My barbarian just reached Hell difficulty and i am getting pretty much owned.
I read guides on official forum and diablofans (as well as some videos), but i would still like to see more information from the experienced barbarians around here
Instead of posting my gear and what-not, i would like to ask you veteran barbarians some questions, so i can understand this class better..
What are the advantages of using a 2 handed weapon?
What are the advantages of using two 1 handed weapons?
What are the advantages of using a 1handed+shield, aside from more armor?
Of the 3 above weapon comboes, which does the best in Hell/Inferno, and why?
Is there a specific point when Life Leach (life steal?) becomes better than Life on Hit, or is Life on Hit still superior?
Having 2 weapon gem slots when dual wielding (compared to one gem when using a 2handed) seems unbalanced to me, or am i missing something?
How do abilities like Cleave, Whirlwind, Furious Charge, Seismic Slam, Rend (and all the others) scale when using a 2 handed weapon, and how do they scale when using two 1 handed weapons?
I am fairly new to the barbarian class, but to me it seems that pretty much all barb's abilities do much more damage if you are using a 2 handed weapon (for the same time and fury cost) - especially abilities like Rend and Seismic Slam?
To me it looks like that 2 handed weapons are oriented in favor of using strong abilities, while using two 1 handed weapons seems like it is meant for "auto attackIng" (cleave/frenzy/bash) enemies to death - or am i wrong?
I am really confused about which abilities scale better with 2handed and which go better with dual wielding?
2hander: Higher weapon damage good for seismic slam, revenge, overpower, furious charge etc
Dual wield: 2 sockets and a 15% attackspeed bonus, good for abilities that scale with attackspeed like cleave/frenzy/bash but also whirlwind.
Sword and board: Can get a nice amount of stats on the shield, up to 10% crit and a nice amount of all ress, vitality, strength and %life. Plus you only need 1 good weapon instead of 2 for dual wield. For comparison the ~1k armor from the shield is about the same as the passive nerves of steel so you could take 1 more offensive passive instead.
Life leech becomes viable at higher dps levels and with aoe like seismic slam, life on hit is better in almost every other situation.