When I saw the post and saw people replied in the thread, I thought he already got the help he needed so I didn't bother to look.
I was completely wrong when I re-read it. lol. I need to slap those players in there. *slap*
For now, I'll ignore upgrading your gear and focus on your skills (which is influenced by gear).
01/30/2014 07:29 AMI need some drill-sergeant style direction for my DH; please do not direct me to some thread and tell me to pick an official build
Posted by Larry
I understand you want to get used to the DH in general. There is no clear path of what to use on your DH other than perhaps shadow power
. Rapid fire is a route many players take, because it is easy to use, and has a nice way to take advantage of 'snapshot' mechanics.Details on this are found here for 1.08 (and is kinda interesting~)http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/9792849391#1
Most important thing to take advantage of is the life steal
Snapshotting applies to ALL skills not just rapid fire or strafe. The only differences with rapid fire and strafe is that it snapshots on the initial cast, and lasts the entire duration of channelling (can be super abused with Nyan stuff...)
Your DH should have some sort of execution. Meaning that you should have some sequence of steps that your build does, kind of like you have a plan behind it. You should an idea why your build works for you, and be able to identify its strengths and weaknesses. The execution should include:How are you sustaining yourselfMobility
Can be viewed as optionalGTFO situationsResource managementHow you are dealing damage
Many of these are also effected by gear.attack speedcrit chance
night stalker proc if you using itmax disciplinehatred regen
For example rapid fire bombardment naturally has a high tick frequency. So you don't need high attack speed to put it out good number of ticks/second. As well, you will be using less resources to sustain rapid fire.
But if you switch to bola/spike trap, you won't have as good of a tick frequency compared to bombardment. To make up for it, you need more attack speed for this kind of build for damage sustain, resource sustain (night stalker proc), and survivability sustain (high tick frequency implies more stable health returns).
That's one of the main reasons why people say Manticore is better for bombardment, and calamity is better for bola/spike traps, just because of the attack speed. This is should I never mentioned on my thread which I probably should have :/
On the other hand, both these builds have a major flaw which is overshadowed on the high monster power, and that is it lacks any form of instant damage. All the damage dealt is delayed. On a higher monster health pool, this can be overshadowed because it takes longer to kill monsters in the first place.
Some important details of the differences between high attack speed and low attack speed I put in this thread if you want to take a read.I literally just created this thread btw...http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/11582278359
If you plan on experimenting with different builds, I recommend to get a cheap calamity to also test out.
So you got all this information to keep in mind. I still haven't told you a single thing on what to do on your DH yet. Why?
DH has that kind of freedom~ I don't want to tell someone to do something that they might not like~
If your plan on using a non-bombardment rune for RF, I recommend to slot in a heavy damage AoE hatred spender such as spike traps
. Damage from this can also be increased from the cloak This maybe a bit heavy on your hatred, so you could try a hatred regen cloak.
You may want to consider using full natalya's set if you already have most of the pieces for it.
You may also want to take a look at some of the RF breakpoints here for optimizing your attack speed.http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/10261776447?page=1#5
Optimizing your attack speed is good because it can give you an idea on what you want to focus on your gear.
Overall, your DH needs a complete makeover ^.^
If you want some gearing advice, give a hug and a budget and I'll see what I can do (>^^)>