.

Legendary and Normal Gems

Legendary Gems provide incredible attribute bonuses and unique effects. They are found as a reward after completing an Elder Rift that is enhanced with a Legendary Crest. Many of them are also crafted using Runes and Platinum at the Jeweler in Westmarch.

Read our Legendary Gems Guide for more information.

Starter Legendary Gems
  1. Everlasting Torment deals incredible damage over time after a Critical Hit. For a simple 1 star Legendary Gem, this packs a punch.
  2. Fervant Fang does fantastic single target damage. It can easily be acquired from the Battle Pass, without relying on luck from crests.
  3. Berserker's Eye provides increased damage in all cases, if you're willing to take more damage. This tradeoff works well for this build.
  4. Lightning Core does direct damage to an enemy group, often wiping them out in the process. While the damage is infrequent, it's useful for taking down larger targets.
  5. Seled's Weakening gives a frequent damage boost anytime you kill elites, making it have natural synergy with this build.
  6. Chained Death gives a solid damage boost, especially in AoE situations.
Best in Slot Legendary Gems
  1. Blood-Soaked Jade is the best Legendary Gem in the game. It provides massive damage and movement speed in a single package.
  2. Seeping Bile has poison that is devastating in large densities. It also slows enemies affected at higher ranks.
  3. Blessing of the Worthy is an incredible choice for any melee class. Any damage taken activates devastating damage every 15 seconds, obliterating anything nearby.
  4. Howler's Call blasts your enemies from incredible range and is triggered by any Primary, including Draw and Quarter. This adds an important ranged attack to your arsenal that triggers off your already stacked rotation.
  5. Bottled Hope is one of the best legendary gems for Crusader because of the class's focus on buff and support roles. It even works when casting Draw and Quarter! You'll want to pick this one up.
  6. Chip of Stone Flesh does a massive amount of damage when you stun, freeze, or chill enemies. This is incredibly powerful in PvP!

Normal Gems

  1. Tourmaline is better than Ruby, since Damage is better than Life.
  2. Sapphire is better than Aquamarine, since Armor Penetration (Critical Hit Damage) is better than Armor. Don't completely ignore armor though. Crusader's heavy block chance makes it more useful than other classes, so use at least 2 Aquamarine the Armor boost.
  3. Citrine is equal to Topaz, since both Potency and All Resistance are underwhelming stats. Simply use the highest leveled Yellow Gems you've obtained.

Attribute Priorities

Primary Attributes

The Crusader's main stat is Strength, giving +0.3 Damage per point. All other things equal, use gear with Strength to maximize the damage you deal. Fortitude is also important early on because it gives you Armor Penetration (and therefore Critical Hit Chance), but becomes less important later due to diminishing returns on how much Critical Hit Chance you can gain.

Crusader's worst stat is Intelligence because it only gives +1 CR. If possible, don't use it.

  1. Strength +1 CR and +0.3 Damage.
  2. Fortitude +1 CR, +0.1 Armor, and +0.1 Armor Penetration. Armor increases your chance to Block, which mitigates 20% of incoming damage. This is a nice defensive boost, especially when pushing Challenge Rifts or Helliquary bosses. Armor Penetration gives Critical Hit Damage, which is nice if you already have a high Critical Hit Chance.
  3. Vitality +1 CR and +3 Life. It never hurts to have more life, especially for end game pushes and PvP. Vitality is the best attribute after the damage-dealing ones.
  4. Willpower +1 CR, +0.1 Potency, and +0.1 Resistance. Potency increases the duration of harmful effects on enemies, while Resistance lowers the duration of harmful effects on you from enemies. Willpower may play a larger role in the future, but currently it is never prioritized.
  5. Intelligence +1 CR. Gives nothing extra and is therefore the worst attribute.

Check out our Attributes Mechanics Guide for more information.

Special Attributes

Because the total amount of primary attributes is so important, you rarely prioritize special attributes on gear. Still, several special attributes can make a difference, here are some of the best ones you can find:

  1. Critical Hit Chance to proc Everlasting Torment attack speed effect at Rank 6.

Check out our full Attribute and Magic Affix Guide and Upgrading and Reforging Guide for more information.

Bonus Attributes, Family Bonus, and Reforging

Family bonuses are hard to change so picking a powerful option is important. Here are some of the best Family Bonuses available for the Crusader:

  1. Tremor Stone provides additional stuns and damage in a melee radius, giving incredible utility in PvE or PvP.
  2. Vengeance Stone is an alternative option for those more concerned with raw PvE damage or with Primary Attack focused builds.

For more details, see our Upgrading and Reforging Guide.


Awakening

Focus on Awakening your gear with 1 star Gems first (Everlasting Torment, Berserker's Eye, Ca'arsen's Invigoration etc.). We recommend Awakening your items in this order:

1. Shoulders

  • Sivket's Advantage - Draw and Quarter cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Faith Ascendant - Falling Sword damage increased by 10%.
  • Wind-Blessed Pauldrons - Conjuration of Light cooldown decreased by 10%.

2. Legs

  • Bladed Jambeau - Draw and Quarter damage increased by 10%.
  • Cavalier's Courtwear - Draw and Quarter damage increased by 10%.

3. Off-Hand

  • Pavise of Ten Wings - Spinning Shield damage increased by 10%.
  • Sinkhole Cross - Spinning Shield cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Bonebearer - Shield Glare damage increased by 10%.

4. Chest

  • Besieger - Draw and Quarter cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Springback Chain - Spinning Shield cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Justice Without Favor - Conjuration of Light damage increased by 10%.

5. Main-Hand

  • Tumult - Falling Sword cooldown decreased by 10%.
  • Little Lance - Falling Sword damage increased by 10%.
  • Karawan's Catch - Sweep Attack damage increased by 10%.

6. Head

  • Redeemer's Mettle - Shield Glare damage increased by 10%.

Check out our Awakening Guide for more information.


Paragon

For Paragon Points, always prioritize Damage and Life. Remember to activate the Paragon Tree that you want to use. Use Survivor as your active tree while leveling up your Paragon from 1-99. Its active nodes work in PvP unlike Vanquisher, making it a stronger option for players wanting to focus on PvP. At Paragon 100 you can respec and follow the example below to get a great boost to your PvP bonuses.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

Once you hit Paragon 100 respec your Paragon Points so you can utilize the more powerful Gladiator tree. Start picking up some of the the Vanquisher tree as well so you can use it during PvE activities. Even the most PvP focused player needs to do PvE content to stay powerful, so this is worth the investment. For Paragon 100-199 keep filling in Life and Damage nodes across the board and grab some active nodes in the Soldier Tree towards the end.

Use the Slider to see Paragon progression

Check out our Paragon Guide for more information.


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Credits

Written by Echohack
Reviewed by Gregg2G


Changelog

May 13th 2022
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