Yeah, I also moved away from LoH. I'm using two ~750 dps weapons with dex and crit + socket with crit. Those can be had for 1-2m or even less, and improve my dps over the LoH weapons by about 5k each! I'm sitting slightly above 40k dps, and I'm now shopping for armor upgrades to move towards 50k.
Survivability wise, white mobs are not an issue, even in large groups. They die fast enough so health globes are all over the ground. For elites I run in and try to burn one or two down until I'm forced to use up my cooldowns. While serenity is running down I try to survey the situation and decide whether I have to kite or can just burn through.
I found that Siegebreaker is a bit of an issue without LoH, while if you have LoH you can just stand there and heal all the damage.
I'm using FoT with Quickening + Transcendence. The main reason for quickening is that I was having trouble generating enough spirit to keep MoC up, and of course having a heal without cooldown is nice. The downside is that I don't have Thunderclap anymore, and very little dodge chance, so hard hitting melee elites are an issue.
Easy solution to siegebreaker is just swap your LOH weapon for the boss fights
Yep, fortunately I didn't sell both of them
The weapons have about 750 dps, 170 dex, 60%/70% crit damage and a socket each. I don't remember how much I paid, but I spent a lot of time on the AH looking for cheap deals. I would guess it was 1-2m each.
PS: I'm not sure what the minimum dps is you need to efficiently farm without LoH. With my 40k dps it works good most of the time, some elite packs I have to kite between cooldowns, but once in a while I hit a nasty road block where I die a few times before they go down. Maybe I should get a better shield for some of these.
Hey, read a lot of threads here and ive thought about creating one myself with regards to item upgrades. Now that character profiles are live, its a lot easier to share, compare and the people giving advise can also link their profile. Since this thread is already here with some great advise, I thought perhaps I could get some help as well :-)
Now I'im on the EU servers, and I've spent a lot of time searching the AH and farming. I have 330% with 5NV when I swap items before kills. Ive found some 1k weapons, but barely anything with decent stats.
I find it very hard to find any decent helms and rings on the AH/RMAH which doesnt cost 50€++ or 50mill gold+.. Perhaps if 1.04 brings more search options it will be easier to use the ah.
My profile: http://eu.battle.net...15/hero/1285707
Anyway, what items do you think I should upgrade first? I think I should get about 10k more life and 150 more resist. Then bring my LOH up to 1k. A3 farming works fine except for molten shielding vortex packs which require a few deaths... Its not that hard to get more LOH, but it will mean sacrificing dex/vit on weapons. I also think I should upgrade at least one of the rings, but also finding a ring eith decent dex, crit / IAS with some additional stats, such as +life isnt cheap.
Edit: since it doesnt show the total at blizz profile, ive got:
850 res to all
20,5% crit chance
105% crit hit dmg.
helm with socket + crit chance. Don't go even look for double res, that's impossible to find since the six affixes are used up with three stat rolls (dex, vit, dex/vit), res, crit, socket.
get rid of the MF gear and buy some good armor (e.g. the shoulders, chest, pants, belt are all low on stats)
you will loose some dex here but you need at least crit chance (and IAS) on the amulet
Either get a LoH weapon with a socket or a crit + socket weapon and use the GEM
The second weapon should also get a socket