While there are currently solid build options for monks both in 1.0.4 and 1.0.5, and while top-tiered monks using very specific builds can achieve respectable damage, the class isn’t yet where we want it to be. We’re definitely aware of your concerns, and we agree that additional improvements should be made, especially with regards to play style options, build diversity, and the performance and budget of monk resources. We feel that the monk has the most potential for improvement, and we have plans to make more changes to the monk after 1.0.5. The sort of changes we’d like to make are not simple number tweaks, though.
Ultimately, we want to make monks more engaging to play and really immerse players in what it would feel like to be a fast-punching martial arts master. We have a number of ideas on how to accomplish that for the future, and we want to provide improved passives, particularly passives that can be used for a more offensively-minded monk. I also mentioned two other possible changes we’re considering in[url="http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/6794319883#7"] my previous post[/url], but those certainly aren’t the only changes we’re looking into. They address another area we feel could use improvement, and that’s giving players some additional, more active play style options.
We have more improvements planned and they’re still only in the discussion phase, so we’re not really in a place right now to talk about them in much detail, but we’re actively working towards solutions to address many key concerns.
I can understand where you are coming from. I appreciate the consideration to diversify, or further define the monk class. While I've been able to fortify my monk with about 90k dps unbuffed there are only about 4 passives that i can use. 2 are required usually, One /w Everything, and Seize the Initiative. Other passives that may be used are transcendence, resolve, guardian's path and Near Death Exp. (much less common).
As you already know the other passives are just wasted. I don't even remember the names. I'd like to see a few things added to further decorate the monk class from "meh" to something more attractive and unique.
Lastly, I love my monk don't get me wrong. He's a BAMF, but there's so much more that can be done with the class to bring our it's full potential. GL brainstorming.
EDIT: To the idiot trolls that just never stop yakin. Go to hell.