Rob has been playing Blizzard games since 2005, especially the Warcraft & Diablo series. Determination, efficiency and reliability represent this EU-Player both ingame and in real life. He has been a long term non-seasonal player from the origins of Diablo 3. His current focus has shifted to seasonal gameplay, pushing the group leaderboard ranks early in the season. While Rob has an arsenal of experience with all classes, you'll usually find him leaping into battle with his beloved Barbarian or pushing the current META to new heights!
Published on July 13th, 2021
Last updated on September 10th, 2022
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:
LoD 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.
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
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:
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 NovaNecromancer 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.
During Season 27 groups will add a dedicated Rift Guardian Killer again to decimate single targets. The Bones of RathmaArmy of the DeadNecromancer 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 MantleImpaleDemon 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 ofArachyrCorpse SpidersWitch Doctor and the Firebird's FineryMagic MissileWizard.
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.
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.
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!