12/25/2012 02:45 PMPosted by BortI don't understand how AS fakes up the dmg, how is AS any different than chc, chd or black dmg besides the extra mana drain?
There's a few reasons, both for farming lower mps and for taking on the higher levels.
On lower mps the idea is to move as fast as possible. WD have to stop moving to cast a spell, so this basically means you want to spend the least time casting possible. So increased attack speed is good right? Wrong! The ias helps you cast faster, but the spells dont actually do any more damage. So a WD with 200k unbuffed and no ias will cast slower, but kill everything in one shot. A WD using 5+ ias items will cast faster, but usually requires more than one cast to kill trash. So the ias WD is actually slower because it requires multiple casts, even though they may have similar unbuffed damage. If you want high effective dps for farming, work on getting your minimum damage as high as possible (with intel and base weapon dmg).
For farming higher mps levels the ias has an even more pronounced effect, but not in a good way. It is simply not possible to one-shot monsters or breeze through mp10 - at the end of they day, you will always hit a point where you need to stand and fight. With the absolute best gear, your probs looking at about 90 seconds for an elite group. For that 90 second period, your effective dps is based first and foremost on your mana levels. Bears can't do any damage if you have no mana... The whole purpose of ias is to cast faster, but not harder (whereas int, cc, and cd hit harder, but not faster). This basically means anything which allows you to cast faster, but not hit harder, is bad for your effective dps because it will be impossible to spam bears/AC/WoS. This is the reason you will see most top doctors using slow weapons. If you even consider a Manajumas on mp10, you effectively need the zuni set or mempos for mana regen. (Incidentally, the best attribute of the Skorn is the slow attack speed, because it means infinite bear spam, with each spell hitting really hard).
That's basically why a lot of people say using ias items on a WD is cheating. It increases your paper dps, but doesn't actually make your character stronger. This specific issue only applies to WD - every other class benefits from better attack speed. That's simply because every other class has infinite resource generation, but WDs dont. There are many, many threads in the forums complaining on this exact issue.
Personally, I think the greatest challenge of the witch doctor relates to mana management. A "perfect" WD, with gear too costly for anyone in the real world, would probs max out around 300k dps (while still keeping all the normal important stuff, mana regen gear and using no ias items) using a SoJ. The best WDs I have seen in this game do about 220k unbuffed with one or two ias items, life steal, and a SoJ. You won't see many people geared like this in the forums...
As an interesting sidenote, take a look at Impking's profile. He "only" does 140k unbuffed dmg, but I guarantee he does a lot more damage than most WDs with over 300k dps.