I completely agree with the life steal situation, going between barb and monk I really feel the difference between 6% and 3%, sure I could get LS on both my monks weapons, but with CD socket AS it gets pretty spendy fast. I think all belt should have LS to help even things up there.
Next point i wanted to hit on is the whole Inna's vs IK. Your right, no high end monks use full Inna's... then again no high end barbs use full IK. In fact you could make the argument that almost all high end barbs use Inna's pants while no high end monks use any IK piece. See how that gets twised around? both sets have good and bad points, but the full sets in either cases are used only for speed farming, and in barbs case more for people who have issues with rage.
As for resists, well Monks still have the advantage as long as OwE stays in play, take that away and then yes monks will be in huge trouble. Atm being able to get 100-150 resists off one piece is etremely nice and makes up for lack of resist in other pieces. Also opens up some cheaper options in gearing and while lets say an Inna's Vast Expanse may not have res all standard, you can get one with a single resist fairly cheaply.
Speed of farming, well... what are we talking about here? If your trying to farm higher MPs faster, sure Barb is better, problem is higher mps arent really an advantage. TR tears though lower Mps and i got min started with TR for less than 50m. I don't know about other people who play both classes, but I for one feel slow when playing my barb as ww after playing TR. Also I can stop and go " OHH! SHINEY!" w/o having to worry about zerk falling off lol. Still, monks could use a slight boost to TR, maybe lower spirit costs or not basing cost on weapon speed.
Speaking of damage, I think a lot of people really under estimate the true damage a monk can put out. MoC is amazing 48% damage at a near 100% uptime, and everyone in party benifits, you do reallyize your every other classes best friend when your running this right? When I'm on my barb I will make love to any monk on the spot that starts spamming MoC like a champ. Oh and lets not forget Cyclone... amazing aoe dps, arguably the best aoe dps in the game. Problem I think is a lot of monks dps doesn't show on paper doll, so people think its less then it is, but paper doll in no way, shape, or form reflects actual dps on any class. Is a monk gonna beat a decked out DW HotA barb single target? Prob not, though I don't think any class can single target atm (maybe a dh). But a monk will do much more aoe dps and also will wipe the floor with a ww barb (sorry guys but WW barbs dps blows hard).
There is one major gripe I have between barb and monk atm, and that is armor. Ideally you want 10% of your armor as resist for maximum effectiveness with little diminishing returns. On a barb this is easy, on a monk its next to impossible. Sure monks have dodge but dodge sucks, in fact if anyone from Blizzard happens to read this "F your dodge!". Maybe its because I have played to much WoW in my life, but I believe its better to mitigate all incoming damage to a reasonable level so you can properly heal through it then play with the rng of dodge where one min you might take nothing then with bad rng take 3-4 huge hits in a second or 2 and die. This coupled with LS is barbs biggest advantage by far atm and allows them so sit in massive amounts of damage while heaing through it, I would love a rune that give you armor = to the amount of dex you have, but at a 50-75% decrease of dodge (haven't done any math on this yet).
Anyways that finishes my rant for the moment
Edited by Adhal, 02 December 2012 - 05:45 AM.