You got quite nice equipment. You should be able to do T3 with that kind of gear and set bonuses. What you lack is (like Shadow_Jackal) synergy from your skills and passives.Quote from quest667
I would love to see your input on you think that I can improve on, apart from getting the Akkhan set items which I can't seem to find.
I'm currently farming T2 rifts in groups and I feel like I have the damage and survability to do more, since I clear very easily with my Blessed Shield, yet as soon as I try T3, I get my ass kicked by the first elite group I encounter even though I have AR ~1000 and 19k Armor. Paragon points are put in +STR, +AS, +AR and Area Damage. Thanks!
You are playing HC, so first of all I recommend dumping 350 str from Finery and replacing it with Renewal. You got 45% block chance so it gives you 45% chance to heal yourself fro 12k. This and Holy Cause should provide you enough healing to survive Fire Chains elites with ease.
Phalanx is quite ok, but in that case I would recommend using Heavens Fury (for the best synergy with Provoke Charged Up) - I know, that I repeat myself but this combo is too big to let it go. Heavens Fury with the DoT rune provides massive amount of ticks from Charged Up. Try it yourself.
Last but not least, with that amount of Holy Damage you simply can't ignore Condemn with Eternal Retaliation or Vacuum. Using Akarath with Rally and this skill is just so big. In your case you would do 1800% damage each explosion.
And please, mate. Don't use any other rune than Rally on akarath. It's just not worth it.
Use your followers. I know you'r doing groups mostly, but the healing provided by templar is basically second Health Potion every 30 seconds.