In BL1 I have a shotgun build for Lilith that is pretty powerful (I was able to out kill @MidnightNova in the Underdome with it) and I’ve been trying to think of a way to bring that build to Maya. For a while I was hung up on the fact that Maliwan no longer makes shotties, but thanks to @Derch’s Good, Bad, and Ugly series, I finally figured out what weapons would be good for it.
This is a mobbing build, and partially a theme build too since I’m trying to imitate my Lilith build as best I can (aka, trying to make Maya like Lilith). I currently play at 72 OP0, so if someone would like to try this at OP8 for me, I would be very appreciative. And maybe if someone could come up with a more creative build name than “Elemental Shotgun” :P.
Edit: I have tested this build on OP8 in Bloodshot Stronghold and Friendship Gulag. It’s quite a difficult build if you’re not used to close-quarters Maya, but it is strong and quite fun. Note that the ammo consumption in Loader areas will be much higher than in flesh areas. Also, thanks to @Derch, @Nicorani, and @DeputyChuck for helping make it better for OP8.
Tediore Blockhead - The closest gun in this game to the Friendly Fire, this is the main gun. I’ve managed to one-shot Bruisers with this on OP0, and it’s fixed spread makes it a reliable gun to shoot at farther range if need be.
Jakobs Twister - An absolute powerhouse of a gun. However, because of it using 4 ammo per shot, I tend to only use this on a need-to-use basis.
*An easier-to-get alternative to this would be the Ravanger, as suggested by Derch. If you want to stick with the elemental theme, try getting a Slow Hand.
Corrosive Hyperion Butcher - While not in my Lilith’s shotgun build, the BL2 version has earned it’s spot as my robot killer. I watched it melt a Super Badass in about a second, and watched it destroy a group of 5 or 6 loaders nearly as fast (once again on OP0).
*Alternatives for the Corrosive Butcher suggested by @Chuck80: Hyperion Conference Call and Bandit Jolly Rodger.
For the last weapon, use whatever. The above guns are the only ones that matter. Perhaps a rocket launcher for second winds.
Legendary Binder - Nice boosts to the damage to increase the one-shot capabilities of the Blockhead and Twister, as well as extra healing and cooldown rate.
Flame of the Firehawk - In my Lilith build, Phoenix is used to melt people alive while I’m stuck reloading or running to someone more threatening. So how do I imitate Lilith’s Phoenix? By using her gift to us.
For the grenade, I use a Stormfront, but this is up to preference. Derch recommended either a Quasar or a transfusion.
For the relic, I use a Bone of the Ancients for the added damage and cooldown rate, but a Resistance might be an alternative since this build prefers having your shield down while in the thick of it all.
Accelerate 5/5 - Nice small bonus, but also the only option to go down the tree with.
Suspension 10/5 - A potential 5 more seconds of Wreck and Chain Reaction? Hell yes!
Kinetic Reflection 4/5 - More Life Tap healing.
Converge 1/1 - Honestly, what Maya build doesn’t have this skill?
Mind’s Eye 5/5 - Headshots are always preferable, might as well make them stronger.
Sweet Release 6/5 - More than 5 is overkill for solo, so one point for the com.
Wreck 10/5 - 100% fire rate and 60% more damage while an enemy is Phaselocked. I don’t need to explain this.
Elated 5/5 - Free healing while you’re going mad with Wreck and Chain Reaction.
Sustenance 5/5 - DoTs on OP8 eat you up, so this will help counteract them. Not amazingly, but it might save your life.
Life Tap 4/5 - Lilith may have had powerful shield regen, but Maya has powerful healing capabilities. This skill is almost required to stay alive with this playstyle.
Scorn 1/1 - Free slag.
Flicker 3/5 - Derch said that he is convinced this skill helps Scorn, so I’ll take it.
Foresight 5/5 - More mag size and reload speed.
Immolate 5/5 - Multiplicative damage boost in FFYL.
Helios 6/5 - For more Life Tap.
Chain Reaction 5/5 - The ability to kill enemies you weren’t even shooting at is great, as well as it’s other uses.
Cloud Kill 1/1 - Must have skill, strong enough to kill flesh enemies without much difficulty.
Reaper 10/5 - 80% multiplicative bonus, the one of the keys to one-shotting the enemies.
Ruin 1/1 - Free slag.
Level 80 update: just top up Life Tap and Kinetic Reflection, then put the leftovers into Quicken or Fleet.
Video of this build by @Gulfwulf (his recording software crashed 5 minutes in, just ignore that):