Bear Loh coefficient is terrible, and posititonal requirement practically couldn't be worse. Pierce the veil is a well chosen passive for a pet orientated and primary spam build as such; but is not a necessary piece of the build for viability as mentioned. If you have a lot of dps leaching beasts out heal burning dogs by an !@# ton, burning dogs proc coeffecient is .01 I believe.
Lets think 1% of our massive LoH (~20 loh) or 50% of 19k white hits and 80k crits (well actually (50/40)% (40=5 units [4dog 1 you]x 5 [inferno life stead reduce] still end up with 400 hp returned minimum per zombie dog hit. BURNING DOGS RETURNS LESS HP/SEC AND ARE MUCH MORE SQUISHY.
(i.e. on MP10, any other rune for dogs would die rapidly unless using fierce loyalty)
Please don't spread more misinformation in my thread, PackersFTW, feel free to make your own with whatever whimsical nonsense you feel like assembling.
Firstly, anybody using bears to proc LoH clearly has no clue what they're doing. I use RoT like I said, and my bears use LS, which every class uses anyways so no point in pointing out that I have LS.
Speaking of misinformation, proc is .05 for Burning Dogs, and I tested it and it works well with LoH. How much do you have? I have 2000. If you think 2000 LoH with Burning Dogs is negligible, WTF. That's all I'll say though, I don't want to spread "misinformation" now do I?
Edit: After testing I just did, 2000 LoH BD is slightly better than 100k DPS LB. We're talking like another 100 life a tick though, not much. Most players don't have the LoH I have though, so it's understandable LB is a good choice for many, especially those who also don't have 800 AR like I do. So it's no wonder people like LB.
Oh that testing was done against 2-3 mobs at a time, so when there's a huge crowd, BD would win easily. Messed up you're saying I'm spreading misinformation, when I just proved (to myself as well) that I had the right rune all along in BD.
burning dogs is .01 and low range. ive tried them already, and they dont survive long on high MP levels regardless, so they would not be a viable option for MP10-solely based on this fact; so in essence there really isn't a need to analyze the differences in healing gained anyways. bears are bad for high MP for 2 reasons (1) the positional requirement (2) low loh coefficient. The latter can obviously be subverted with LS, but even using up to 5.5% LS (highest I've tested) with 160k unbuffed (no ptv) dps, it still heals significantly slower than does loh with acid rain.
I haven't bumped this in a bit because forums were not letting me log in and I lost track of the thread for a bit, but currently I've gone back to the original spec I posted. I like the fantasm rune of spirit barrage but the damage is just too low (and especially even moreso damage per mana) to be viable versus manitou. Manitou is 1667% wep damage for ~100 mana, every acid cloud (if not spammed, and allowed for the dot to tick) will be doing as much damage as bears in an aoe environment, (bears will only outdps when getting multiple bears to hit 1 target, but this imposes even further positional requirements).
This is intended to be a pet-focused build as previously mentioned, and as such having positional freedom while pets do a lot of the work for you is a big part of the specs viability.
for particularly hard elite combos all you'll need to do is bring em to a stairway or hallway or other choke point; at this spot your pets will block them from reaching you, and your acid rain will be hitting all the targets (making it superior damage per cast then bears, given appropriately spaced apart).
The only change I've recently made is to give a mana regen Zuni vision a try and I have not used it enough yet to comment on how advantagous it is or isn't.
TLDR-- bear builds are one thing, and this is a whole 'nother. Bears can work, but in my experience require stupid good gear to progress past MP6; meanwhile my build can hold its own with less gear at MP10. This is the build to get the most for your buck basically; but as I've said many times already.. play whatever you enjoy.