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With the understanding that a well-rolled IK chest is the BiS chestpiece for barbs, I wanted to try something else for novelty's sake.
Enter the Tal Rasha's chestpiece. To make this chestpiece really work, I stacked attack speed on my barb.
Breakdown of Tal Rasha vs IK:
+ attack speed
+ looks cool
+ best core stats (strength + vit)
+ best resists
+ easier to complete 2-piece IK set bonus
I used to run IK chest + Ice Climbers (with IK gloves completing the 2pc IK set).
To switch to Tal Rasha's, I now pair IK boots with IK gloves for 2pc IK set requirement.
Overall, I dropped 8k dps, but gained 9 attack speed.
Attack speed is important for me more-so than for other barbs because of the following reasons:
1) I am a hybrid WT barb, and I like to stun-lock with Stunning Hammer. Attack speed is essential here.
2) I like to pair WT with either Seismic Slam or WWnado. I've already reached my WW breakpoint even without Tal Rasha, but that extra 9 AS helps Seismic Slam noticeably.
3) The faster attack speed helps lower cooldown for Overpower Crushing Advance, which compensates for the less resists.
4) Cosmetics: Tal Rasha's blends better with Vile Ward (they have very similar palettes).
Photoshoot of another style barb (MASKOAA):
Decided to completely forego the 2piece IK set bonus. It's only 60 resists...
How does everyone like my mismatched barb now? Not a single set bonus lol.
Edited by Castablanca#1545 on 1/14/2013 1:56 PM PST
I don't think it makes sense to lose 9k DPS, 70+ STR, 100+ VIT just to get 9% IAS when you already have tons of IAS and you have already reached the tornado breakpoint you want. If you had a great IK chest, you could probably replace Crushing Advance with Killing Spree, which would be a huge improvement with all skills.
Cosmetic considerations... are you a 14 year old girl? :p
Great gear overall. I don't think you've done something totally wrong but I don't personally agree with the Tal's chest.
Agreed. It was definitely a sacrifice.
I can maintain perma-wrath and during wrath mode, i have enough crit chance (close to 70). The Crushing Advance damage mitigation is too good, even with IK chest :)
In my heart, I am.
I use Tal Rash over Inna's Pants so I don't have to wear baby blue. My pants have pretty good stat stick as does my offhand so I can get away with it. I run MP10 ubers fine just turn on bloodthirst, animosity is for low MP.
NO BLUE BARB CREW
Edited by MASKOAA#1251 on 1/3/2013 11:05 AM PST
Very smart move. Perfect itemization. Perfect planning.
NO BLUE BARB CREW
Pulsating eye. COSMETICS FTW.
Have you tried Killing Spree with Seimic Slam? I love it for SS and HotA. It's also great for weap throw where it helps me get away with -5 WT belt and No Escape, with Marauder's Rage instead of Into the Fray.
Yes. But, I have enough crit chance (and with perma-wrath it's plenty). Crushing Advance's damage mitigation is better than the killing spree boost, especially for glass cannon barb such as myself :)
Edited by Castablanca#1545 on 1/3/2013 11:17 AM PST
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