2-Player Push META

Introduction

In this article we will talk about the 2-Player Push most effective tactic available (META) for Greater Rift (GR) pushing and placing high on the Leaderboards. With the current Greater Rift cap of 150 it is possible to clear this highest content in the game within just a few minutes when fully optimized even with only 2 players. It is not that easy and both players have to be extremely dedicated to fish for all the different RNG layers in order to get rank 1 with an insane time. Check our Greater Rift Post for more in-depth mechanics regarding Greater Rifts mechanics & tactics!


General Strategy

In an effective 2-Player group every party member usually has a defined role with different tasks. Here is an overview of the two roles usually played and tasks each roll is best at:

    Position          Builds         Task
Damage DealerBone Spear Necro, Spirit Barrage WD Twister WizThis 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) for progression during the Rift. Nowadays these builds are so powerful that they can kill the Rift Guardian as well by just equipping Bane of the Stricken.
SupportzBarb, 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, 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 Wards. 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.


The Current META (2.6.10) - Masquerade Bone Spear Necromancer

The current seasonal theme always has a big impact on the 2-Player META and Season 22 is no exception. The extra Kanai's Cube slot gives a tremendous power boost. Necromancer especially benefits from it with with many Damage multipliers on Weapon damage multipliers to choose from.

Concept
The current best setup is the Masquerade of the Burning Carnival Bone Spear Necromancer in combination with a zBarb. Here the Bone Spear Necromancer functions both as the Trash Killer and the Rift Guardian Killer by equipping Bane of the Stricken. Trash monsters that are pulled and controlled by the zBarb are destroyed by Bone Spear within a few hits. The Necromancer has a natural high toughness with the Masquerade of the Burning Carnival (4) Piece Bonus making it relatively easy not to die with no zMonk in the party.

Gameplay
The zBarb pulls as many monsters as possible together while providing damage and toughness buffs to the Necromancer. The Necromancer curses the monsters to gain the Spreading Malediction da mage buff. Once every monster is grouped up, preferably on top of Elites, Necromancer refreshes Bone Armor and hits the pull a couple of times with Bone Spear to create an Oculus Ring damage circle, which he can Blood Rush into. Ideally this is timed with the Convention of Elements Poison rotation for an insane burst with Bone Spear Blighted Marrow. The 2 team members communicate with each other to pixel and stun the enemies on Poison with Ground Stomp Wrenching Smash to gain the full Krysbin's Sentence damage multiplier. The zBarb has do to the same at the Rift Guardian, while the Necromancer is far away for maximum Zei's Stone of Vengeance and Serration benefit.

Bone Spear
Damage Dealer Bone Spear Necromancer
zBarb
Support zBarb

Setups
The zBarb can take in Istvan's Paired Blades at higher Paragon levels to gain additional pull speed by attacking faster. If you struggle to survive on the zBarb at very low Paragon it makes sense to drop Gem of Efficacious Toxin to take in Esoteric Alteration or Molten Wildebeest's Gizzard for more toughness or healing.
The Necromancer has very high toughness already but sometimes but additional healing helps out a lot to survive. In that case change Stand Alone or Overwhelming Essence into Draw Life.


Conclusion

Overall this current 2-Player push META still feels very similar to what we played in last patches. The Necromancer has a new shining build - Bone Spear, but the playstyle is almost the same as the Poison Grim Scythe Generator build from last Season. By the end of Season 22 there is a small chance to see clears from a Mundunugu Spirit Barrage Witch Doctors with a zBarb and a potential 1 shot of the Rift Guardian. That however, is super hypothetical and would require at least 7.000 or more Paragons to pull off. So for all of us mortals: Stick to the powerful Bone Spear Necromancer! Enjoy Season 22 and may the RNGJesus be with you for your Leaderboard rank!
META report by Rob