After playing ALL classes ( most to 60) I can say that, by FAR, WD is the most under power, easiest to die,least usefull class in game.This class needs a major overhaul.
This is NOT a WD hate thread or flame job. Hell, I love my WD.Mechanics are just horrible.
Some good ideas, just LONG cooldown and so many useless ( but "fun") skills.Those that play, know all the issues..wont go into them.
PLEASE dont flame me saying how easy you solo single player and you "pwn"..try a mage same level as you.10x faster,easier killing.
After trying every build from every 'expert" on the net...and 500 000g or so:
I have found ONE build that works 1/2 decent...allthough a tad slow.
I stacked massive life regen,thorns and vitality when possible.( every item)
At 52 I have 1000/sec regen ( so do my 4 dogs and 1 stinker) and 1391 thorns.Int is low now , around 650ish at the moment.Also my 1 hand wep has +190 life per hit ( I hoped this worked on pets..not sure if it does) and 350 heal after a mob dies....also hoping this translated to pets.
In nm in 4 player games my stinker has NEVER died..ever.My 4 fire dogs dies perhaps 1 time a game from blue lightning/ lava or green poison elites.( often they dont)
Pets solo asodan and diablo and friends easy.(nm)..play style is a tad slower like a minion necro..but it works.I have never died from 45 till 51.I regen 1000 a sec. I have ZERO fear of death.
I use 20% damage reduction / 4 dog / and loyalty passives. splinter dart/rain frogs/locust (pest) /big stinker /4 fire dogs for now..will swap to health leech dogs at 54.
Im told that zombie bear "owns"..will try it when I level up.
As of now : 10500 life 15% dodge 48% damage reduction.
With a monk in the group ( heal mantra) its a joke.I ASSURE you, wizzy /DH like my 5 pets tanking for them.They stand way back and do what they do..safe like.often I swap in fetish army/legion dagger to add 10 more mobs to tank.As of now thorns/regen works on them as well.They add massive burst dps ( and safety) for those 20 sec.
For a goof, joined friends in hell late act 1.Pets still dont die.
between massive pet regen /thorns and locus/rain I kill NP at all.If I take any damage I back off for 2-3 sec and im full health again.I can go afk in NM on asmodan standing in red pools and taking nasty fireballs as pets kill him.I out regen the damage.
FYI this is with just decent gear, that I went for lowest price/bang for the buck.I am sure if I spent 30 mins and spend more $ I could get 10-25% more thorns and regen and other stats.
I am confident in all of hell this will work fine.....inferno is another story.
Still think the class needs a total overhall, but this a fun ,odd build..in a D2 summon necro way.
I don't need a 9 sec Evo turbo streetcar....sure gets the milk home fast =P
no inferno, no care