After looking over and studying the top rated builds and seeing how easy it was to beat them, they really shouldn't have 5 stars, i decided to post the build i roll with.
This build works with any play style, ganking or not, and can use any melee weapons you want. I know im gonna get comments of "oh thats too high a level" or " the 5 star builds are great". The level is really easy to get to and the 5 star are weaker than a child.
If you need any help on a fast method of getting souls simply ask me in the comments.
1:Any/Drakekeeper GS +10
3:Dark Pyromancy Flame +10
1:Majestic GS or Any shield
Heide Knight or mixxed armors
Ring of Blades +2
Third Dragon Ring
Simpleton's Ring/Str/Dex Ring
I suggest mostly Pyromancy but you can use any other magic that the requirements are fulfilled on.
Some of the equipment does require The Crown of the Old Iron King dlc but as i said the weapons and armor are up to you i'm just giving you a suggestion.