I've been doing other things, but I'm back now (yay) and I'm playing on all of my characters, though mainly on my demon hunter. It only has 61k dps,51k hp, ~550 resist all, 38 disc (1 p/s), 5.3 hatred regen. I only have a million gold. Nothing drops.
-My first impression was... Nether tentacles doesn't appear to hit targets more than one time any more, even massive hit box targets. It seems like it could still be good with enough damage+ damage reduction (for the life leech). If this is indeed the case, what have you found to be a good hatred dump? I'm taking some looks at frozen arrow for the snare to kite, or ball lightning chakram for damage (if it still hits multiple times...). Looking at razor and twin chakrams for damage also.
-Trail of cinders vault???
Lots of damage. Might it be worth it to drop nether tentacles and smoke screen for a higher damage skill and vault? Just a thought. I don't think I can pull off a gloom build very well.
Seems like crossbows can get higher damage than bows. Doesn't that mean crossbows will generally out damage bows also? I like attacking fairly quick, though, to maneuver.
Ultimately before I stopped playing I was envisioning a tanky build with a lot of resist all, life on hit/life leech using a bow. I'm still kinda aiming for that idea, but I'm curious what else is out there.
If this is redundant, or random, and (definitely is) old, you'll just have to forgive me. I'm a busy man with things to do just like yourselves :).
Nether tentacles were nerfed ages ago, most people use Ball of lightning now, some use Cluster arrow.
Trail of cinders is well good atm, will be fixed (read nerfed) next patch, its worth using it for now anyway.
Crossbows are higher damage if you have alot of crithitdamage and crithitchance (more bursty) while bows are more sustained damage, Depends what you prefer higher damage or higher attack speed. Think world first DH who got to paragon 100 was using bow, so its viable.
About tanky build. Don't think you need life on hit and lifesteal atm since the damage from mobs was reduced greatly since you last played and your allres should be enough to survive pretty much anything, especially if you use gloom. Life on kill really helps tho.
Just my 2cents.
Does spray of teeth (also) hit the original target? Crushing random normal mobs is easy enough, it's some of the elites in act 4 that still hit me pretty hard, which was why I was thinking life on hit at the time.
Spray of teeth hits original target and mobs around it for 50% weapon damage (if the hungering arrow crits).
Not sure why you trying to do act4, the mobs are quite bad for DH, mob density is lower than act3 and drops are the same. You shouldn't be doing act4 unless you haven't killed Diablo yet. Once you did, leave act 4 and never come back.