get some love for physical damage?! Could cause a avalanche or something. I know I can't solo myself out of thousands, But my barb is completely built around physical! Can't use the well rolled SoH I have :/
In all honesty, SoH should have really had an effect for every element. The idea was that it was a community built item, as such it should serve as an extremely powerful 1-hander for every elemental build (providing benefit to the majority of the community - 5/6 classes could equip it and use it to decent effect) without making it an absolutely essential item. Classes still have choices such as WD's SMK, DH has calamity, kridershot and helltrapper. Wiz has WoW, Crus has BoP, Baleful Remnant, FotF, Foote, Monk has FoA and FoE and Barb has some mighty weapons which probably aren't up to par in all fairness. Because there is no realistic need to use SoH on any given build (not denying that it helps when you don't have a skill changing legendary), there shouldn't be any reason to restrict the proc element either. Additionallly, SoH proc has an internal cooldown and so we won't see it being abused in a similar fashion to the WW barb (every dmg tick on WW proced the effect).
The reason Shard of Hate is restricted to Cold, Lightning and Poison is because the item was created with a Mephisto theme. Mephisto is the Lord of Hate. In Diablo 2, when you fight Mephisto, he uses 3 elements against you, which are Cold, Lightning and Poison. So, that's the reason that Shard of Hate is limited to those 3 elements due to the Mephisto theme. He's the lord of hate, this is his Shard, these are the elements it will proc with.
Yeah, kinda sucks that there aren't any cool Physical, Arcane or Fire related procs but at least there's a little bit of reasoning behind the madness.
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Oh pitiful shadow lost in the darkness,
Bringing torment and pain to others.
Your damned soul wallowing in your sin.
Perhaps... it is time to die.