DaBigCheez wrote:Just started playing again after a roughly five-six month hiatus. I'm now able to make progress through Act III Inferno without much trouble, whereas before I was getting hilariously stonewalled and dying in two hits. Now, my sword-and-board barbarian's having few issues surviving or killing things - I can pretty much just facetank an entire spawn, so long as I don't just chill with a two packs of Molten+Desecrator+Fire Chains+Plagued elites.
However, my DPS is currently pitiful - about 10k sheet DPS. I am running a full tank build, so switching passives and skills could probably get me up around 15k, but I'm led to believe that's still pretty terrible. I'd like to stay sword-and-board as I upgrade my gear; I prefer that playstyle to the whirlwind/throw builds that seem to be popular judging by the forums, and I acknowledge I'll probably never clear as quickly/efficiently as one of those builds. What should I be looking for as I replace my old gear? I've been trying to get block chance wherever I can, allres around 500 base, a good amount of vit and armor, lots of life-on-hit, and then pick up strength and DPS stats where I can; as I'm upgrading, should I just focus on more strength/attackspeed/crit (without losing too many defensive stats), or is there something fancy I should be on the lookout for?
Right now mid level gear is extremely cheap. The key is how you search. Searching for gear with 100+ Str/Vit and good All res is going to cost you. However, drop that down to sub 100 (even up to 90s) drastically reduces the price. Drop the value to 70 and you can get things for practically nothing. I geared up my Barb for maybe 10 million and 7 million of that was the 2 weapons. Try searching as follows:
Helm: All res 65, Str 90, Vit 70, socket, crit chance if you have money.
Shoulders: Str 90, Vit 70, All res 70
Chest: 3 sockets, Vit 90, All res 65, Str
Legs: 2 sockets, Vit 90, All res 65, Str
Bracers: Str 90, Vit 90, Crit chance (all res if you have money, maybe lower Str and Vit to 70 and add all res 65)
Gloves: Crit chance 7, Crit damage, Str 90, Vit 70
Rings: Crit chance 5, Crit damage, Str (Vit if you have more money)
Amulet: Crit chance 7, crit damage, LOH
Waist: IK belt (you can get ones for EXTREMELY cheap) or Pride of Cassius with life steal (this one is a bargain too AND it provides 10% run speed).
Boots: You can get some very high Str firewalkers for extremely cheap.
Shield: Crit chance, All res 70, high block chance