06/01/2014 07:56 PM
Posted by Johnny
• All stats are effective on followers, such as ... CDR....
Was this thoroughly tested? If so, can you briefly summarize how? All other sources I check (reddit, diablofan, etc...) either claims it does not work, or that it is unclear.
Since i had been questioned on my test in other forum and here, i'll give you a little insight of my tests procedures. I'm sorry, but i guess this won't be "briefly", IMHO this could help one to perform his own tests.
My main and favorite class is DH, IMO it's the best suited class to perform test on followers :
Caltrops tortuous ground : give a visual indication of a 12 feet radius and immobilize mobs & no damage.
Spiketraps : 8ft radius visual indication.
Smoke screen Lingering Fog : awesome to loose agro and give it to follower.
A very useful item if http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/deaths-bargain-3STVps
which give a 16feet radius visual indication, and stops regen (which will be very handy with CDR tests).
I video record my runs, then review the footage frame by frame, all game indicators on.
Most of my tests were made act1, with the Jar event in graveyard. I like this even a lot because you can trigger it after laying down traps. You can predict where the skeleton will pop, and there's a gradation in their numbers. Playing in normal mode allows you to open inventory and follower inventory and swap item to see if their a change in numbers. This is the method i use to determine that area damage and elemental damage were effectives on followers (also rerolling some yellows rings to have a single stat change, with a margin of +/- 10% of follower main stat since it's really hard to have let's say precisely 426 int on 2 rings).
Another ideal Guinea Pig is Ghom, which i used to test vs. elites bonus and some procs. Many clan friends help me on several questions or item getting (like almost all of my Templar gear). For instance at the time of The Tall Man's Finger's bug, the question was to know if that bug was working on a Maximus Enchantress (answer was no.) Some of my clan members are actual IRL friends, so i'm quite confident about their feedback, even if i stay careful (i have different feedbacks on the Unity and Ashera's matter).
06/01/2014 07:56 PMAll other sources I check (reddit, diablofan, etc...) either claims it does not work, or that it is unclear.
Posted by Johnny
I don't usually goes on these forums, but i went to see what you were talking about. And it was quite funny. For instance, some player claims that the Mad Monarch Scepter is not working on followers. That make me laugh because obviously they haven't try it in normal mode, where an average Templar can actually kills mobs. It's quite obvious that you won't see its proc in higher Torments.
The CDR on followers might seem tricky to test, some players on the sites you mention have tried with http://us.battle.net/d3/en/follower/templar/skill/charge
or some other short CD skills. In my opinion this skill is the harder to test, since there's many factors that will make the templar use this skill, such as distance. Something else must be taken in account, http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/relic-of-akarat
affects the order in which the templar use his skills, there's might be a pattern, i have yet to find it.
So, how to test CDR ? Well that's quite easy, http://us.battle.net/d3/en/follower/templar/skill/heal
has a 30s CD, equip him with CDR in all slots (10% weapons, 8% in all other slots). Then equip Death Bargain, and go for Act3 Bastion's Keep. Clean the area where there's Walls of Flames, get hist by it, followers heals you, then get it again and wait, the heal will come before 30s. (I think this also work in ActV swamps.) I didn't test CDR on enchantress and Scoundrel but if that work on Templar it must be the same for the two others.
06/01/2014 07:56 PMInterested to know, since I was planning on decking out my Templar to be a super healer :P.
Posted by Johnny
Hurky from EU forum, which helped me a lot on the Fumace/Elites matter, runs a full CDR Heal Unity templar in T6 and seems very fond of that template.
Keep in mind that this guide isn't completed yet, and there's hundreds of questions ahead. For instance, is arcane dmg bonus affect the Band of Hollow Whispers ? Wich Scoundrel skill hurts the most with SoJ ? Etc.