I know what you mean, I'm also addicted to it. While not the most efficient build out there, the one I'm using right now is definitely the most fun Monk build I've played since D3 released.
Fists of Thunder: Thunderclap
Mantra of Conviction: Overawe (switch to Intimidation on higher difficulty)
Dashing Strike: Barrage
Cyclone Strike: Eye of the Storm
Blinding Flash: Faith in the Light
Sweeping Wind: Cyclone
Transcendence, Beacon of Ytar, One with Everything
I tried maximizing Lightning % damage with this build, to take advantage of WKL.
Basically, DS in the middle of a group of enemies, MoC, BF and spam CS. DS a bit farther, refresh MoC, spam CS. Repeat. Sounds dumb on paper, in practice it's über fun. Against elites, you can rely on CS when you've created a good opening, DS to get out of stuff + use it as decent CD with Barrage, CS elites out of desecrates, etc.
I've tried this build without DS to use a more efficient, more powerful CD. It just doesn't work.
- 3/3/2014 12:48:43 PM Posted in: Monk: The Inner Sanctuary
3/19/2013 8:31:28 AM
Posted in: Monk: The Inner SanctuaryQuote from Hipopotamo
Are you sure it's because EF is so good, not because offhand DPS counts only as 25% of overall DPS?
It seems I still got some learning to do...
3/19/2013 7:32:21 AM
In my opinion, EF will provide a lot more DPS than WKL, even if WKL's DPS does not necessarily show up on paper. I use a main-hand EF with off-hand WKL and according to D3UP.com, my EF accounts for 35% of my DPS while my WKL accounts for a meager 7%. I cannot see the bonus to lightning damage making up for that gap. The thing is, WKLs cannot roll high enough base damage. It's hard to find one approaching 1k base DPS while EFs very often roll around 1.2k base DPS, all the while adding a very solid bonus to attack speed (which is not subject to diminishing returns if I'm not mistaken).Posted in: Monk: The Inner Sanctuary
It's an opinion based on my experience with both weapons, not on facts, so it's worth what it is.
That said, if you've never used an EF you might be displeased at first with the fear effect. I kinda like it now though, as elites standing in pools of poison or fire will get feared out of them. I see you're running with a Thunderclap/Fleet Footed build so the 35% MS + teleport will minimize frustration.
3/1/2013 9:03:53 AM
Of course the obvious answer to my very specific problem is: "get a cheap goddamn mouse", hahah! I agree it's kind of a stupid problem. I bring my own wireless mouse to work sometimes, most of the time I forget it. But I guess I just got kind of interested in this whole thing, which is, what is the least terrible second option to Overawe? Let's say I'm just lazy and I don't wish to press this spirit dump button, or that I'm doing it as some form of religious belief, who knows...Posted in: Monk: The Inner Sanctuary
I understand Backlash is probably very situational, but then again, getting up close to enemies and (maybe) dodging stuff sounds like something I'm doing all the time playing a monk running this build. I guess the part that makes it terrible is the chance to trigger a meagre 35% weapon damage fire-based attack. I kinda like the concept of it though, sucks it ain't better.
As for Submission, I guess I'm just not understanding it correctly. Feel free to tell me to go read a guide or something, but is the 12% increased damage enemies take still baked in MoC when using Submission? Or is it all replaced by only the per second damage? Also, someone mentioned that it could be worth it considering high IAS. Is the "per second" part affected by attack speed?
2/28/2013 2:52:04 PM
Considering 150k DPS and ~50% dodge, what would amount to the most DPS between Mantra of Conviction w/ Submission and Mantra of Evasion w/ Backlash?Posted in: Monk: The Inner Sanctuary
To make a long story short, I am running the cookie-cutter build: FoT w/ Thunderclap, MoC w/ Overawe, etc. MoC is mapped to my right mouse button and I use it as a spirit dump. I am not trying to come up with an alternative optimal build, but with an alternative build that will allow me to not use my right mouse button.
That'll probably sound stupid, but when doing quick runs at work, let's say during lunch time, I am stuck with using an Apple Magic Mouse. While it is a respectable working tool, it proves itself abysmally inadequate as a gaming device. I am unable to press the left and right mouse buttons at the same time. The result is I don't use Overawe, which is why I am trying to replace it with the best possible "passive" alternative.
2/12/2013 7:43:09 AM
Replying to: http://us.battle.net...990/hero/136025Posted in: Monk: The Inner Sanctuary
First of all, considering you have a good amount of Life On Hit, try switching your build to something more offensive with Mantra of Conviction w/ Overawe and equip a second one-hander instead of a shield. Sweeping Wind with Bladestorm is still good though as you don't have a lot of Crit. % yet. See how far you can survive with such a setup. Your DPS is still really low though, so I wouldn't expect you to be able to run on a very high Monster Power level.
Your gear is lacking, but you seem to have pieces with the right stats at the right place: Crit. % + Socket on head, Crit. % on bracers, DPS stats on gloves, etc. Also, at your DPS, Life On Hit is much better than Life Steal, so stick with your main-hand and amulet for now.
You have a s***ton of health at the moment, so I'd go with replacing your chest and legs with at least average Inna's. Base amount of Lightning Resist, or All Resist if you find a decently priced piece would be a good start. The 2-set bonus is very nice and worth it IMO.
Also try getting a second one-hander with a socket and a decent amount of + Crit. Dmg. The socket will allow you to stick either a Life On Hit or a Crit. Dmg. gem in, depending on what you need and should get you far for a relatively low amount of money. Try to aim for 850+ base DPS and 50-ish + Crit. Dmg.
Both your rings are not very good and could be easily replaced with much better pieces for a low amount. Basically, anything with only 2 of either Attack Speed, Crit. % or +Crit. Dmg. are quite affordable. Rings with all 3 will cost a lot of gold, but with only 2 are almost being given away.
Like I said earlier, your gear has (mostly) the good stats on the right pieces, so just go upgrading them with (almost) similar pieces with better stats on them as you go along. But to start off, I'd go with a good/decent off-hand one-hander and 2 Inna's.
Edit: Try to priorize Crit. % over Crit. Dmg. for now when possible so you can switch to Sweeping Wind w/Cyclone ASAP.
2/9/2013 10:16:19 AM
I'm not entirely sure where to go next. I feel like I should be swapping my life on hit with life steal, but I have no idea how much would be enough considering my current DPS.Posted in: Monk: The Inner Sanctuary
Edit : I would love to review the monk above me, but his character currently seems ungeared!
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