Hi DBoy & Trinxified!
I've scoured the forums for info about barb gearing, and the effort and time you guys (and others like acrimony/ender/rezic) have put to advise and share with the community was really awesome! :)
Actually considered signing up for the services you guys provide chiefly because I'm personally very comfortable with your gearing philosophy and views on high MS, but ultimately I enjoy the fun of learning and gearing up myself even though it might cost more due to learning mistakes :D
Would appreciate it if you guys could have a quick look at my barb and point out anything that you feel looks out of place or is in dire need of changing. https://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/minori-1796/hero/27934861
Aimed for these minimums when gearing up (with passive buffs only):
24% MS / 2000 str / 40k hp / 600 res all / 6k armor / 5.8% LS / 38% CC / 400% CD
I'm thinking the next step would be more hp (45 to 50k hp would be nice!) and the never ending move to increase dps while maintaining EHP/survivability. Paragon level increases would help, but I'd like to have your thoughts on what I should plan/aim for in the gearing front to get a balanced set of gear and stats.
Was thinking a faster offhand, but I'm kinda unsure how to proceed when it comes to weapons. I know the general stuff (1.4 to 1.5 speed with 600 dps minimum with CD + socket + LS + STR) but competition for swords and daggers that fit that criteria seems pretty fierce, especially when it comes to 3% LS and higher CD amount e.g. 80-90% and above. Considering the prices for weapons in the AH at the moment I'm a bit wary of unwittingly overpaying by a huge sum due to inexperience, so I've tried to go for conservative/safe options to start with.
Considered an Echoing Fury for either MH or OH, but from what I've read about it:
MH: Will then boost OH speed by a nice amount, but the fear proc becomes a bit of an issue and a cold SoJ is the only workaround for that.
OH: Means an OH weapon speed of 1.4 to 1.45 at best (I've read 1.5 speed or better for OH gives a lot more bang for RLTW tornadoes). Also means max 50% CD or sacrificing OH LS or a socket since EF can't roll high CD + LS + socket. Not to mention a "good" OH EF will cost a *lot* of gold, i.e. someone at my gear level might be better off spending the gold in a more balanced fashion across multiple gear slots.
For Helms I've considered Andariel's Visage, but wasn't sure if my present gear level makes that a "safe" choice defensively.
Please feel free to comment and critique, I'd like to learn!