Hi, have a little question to you other witch doctors out there. What weapon are you running with and why?
I myself was runing with a skorn for the good LS and dps it gave me for a so small sum... But I have heard alot that it's more rewarding to go with one hand and a mojo from alot of different posts I have read. So now I'm starting this discussion to see what other wd think of what weapon they like using and why.
For now I'm trying out to go with and echoing fury and mojo... But I feel like I lack on the healing since I lost my ls from skorn. Is out only good way of getting healed to use a weapon with LS, or is it worth to go for LoH or somthing to compensate?
So discuss, have fun and let me know what your opinion on the topic is
i would say it depends alot on the skills you use, but if youre not using a acid cloud build i would advise you to go with ls.
i use a 1h with ls and a mojo, finding it just more effective in terms of att speed( for firebats e.g. to hit a certain bp).
also i like the mana regen and the chc it gives me.
just keep in mind the more aps the more mana you use, so if you play for example a zbears build try to get a slow 1h( spears
are top choice).
one last thing i like to add is the xx-yy dmg below the dps of the weapon, it heavily influences the amount of the life steal you get
per hit or tick ( hence the ruby in mine).
hope i could helped a little and most of it is MY opinion
Would would people use EF unless dual-wielding? It's waaaay to expensive to get CD/socket or LS/socket and so on. Also, the +0,25 aps doesn't work as intended when you have 1h + off hand source/mojo...I guess the fear effect works in kiters' favor but I don't see it.
LoH is not better than lifesteal unless you are using high attackspeed and witchdoctors shouldn't increase their APS because of mana management (you want as much damage/per mana spent). Just play with whateven you think works the best
Firebats would be horrible with EF, you want them to come to you not run away.
The advantage of Skorn is slow attack speed and high LS. I keep one with me for reflect mobs but a good 1 hander+ mojo will out dps a skorn plus have other benefits (life, pickup radius, mana affixes, skill bonuses). So I personally go 1 hander+ mojo.
I don't run MP 10 so you can ignore my post if you want, but I can run MP7 without any LS. I have some regen, high resists, Gruesome Feast + Grave Injustice passives and a well rolled Thing of the Deep. I rarely have any issues with life and any reflect mobs I just sit in almost permanent spirit walk.
I also have high mana regen so bats/bears is never a problem when using a one hander. Sadly I have an EF (self found) but the fear only seems to kick in on the initial cast of bats and I use plague bats so even if they run away they still tick for big damage a few seconds afterwards. I've been dumping all my money into my monk so I can't afford an upgrade at the moment; however I don't see the need for one atm.
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I like to do thing traditionally, so I prefer to just for a one-hand weapon and a mojo which does (for the most part) wonders for the locust build I was playing around with. And it makes my WD look badass compared to having him hold a two-handed.
I prefer 1h/mojo, but I've played with a skorn as well. A life steal skorn will help you get through r/d until you figure out other tactics.
Life steal is preferrential in almost every case. Except for 150k and less DPS with an acid cloud build.
Running bats, get a ls/cd/socket weapon, and a good mojo. Thing of the Deep is a very poor choice for bats, unless you need the regen. However, if you minimize your attack speed, 4 piece zunimassa is completely ample. The pickup radius is a complete waste if you have more than say 5 yards.
Skorn is more than capable of being great DPS. My skorn is only a 10k DPS loss over a great1h and a near top US mojo. The biggest loss is an opportunity for more vitality. Skorn synergizes well with WD because it conserves mana and promotes huge hits with channeled spells.
ever since i bought a skorn, i haven't gone back. initially, i wanted a good 1h/mojo combo, but it became really hard for me to lose out on damage, and LS, and otherwise i got pwned. once i put a skorn on i started dying less, which sped up my leveling, and allowed for more drops. honestly though i want to go 1h/mojo bad, i've just been unlucky in finding a good 1 hander, plus, your weapon choice depends mostly on your build choice... i run skorn in MP10 with firebats, and i more or less never have issues. i'm sure with enough regen it'd be worth it to go CK or maybe a sword, as if you're gonna do 1h you'll likely use a skill where APS is better higher.
as far as staying healed, depending on your skills, you want LS, certain builds are better with LoH, but that too depends on your DPS and gear overall... you certainly can't go wrong with LS, it removes headache from D3
i've recently been turned on to getting a doom hammer, if you haven't checked out the post about solo MP10 ubers, check it out. dudes got a sick hammer and puts out some pretty damn nice DPS, and rocks him some ubers