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Who am I?
Certainly, I have played Diablo 3 a lot in recent times. I have actually played every character with various builds much enough to know what are essential for their builds.
But I now mainly play a 0 dog witch doctor who can output 96k unbuffed DPS with 2.17 IAS (SOJ 30 elites). I know my DPS is not high compared to those high-end 0 dog Witch Doctors, but I can solo Ubers at mp 10 and I will guarantee your gruesome feast fully stacked every single second in the battle.
In fact, with 96k unbuffed dps as a 0dog witch doctor, I can farm faster than my bears-build wd with 210k dps. So just let you know that 96kdps 0dog WD is not that weak.
I know many WD's have suffered a huge DPS drop down to 60k unbuffed DPS when they try to build 0dog WD and give up on that build. I can actually give you a guide how to make a mp10-viable budget 0dog build.
So if you want to farm with me, your DPS output and EHP are the things that I care most. Don't ever worry about your mana resource because I can produce a high rate of health globes.
So I only select the following players according to their EHP/unbuffed DPS on diablo progress:
1. Zombie bears build: unbuffed 130k dps and 200k EHP.
2. 0cd wall of zombies build: unbuffed 100k dps and 400k EHP
3. Spirit Barrage build: unbuffed 130k dos and 200k EHP
4. other ranged build: 150k unbuffed dps and 200k EHP
To acquire such minima, you can just stack your DPS with IAS/CC/CD/Int gears and even SOJ, and you can stack your EHP by raising your all resist and armour (or perhaps DR which are hidden stats).
Skills I recommend you to use:
1. Gruesome Feast:
Since I generate a high rate of health globes, you should use this to benefit yourself as well as the team.
Why is gruesome feast good?
It increases your intelligence by 10% for 10 second per health globe, and that intelligence bonus can stack up to 5 times.
The intelligence increase indicates an increase in two things:
1. your resistance to all elements:
2. your DPS
So this skill actually makes you tankier and more offensive as well. With a 0dog build, this will be fully stacked up to 5 times quit easily, so you are actually maximising your battle abilities.
2. Pierce the Veil:
Since I generate health globes real fast, the gruesome feast will heal your mana very quickly that your mana resource will not be an issue. Then you do not need to bear any huge mana cost of skills, so pierce the veil is the way to go to boost your DPS output.
Side note: IAS gears may be bad for bears build because of the higher mana cost per second, but now it is no longer an issue.
3. Spiirt Vessel:
I think this is important to many witch doctors, but it is not compulsory. But if you die a lot because of your careless and unskilled play style. Spirit Vessel seems to be your choice.
1. Soul Harvest
any runes for your favour. This works very similar to Gruesome Feast.
2. Big Bad Voodoo
Note that this can stack up to 4 times with 4 witch doctors. But it stacks only when the runes chosen by the witch doctors are different.
We will use it when encounter extra-health-affixed elites and any other dangerous (arcane and frozen) packs.
1. Slam Dance (I use it)
2. Jungle Drums
3. Ghost Trance
4. Boogie Man
3. Spirit Walk
well, just to increase our farming speed by walking faster.
Many elite packs are hexable, so hexing is essential for our attack rate and our survivability because it can prevent elites casting frozen and arcane sentries.
With 4 witch doctors with hex, almost all elite packs can be hexed. So I find it quite fun to use it.
1. Me (Big Bad Voodoo with slam dance rune)
Send me a friend invitation if you want to farm together. Also, tell me what build you are using in messages.
Thanks for your attention.
Budget 0dog build guide:
A fast weapon would be really beneficial. It doesn't matter if the weapon does not have critical hit damage bonus.
Prioritisation on (budget) gears in terms of offensive stat:
3. Average damage
4. Critical Hit Chance
5. Critical Hit Damage
Also, for defensive stat:
1. All Resist
3. Vitality + Life %
4. Damage reduction from melee attacks
5. Damage reduction from elite attacks
Once you get high enough all resist and high enough armour, melee DR would work significantly better than all resist. So you can cleverly purchase some gears without AR but DR from melee attacks.
Edited by Avogato#1976 on 5/5/2013 7:55 AM PDT
Right. Thanks for showing me your interests. From now on, I will update the top post to talk about what build you should use to play with 0dog witch doctor.
After I opened this thread I have gotten enough witch doctors to farm with and gotten some insights toward teamwork with witch doctors. So I think I can throw a few coins.
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