So here's the deal, before the IAS patch nerf hit, I was kind of out of the diablo circuit, not really following the news. I heard about a slight nerf to IAS coming, but always heard it was going to be minor and not effect how I should gear, and my dps wouldn't drop much. So, a few days before the patch (I realize, numbers were out at this point, I just didn't know that at the time), I blew all the gold I saved up, about 14m, on a few decent pieces (andy's, boj, beckon sail, etc), to try to get my damage up there. I was thrilled with my new numbers and my pure glass cannon DH (under 8k hp), having an absolute blast!
Since the patch, my dps dropped down to about half of what it was, my bow was now terrible (25% ias hellion xbow, now 10%), and I realized that farming a3 and inferno ponyland was now out of the question. I had a little bit of leftover gold and spent it all on a new bow, a decent 1k dps rev bow with 46% crit damage for a little over a mil (best thing I could find at the time). Since then, I've resided to farming act 1 as much as I can. I'm now back up to 43k dmg (before SS) and act 1 farming is a breeze... but since the patch, I have made a total of 2m gold. the items I'm finding don't seem to be worth anything (best find was 250k on a demi-lich), and I'm struggling to even figure out how to gear my dh with the little money. I've bought a few items to bring my hp up enough to survive a hit or 2, and to help with reflect damage, but it still feels like there is something better I can be doing than wasting hours of my time on a1.
I was able to go into ponyland today and clear it out (almost losing my 5 stacks to an extra hp, reflect, fast pack), in a little over an hour (used to be 30-40 mins/ run including 5 stack gathering).
my a1 farm route (based around predictable rare spawns):
-Cemetary (4-5 rares)
-festering woods (3-4 rares)
-Leoric's Manor (1-3 rares)
-Halls of agony 1&2 (4-8 rares)
-cursed hold (2 rares + boss)
-halls 3 (2-4 rares)
So, the help I'm asking for here may be a little too much to ask for on a forum, but I"m hoping someone can help with these questions:
-What should I gear for (I'll be posting my gear up, and any suggestions on what to change out with my limited cash flow would help)
-Where else can I farm besides A1? I don't seem to be getting any results here (friends of mine have been getting lucky and finding 5-6m+ items a bit, just not me)
-Should I just re-roll a diff class? I have a lvl 60 monk, wd, and wizard as well, none have any respectable gear on them, but enough for a1 inferno I'd say.
-any additonal tips from the more experienced. I put in the time needed to farm some good gold, just no results, what can I change?