Quote from mird
nice guide, i want to ask, about how much life and armor one should aim for? i did try this spec but have some problems with elites in ponyland. and i know in a3 thers alot of ranged mobs so i imagine it will be much harder. so any tips on stats and gear? cause other then the weapon info you didnt cover alot of it.
I did not cover stats and gear because it depends a lot on which act you are farming. However, I can provide you some rough stats.
For act1: Well.... anything should work for act1 nowadays.
Act2: around 30k hp minimum. 600+ ares (with warcry). around 30k dps unbuffed should work (after buff you will be shooting near 60k anyway)
Act3: 40k hp, 800 ares, and 35k dps.
These are probably the bare minimum at which you could survive. Of course, getting more will make it faster and with less death.
Balancing between offensive and defensive stat for 2h can be quite tricky. If you focus too much on damage then you might be too easily 2 shotted. However, turtling too much on defensive side and it will take too long to kill mobs and you end up actually dying more.
I'd say just keep testing to see what works for you. If your gear is a bit lacking then you might want to consider rend and kite some more until you are a bit more geared. You can just kill pack of elites with just rend/charge/leap if the affix becomes too deadly (phasebeast with fast+desecrate can be pretty tough...)
Range actually doesn't give you as much trouble as you think. You have so many mobility skills it's so easy to chase them down. However you might have to be a bit patient and wait after they stop running to apply rend.