2-Player Push META

Introduction

In this article we will talk about the 2-Player Push most effective tactic available (META) to place high on the Leaderboards. It’s possible to clear the current Greater Rift cap of 150 in just a few minutes when fully optimized, even with only 2 players. Generally these fast clear times require extreme dedication to fishing in order to get Rank 1. Check our Greater Rift Post for more in-depth mechanics and the current top clears with all the individual character compositions for every Season on our rankings page.


General Strategy

In an effective 2-Player group META, every party member has a defined role with different tasks. Here is an overview of the 4 roles usually played and tasks each role is best at:

PositionBuilds  Task
Damage DealerBone Spear Necro, Firebird Wizard, Spirit Barrage WD AoV Crusader, Inna Mystic Ally MonkThis position usually requires a build with good Area of Effect (AoE) damage like Death Nova and huge temporary buffs like Arcane Attunement, Spellsteal, Assimilation etc. The main task is executing the damage rotation properly in order to kill trash monsters (and maybe even Elites) to progress through the Rift. The build must also be powerful enough so that it can kill the Rift Guardian as well by just equipping Bane of the Stricken.
Support#1zBarb, zNec, zDH, zMonkThe main Support role requires good pull abilities, good overall damage & toughness boost. The main task here is to pull monsters tightly together for the Trash Killer (Area Damage value), drag Elite packs along, scout the map and keep up damage & toughness buffs.


In the 2-Player META, we almost never played with 2 damage dealers in the past. The only time it was actually good was with the old Furious Charge Barbarian that dragged monsters along while damaging them with Vile Ward. The Rift Guardian was killed by a Elemental Arrow Ball Lightning Demon Hunter.
Nowadays, people always play the classic way: 1 Damage Dealer and 1 Support. You can check out the top clears with all the individual character compositions for every season on our rankings page.

The Current META (2.7.1) - Mystic Ally Inna Monk

Concept
The Inna's Mantra Mystic Ally Monk combines Dregs of Lies for the tremendous bonus damage to pets with Sliver of Terror for the massive damage buff from abilities on cooldown. The build is so fast and so powerful that the Fire Ally explosion can shred trough Elites and Rifts Guardians alike.
The Inna Monk is supported by a zBarb pulling Elites and grouping monsters together so that the Allies can hit many targets at once. On top of that, the Barb provides massive toughness buffs with Ignore Pain Mob Rule and War Cry. Communication is key here as you want to get as many high progression enemies inside the Fire Ally explosion radius as you can.

Setups
If you are not very high Paragon and your runs take more than 5-6 minutes, you can change your third gem on one of the Monks to Bane of the Stricken to kill the boss faster. Serenity is mostly there to protect your Squirt's Necklace, but in slow runs you usually don't have any stacks, so it's better to use Inner Sanctuary because it has better uptime and always stays on cooldown for your Sliver of Terror.

Alternatively, you can also play a zDH for even more additive damage!

Inna Ally Monk DPS
Inna DPS
zBarb
Support#1 zBarb
zD
Support Alternative zDH



Alternatives

While Inna Monk is the most powerful class to play this season there are alternatives that can really shine with good group combinations. Here is an overview of possible strong contenders:

Check out our for Rift Trash Killer Tier List or our Rift Guardian Killer Tier List for even more choices!


Conclusion

Overall, the current Season Theme has a very big impact on the group META. Soul Shards are insanely powerful and can make GR150 look like a joke for many builds, especially in a coordinated group.
Most players will rank with an Inna Monk and a zBarb, but there are plenty of other valid choices that will crush GR150 with ease. Enjoy Season 25 and good luck on your Leaderboard rank, May RNGesus be with you!


Credits

META report by Rob
Reviewed by Northwar