10/28/2013 06:01 PMYour setup looks interesting flarbear, find me in game some time and we'll tear up sanctuary.
Posted by sRank
Thanks sRank! I guess I should mention that my build may be a bit non-standard, but not for any intriguing reasons...
First, I'm a relative newbie at this.
Second, I only ran across this thread because I wanted some ideas for building sustain/leech, not for the explicit purpose of preparing for the expected rule changes.
And, third, my skill choices are affected primarily by how well trained my fingers are rather than any analysis of how effective things can be.
The reason I'm a relative newbie is that I was spending the last year or so having lots of fun getting all 5 classes through Inferno entirely character-self-found. After they all achieved that goal I spent a couple of months playing with HC, but came back to SC for a couple of reasons - first I wanted to check out the AH before it goes away, having ignored it for 18 months - and second because I built a new machine and didn't want to get it stable by losing a bunch of HC chars. I'm still at the point where I'm trying to figure out how to search the AH for good gear and which stats are important on which pieces of gear. As a result, I have sort of a FrankenMonk that is loosely aimed towards a bit of LoH, but not really committed.
Originally I started end game hunting with my Wizard and then found d3up and diabro3 and found that my monk was actually my sturdiest character. I then wasted a couple of weeks bargain hunting on the wrong gear to get myself to about 100K health, 1.5M EHP, and only about 45K DPS. I managed to get some advice from a friend in one of my first coop games that I was way over spec on health and needed some LoH (many thanks to ChronoTriggr). That's when I found this thread and have been using it as a basic reference for finding good leech gear. I have a bit of LS in my build right now based on hearing that LS is good in some circumstances compared to LoH so I thought I'd base my Shenlong FoL on a small bit of LS. I'm at 1900LoH and 3LS right now (and back up to 1M EHP, but with 100K DPS now), but as I accumulate knowledge and gear I may soon be ready to ditch my LS FoL and go for some more APS and LoH.
My skills eschew some of the bread and butter cooldown Monk skills like Serenity mostly because I'm not good at tracking cooldowns and prefer spammable/mashable skills. My only cooldown skill is BoH and only because I use it for the %dmg and its cooldown doesn't interfere because the duration is longer than the cooldown (I hit it periodically to keep the damage boost up and could care less for the tiny heal). I use Quickening instead of TC because it helps me spam skills more and I use Exalted Soul because I don't do a great job of making sure I'm at full spirit at the end of a mob. With this skill set I can run around and jump on a mob mashing 123 to pull up my 2 dmg buffs and my cyclones and be up to full cyclone strength in a couple of seconds. I then spam Overawe and Blazing Wrath with an occasional touch of EP until nothing is moving, rinse, repeat. For escaping I use DS instead of Serenity because I don't have to worry about cooldown and my first hit of DS usually misses free space. :(
I hope that explains better where I'm coming from. If you still want to help me run some MP5 ubers, then that would be fun, but don't expect any enlightenment from watching my play style other than "that's cute what these new kids are doing"... ;)