Interesting points. I didn’t really consider other Evasive Fire runes because they can eat away at discipline pretty quickly if you’re not careful. But with the high discipline regen from Night Stalker and Suppression I can see how Covering Fire would be a great alternative.
I’ll try out Shuriken Cloud on solo to see how I like it. However for group games Marked for Death (Contagion especially) is great for boosting everyone’s damage.
I actually had no idea Evasive Fire was a special skill on so many pieces of equipment. I’m definitely going to take that into consideration on future purchases.
Thanks for your input.
I have another Mara's but it has like 6.5 CC on it plus open socket and 12% to Evasive just sitting in my stash. I'm using the CD one because it gives me higher DPS boost (I know that sounds weird and actually haven't checked to see if it's better after I got the rare ring and boots... but I could check if you are interested in it). SoJ's are cheap now so you can find a good one with evasive on it for under 10m. To search for SoJ with evasive you have to search under all armor with Demon Hunter: Evasive skill and damage to elites.
I'm really anxious to try this out with Suppression Fire and replace Prep with MfD: Contagion. One thing I noticed with Multishot was Fire at Will shoots faster than Full Broadside, how fast does Suppression shoot?
Another factoid is that any Evasive skill that has the backflip is actually faster to farm with (because if you backflip into a wall it resets your animation therefore a free increase of attack speed), and once you get used to it, you will find yourself having better survivability. Coupled with Windforce it's quite amazing how mobs never even get close and if they happen to, you start backflipping.
This may not work for you and your manticore, but +average damage is flat amazing with Windforce. Look at my rare ring, it gives me a 20k dps boost over my 6% Cold Damage SoJ. My crits on all mobs are equal to crits on just elites when SoJ is equipped. And it only cost me 5m.