Sorry if I sounded emo but I've been getting a lot of negative feedback on the forums saying that I'm not a good 0 Dog player, that my guide is not accurate, and that the only reason I'm good is because I have good gear. I just wanted to clear things up in regards to the guide i wrote so ppl dont think that I'm claiming to know everything or every variation of the build.
Yes, I know my gear is pretty good, I think most of us all share the same goals here and thats to make our chars grow. I enjoy playing the 0 Dog build so much that I've invested a lot of coin into it. I think anyone in my situation who has the coin and opportunity to buy good items for their build would take advantage of it and do the same. I've just been very lucky to be able to scout out the items I've acquired and had the gold/money to be able to buy them.
Personally I think ppl should do what makes them happy when playing D3. For me it was gearing my wd and playing her on mp10. I am by no means the best 0 Dog wd out there, I'm just probably the most geared when it comes to 0 Dog, I'm sure there are far better players than me who play 0 Dog, I just try to have fun with it and not die lol.
well I guess I'm one of those who appears to be giving negative feedback :D however its difficult to not sound like i'm giving negative feedback when offering contradicting build options to what is effectively the "canon build" for 0dogs. you of all people have done more for the 0dog build then anyone else in D3 so I don't think there is anything to be insecure about your guide :)
the "problem" i have with your guide is simply because it is THE default guide for 0dog and how strongly you spoke against builds that may focus on slower APS within the guide. the requirement set forth in your guide is 2 APS which IMO is quite high. I understand where you are coming from because it synergize well with health globes/gruesome feast, and for the master, however, BECAUSE it is THE 0dog guide that people are not even trying to explore beyond what you have set forth as "requirements" of this build. anyone speak otherwise would be branded "heretics" in their view and appear as if they are giving negative feedback. :D
what I'm trying to point out (which go up directly against your guide of high APS) is that since 1.08 encourage a much more group oriented gameplay, the extra survivability offered by the high APS may not be required. the gear selection towards more crit damage and intellect may help the overall kill speed of the group. within my variant build, I specifically warn people using it that they WILL die alot more :D however I think once they start seeing those large crit numbers they will be able to make a determination if the low APS style fits their personality/play style better.
for example. if someone who only plays with a RL friend that is a SNS wizzy, they don't actually NEED all that APS to survive. my alternate build simply offers the possibility of trading some of that additional haste into bigger nukes. as far as the health globes... i was SHOCKED to find that other classes seem to THINK that 0dog is ONLY good for health globe production. and they ACTUALLY believe bear build offer higher DPS output then 0dog :D that boggles me to no end... I suppose from their point of view it is valid since 0dog is such an expensive build and for the same budget, bears will almost always out DPS a 0dog. however at MP10 level equipment, 0dog is just as deadly if not more deadly then bears in all situations/affixes.
even within the 0dog community... due to the intrenched view on APS, some even question my ability to farm MP10 due to my seemingly low APS :D it's pretty much at this point i decided that there should be a counterpoint offered to demonstrate there are alternative play styles within the 0dog build and it is in fact very viable and group friendly. with an increased emphasis on grouping in 1.08, synergistic groups like 0dog+WW/CM+implosion will become the default group people play with. the future of D3 will focus on group member selection as much as gear selection and from THAT point of view, I feel trading the additional haste for bigger bang will actually increase the overall kill rate of the group.
I guess i simply want to be the guy that brings the DPS but ALSO bring health globes. instead of that guy who brings the health globes and also provides some dps.
Again I think it's great that you are venturing into other unorthodox avenues for the 0 Dog build *but* my argument is this:
Lets say you have a *new* player to the WD class and they want to start playing 0 Dog do you really want to advise them on a build such as what you are suggesting? First off your build mainly focuses on a group play environment, yes ppl are going to start playing more in groups with p1.0.8 but you don't want to pigeon hole your peers into a build that will only work well for one type of job.
I know my guide comes off as the only build guide for 0 Dog, I am going to add a disclaimer to my update to inform ppl otherwise. The Guide I wrote is focused on solo *and* group play not just one or the other, furthermore if ppl who are new to the build were to follow your advice I can easily see them dying excessively especially in solo play, which in turn would make them either quit 0 Dog altogether, quit the WD class, or both. I don't want this for anyone, I want to do my best to try and help *new* players into the build be successful with their first 0 Dog build and then once they have a bit of a handle on the build then they can start doing more experimenting to see if they can find alternatives to fit their so called play style.
I have seen many variations of the 0 Dog build and watched several streamers to get ideas of how other players play the build. I've seen their pro's and con's and although I do agree some changes need to be made to my guide i still stand by it as a good reference for anyone new to the build as a place to start.
In regards to your suggested build I'm glad that it's something that seems to work well for u and your play style even though its not exactly my cup of tea that doesn't make it a bad build but for newbies so to speak I'm sorry to say I will not recommend it, its nothing personal but I want the players seeking advice from my guide to be successful with their 1st build so to speak and if they are able to follow what I have laid out for them they should do well, meaning being able to kill stuff at a reasonable rate and not die excessively.
I hope this clears up my motives for my guide and that it is not the end all be all to the 0 Dog build, consider it a starting point for new players.