8/28/2013 10:21:39 PM
Concerning Hellfire ring in ROS: with infinate paragon the Hellfire ring will still have a use. In current game there is no point to use a Hellfire once you hit p100, but that won't be the case in ROS.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
7/17/2013 5:50:28 AM
With your current shoulders and other gear I definately don't recommend crafting shoulders (regardless of if it's str or vit shoulders) or any other type of crafting for that matter. Save your demonic essences and crafting materials for later.Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
When upgrading gear, my main concern is that the upgrade is either very cheap (sniped for almost free, or can resell current item for almost as much) or very big (big gain in dps or defence). Big upgrades will usually be expensive, so if you are on a tight budget try to get the realy cheap ones. Try placing bids on gear just as the auction ends (like 5 seconds, use a stop watch), if you do this enough times you will get decent gear almost free.
Your defensive values are pretty good, you need to focus on increasing dps. In the long run you want to get neck and bracers with higher CC but the ones you have are fine for now, as are the pants. The Skorn and the shoulders are your best pieces, you'll be keeping those for a long time.
In your case try upgrading your helm, chest, belt and boots to same item but with usefull random roll. Each of those four items has one random roll each, and you got thorns on two and single resist (poison/arcane) on the other. That's about as bad as you can ever get. At least try to get +armor or physical resist, or some vitality (especially on the chest). For helm I wouldn't settle for anything else than a 6% CC one
I would also look to upgrade those IK gloves, they have two random rolls and you have attack speed and globe bonus. For a 2h rend build the attack speed isn't very useful, much better if it had crit damage. And just about any other roll is better than globe bonus, plus they have realy low str (it goes from 90 to 200, and you have 94.....). Getting two good random rolls AND high str is expensive, so I recommend looking for 10% CC, 40+ CD, 170+ str, and not mind if the 2nd random roll is crap since those gloves will beat your current ones by miles and miles.
Rings: since you aren't using a ruby in helm you might as well skip the Hellfire ring and get a proper rare ring instead. Look for a ring with high CC (preferably 6%), high CD (40+) and average damage (like +30-50 or similar). With those stats it doesn't even need any str on it, it will be a huge dps boost and such rings are usually a lot cheaper than rings with str on them.
I honestly think that your number one concern at the moment isn't gear, it's gaining paragon. More paragon = more magic find = better drops = get rich quicker. Maxing out paragon will give you 162 str and 108 vit for free.
Keep doing act 1 runs (woods-hollows-field, repeat) in 4-player games, preferably with a conviction mantra monk and a cm wizard. Use as high MP as possible, but where you don't die all the time (maybe 1-2 times per run) and that still lets you finish off elites reasonably fast (around 20 seconds max). Find a good team and just farm farm farm, you will be getting good drops eventually.
7/15/2013 4:37:03 PM
To maximize rend damage you should replace gear pieces where a lot of the dps is coming from attack speed. Currently your Lacunis are a prime example of this, if you remove the attack speed the only damage bonus from it is 40 str and 5.5 CC. Obviously the movement speed bonus is a must, but if you switch your Ice climbers to MS ones you can craft bracers with 200 more str than you currently have.Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
7/9/2013 3:07:13 PM
It won't be as easy to upgrade that neck as many here seem to think. You already have 3 out of the 4 possible damage modifiers (CC, CD, average damage, attack speed) and the ones you have are more or less at max possible value. You also have 172 str on it (including socket), which is quite close to the base str from a crafted neck. I estimate that you would need to craft several thousand necks to upgrade the dps compared to the current one.Posted in: Theorycrafting and Analysis
It's probably best to craft vit shoulders, even though the chance of upgrading your current ones is small. But vit shoulders are definately the way to go, since you can get 100 more base stats compared to str shoulders.
7/9/2013 2:51:58 PM
I don't agree with the above poster about changing gloves. Your current gloves have 195 str, 10 CC and 47 CD, so good lucking getting more dps from crafted gloves unless you roll trifecta. The only real way to get better gloves IMHO is if you get IK with a better 2nd roll (instead of current one which is cold resist). But getting a good 2nd roll (attack speed, vit, str, resist all) along with max CC and almost max CD will be insanely expensive. I say stick with your current gloves and upgrade something else.Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
I do agree on the belt, it's probably your weakest piece at the moment. It has low attack speed (8 out of 9 possible) and low CD (goes from 35 to 50, and you have 37), with only 52 str. Only good part is the high resist all and the fact that it has at least some vit on it. Keep in mind that depending on gear levels, 1 attack speed is worth about 20 str, and 1 CD is about 4 str. In other words a non-str WH with 9% AS and 45-ish CD will give the same dps as your current one. Expensive part is getting both 9% AS, high CD, resist all, str and vit. You will have to skip the resist, str or vit unless you are realy rich. I suggest skipping the vit, and also expanding your search to include belts with a bit lower resist all, 50+ is good enough. 100-ish str, 9% AS and 45-ish CD will be a good dps boost for you. The vit you lose by getting a non-vit WH is easily compensated by the fact that you gain 2 vit per paragon (at p100 you'll have 40 more vit than now), plus at p100 you'll get a life gem for your helm for a massive life boost.
I also don't think that IK belt is a very good option, at least not in the long run. I see IK belt as an option mostly for those that use a non-life steal Skorn, a build you are obviously not using. For dual wield it's pretty easy to get life steal on at least one weapon like you currently have, so you don't realy need it on the belt (unless of course you don't use the passive life steal and instead use for example brawler).
After the belt it's time for better boots. Of the 3 random rolls on ice climbers, you got 1 good (vit) and 2 crappy (int, lightning resist). In the long run I think it's a good idea to go for movement speed on boots, either ice climbers (expensive) or some other boots. That way you can craft bracers which will be better than your lacunis. For crafted bracers you can roll pretty much any str along with 5% CC and you will break even on dps compared to your current lacunis. Not to mention the possibility of getting higher CC, higher str and defensive rolls (resist, armor). Plus with your current neck it will be hard upgrading it through crafting, and your shoulders are realy nice and you will most certainly keep using IK gloves. So not much else to use those essences for other than crafting bracers anyway
Now you only need 20 more paragon so you can get rid of that Hellfire ring and get a life gem in the helm.
7/9/2013 2:05:42 PM
General impressions: good defensive stats (high life steal from gear, massive resistance and armor, massive vitality for a p13 character) but not enough offensive stats (in particular low crit chance, crit damage and attack speed). Your resistances are about 100-200 more (and your armor is about 1k more) than many who farm mp10. Getting more dps should be your main concern, even if you might loose a bit of defence in the process.Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
Your strength is pretty good, if you were p100 with your current gear (but upgrade all rubies to +58) you would have almost 2900 str so this is obviously not what you are lacking. You realy need to get your CC up, it's only at 30 out of a possible 45 for a non-shield build. Strive to get CC to around 40. Your CD is also on the low side with +358 from gear, you want to get at least 50 more, preferably 100 more. Only piece you have with high CC is your gloves (but low CD), only piece with high CD is neck (but low CC). Attack speed isn't too important for a rend build, but you don't have attack speed on any single gear piece.
Gear upgrading as follows:
Helm: The obvious piece to upgrade first. Since you are only using one single Immortal King item (chest) you will get the partial set bonus (+60 resist all) if you use any other IK piece. Helm is the obvious choice, since you don't need the IK belt for lifesteal (you have it on the Skorn) and your gloves are pretty good. You can get any IK helm with 170+ str and 6% CC, it will give a big boost to your dps, without realy loosing anything in the process (you get 10-12% life instead of vit, and also some melee damage reduction). It costs basically nothing if you don't care about the random roll and it won't be too expensive finding one with a reasonably good random roll like physical resistance (it's much more expensive with resist all or vit).
Movement speed: you only get movement speed from boots, you realy should get it on bracers (Lacuni) or pants (Innas) as well. Both of these also add attack speed which you don't have on any single gear piece. You will loose some defensive stats in the process but most likely gain dps. It's not entirely obvious if you should go for Lacuni or Innas, but your current pants are very good so Lacunis seem like a good bet.
Crafting: you don't have any crafted items at all (besides pants, and they don't use demonic essences). You have good gloves and shoulders, and if you go for Lacunis you won't need to craft bracers. And your neck is quite weak on offensive stats (low CC, low str). I would recommend that you use all your essences crafting necks, trying to get one with high CC (8+) along with at least one other damage mod (crit damage, attack speed, +X-Y average damage).
Hellfire ring: since you aren't using a ruby in your helm you might as well use a real ring instead of the Hellfire. You can get a random strength Unity for nothing, and it will be a huge dps boost for you. You can get one with low crit dmg as random roll for cheap.
Gems: upgrade that 90% emerald to 100%, or just borrow one from your demon hunter
I wouldn't consider upgrading the other gear (shoulders, gloves, chest, boots, Skorn) until you have taken care of the above stuff. Belt you will eventually want to get a Witching Hour, but you will loose a bit of vitality and str in the process (unless you are rich). Considering the CD and attack speed you still won't loose dps. Alternative is to get a higher dps Skorn with higher crit damage and no life leech, and get an IK belt and possibly also the life steal passive.
For skills I realy don't see the need for Revenge-provocation. You certainly don't need the life steel since you have that on the Skorn. I would go for Overpower-killing spree instead, since during combat this will give you more or less non-stop 10% more crit chance. The above mentiond gear changes should give you roughly 10% additional CC, in other words 20% more than now, which will be a huge dps boost, even more so if you upgrade your crit damage.
I would look to farm mp6-8, always in a 4-person team. Look for a good team including a monk with conviction mantra and a cm wizard. Do the standard act 1 run (woods-hollow-fields, repeat). Hope any of this helps
7/6/2013 6:56:16 AM
Overall very good changes. Some things to consider about yoru mainhand:Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
1) With a spear as mainhand you get (from passive Weapons Master) +10% attack speed instead of +10% CC. 10 CC is much better than 10 AS, so if you ever upgrade your mainhand look for an axe or mace.
2) The damage from sprint tornadoes is based on the mainhand damage, not the mainhand dps. The tick rate of the tornadoes is based on total attacks per second, so a fast mainhand will add damage to your tornadoes, but not as much as one would think. Ideally you want a high dps mainhand that is SLOW. The slowest 1h will be a mace without any +AS (= 1.2 APS) or an axe (= 1.3 APS). Your spear has + 9% attack speed, this isnt necessarily bad (you end up with 1.31 APS, i.e. much like an axe). In the future I recommend looking for a mainhand with high dps but without any +AS modifiers, since this will do more damage for your tornadoes.
In all, your weapons are very good compared to some of your other gear pieces, so I wouldn't consider upgrading those for a long time. You don't have any obviously weak gear pieces, what you need to think about now is if you want to spend your gold adding dps or adding survivability (mainly vit and resist all). You have 400 resist all, if you want more a good place to look for this would be on rings. Other places would be belt/bracers, but getting resist on those with similar stats as your current ones will be expensive. You can still get a lot more vit from your chest as it goes up to 300 (yours has 154). For dps there are a few things to consider:
To add dps you should be looking to increase your CC, you have 34 of the possible 45 from gear (non-shield build). If you factor in the extra 10 CC you can get from using an axe/mace as mainhand you only have 34 of the possible 55 max.
You can obviously get a lot more CD, since neither of your weapons have CD (except gem in socket). You can still upgrade one of those gems by 10% (from 90 to 100) which is probably the cheapest way to get CD currently. A bit more CD on gloves, and crafting more necks for one with CD (would need trifecta or high CD to beat your current one).
You have +35% AS, so you are above the most important breakpoint for sprint tornadoe ticks. Getting more AS will be expensive (trifecta rings or gloves), so this is probably the worst way to get more dps. Trifecta gear is good, but unless all 3 are high rolls it usually isn't worth the gold.
There is however one thing you don't have on any gear piece: + average damage (you can only get it on rings/neck). This adds a surprising amount of damage, even more so when dual wielding (since lower base weapon damage than a Skorn). Try getting a ring with high average damage. Try not to get +min or +max, but +X-Y, like +30-50 or something similar. This will add a lot more dps than you think. Only go for high CC (5-6, preferably 6) and high CD (40+). With good rolls on all 3 you won't even need str on that ring for a dps increase, and it will be a lot cheaper than a str ring. You can also look for survivability (vit, resist all).
You have reasonable amounts of str from all your pieces, so upgrading this won't be cheap. Only place that realy can have more str (besides str Inna pants, which I dont recommend) is your mainhand. However a high dps mainhand with socket and/or LS is insanely expensive. You can get a total of 32 more str by upgrading your gems, so in the long run this is something you will want to do (future rings might not have sockets, so its usually just 6 gems that need upgrading). Instead of upgrading str I would look for adding CC/CD/average damage. Your best way to get str is actually free: paragon leveling. You can gain another 210 str if you reach p100 (along with 140 vit).
To sum up: upgrade 90% emerald to 100%, look for higher vit chest, rings with combination of high CC/CD/average dmg (preferably with resist all), craft more necks, and level that paragon. Go as high as MP as you can handle without too much dying (MP8-10). Key is to get a strong team, I prefer to always have a monk with conviction mantra, even better is if he has cyclone strike combined with a CM wizard.
7/3/2013 5:55:45 PM
I don't agree about crafting gloves. With IK gloves you get 10% melee damage reduction (6 from the gloves, 4 from 3-piece set bonus) which as a defensive bonus is very powerful from just 1 single piece of gear. Instead of crafting gloves I would look to upgrade to high str (190+) with 10% CC and either good CD or attack speed. Craft vit shoulders instead, it will take quite a few tries to get both high str and resist all, but will be worth it once you do, as it will be a minimum 200 vit upgrade for you.Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
Other things to look for are high CC lacunis, which don't need str on them as long as they have high CC. I also recommend switching out bash on left mouse button to HotA (smash) for elite fights.
7/3/2013 5:42:07 PM
Your top priority is to switch places between the echo and the rare mace! That's a free 20% damage increase to your tornadoes, even though your paper dps won't change at all.Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
Some other things to consider:
1) you only have +12 movement speed from lacuni, you realy should get 12 more. Since your boots are realy good but lack movement speed, you should get innas pants instead of blackthornes. You aren't using any other blackthorne pieces anyway, so removing the pants won't remove any partial set bonus. Get a pair or innas pants with 100+ vit. If you are on a tight budget look for low dex (90-92, as barb u wont mind anyway) and 8% attack speed. You can get 130+ vit with 8% attack speed realy cheap.
2) that neck realy must be upgraded! Of the 5 random rolls you get, only 1 is good (high CD). Get a neck with a minimum of high CC (8% ore more). You have good shoulders so you won't need to craft those, and you will use IK gloves anyway (for 2-piece set bonus), and you need the lacunis for movement speed. Ergo, all your essences will be used for crafting necks.
3) get lacunis with CC. with enough CD from other gear you will probably get a dps upgrade even with non-str lacunis as long as they have high CC. High CC is the first thing you should be looking at for any gear slot that can have CC. Since your resistances are low you should probably stick to the mempo for a while, but if you get enough resistances from other gear slots you should upgrade that mempo to a 6% CC IK helm instead.
With the above changes you will increase your CC by roughly 12-13%, so fury management will be very easy. That means you can drop bash on left mousebutton and use HotA (smash) instead, making it a lot easier to take down elites.
7/3/2013 5:23:06 PM
Looking at your barb it's evident you know what gear to get, and you already have good gear. One thing to consider is that when you use sprint/WW, roughly 75% of your damage will be coming from your sprint tornadoes, which only use the mainhand for damage calculations (but offhand weapon decides tick speed). The in-game displayed dps (aka paper dps) isn't a very good indication of how much damage your tornadoes will do. In other words, for tornadoe damage it's more important that the offhand be fast (obviously an echo is fast) and have crit damage than high dps. Upgrading your offhand to a similar echo with socket and crit dmg will obviously be horribly expensive, but even without an increase in paper dps your torndoes will do a lot more damage from this one single change. However with our current gear that money is most likely spent elsewhere.Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
You are also right about 6% CC IK helm > non-CC mempo. Only thing is that the mempo has resist all as standard affix, but you can often get enough resist from other gear pieces, plus the IK helm has decent melee dmg reduction. Some opinion about what I consider to be your weaker pices of gear:
1) chest: it won't be too expensive to upgrade to an IK chest with similar stats but with 50 more vit and 100-150 more armor. Always look for high armor on the IK chest (it goes up to 850). Your total armor (just over 5k) is on the low side.
2) pants: you are getting decent str from these, but the total base stats (str+vit) is only 104. Getting good str/vit Inna pants is very expensive, I recommend going for non-str and high vit. Since a vit roll goes up to 200 it's easier to get more total base stats from pure vit pants, and it's much cheaper. Sure you'll loose a bit of str, but you can get that from other gear slots (see crafting below) and you'll gain something on the order of 130 vit. Since you have a lot of gear with % life (total of +56%) this means about 7k more hp.
3) neck: yours is trifecta, but with medium CD, medium str, no average dmg and realy low (5%) CC, plus 2 wasted rolls (mf, lightning resist). CC is your most important stat to get, so you should keep crafting necks until you get one that's better. You'll get 100 more str as standard form a crafted str neck anyway. In my experience a high CC bifecta neck with some average damage will most often beat a trifecta neck. The same holds true for rings, and on rings you seem to be following that policy already.
4) bracers: yours are good, but you can craft better. You'll get 60-ish more str as standard, and potentially 150 more str with good rolls. Hard part is getting that along with both CC, resist and vit, so you are most likely best off using those essences crafting necks instead. Your shoulders and gloves are realy good (and in the long run if you get mempo you will want IK gloves anyway) so best is to use all those essences to get a good neck, and after that go for bracers.
Other than the above your main priority should be gaining paragon, which you obviously also seem to be good at
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