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3-Player Push META


Introduction

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.


General Strategy

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:

PositionBuilds  Task
Trash KillerLoD Hota Barb, 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, 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.
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 (Area Damage value) for the Trash Killer, drag Elite packs along, scout the map and keep up damage & toughness buffs.

Support#2



or

Rift Guardian Killer
zMonk, zNec, zDH





Rathma Necromancer, Impale Demon Hunter, Firebird Wizard, Corpse Spider WD,
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 27 is pretty high. All the META Trash Killers listed below deal insane damage with massive Arena Damage, but struggle against single target bosses. That's why all setups below include a Rift Guardian Killer for the fastest clear times.


The Current META (2.7.4) - Trash Killer + RGK + Support

1. Trash Killer

During Season 27 there are 4 strong Trash Killer Builds that will compete for the top leaderboards spots:

  1. Trag'oul's Avatar Death Nova Necromancer
  2. Legacy of Dreams Death Nova Necromancer
  3. Legacy of Dreams Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian
  4. Tal Rasha's Elements Meteor Wizard

While they can all decimate Trash Monster in huge density pulls in combination with the zBarb pixelpulling they all struggle against single target bosses. That's why all setups below include a Rift Guardian Killer for the fastest clear times.

The Death Nova Necromancer Build has the highest potential DPS with the recent reworks to Trag'oul's Avatar and Iron Rose. Furthermore they both bring Frailty into the group which makes Conduit Pylons extremely powerful. The Necromancer 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. 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.

Trag'Oul Nova
Trag'oul's Avatar Death Nova Necromancer
LoD Nova
Legacy of Dreams Death Nova Necromancer
LoD HotA
Legacy of Dreams Hammer of the Ancients Barb
Tal Meteor
Tal Rasha's Elements Meteor Wizard

2. Rift Guardian Killer

During Season 27 groups will add a dedicated Rift Guardian Killer again to decimate single targets.
The Bones of Rathma Army of the Dead Necromancer benefits a lot from the new Sanctified Army of the Dead dead power, roughly doubling its single target damage. On top of that he brings 1 Curse like Frailty, Decrepify or Leech into the group.
The Shadow's Mantle Impale Demon Hunter also gains a lot from Sanctified Strafe killing the Rift Guardian with Strafe and Chemical Burn in around the same time as Rathma, but doesn't provide any significant benefits to the group.
Other decent candidates are Spirit of Arachyr Corpse Spiders Witch Doctor and the Firebird's Finery Magic Missile Wizard.

Gameplay Necromancer
Wait for your team to defeat the first enemies, then summon your Revives. Help them out as much as you can by aggroing monsters from around the area and applying your Curse on everything.
When it's your time to DPS, activate Jesseth Arms with Command Skeletons. Stack up Power Shift and target the biggest targets in a pull after you released Army of the Dead. Coordinate with your team so that they can apply a stun for your Krysbin's Sentence. On bosses, try to dodge incoming attacks to keep up Squirt's Necklace.

Rathma Necromancer
Bones of Rathma Army of the Dead Necromancer
Impale Demon Hunter
The Shadow's Mantle Impale Demon Hunter

3. Support

The Trash- and Rift Guardian Killer are 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.

Gameplay WW zBarb
The standard zBarb play around the Trash Killer's Convention of Elements rotation, aggros and pulls monsters with Ancient Spear Rage Flip and pixes enemies with Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash.
The Sanctified Whirlwind zBarb also syncs his playstyle with the Trash Killer's Convention of Elements but then drags all monsters along using Whirlwind, allowing the Trash Killer to deal insane Arena Damage while ignoring the monster's crowd control immunity.

Standard zBarb
Standard Support zBarb
WW zBarb
Sanctified Whirlwind zBarb
zDH
Support#2 zDH

Alternatives

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. Early on we will definitively see almost all clears with a Trash Killer + Rift Guardian Killer+ Support setup. At higher Paragons towards the end of Season we might even see double Supporter (zBarb + zDh) setups again as the Trash Killer will be strong enough to just force kill the GR150 Guardian.

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