In this article we will talk about the 3-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 3 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.
In an effective 3-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:
|Trash Killer||Spirit Barrage WD, LoD Grim Scythe Necromancer,|
Twister Wiz, Firebird Wiz
Inna Mystic Ally Monk
|This position usually requires a build with good Area of Effect (AoE) damage like Bone Spear, Spirit Barrage or Energy Twister 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. Nowadays, these builds are so powerful that they can kill the Rift Guardian as well by just equipping Bane of the Stricken.|
|Support#1||zBarb, zNec, zDH, zMonk||The main Support role requires good pull abilities, good overall damage & toughness boost. The main task here is to pull monsters tightly together (Area Damage value) for the Trash Killer, drag Elite packs along, scout the map and keep up damage & toughness buffs.|
Rift Guardian Killer
|zMonk, zNec, zDH|
Corpse Sider WD
Inna Mystic Ally Monk
|The second Support usually provides even more toughness and damage buffs to the group. The main task here is often very simple: Keep up all buffs while sticking close to the damage dealer. Sometimes second Support also helps to scout the map and engage enemies.|
The RGK requires a build that revolves around high single-target damage, often combined with fast attack speed skills to stack Bane of the Stricken.
The most played Supports used to be a zBarb and a zMonk because combined they had the strongest buffs in terms of damage increase and reduction. With the addition of Odyssey's End however, the zDH has risen above the zMonk with tremendous damage buffs!
With the introduction of Soul Shards items in Season 25 are way above the power level of previous season themes, allowing many of builds and setups to clear the highest difficulty in the game, Greater Rift Level 150, with ease especially in coordinated groups. The power level is so high that top clears don't even need Area Damage focused builds anymore and just focus on speed farming GR150.
The Current META (2.7.1) - Mystic Ally Inna Monk
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.
Additional offensive and defensive buffs are provided by the zDH.
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.
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:
- Mundunugu's Regalia Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor
- Spirit of Arachyr Corpse Spiders Witch Doctor.
- Zunimassa's Haunt Poison Dart Witch Doctor
- Embodiment of the Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter
- Armor of Akkhan Bombardment Crusader
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 1 Inna Monk and 2 Supporters, 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!
META report by Rob
Reviewed by Northwar