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Well, I was playing with Impale: Chemical Burn pre-1.0.4 but since then I have increased my crit chance, therefore, I'm now playing with Grievous Wounds rune.Quote from Lucidity
I prefer chemical burn. The dot forces me to space out my impales and not front load them and waste hatred. If you let the dot work, it does much more damage than grievous wounds.
Chemical Burn has also a problem with front-loading burst with stacked Sharpshooter, which I still love to do. If I spot an elite, I can wait few more seconds--for example ID my rares for the time being--to get SS to 100%. I will send 2-3 Ball lightnings followed by 2xImpale that will all crit resulting in massive burst.
Impale with Grievous Wounds also let me deal better with damage reflect affix since I can kite a bit, let SS stack, unload 2x Impale under Smoke Screen, shoot 1 or 2 Hungering arrows, rinse and repeat.
I will give Grievous Wounds rune a run tomorrow since I have not tested it post patch even if they doubled the dot damage.
Yea, but the patch also increased chemical burn's damage. 485% weapon damage for 25 hatred is probably the most hatred efficient spender we have. I'm running around 50% crit chance and over 400% crit damage and i still prefer the efficiency of chemical burns to the burst potential of grevious wounds. You can't front-load damage with chemical burns like you can with grievous wounds, but when it comes to pure hatred efficiency, chemical burns is hard to beat.