My Budgeted Build:
Gameplay Video in MP8
In this video you can see perma knock back on elite, due with reflect damage and fast mobs, take advantage of the environment, kill gobins, etc.
How it Work
It is simple. Spamming the 550% weapon damage Pile On by reducing the skill cooldown from 10 to 0-1 second. You may have other skill combinations you like.
To run a Zero Pile On build, you need 4 pieces to reduce the Pile On cooldown to 0.
Each of the below can provide a maximum of 3 sec cooldown:
Stone of Jordon
Offhand Mojos/ 2-hand bows
(2-hand bows are not recommended as they are no way to out dps 1-hand weapon with Mojo.)
If you are going 1s Pile On build and would like to spam this skill, the optimal choice is to get a 2-hand mace with 0.9 attack speed since Skull Grasp has built-in increase attack speed 6-7%. Any other weapons higher than 0.9 attack speed will make your total attack speed exceed 1.00 which waste your dps. You can only cast 1 Pile On per second anyway. However, 1s Pile On is even harder to gear as you need 3 pieces of jewel with 3 sec cooldown reduction and a good 2-hand mace with lifesteal, socket, 100+ critical damage.
You may also go a hybrid build that use primary skills such as frog and spider as main attack. You will free up the amulet slot by having Mojo and 2 rings to reach -9 cooldown. Then you can stack attack speed or even PtV passive and no need to care about mana.
Other than the cooldown reduction, you need some source of mana regen on gears as Pile On is costing 103 mana. Of course you can always manage your mana by skills.
Pile On animation does scale with attack speed once you reach 0 cooldown. The pile drop on ground around 1.5 to 2 seconds after it is cast. So with a ceremonial knife you may have 3 piles up before the first one drop down. The faster your attack speed, the faster you go out of mana. As mentioned, the delay damage dealt upon casting may be a treat as you are not getting LoH and lifesteal continuously. So once you can sustain your mana, it is always good to have some attack speed.
Like most WD builds, you need much CC and CD. Mara’s Kaleidoscope and Skull Grasp can roll CC and CD, but they are just too hard to appear or cost you a lot. So you need to maximize CC and CD on other slots. Weapon and gloves are your only sources of CD other than Mara’s and Skull Grasp. Thus, don’t expect to have very high paper dps. 100k sheet dps will be the comfortable point at MP8 or above. With 100k sheet dps and the 30% elite bonus from SoJ, you are doing over 1mil AoE damage on critical hit and around 40k on normal hit.
Lifesteal on weapon is mandatory. The high critical AoE damage can always cause fully heal. LoH is a nice add-on with the 50% proc coefficient of Pile On but not necessary unless you are using other high proc rate skills. Pile On itself does not attack that fast to benefit a lot from LoH. Everyone need armor and resist. But Pile On doctor can accept less EHP than typical bear builds. A lot of time you are attacking at long range behind pets. The knock back also prevent you from getting hit. Bear builds are in different play style that require you to stand in the middle of mobs to attack and tank some hits.