Thanks for the response. You're right my SoJ and Xyph ammy aren't any good (besides the Spirit Regen) and is probably the reason why I've found using Inner Storm and Circular Breathing to be more XP/hour. If I had an ideal SoJ and Xyph with cc% or chd then I'd probably have better results using them. I've switched to Fleet Footed and found it to not really help as you pointed out. Perhaps I could get a better SoJ with TR cc%, change Fleet Footed to Exalted Soul, and drop either CircBreathing or InnerStorm or perhaps even both!
I've picked up a better Skorn that increased my buffed DPS by 11k but I lost a little LoH (which is really useless on low MP anyway since most health regen comes from globes). Ideally, I want to move up to MP 2-3 to get the extra MF/GF while keeping XP/hour right around 65mil/hour.
Anyway, I have some experimenting to do tonight if I can find a reasonably priced SoJ! I'll get back to you with any new results.
I am glad you found my critique/suggestions helpful or at least accurate! ;)
As for the MP thing, I think you might be a bit disappointed so here are the results of my personal testing as well as some other concurrent testing from other TR monks:
MP0 - Best xp/hr from <100k dps to ~140k dps
MP1 - same xp/hr as MP0 at ~140k dps, better at >140k dps
MP2 - never shown to be >= MP1 for xp/hr but possibly better at >200k dps
MP3 - will most likely never be better than lower MPs for TR monks
Aiming for MP1 is pretty reasonable and I was able to extract a pretty hefty 10-15% efficiency increase there by using my uber-gear ... but MP2 and 3 are both somewhere between unattainable and flat out non-efficient.
I think you will actually get more efficient Magic Find by just getting your xp/hr as high as possible on MP0 and getting paragon levels! :D
First, for fear of sounding like a broken record, I really appreciate your efforts. You are knowledgeable and informative without being didactic and condescending. Cheers.
Next, I've got a (perhaps) unique question for you. I absolutely love the TR playstyle, and am really enjoying 1.07 Bells. I play in two situations: 1) solo MP0 farming for xp and items, and 2) playing in mid-to-high MP with my brother who is a similarly equipped wizard. Previously, I used TR for my solo farming, and switched to a cookie FoT:TC, EF/WKL setup for the mid-to-high MP runs with the wizzie (he runs a stunlock build). However, I got completely sick of cookie cutter, and recently sold my EF and WKL to force myself to find a more dynamic and enjoyable (hopefully 2-h) way to play mid-MP with a wizard partner.
So, on to the question(s): I have 180M to spend on upgrades, and my goal is to be a better MP0/1 TR soloer AND a better partner at mid-MP with a wizard companion. If you were in my situation, how would you spend your money and time? Also, what builds would u use for each? I realize my life on kill skorn won't cut it at higher MP, so maybe all of my $$ (plus some) will have to go towards a LS skorn, and then i'll have to spend time farming for crafting materials for better bracers/gloves/etc.
NB: my profile has bladestorm only for experimentation, i'm aware of firestorm's superiority (but was curious about increased bladestorm dmg in 1.07). I also have a nat's ring.
Thanks for taking the time :).
Thanks so much for the kind words! I try really hard to stay positive and it's always nice to have that apprecaited! :D
Okay, I love your build, your approach to having fun and your enthusiasm! I think you are in a pretty good spot and I totally understand the feeling of wanting to drop the cookie-cutter.
I had a 1k dps LS socket EF and I finally realized it had been sitting in my stash for 2 strait weeks so I soled it :P Just not my playstyle!
Thankfully, 1.0.7 has brought a whole new high-MP build into play for monks and I think you will enjoy taking advantage of it!
I am going to split my comment up into two sections, low-mp and high-mp:
You have a pretty good TR setup going and you definitely have the potential to run a solid Cyclone-Sub build or a solid Inner-Sub build depending on what you want to do.
The first thing to do is switch STI in for OWE. Because you have Phys-res and the vast majority of the "killer" damage in MP0 is phys, STI+phys-res > OWE for MP0 TRing.
Next, you have two paths, if you want to go the route of Cyclone-Sub, you need to farm up a CHC Hellfire ring. I have upped the CHC req for Cyclone builds to 45% in my guide and I stand by that increase.
1.0.7 actually nerfed Cyclone by making it no longer spawn behind you and this means you need a bit more CHC to make it worthwhile.
If you get a nice 5% CHC Hellfire, you will be sitting on 46% chance to crit with TR and that should be enough to make Cyclone worth it.
Path two is selling off the CHC xeph, selling off the TR CHC SoJ and buying a SW damage SoJ and crafting BoA ammys until you get a nice CHC CHD one.
In this case, you are going to want to switch to a Inner-Sub build and the lack of CHC on your hellfire won't be a problem.
You might want to both craft BoA ammys AND Hellfires (that covers farming MP0 on your own and high-MP farming with your bro) and whichever one yields the right stats first, go with that! :D
your gloves and bracers are both fine for now and you should only craft them once you are locked into a specific TR build.
Note: you may need a tad bit more All resists in order to make the OWE>STI switch, if so, look for a low AR Inna's belt and/or low AR inna's chest. These will be expensive so only do this after you have tested without buying them and found it lacking.
Here you are going to want to abuse that Nat's set!
Here are two possible builds:
This build is all about holding down the FoT:Quickening button and mashing the bells button at the same time. Your monk will fall into a rotation of bell > fot > fot > bell > fot > fot >bell and it will provide you with nearly infinite bells.
If you do get a LS skorn, because the bells happen regularly instead of in a burst (like the spec below), you tend to get a more steady stream of sustain and that can help with ubers and tough elite packs.
This is my preferred build for higher MP farming.
You can also sub in Dashing Strike:Quicksilver or TR:Tailwind in place of Blazing wrath or even Serenity. (if you feel comfortable doing so)
Note: I never play with serenity, only DS:Q or TR:TW! :D
The concept behind this build is to FoT things until you are at 250 spirit, then cast Overawe > bell bell bell and then back to FoT.
You have the power for FoT:TC + SW:C going while you auto attack and then you get a massive 2h skorn burst with overawe.
This build is much more like the "cookie-cutter" because of the TC-Cyclone interaction but you get the fun of blowing things up with bells as well.
I use this spec for MP10 ubers but I sub in the stun-on-crit rune (blinding light) for bells and it allows me to "infinitely" stun them.
You have a CM wiz so I am guessing perma-stun is not a big issue for you! ;)
Gear wise, you actually want pretty normal gear for high MP bells builds because your FoT spam combined with GP (which DOES increase the spirit gained from FoT:Q btw) will be responsible for most of your spirit generation.
With this in mind, I would recommend ditching the hellfire for Nat's and get a bell-crit SoJ or just a good 6/2/28/fot SoJ if you don't want to spend the gold on a bell-crit one just for high-MP.
I honestly do not believe high-MP bells is a viable build without LS so you have the right of it there ... you are going to want to get a LS skorn and they cost a LOT :P
You might want to spend a little on a new SoJ, a little on crafting some items and then a LOT on a LS Skorn.
The LS Skorn won't REALLY help your MP0 runs, but your gear is pretty nice for that already and both paths you have don't call for huge gold investments.
Hopefully you find this helpful!