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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 DealerLoD Hota Barb, LoD Meteor Wizard, Death Nova Necromancer, Spirit Barrage WD, LoD Grim Scythe Necromancer,This 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.


Option 1 (2.7.4) - Meteor Wizard + zBarb

Concept
Tal Rasha's Elements is probably the most iconic Wizard set in the Diablo franchise, originating from Diablo II where it was the Sorceress set. Season 27 finally brought this set back into the spotlight for Wizard players, with a rework based around Meteors and two new items, The Smoldering Core and Mempo of Twilight, to back it up.
The Meteor Wizard does tremendous AoE and decent single target damage with Nilfur's Boast. Magic Weapon Conduit allows you to spam Meteor Star Pact in huge groups of monsters that are pulled together by the sanctified Whirlwind zBarb.

Gameplay
The Wizard keeps distance from the pulls create by the zBarb to be safe and to benefit from Power Hungry and Zeis Stone of vengeance. Move all the monster forward in a steady pace with sanctified Whirlwind Stop occasionally for Oculus Ring procs in combination with Convention of Element Arcane rotation to thin out the pull by spamming Meteor Star Pact.

Meteor Wizard
Tal Rasha's Elements Meteor Wizard
zBarb
Support zBarb

Option 2 (2.7.4) - Nova Necromancer + zBarb

Concept
The Trag'oul's Avatar Death Nova Necromancer has the highest potential DPS with the recent reworks to Trag'oul's Avatar and Iron Rose. He can destroy Trash that is pulled and controlled by the zBarb with just one hit with the great AoE scaling of Bloodtide Blade. Even Elites can die instantly in very dense Pixelpulls. On top of that, the Necromancer has good toughness, which makes it relatively easy to survive without a zMonk.

Gameplay
The Necromancer curses the monsters to gain the Spreading Malediction damage buff. Once every monster is grouped up (preferably on top of Elites) the Necromancer creates an Oculus Ring. After moving into the damage circle, he starts casting Siphon Blood into the center of the pull. Together with Iron Rose and his Simulacrum Blood and Bone to deal devastating damage with Death Nova. Ideally this is timed with the Convention of Elements Physical rotation and a Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash from the zBarb for an insane burst with Area Damage and Krysbin's Sentence.
The Rift Guardian will certainly take some time to kill even with Bane of the Stricken. Ideally we save a few Pylons to spawn Elites with minions using Nemesis Bracers for more Bloodtide Blade & Area Damage. Illusionist Elites and Rift Guardians with minions are the dream!

Trag'Oul Nova
Trag'oul's Avatar Death Nova Necromancer
zBarb
Standard Support zBarb

Option 3 (2.7.4) - Double Barbarian

Concept
The Legacy of Dreams Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian benefits tremendously from the Sanctified Hammer of the Ancients power that allows him to deal damage in a huge area with powerful shockwaves. Furthermore the new Sanctified Whirlwind played on the zBarb allows for insane pulls while ignoring the monster's crowd control immunity. This provides even more value to Area Damage and Battle Rage Bloodshed.

Gameplay
The zBarb uses Sanctified Whirlwind to group monsters together highly. On the HotA Barb use Furious Charge to keep up Band of might & move into position. Cast Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients Together as One when you have a bunch of enemies grouped up. Communicate with the zBarb & Burst them down on your Fire Convention of Elements rotation for massive damage and Area Damage. Try to save a Pylon for the Boss and use Nemesis Bracer for extra Area Damage and Bloodshed after stacking Bane of the Stricken with Whirlwind Dust Devils for a few minutes efficiently and proceed to hammer it down!

LoD HotA
Legacy of Dreams Hammer of the Ancients Barb
WW zBarb
Sanctified Whirlwind zBarb

Alternatives

While Marauder Demon Hunter is 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:

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 big impact on the group Push META. With the current Follower emanation system, the 2-Player Leaderboard will not be easier than Solo clears with your Follower but still is a lot of fun to play with many possible setups!

Enjoy Season 27 and good luck on your Leaderboard rank, May RNGesus be with you!


Credits

META report by Rob
Reviewed by Northwar


Changelog

Aug 19th 2022
Updated for Season 27 / Patch 2.7.4

Mar 27th 2022
Updated for Season 26 / Patch 2.7.3