Patch 2.1 Demon Hunter Discussion

  • #1
    Finally! Some changes for a long loved class. Quite a bit positive in my opinion. Here's some major things I have quickly pointed out:

    • More elemental changes, more cold runes and some physical changes. (cold cluster arrow..)
    • Overall buff to rocket damage. (was always a fan of the rockets, hopefully will see them used in end tier builds now)
    • Skill buffs? - Impale, Rain of Vengeance, Spike Trap, Strafe and more.
    • Passive skill Awareness now a 'dodge death' like.
    • Natalya's 4 set now removes 2 seconds per kill and works with assists!
    • Shadow's Mantle now gives permanent shadow power!
    • Flint Ripper Arrowheads now makes ball lightning travel at 50% speed.. any thoughts?
    • New bow - 15%-20% bola shot to grip enemies within 24 yards.
    Do you think any new builds will arise? Or do you think overall we are now in a stronger position with current builds?

    What do you think about the item changes?




    New PTR Build -

    • Multishot
      • Burst Fire: Each time you fire, generate apoisonburstof coldthat damages nearby enemies within1215yards for 200% weapon damage asPoisonCold.

    • Fan of KnivesCooldown: 10 seconds / Throw knives out in a spiral around you, dealing450620% weapon damage to all enemies within 20 yards. Your knives will also Slow the movement of enemies by 60% for 1 second.
      • Knives Expert: Remove the cooldown but add a 30 Hatred cost./ Fan of Knives' damage turns into Fire.
      • Assassin's Knives: Also throw long-range knives that deal450620% weapon damage to 5 additional enemies.
      • Fan of Daggers: Enemies hit areknocked back andStunned for2.53seconds. / Fan of Knives' damageturns intoLightning damageFire.
      • Pinpoint Accuracy: Increase cooldown to 15 seconds and increase damage to12001600% weapon damageas Lightning.
      • Bladed Armor: Gain6525% additional armor for410seconds./ Fan of Knives' damage turns into Cold.

    • Cluster Arrow
      • Maelstrom: Instead of releasing grenades, release up to 5shadow tendrilsrocketsat nearby enemies that each deal 450% weapon damage as Cold. You gain 1% Life per enemy hit.

    • Sentry
      • AidPolarStation: The turrethealsChills allnearbyallies for 1% ofenemies within 16 yards, Slowingtheirmaximum Life per secondmovement speed by 60%.

    • StrafeCost: 12 Hatred / Shoot at random nearby enemies for575675% weapon damage while moving at 75% of normal movement speed.
      • Demolition: Throw out bouncy grenades that explode for400460% weapon damage as Fire to enemies within 16 yards.
      • Emberstrafe: Leave a trail of fire in your wake that deals185220% weapon damage as Fire over 2 seconds.
      • Rocket Storm: In addition to regularfiringshots,fireshootoff homing rockets for110130% weapon damage asFire Cold.
      • Drifting Shadow: Movement speed increased to 100% of normal running speed while strafing./ Strafe's damage turns into Lightning.

    • Vengeance
      • From the Shadows: Instead of Homing Rockets, summon allies from the shadows that attack for 120% weapon damage as Cold andStunFreezeyour enemies for 2 seconds.

    Last edited by Zehkari: 7/9/2014 3:43:55 PM
  • #2
    Probably lot of people will move to cold dmg. (including me) I've been gathering cold gear for about 2 months :), thx Blizz
    Actually it looks like everything besides poison dmg got buffed. For the first days i will either stay with physical sentry or try the new cold one, perhaps cold arrow + cluster arrow sentry build.

    Skill changes 2.1 for dh:

      • Demon Hunter
        • Dexterity no longer grants Dodge chance

          • Dexterity now grants 1 Armor per point
          • Active Skills
          • Cluster Arrow
                  Skill Rune - Maelstrom

                    Tendril weapon damage increased from 220% to 450%

                    Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

                • Skill Rune - Shooting Stars

                    • Rocket weapon damage increased from 400% to 600%

                    Now cleaves enemies in front of him

                    Damage type changed from Poison to Physical

              • Impale
                • Weapon damage increased from 620% to 750%

                • Skill Rune - Chemical Burn

                    • Weapon damage increased from 220% to 500% over 2 seconds

                • Skill Rune - Grievous Wounds

                    • Additional damage on Critical Hit increased from 130% to 330%

                • Skill Rune - Impact

                    • Stun chance increased from 50% to 100%

                • Skill Rune - Overpenetration

                    • Damage type changed from Poison to Cold

                    Rocket weapon damage increased from 160% to 300%

                    The Discipline cost has been removed

                  • Now has a 20 second cooldown

                • Skill Rune - Anathema

                    • Weapon damage increased from 5400% to 5800% over 5 seconds

                • Skill Rune - Dark Cloud

                    • Weapon damage increased from 2650% to 3500% over 8 seconds

                • Skill Rune - Flying Strike

                    • Weapon damage increased from 3200% to 3800% over 5 seconds

                      Damage type changed from Physical to Cold

                • Skill Rune - Shade

                    • Weapon damage increased from 2400% to 2800% over 5 seconds

                • Sill Rune - Stampede

                    • Weapon damage increased from 4200% to 4600% over 6 seconds

              • Rapid Fire
                • Weapon damage increased from 525% to 685%

                • Skill Rune - Bombardment

                    • Weapon damage increased from 465% to 545%

                • Skill Rune - High Velocity

                    • Pierce chance increased from 40% to 50%

                      Damage type changed from Poison to Lightning

                • Skill Rune - Web Shot

                    • Slow duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds

              • Sentry
                • Weapon damage increased from 200% to 280%

                • Skill Rune - Chain of Torment

                    • Weapon damage increased from 240% to 300% per second

                • Skill Rune - Impaling Bolt

                    • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning

                • Skill Rune - Spitfire Turret

                    • Weapon damage increased from 70% to 120%

                    Damage reduction increased from 15% to 35%

                • Skill Rune - Well of Darkness

                    • Cooldown reduced from 14 to 10 seconds

                    Cooldown has been removed

                  • Now reduces the Discipline cost to 10

              • Spike Trap
                • Weapon damage increased from 250% to 340%

                • Skill Rune - Echoing Blast

                    • Weapon damage increased from 250% to 420% per explosion

                • Skill Rune - Lightning Rod

                    • Weapon damage increased from 280% to 500%

                • Skill Rune - Long Fuse

                    • Weapon damage increased from 300% to 520% per explosion

                • Skill Rune - Sticky Trap

                    • Weapon damage increased from 680% to 800%

              • Strafe
                • Weapon damage increased from 400% to 575%

                • Skill Rune - Demolition

                    • Weapon damage increased from 340% to 400%

                • Skill Rune - Emberstrafe

                    • Weapon damage increased from 80% to 185% over 2 seconds

                • Skill Rune - Rocket Storm

                    • Weapon damage increased from 90% to 110%

                • Skill Rune - Stinging Steel

                    • Extra damage on Critical Hit increased from 130% to 140%

              • Vault
                • Skill Rune - Acrobatics

                    Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds

                    Damage type changed from Poison to Cold

          • Passive Skills
          • Awareness
                  Has been redesigned

                    Now when you receive fatal damage, you instead vanish for 2 seconds and regenerate 50% of maximum life

                      This effect has a 60 second cooldown

                  No longer increases your Life by 10%

    Last edited by Lomax88: 6/25/2014 6:24:49 PM
  • #3
    I would never expected to see a buff for Sentries or even Multshot Arsenal. Since those are my favorite skills, i'm pretty happy. Even Strafe got his deserved improvement, but i think that increasing the damage alone isn't enough; it's mechanic is quite bad, expecially if you are not using Demolition or Emberstrafe, because i feel like it's a single target Whirlwind, and it doesn't help much when we are always fighting a large amount of monsters.

    I would add that Spike Trap, while it got its damage increased, it's unbearable with that long arming time, that should be lowered a bit.

    Overall, i'm pleased on what i read and i will probably play Demon Hunter in HC Ladder when the patch will come instead of going Crusader (so much lover from me for the new class.... i still have to start one).
  • #4
    What kind of builds do you think will come out of that new perma-shadow power armor? Do you think between that and the dex changes that we will no longer be glass cannons?
  • #5
    I'm excited! The nats and shadows set buff give good AoE and survivabillity that I think will partner well with just about any build. Personally I'm excited to play a cold strafe, RoV spam, vengeance build. Great AoE great Crowd control, great fun !
  • #6
    Been pondering on Cold DH a bit. Came up with this:!cXei!ZbYbcc

    Based on abusing Kridershot + Shadow Mantle + Natalyas (lots of gear, but I think it might be worth checking out). Way more tanky than 'standard' DHs, has decent crowd control and burst.

    Without Kridershot, you can run:!cXei!YbYbcc - less CC, but has a nice synergy with a good Buriza.
  • #7
    Testing on the PTR, we found that the quiver Holy Point Shot can now roll elemental damage.

    So basicly, as we no longer need awareness, for turret DH's, this means we can take the engineering talent, and get a holy point shot with phys or firedmg instead of a bombardiers.
  • #8
    Playing around found some nice builds for 6 pc mara bonus


    Cold DH with Kridershot, 6pc mara bonus + 3 pc natalya bonus

    CA Maels; elemental arrow - frost arrow, companion, smokescreen, Mark for death (contagion), sentry (any)

    Cull the weak passive, Archery, + any 2 other passive of your desire.
  • #9
    There's a lot of interesting changes in this patch regarding the DH, can't wait to test them out properly today.

    Not that excited about the set changes though, one just doesn't seem that amazing (natalya's) and the other seems to be good only if you want to go extremely tanky (good for hardcore though).

    Quite happy about them finally adding more spenders to cold, not sure about the damage modifiers yet though.
    Last edited by Natalya85: 6/25/2014 9:56:59 PM
  • #10
    yeah rocket sentry build is also very viable with passive that doubles rocket dmg.
  • #11
    i'm going to download the ptr this afternoon - so i can try the new changes (already have a Shadow set ready too).

    I'm a fan of Cold damage and since many have already mentioned that new Awareness frees us a passive (also worth mentioning the fact that if you use Shadow set, you get a smaller but also effective version of it) this means Cull the Weak is aa straight 20% dmg increase.

    A nother thing i'm really looking forward to is the new legendary that makes Chakram generate hatred - i hope it's a 1hand or a quiver. Only one thing that puzzled me a little is that all poison skills seem to have been switched to Cold (which is cool) but Chakram/Serpentine which is still poison. Probably somethings they just missed - a melee Chakram/FoK build with Shadow set is something i'd REALLY like to play.

    EDIT: my idea of a build i'd really like to play given i manage to get all items needed for make it work. Also worth mentioning that since your discipline usage will be very low (only to activate shadow power once, pet and prep won't cost any discipline) AND we get a perma 35% dmg reduction from Shadow Power, maybe Perfectionist will become overkill in terms of survivability and thus will free us another passive skill.
    Last edited by TrueColdkil: 6/26/2014 1:34:01 AM
  • #12
    I'm liking the build options that are opening up to us, as well as the enhancement to rocket builds like mine, but I'm finding that I can't even get a low tier greater rift key, ever. My killing times have just gone way up because I'm always out of hatred now. With the change to Preparation: Punishment having a twenty second cooldown and still only giving back 75 hatred, I fear I'm actually going to get screen burn-in with the message "Not enough hatred to use this skill", which I now always see.

    The playstyle the devs hate so much is going to seem tame compared to what DH players will seek out now that their hatred generation capability is shot to hell. I can't even do well enough for a greater rift key on T1 - so why should I bother with higher Torment levels even if I can survive them now? There's just no point.
  • #13
    I'm wondering what's gonna be better in the end for M6 sentry bulid (with T&T) - physical or fire. CA physical buffed... Multishot fire buffed... Sentry fire buffed :P
    Last edited by zabtak: 6/26/2014 1:56:48 AM
  • #14
    The point about being Hatred starved isn't much about we don't have enough hatred, but that we have only one really efficient spender at the moment - and it's CA. Damage wise it's awesome, but it's not resource efficient - that's why Cindercloth is so valuable.

    What Blizzard is trying to do is to make abilities other than CA better because we can finally get away from it and stop being hatred starved. CA playstyle is exactly that, burning everything in a short time for huge burst opposed from other abilities.

    Mara6 efficiency is due a lot to the fact turrets shooting CA basically remove the negative side of high ability cost and while your turrets spam CA you can spam aoe with multishot and mow down things extremely fast. Very likely Mara6 will still win compared to other solutions (a cold damage build will be viable because of Buriza+Nether Tentacles+Devouring Arrow), but it's kinda obvious since you're going to sacrifice any other piece of gear to gather the entire set.
  • #15
    Everything here holds only true for solo play. I just did a little group play on the PTR so far.

    Fire Sentry build works really well - those buffs came unexpected (for me) and really pushed this build even more. I managed to beat a level 41 rift with the Loaded for Bear / Arsenal / Ballistics build and missed the 42 guardian by ~5 seconds.
    As for other builds: I have tried physical Sentry and it can't seem to keep up with the fire build at the top end; the same holds true for Cold. However, they might work well in mid levels (20-30), where you don't have to sacrifice as many passives for defensive and can make use of Cull the Weak for example (confirmed: now works for sentries). Strongarm still doesn't proc from the sentries' own shots (you can apply it for them manually - not recommended though). Currently trying Chakram instead of Cluster.

    The Shadow set is really fun to play with, but sentry will be mandatory when going into higher levels, as it just yields the greatest damage output in long fights. I can see a tanking build working (possibly even using a shield) with the set, as perma Gloom and the LoH really pushes survivability. Might open up new possibilites for Strafe and Bounty builds (perma +30% movespeed) along with the improved Natalya Set. Spike Traps still seem to be lackluster because of their long fuse time and comparably low damage (by the time a Long Fuse Spike Trap is gone, I have already set up 3 Sentries).

    As for Punishment: Try to get rid of it altogether (I generally play Entangling / Cluster Bombs / Grenadier / Blood Vengeance) and use Marked for Death instead. Like this, you can use all your Discipline on Vault and adjust your position for perfect shots, so you won't need as many to kill monsters. Only works in party play though.

    Also: Make sure you get rid of your Harrington Waistguard, as you won't need it in greater rifts. Unfortunately I seem to have scrapped all my String of Ears belts, so I figured I could use a Cord of the Sherma, but as of now I haven't tested it. Witching Hour might be worthwhile if you manage to roll a near perfect one and get to reroll attack speed into a defensive stat.
  • #16
    The thing I'm most excited about this patch is the fix of the IAS bug for sentries on different spenders, as I think it will open different options: Chackram/Elem arrow instead of multishot, or even a 3 spender sentry. Also, if the sentries can fire chackram instead of the default bolt, it will buff the damage of those of us that still use handXbows with Mara6, as the biggest problem of that setup was that the higher speed translated only in more default bolts.

    Another issue that caught my attention is Ramaladni's Gift, because it doesn't say if the socket(s) will replace a property or not. If this item does not replace a property, it would be funny how in Vanilla a socket in a weapon was a must have, now is very good, and after patch 2.1 will be "a socket? I'd rather it had rolled VIT"

    On other point, I think I'd level my second DH just to equip it with shadows and bounty with 30% increased speed
  • #17
    I feel this patch didnt change much for endgame dh. If it did anything it pushed the 6pc mara fire build(CA/Arsenal/Spitfire) even further ahead with the buffs to rockets.

    As it is now, sentry build is the only way to comfortably do higher torments. I absolutely love the change to the Shadow's Mantle, but what good will it be to be super tanky if you cant kill mobs in a timely manner because you are hatred starved...
  • #18
    hmm yeah, still too much M6 going on for my taste.
    what sounds interestingis Shadow Set with Night's Bane which would be nice if didn't use slots you need for other items. Either for M6 or Cinder, Mages, Hexing Pants if Cluster..
  • #19

    Quote fromwudijo
    As for other builds: I have tried physical Sentry and it can't seem to keep up with the fire build at the top end; the same holds true for Cold. However, they might work well in mid levels (20-30), where you don't have to sacrifice as many passives for defensive and can make use of Cull the Weak for example (confirmed: now works for sentries). Strongarm still doesn't proc from the sentries' own shots (you can apply it for them manually - not recommended though). Currently trying Chakram instead of Cluster.

    I'm a little sad about phisical builds - i have a full phisical setup and need to switch pieces/reroll gear.

    Anyway i don't know why you think you will need to ditch Cull The Weak for higher levels - a setup likeTHISis perfectly viable for higher levelsand i don't see what defensive passives you need more :D Maybe fire builds will be better overall, but COld will be at least a decent option.

    The build above focuses on Buriza anyway, that's the reason i put Devouring Arrow in (it's a HUGE single target damage source);THISis a variant making use of Kridershot (less average damage, but faster attacks and room for MfD).
  • #20
    I wouldnt be so sure about fire > physical in 2.1

    According to some ptr testers: - Impale with new rune change, hits like a truck.
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