To be honest, one can not but to notice that the AH is basically insane right now. Nothing but the absolute best sells. Unless you have the patience to keep trying to sell items for 25k over and over again. I'm with 4 mules right now of stuff that is good, but not sellable for anything that is worth mentioning.
So far, during the leveling, the monk proved to be awesome. Between "Seize the Initiative", "Pacifism" and specially the oh so unbelievably overpowered "One With Everything", it is by far the best tank. I wouldn't be surprised of some of these skills get changed in a future patch, specially OWE.
Add to that Mantra of Healing: Time of Need and Crippling Wave: Concussion and there you are, basically nothing will kill you.
So far, I just reached Hell, and we will see how it goes in Inferno, but from previous experiences with a Barb, a monk will probably by cake. =)
I'm using this little ditty at present. Frankly, I can't imagine not using thunderclap as a primary due to just how much dps and utility it has. It:
-Has amazing single target dps
-Has a decent aoe cone
-Has knockback to stop wind-up attacks that would kill me
-Teleports me to my target, allowing me to escape surround, juke projectiles, and even avoid frozen/arcane with good timing
But essentially the build is "cookie cutter cyclone," as far as I understand monk builds. Pop blind and breath upon engage (with full spirit preferably) and immediately activate sweeping wind to start spewing tornados everywhere. Utilize active conviction aura to make the burn process go faster (spirit permitting, sometimes I have to kite instead) and blow serenity when and if it's necessary to keep my flimsy butt alive. I was destroying most act1 elite packs within a few seconds (those with arcane, molten, fire chains, etc. took 2-3 cooldown rotations depending on how much I had to kite) and that is with 15k paper dps.
I imagine with even moderately well-apportioned gear, instead of the magic-find getup I have now, act2-3 would be almost trivial. Once the cyclones really get going, the damage is insane. It's a bit like being a tornado barb, except you don't need LoH, and your big cooldowns are 10-20 seconds instead of 90. And yeah, that's before you factor in the absolutely jaw-dropping savings of the OWE passive. Unfortunately though, if you really want to get barb-like resists you will have to invest in AR + Secondary resist of choice gear. I don't think OWE is OP, it's just extremely appealing when you don't want to spend a lot and your target AR level is around 500 or so.
I plan to give seven-sided-strike a go tonight. I've been told rotating it with serenity and blind makes for a fairly amusing "almost always invulnerable," play-style.
I have successfully made myself "nerf-proof," to borrow a phrase from the EVE boards, and got all my alts to 60. With the patch close at hand I have been avoiding any AH purchases. Much to my chagrin, this week also delivered me two legendaries which I had to sell at a hefty discount due to the "new legendaries omg omg omg,"
Oddly enough I have had no problems gearing up my alts through drops, sporadic as they are, in about a week. Having said that, act3 has eluded my non-AH-endowed alts thus far, although that has more to do with my leveling other alts than really being stuck.
I am looking forward to the patch with probably too much anticipation. I hope to see some familiar faces online when it does drop.