Thank you all so much for your positive response! I'm excited to get to your questions and help get top notch gear sets. Having said that... Tonight is my birthday! I just realized I most likely will not be on at all tonight (because of the festivities!). Ironically enough, tomorrow night is my wife's birthday... so I'll most likely see you all in game on Wednesday! I will however be answering forum questions in the meantime. Can't wait to get the list of people taken care of. Thank you for your patience! In the meantime, after posting here, please send me a friend request with your budget included please!
Now to answer your specific questions:
@Milton I would love to help you. You're making some common gearing mistakes. I can get you rocking to push content and progress further than you've gone before in not much time at all! I would highly suggest SnB moving forward. Thanks for your kind words. What's your budget? Or did you want just advice instead of me gearing you?
@Earthshaker Thanks for the encouragement. I strive to be as good as Ender!
@Dragoviz SnB or 2h? And what's your budget? Note: If your budget is under 5m, I would highly suggest SnB. I can get you more for the money. Send me a friend request!
@Dethy You're missing the fundamentals which make 2h successful. LoH isn't for 2h-- you need LS for it. There are the important details which are 100% critical for success in Act 3. Your armor isn't high enough, your crit chance isn't high enough, and you probably overspent on several pieces pursuing AR which is too high. A Life Steal belt is always nice, but you will probably not find one for your budget--not to mention that's now what needs help the most right now. Yes, a better gem in your skorn would always help, but presently, it won't matter how much damage you put because you won't stay alive long enough to do the damage. Don't be discouraged! We can fix this! How commited are you to 2h? Do you enjoy SnB? I know it seems like I point alot of people to SnB over 2h, but honestly, in your price range, you just won't be able to steamroll content as easily... Believe me--i get it! The joy of smashing baddies with huge crits is AMAZING! I am a 2h barb, too (check out my gear set!). We need to talk. Send me a friend request!
@itsironic Almost everything I said to Dethy (see previous paragraph) applies to you, too. You've committed some very common mistakes for 2h barbs. What kind of a budget do you have? I can share many more specifics which could help improve you, but would like to see what you have to work with for funds first.
@Ongster There is no way either of you will clear Act 3 using your current playstyles (you: dual weild; your friend: 2h). You don't have enough resilience to stay alive. I can probably gear both you and your friend for 4m total if I'm understanding your question correctly. SnB will up your effectiveness... trust me... you'll have fun with it! It is the way to go for effectiveness on a budget! Your goals for stats are pretty close to realistic.. 45k+ hp, 45k+ dps, 500+ AR .... I'm being very conservative. Send me a friend request. Don't be discouraged about a little less DPS... do you want big numbers when you hit something before you die 20 times? Or do you want to breeze through with slightly smaller numbers? Send me a friend request!
@Caballero If you want to gear yourself, all the advice you need is in the guide above. If you want me to gear you, yes, I can for 2m and get you a MUCH more effective SnB set. You're not focusing on the right stuff with your current gear setup.
Highlights: no socket in weapon, no AR or crit on shield, too much AR overall and not enough DPS, the wrong kind of HoC. Don't be discouraged! We'll get you fixed up nice! And if you sell some of your current gear (namely the HoC), I'll make you an even more rocking set! Send me a friend request!
@FourStrings You need to spend that 4m regearing yourself if you want to be the most effective, and sell some of your current gear to expand your budget. You've got no AR on some pieces (helm, chest, bracers, belt), and too much AR on other pieces (pants, boots, gloves). I understand the point of what your logic might be, but it's not cost effective and ends up being a sacrifice in the long run. How do you stay alive? You don't do enough DPS for 6% LS to be the only means of survive-ability. And unfortunately, you don't have close to enough armor. Can I help you rebuild your 2h barb? I have a recipe for success. I also need to understand your skill choices... (Rend > Most everything else for 2h barbs...). Send me a friend request!