12/05/2012 09:42 AMI think there's probably room for individual monks to swap some skills because of their gear or their MP level, but I think "best build" is probably close to, if not entirely, the truth. And I'm speaking as someone who has been slowly bending his builds toward that same Cyclone build. Why? Because every time I crunch some numbers, some skill on my toolbar is typically losing out to a TC/Cyclone skill I don't have.
Posted by Vrkhyz
Honestly, Full cookiecutter (TC\FITL\S:A\Overawe\Blazing\Cyclone) + owe\sti\beacon is the best build for overall balance between dps and ehp. The best. Full stop.
If you want to argue that replacing beacon and serenity (or boh) with CS and Foresight is better because of the increased dmg output, especially with lifesteal, thats an argument worth having. But you will die more often at the highest difficulties unless you are geared into the top one tenth of one percent. If you are at a lower MP, ditch serenity AND boh and go with SSS AND foresight... whatever.. If you're at MP2 use whatever damn combination you can dream up - see a certain stickied thread for suggestions.
At any rate, the core skills for cookiecutter - FoT\Overawe\Cyclone - are the backbone for all of these variants. FoT is the single best primary skill in the game, overawe is the best edps skill in the game and cyclone, even with a 2h, procs absolutely a ton of dmg.
I don't discourage experimentation, it's fun and can lead to some novel approaches. I like having discussions about possible new approaches, and comparing actual real world results.
What absolutely pisses me off is when some player who cant stay alive in MP5 let alone 10 starts telling people who have struggled and advanced and experimented with EMPIRICAL DATA, and then **succeeded** that they just haven't experimented enough and UGH why do people still use this MAINSTREAM build??
There is no secret magic build that is is just waiting to be unleashed upon US MERE MORTALS BEHOLD THE FIVEFOLD PATH OF THE DARKSIDE!!!1!
You deciding that Pillar of the ancients and Dashing strike or Mystic Ally or wtfever are way cool man and I'm doing great in MP2! is cool for you.
It doesn't mean a damn thing to the players at the top of the foodchain actually minmaxing builds and looking for the best possible skill combinations. We've already found them.