"Dodge" never appears over my pets heads, but they don't take damage time to time, and even the "absorb" words appear less since they're getting hit a little bit less.
Just to chime in. I have about 25% dodge chance but not by choice. DEX just happens to be on the items I am using now.
I have noticed several times that I dodged Mortar which prevents me from getting killed in split seconds.
It just sucks that we have no Tactics or runes that can improve our Dodge chance to stack the effect.
I almost think it is better to stack INT and DEX and leave STR alone because INT gives us AR and we can get Armor from just regular equipment. 25% chance to Dodge is better than that little extra % you get from STR's bonus. Don't you think? And I am using Fortitude already anyway to reduce incoming damage.
Yeah I do think, and this is exactly why I've looked at dex as my thrid stacking stat.
My stat order has been Int, vit=dex, all res, physical res.
45k damage (57k with full soul harvest.)
600 all res with phys res at nearly 900
Yes I have sacrificed crit damage spikes, but at the same time, I have comfort in knowng I'm doing consistent damage, and makes gearing in the way I am 200% easier, and it's DIRT CHEAP!
All in all, my pets have excellent survivability, with 600 loh and 500 life regen, I can face tank doorways with my pets solo or in pub games in act 3.
All in all I think missing out on crit chane/damage for all that was a very fair trade off, and I defs don't regret gearing up in this way.