Diablo 4 Season 1 Top PvP Builds Tier List
In this guide, we're diving into tournament duelling in Diablo 4. We won't consider open-world encounters or pesky bugs and exploits, as we expect those to be addressed eventually. This tier list aims to provide insights into the top PvP builds for each class in Diablo 4.
- Tier S: FireWall Sorceresses - The New Powerhouses
- Tier A: Lightning Sword Sorceresses - Not Far Behind
- Tier A: Physical Rogues - Still Going Strong
- Tier B: Barbarians - Double Swing and Hota
- Tier C: Hota Barbarians - A Step Below
- Tier B: Blood Wave Necromancers - Underrated Damage Dealers
- Tier C: Bone Spear Necromancers - Tricky to Master
- Tier D: Druids - Beware the Bulwark Trap
↖ Tier S: FireWall Sorceresses - The New Powerhouses
The star of the show right now is undoubtedly the Sorceress, notably the FireWall build. Once considered fragile, Sorceresses have become the reigning champions of PvP with their devastating damage output, incredible zone control, and clever use of invulnerability spells. In fact, I'd go as far as to say that FireWall Sorceresses top the list, surpassing the former champion, Poison Rogues.
↖ Tier A: Lightning Sword Sorceresses - Not Far Behind
Another formidable Sorceress build is the Lightning Sword or the "shotgun" build. While it may not boast the same level of zone control as Fire Wall Sorceresses, it certainly packs a punch in terms of burst damage. Sorceresses offer exceptional build diversity in PvP, with other options like Hydrosauruses, Blizzard Sorceresses, Ice Shard Sorceresses, and Arcane Clash Sorceresses that can find their place in this tier.
↖ Tier A: Physical Rogues - Still Going Strong
Physical Rogues continue to be a force to be reckoned with. While they might not reach the same level of dominance as Poison Rogues, they're certainly a formidable PvP choice. Their agility, mobility, and damage output make them a competitive option.
↖ Tier B: Barbarians - Double Swing and Hota
Barbarians have two primary builds worth noting: the Double Swing Barbarian and the Hota (Hammer of the Ancients) Barbarian. While both are tough and mobile, they don't quite match the power of Poison Rogues or Sorceresses. Double Swing Barbarians take the lead in this tier due to their versatility and overall effectiveness, while Hota Barbarians lag behind due to a past bug fix that reduced their damage.
↖ Tier C: Hota Barbarians - A Step Below
Hota Barbarians used to be a dominant force in PvP, but their glory days are past. Despite their natural tankiness and mobility, they now find themselves outperformed by Double Swing Barbarians and other top-tier contenders.
↖ Tier B: Blood Wave Necromancers - Underrated Damage Dealers
Necromancers, specifically those employing the Blood Wave build, pack a punch in terms of damage. However, they suffer from issues related to survivability and mobility, preventing them from reaching the top tiers. They can take on foes like Barbarians and Rogues but often rely on opponents' mistakes to secure victories.
↖ Tier C: Bone Spear Necromancers - Tricky to Master
Bone Spear Necromancers offer substantial damage potential, but consistently landing those bone spears in PvP is no easy feat. While there's potential for creative builds to emerge, as of now, Bone Spear Necromancers sit comfortably in the C tier.
↖ Tier D: Druids - Beware the Bulwark Trap
Druids, particularly the Bulwark build, have fallen from grace. Recent changes to barriers in Diablo 4 have made them much easier to break, and the Bulwark Druids' damage output is lackluster. It's hard to envision any top-tier PvP builds emerging from this archetype unless a solution to their damage problem is found. Currently, they dwell in the D tier.
This PvP tier list should provide you with valuable insights into the current state of dueling in Diablo 4. Remember that the metagame can shift rapidly, and new builds may emerge. If you have any questions or think we missed an essential PvP build. Whether you're re-rolling a character for PvP or just starting out, may this guide help you choose the perfect build for your demon-slaying adventures!
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