I want to massacre allll of the scorpions until the xp nerf in 1.0.8. Was lots of fun running with my monk friend, and the build I'm using on current profile. However, I was using a 1-hand with mana regen and a 90cd gem, with Thing of the Deep.
From enough time on the site I get the impression that a 2H (assuming Skorn) makes these runs faster. In addition, I believe that the preferred gem is the best ruby you can get, over the emerald.
Any WD that's doing (or has done) a lot of these, some questions for you:
Is this true, should I be using Skorn? With a Ruby?
If so, what am I looking for in a Skorn? I'm not too familiar with what affixes and stat ranges it can roll. What I'm using now I picked up for 250k or less. I'm not necessarily looking to invest heavily in a Skorn with Lifesteal for higher MPs until I know more about how to use one, and am focused on ultra-smash-and-grab for now.
If so, then what about the time lost by ditching Thing of the Deep and having to move less efficiently for both gold pickups and the range loss for Grave Injustice?
I'm quite happy with the build I'm using, but I suppose someone with much, much more experience with speed runs would have some recommendations / tweaks / links to other builds I should consider. My desired emphasis is on kills-in-one-blow, speed, and range.