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    posted a message on You decide! 300 DE, but what should I craft? (again)
    Quote from Küken

    Shoulders are still dropping in price rapidly, I'd say craft some replacements for the Vile Wards and sell them while you still can ;). Don't necessarily needs to be an upgrade, in the long run you can/will beat the Vile Wards anyway.

    True, but I really like the look of the Vile Wards. The rare shoulders look aweful!
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    posted a message on You decide! 300 DE, but what should I craft? (again)
    Quote from morbidlymystic

    Thats going to be an awful lot of wasted gold.

    After 58 crafts:

    Bracers:

    222 Dexterity
    147 Vitality
    74 Strength
    60 Lightning resist (my chosen resist)
    42 All resist
    6% Crit Chance

    2% DPS increase
    5% EHP increase

    You said? ;)

    Saving the rest of my DE's. Can't craft more since the AH is offline (and unstable when it's up).
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    posted a message on You decide! 300 DE, but what should I craft? (again)
    Quote from Jaetch

    No, you need to get 400 more DE's for 1,000. Then start crafting. Everyone knows you get a guaranteed BiS item on the 1,000th roll!

    Edit: My 1,000th post in these forums happened to be a troll post. I am so sorry.

    "I, I am the one who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I'll remember your sins no more"
    Isaiah 43:25

    My 91st post on these forums happened to be a quote from the bible. How strange is that? O.o
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    posted a message on You decide! 300 DE, but what should I craft? (again)
    Quote from Laserbabz

    Voted for gloves/bracers - for me they look like the "weakest" spots EHP/DPS wise (especially EHP wise)

    Just my 2 cents, though :)

    Your 2 cents are more than welcome :)

    My gloves contribute 8.4% of my DPS and 5.5% of my EHP, while my bracers contribute 4.3% DPS and 9.8% EHP. I guess I can agree with you in regards to the gloves, but I think the bracers will be harder to upgrade. Oh well, we'll see :)
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    posted a message on You decide! 300 DE, but what should I craft? (again)
    Greetings!

    So, I have 300 Demonic Essences in my stash. I'm planning on doing a huge crafting session! But what should I craft?


    I've made 550 Amulets so far (1 ok one, the rest were crap), and 250-ish bracers and gloves. I have JUST made the transition to all resist (no more One With Everything, yay!) so keep in mind I need all resist on my gear. I will craft on friday and will probably have a lot more DE by then.

    Amulet?
    Gloves?
    Bracers?
    Shoulders?

    Vote and let me know what you think! Ty.
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    posted a message on 275 Archon of Agilty later....
    It all comes down to wether or not you like to browse the AH for upgrades or if you would value something you find/craft higher simply because it is "only yours".

    I can't get a lot of upgrades from the AH (I can, but most are in the 500m-1b range and I end up giving money to my friends or I sell gold on RMAH instead of saving up a lot) so I craft a considerable amount of amulets each day. I think I'm getting close to 500 crafts now. I had a terrible amulet to start with, so I actually got an upgrade a week ago. The same dps, but I gained 11k hp. Not a fantastic amulet, but still good.

    Will that stop me from crafting more? No, ofc not. It's fun to hunt down emeralds, demonic essences and tomes and I know I'll get a trifecta or even quadfecta at some point. Then I'll start crafting bracers or something else.

    Crafting is awesome.
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    posted a message on Next step...?
    I would start by upgrading the other ring. Your Hellfire Ring is not worth using in my opinion. Use it when you want to grind out Paragon levels, but find a ring with crit chance. You will most likely lose some dex and some average dmg, but there are some very nice rings out there for your budget.

    I would also suggest that you use Mantra of Conviction: Overawe instead of Mantra of Retribution. It's one of our best skills and using anything else is a dps downgrade.

    Echoing Fury may increase your character sheet dps, but when you run after a feared mob, you aren't doing dps. Those on the top 10 on the dps rankings use Echoing Fury, but those of us that use weapons with no fear-proc will do more damage since the mobs are standing in our Sweeping Wind aoe.
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    posted a message on 1.0.7 is Tomorrow
    Quote from Highborne_D2

    Quote from Zeyk23

    Quote from Highborne_D2

    That is it for the answers? Talk about a failure. I highly doubt that there were that many high upvoted questions about "brawling" at all; instead they picked it because it was new and shit and as such needed to justify their idiocy to their followers. While the actual hard questions were ignored like usual since they cannot answer them because it is so glaringly obvious that the game if flawed in its' two core aspects: Character Inherent Power and Itemization.

    The theme for the Q&A was 1.0.7.

    Which means nothing to players. We know why 1.0.7 is trash, why "brawling" is trash, and why anything new they add doesn't actually enhance the game (Paragon did nothing, buffed legendaries did nothing, and buffing damage of skills does nothing). Because the core game is broken. As such, unless they actually answer the tough questions, then why even bother doing a Q&A? All it is is a PR stunt for the loyal fanbase, but quickly disenfranchises the on fencers to go try other games or just ditch the failure that is D3.

    This is your opinion. Personally, I'm having the best time in 1.0.6, and 1.0.7 will only take it to new heights. I've even seen a doubling of friends coming online over the last two weeks. And they are looking forward to the changes.

    My :) trumps your :(

    Hah!
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    posted a message on How Will the Removal of Snapshotting Affect Monk Builds
    Quote from Polrayne

    Quote from Rhye

    I have.

    On live I feel Exploding Palm is the best skill we have. Buffing it from 30 to 50% will only make it overpowered. I like that ;)

    When I used Echoing Fury I did NOT use Exploding Palm simply because the fear ruined the whole thing. If you use EF, then Exploding Palm might be something to stay clear of. I spent 1b on new weapons just to get rid of my EF to be able to use Exploding Palm, so I may be a bit biased.

    And I think Wall of Light is much better when using two-handed weapons. Well, ofc it is, but on MP10 (what I play 100% of the time) 30-50% corpse explosion vs X amount of wep dmg always favors the % based life loss.

    It all comes down to what you enjoy playing, so why not use Wall of Light if that is something you enjoy?

    I agree that the bane of my existance is going to be that fear proc on the Echoing Fury. It is sometimes, situtionally beneficial when I'm dealing with packs. To have one run away from the desecration, or plague that they continually all cast is helpful. And with the short tele from Thunderclap, i've made it work.

    And to clarify - I found the Echoing Fury and just considered it my RNG destiny that I have to use it :)

    However - help me out with actual gameplay of Exploding Palm. You've got four mobs around you and at mp10 they aren't going to drop quickly (I would assume) so you mark up one of them with EP and when they are at low life, you plan or hope that they are near to the others and then the explosion takes the rest out?

    What I don't get is the other three mobs have probably lost maybe 25% of their health while standing around you from SW and the Cyclones. So that 50% hit is great, but again - situationally - you are getting wailed on by four mobs, while you focus fire down one of them so that it can do your dps for you, all at once and only once to the rest that are near to it. You still have to go after the others and single target another down.

    With Wall of Light, I was able to essentially drop all four mobs at roughly the same time, because of how far and wide the dps effect goes. Exploding Palm's radius seems to be very, very small.

    I'm not laboring on about this to change people's minds about Wall of Light- as you said, if I have fun with it, than that's the way to play. I'm mainly curious that I'm not using Exploding Palm in the right way and my Echoing Fury is causing too many issues.

    Because realistically if you can use it on mp10 and have fun - than its got to be worth its salt. Or dps, rather :)

    edit: because tired fingers make for great typos.

    I'm gonna stick to talking about elite/champion packs since trash is...well trash (I use EP on them too, but that's just random spamming and it all goes boom. Sometimes I won't use EP since mobs die in 1-2 hits).

    Elite packs (the blue ones)
    Melee: these are the best packs to see how good EP can be. They all gather around me (more is always better) and I nuke 1 target. I try to apply EP as soon as possible for the 12% dmg debuff on target. I refresh if I can't nuke it down in the time EP is up. When it explodes, the other targets are on 50% or less (since they take an additional 48% dmg from Overawe that is up 99% of the time). I then apply another EP on the elite with the lowest HP and a few sec later they are both dead. I have dealt dmg enough to kill 1.5 elites, but EP helped me kill 3-4. If you see what I mean?

    Another thing to try, is to apply EP on an elite you aren't nuking down so that it will take 12% extra dmg from the explosion when your main target goes down. When you master EP use, this will become your bread and butter. Using EF however will render all of this hopeless.

    Ranged:
    This gets a big more tricky. I usually mark one target with EP nuke it down and if there are other targets nearby: great. If not I just kill them one by one. Wall of Light won't be any better since the mobs can be spread all over the place anyways.

    Elite packs (yellow boss, white minions)
    Melee
    I mark a minion with EP, nuke it down (try to apply EP on a nearby minion just before the explosion) and repeat until the boss is dead. It usually takes 2 EP to get a pack down leaving the yellow boss at 40% or so and all the minions are dead. Easy packs.

    Ranged
    On these I just mark the yellow boss with EP and nuke it down. Ranged mobs are so fragile that it doesn't matter much. The 12% dmg buff from Flesh is Weak makes for a quick fight.

    You said something about mobs not dropping quick on MP10. Well, they do. I wouldn't play MP10 if it wasn't the most efficient way to farm for me. But I think I'll illustrate how EP is used and how fast it kills by sending you to twitch. Here is a monk (a bit more dps compared to me, but almost identical in play style and farming speed. I have timed it and he can finish an act3 run 1 min faster than me).

    1h 11m into the clip he is done talking and will start farming ;)
    http://www.twitch.tv...suk/b/364249690

    Hope I helped. If not, feel free to join me for a game so I can show you how I use EP. If you by any chance have a lvl 60 on EU.

    And just so I've mentioned it: I'm using Serenity now because I was boosting ppl for uberbosses on MP10 last night. I will change back to EP as soon as I start farming MP10 solo again :)
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    posted a message on How Will the Removal of Snapshotting Affect Monk Builds
    Quote from Polrayne

    So don't flame me for this....

    I've experiemented with Exploding Palm on the PTR and I really don't see it helping. And the main reason why is that very, very rarely is something that I mark with Exploding Palm, near to other mobs when they die and it explodes. Now I freely admit that I use an Echoing Fury, so most of the time my target likes to go for a walk every few seconds. However, I've spammed it on mobs around me and I just don't see things blowing up.

    I did run with this build http://eu.battle.net...eYSk!WUX!abbcca which essentially uses BoH for the constant up of 15% extra damage and Wall of Light-Empowered Wave. With the buffed dps of Wall of Light and the lower spirit cost, I can spam 3 of these on top of elite packs and or larger clumps of mobs and they all instantly die. This is the effect that I expected from Exploding Palm and I just don't see it. I drop stuff, way, way faster with Wall of Light than any other ability I've used. I know that the buff to Exploding Palm makes it seem amazing - but mechanically, it doesn't seem to near have the effect that Wall of Light does.

    So those of you that don't use an Echoing Fury - do you find Exploding Palm that beneficial and have you tried Wall of Light on the PTR?

    I have.

    On live I feel Exploding Palm is the best skill we have. Buffing it from 30 to 50% will only make it overpowered. I like that ;)

    When I used Echoing Fury I did NOT use Exploding Palm simply because the fear ruined the whole thing. If you use EF, then Exploding Palm might be something to stay clear of. I spent 1b on new weapons just to get rid of my EF to be able to use Exploding Palm, so I may be a bit biased.

    And I think Wall of Light is much better when using two-handed weapons. Well, ofc it is, but on MP10 (what I play 100% of the time) 30-50% corpse explosion vs X amount of wep dmg always favors the % based life loss.

    It all comes down to what you enjoy playing, so why not use Wall of Light if that is something you enjoy?
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    posted a message on How Will the Removal of Snapshotting Affect Monk Builds
    Quote from Chmurnik
    • Cyclones generated by Sweeping Wind should now travel roughly in the same direction that the player is facing
    How it will affect TR Build ? what do u guys think , it will help or not ? i worry about that cuz now even if cyclons spawn randomly they usualy go behind me killing mobs i left.

    Not sure why you bring that up here, but I'll answer anyways.

    When running TR you will move so fast it wont be much of a difference. The tornadoes won't move faster than you, so there is no way they will be less effective.

    Having said that, Cyclone is not the best alternative when doing TR. Firestorm is much better since it has a much larger radius. This is something I have tested for hours and I used it for most of my Paragon levling. On MP 0-2.

    This is something copied from this guide on TR.

    Through my testing, I have found that if you have ~<42% chance to crit with Tempest Rush, Firestorm will yield better xp/hr than Cyclone on average.


    Hope it helps.
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    posted a message on How Will the Removal of Snapshotting Affect Monk Builds
    Quote from mikehardez

    Quote from Rhye

    Why Deadly Reach - Foresight? Way of a Hundred Fists - Blazing Fists is a much better choice. It will net you a lot more spirit (higher att speed) and less down time (due to the run speed increase). Having more spirit is very important since we will be using Exploding Palm all the time.

    Btw, I can't figure out why they buffed our best skill.. Oh well. Thanks for 50% Exploding Palm ;) I thought 30% was more than enough...

    While WotHF: Blazing Fists is definitely the more interesting choice, I'm not sure it's really better than DR: Foresight.

    Sheet numbers on my particular character show Foresight to be superior (albeit slightly) to Blazing Fists from a DPS standpoint. While 15% extra movespeed at 3 stacks is certainly attractive, the buff is most likely to expire when it would be the most valuable; running through dead zones without mobs. Although the tooltip states that you gain stacks on crits, you can refresh your stacks by punching destructible objects (apparently they can be critically hit). But unlike with Thunderclap (with SW), you have to stop movement to refresh your BF stacks, which makes the the extra movespeed the ability provides largely theoretical (I think you'd be hard pressed to get it to perform even as well as Fleet Footed).

    Moreover, the percentage of your time spent in transit compared to time spent in combat is inversely proportional to MP level. In other words, movespeed is devalued when most of your time is spent in combat. With the 1.07 MP changes, I suspect running as quickly as possible through MP0 will no longer be ideal for most characters.

    The final nail in the coffin for Blazing Fists is that to reap its bonuses, you have to use Thunderclap less. I'd be happy to see evidence to the contrary, but I can't think of any situation where Blazing Fists outperforms Thunderclap. Because you only need to really use Foresight every 30 seconds to see the full benefit, this means you get to spend nearly all your time Thunderclapping. And to add insult to injury, Foresight is basically "fire and forget", making it both easier to use and technically superior.

    On the bright side, Exploding Palm is going to be amazing :)

    You got some good points there my friend, but I still feel you overlook a few things. We have to spend more time refreshing BF, compared to DR. And yes, Thunderclap IS the best DPS skill (out of our spirit generators) as far as I know. But the extra spirit we generate from BF will net us so much spirit. I have tons of attack speed on my gear, but I still feel (when testing DR) that I'm waiting on spirit to be able to keep Overawe up (48% bonus) and spam all the Exploding Palms I want.

    But I think it's a matter of finding the setup you like. BF can be a pain to refresh all the time. DR on the other hand is easier to live with in that respect. If only they could give DR a timer like they give BF stacks... Oh well.

    Another good reason as to why BF is superior is the fact that most top geared MP10 farming monks use that build (the one I'm using). I'm not going to act like a fanboy here, but I like to think they know what they are talking about. Just take a look at Invis when he streams. He talks about his build a lot and it makes sense to me.

    Btw: when doing ubers, I use 3 spirit generators. BF, Thunderclap and DR. The dps. Oh lord, the numbers! Gotta love it. But I love Exploding Palm more ;)
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    posted a message on How Will the Removal of Snapshotting Affect Monk Builds
    Quote from Zuchi

    Quote from Rhye

    Quote from mikehardez

    Quote from Zuchi

    I'll probably go back to my old build with combination strike and 2 spirit regenerators (DR+Foresight for buff).

    I might consider Cyclone Strike with the reduced spirit cost rune though.

    Yeah, I was thinking something like this might become the new optimal dual-wield build:

    http://us.battle.net...gVSk!TUg!acYYca

    With Exploding Palm being buffed from 30% to 50% of mob's max health it seems strictly better than say, BoH: Blazing Wrath.

    Why Deadly Reach - Foresight? Way of a Hundred Fists - Blazing Fists is a much better choice. It will net you a lot more spirit (higher att speed) and less down time (due to the run speed increase). Having more spirit is very important since we will be using Exploding Palm all the time.

    Btw, I can't figure out why they buffed our best skill.. Oh well. Thanks for 50% Exploding Palm ;) I thought 30% was more than enough...

    Can you keep the WotHF 3 sec buff with Fists of Thunder? Deadly Reach's buff lasts 30 seconds that's why. The above build focuses on FoT+Thunderclap as the main attack, the other spirit generator is only there for buffing and/or utility.

    Are you referring to the extra 8% from Combination Strike? It lasts for 30 seconds even though the tooltip says 3 sec (as long as you continue with FoT which you ofc will). And WoaHF 5stack is refreshed every 5th second to keep it up all the time, yes.

    And ofc, FoT + Thunderclap is the main attack. Just one click on WoaHF will refresh the stacks, so you can continue to nuke with FoT. With high att. speed you hit 3 times with WoaHF and get 5 stacks in just 1 sec. Refreshing it is even faster.
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    posted a message on How Will the Removal of Snapshotting Affect Monk Builds
    Quote from mikehardez

    Quote from Zuchi

    I'll probably go back to my old build with combination strike and 2 spirit regenerators (DR+Foresight for buff).

    I might consider Cyclone Strike with the reduced spirit cost rune though.

    Yeah, I was thinking something like this might become the new optimal dual-wield build:

    http://us.battle.net...gVSk!TUg!acYYca

    With Exploding Palm being buffed from 30% to 50% of mob's max health it seems strictly better than say, BoH: Blazing Wrath.

    Why Deadly Reach - Foresight? Way of a Hundred Fists - Blazing Fists is a much better choice. It will net you a lot more spirit (higher att speed) and less down time (due to the run speed increase). Having more spirit is very important since we will be using Exploding Palm all the time.

    Btw, I can't figure out why they buffed our best skill.. Oh well. Thanks for 50% Exploding Palm ;) I thought 30% was more than enough...
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    posted a message on Double XP/MF Weekend
    If they are going to do something like this, they need to increase the PL cap and/or the amount of XP required to level up. 100 was achieved very fast by a lot of players.
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