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 Spider 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!
The overall power level during Season 26 is not that high. Top clears need to focus on Area Damage again to clear GR150. But many builds and setups can still clear the highest difficulty in the game with ease, especially in coordinated groups at higher Paragon Levels.
The Current META (2.7.3) - Marauder Demon Hunter
The Embodiment of the Marauder Sentry Demon Hunter is very good at dealing constant damage with Cluster Arrow, which shines above other options when supported by a team that buffs and brings enemies to you.
The Demon Hunter 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.
Demon Hunter Gameplay
Keep up your buffs (5x Sentry, Wraps of Clarity) at all times. Find a place to set up your turrets and place all of your Sentries exactly on top of each other. Ideally, they should be exactly in the center of a monster group.
Stand still as much as possible to increase the damage buff of Endless Walk. As the Fire cycle of Convention of Elements approaches, try to spawn an Oculus Ring and jump in to nuke during the buff. Activate Vengeance exactly in that moment for bigger bursts and survivability.
As a Support DH is present, avoid using Companion as you will unnecessarily taunt enemies with Boar Companion and the Wolf Companion buffs don't stack. All it does is make it harder to group enemies.
While Marauder Demon Hunter is the a very 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
- Legacy of Dreams Grim Scythe Necromancer
- Legacy of Dreams Wave of Light Monk
Overall, the current Season Theme has a no impact on the group Push META. Almost all builds will feel quite a lot weaker in comparison to Season 25 without the Soul Shards and GR 150 won't be a cakewalk in the early Season days and present a bit of a challenge.
Enjoy Season 26 and good luck on your Leaderboard rank, May RNGesus be with you!
META report by Rob
Reviewed by Northwar
Updated for Season 26 / Patch 2.7.3