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It just simply does. If you compare Meteor to 7ss, Meteor wins every time.
Besides, this is the game guide's own description of the monk's resource:
"To defeat the inhuman evils they pit themselves against, monks draw upon inner reserves of Spirit, a resource that reflects their personal mastery and training.
Spirit replenishes slowly. It is generated in two ways – by specific skills and attacks, and by the completion of combos. Monks who chain their attacks carefully can continue a near-endless barrage of Spirit-fueled strikes.
Spirit is a valuable resource, but massive expenditures of this force allow a monk to call upon potent dodges and defensive moves, as well as monster-slaying finishing strikes.
Thanks to monks’ physical perfection and martial talent, they are free to deliver as many empowered strikes as their Spirit pools will allow – without waiting for ability ‘cooldowns.’"
The gimmicky part about how 7ss does '777' weapon damage is not worth balancing the skill such that we can't use it when available. Balance it to do the correct amount of weapon damage and cost the correct amount of spirit so that we can use it without a CD... going along with this, Sustained Assault is a pretty flavourless rune effect that doesn't 'feel' right, especially considering this description of how the monk is supposed to work from the game guide.
This is what's interesting to me. If there really was a good spirit bonus for chaining different skills together, that would be really fun. As far as I can tell, there is no such thing at all.
hmm helmet that gives me +2 spirit regen
weapon with +2 spirit regen
+2 spirit regen passive
fists of thunder (quickening)
seven sided all day
oh im low on spirit?
breath of heaven(with +spirit regen)
be invincible forever.
Edited by Slickizzy#1463 on 5/23/2012 9:26 PM PDT
They wont touch it. If you haven't played inferno then you won't know. Currently i have been stacking attack speed to increase damage, as a side effect you also drastically increase the rate at which you increase spirit. If you run the Air ally, have gear with spirit regen, you won't run out, you won't get hit you will solo all the things.
Free GG on a class that isn't a mage and isn't going to be nerfed or buffed? I don't think so.
Combination Strike? Like, you're not serious right? If you haven't played with Combination Strike you don;t know what your missing out on. I've been playing around with it, using FoT+Lightning Flash, Crippling Wave+Concussion & Breaking Wave, and WotHF+Windforce Flurry.
The damage is just silly, on the last hit in particular. +34% damage on Windforce's 3rd strike(the only reason I use it, really). Comboing in the proper order is a pain but I'm getting better at it. When it works right, stuff in Hell that was challenging just melts w/o even touching me. If I use Concussion, I'm up to nearly 92% mitigation vs all.... with really cruddy gear. When Windforce goes off on that 3rd strike and I see a chain of 18k hits with a few 30k crits, it makes my heart open up with joy.
No, I still haven't tried it in Inferno yet. I really, honestly think this is the kind of thing that we're supposed to be doing to make it there, though. I just need to upgrade a few pieces of gear in the right way before I try it. Maybe it'll be garbage... but +20% mitigation, +16% dodge, +24% damage + Windforce Flurry doesn't seem that bad... we'll see soon. ;P
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