firstly, VERY few monks use full Inna - it's WAY too low on resists - and that's my point. to get a monk over 100k dps your resists end up in the toilet. I've never seen a monk with 100k dps and 800 resists. Have you? double resists is a BIG deal to monks. It's such a big deal that Bliz have said that they'd love to do something about the 'compulsory' passive OWE - but they recognise that it's so tied to monk gear now that it would be unfair to change it. But that's part of my point - it's easy to have double resists, and use all the cool attacks you're talking about if you want to stay sub 100k. The minute you want to do real dps the build becomes cookie-cut, with very little space for variation. Yes you can go single resist on an item - but then you've got inferior resists AND you cant do the dps that barbs do. Karpo touches on this a lot in the post above yours. Also, as Karpo says, serenity is an 'oh shit' use only. It's not effective in battle... if you have huge LS you dont need it anyway - and this is where the barb is so strong... barbs simply dont need escape mechanisms...
monk tanks tend to have pathetic dps. sure they're nice to have in the party - but what incentive is there to use this build? you cannot play high MP at all... they probably couldn't even kill Deckard Cain... If Bliz want monks to be tanks and barbs to be damage dealers ok fine - but then at least make monk gear viable for SOME sort of decent dps. why create incentive to play high MP when it's pretty much impossible for monks? I get what you're saying about gear planning - ok suggest a monk build that can clear mp10. the AoE in mp10 is impossible for a monk sub 800 resists to handle. And if your dps is less than 100k well... go fetch some coffee, because each fight is going to take ages. It's just not viable...
Ehm, I farm MP10 with no problem - 596 all resist and I plan on going down to 500. All resist gets less valuable post 500-ish so why stack to 800? You get twice as much EHP from the first 200 resist as you do for the next 200 and so on. Don't stack too much. And remember to have as much dmg reduction from armor as you get from all resist. If there is imbalance, you'll lose EHP. It's similar to the 1/10 ratio between crit dmg and crit chance.
You state that monks seem to be intended as tanks. No. Far from it. We are among the best dps classes in the game, in addition to have some of the best support. Life steal and high dps is way better than hig all resist. I'm a way better tank than any barb I've seen.
High dps + life steal is the way to go my friend. I get 13500 hp/sec when doing single target dps. Even more when I do aoe. I have lots of dps, ok, but I've had the same mentality since I started playing monk in july (or was it august? not important). High dps, balanced defensive stats + life steal.
Edited by Rhye, 28 November 2012 - 10:07 AM.