@Spyky That build does work great for ubers. Used it myself a few months ago and loved it for the simple fact that could just stunlock kulle and not have to run around chasing him.
I haven't seen anybody in this thread mention -hota skull grasps. HoTA DPS goes way up if you can keep a maxed out fury globe, which opens the door for the Berserker Rage passive. I'm currently loving the !@#$ out of -9 HoTA from a skull grasp and SoJ pair and recommend others give it a try.
There are more effective ways to keep a full fury globe IMHO than to go past 5 reduction. Unsurprisingly, you can't use WotB:ToC with your setup. HotA Skull Grasps are a boutique item worth hundreds of millions on their own and not something that I'd generally recommend unless you really want to commit to a very pure HotA build without WotB as you have. On your budget, I'd rather use a DTWW/HotA hybrid with 5 reduction. Just my opinion. Would you be able to post some videos of your unique setup? I've tried 9 reduction myself, but as I said, WotB was borderline impossible to hold, and I didn't like it at all.
One quick tip --
HotA/WW hybrid builds are not particularly efficient at either elite smashing or trash killing. But they do both in the same run relatively well.
One way to make it feel more efficient/less clunky is to drop MP 1-2 levels. Trash will die just as fast, and elites will die much much faster with HotA.
A HotA build with sprint will have 2 out of the 3 of OP:KS, bash and rend (usually the latter two). A DTWW hybrid will have one out of the two. Not a tremendous loss in damage. Assuming that you're killing elites in the territory of 20 seconds, the missing second skill will likely only penalize you by a second or two at worst.
@Pri generally CD, while it is very important for HotA and rend, tends to be overvalued on the auction house. From what I've seen, anything past 5.5% LS is priced around the same, so I was patient and sprung for a 6 myself...but honestly I couldn't tell any difference between my weapon and the 5.2% LS one that I got for the contest. The most cost-effective choice is to sacrifice some LS % and CD% in favor of weapon damage.
Regarding all of the posts about budget sets, I'm wearing a 5M pure HotA set which needs no fury generator and can do MP3 alkaizer runs in 10 minutes without wotb. (I have a really bad video posted on post 94) For the same budget, I can clock pretty much the same time with DTWW and use DTWW/rend/HotA with that set as well. What's interesting is how relatively unimportant WotB is if you can permanently maintain sprint:marathon, especially if you combo in furious charge. Won't be able to see Corgon's video for a few hours, but I'm not surprised that an MP5 viable set is doable for 15M. To throw out a number randomly, my guess is about 20M would be needed for quick farming with DTWW, but if you use a mighty weapon mainhand (which I love doing on budget sets), adding in HotA to the build is no problem. So DTWW/HotA hybrids are certainly not reserved for the wealthy, as long as you're willing to stay in a mid/low MP.
Ah... I probably just made one of the worst choices lol
Bought a SoJ with
+14 fury (not 15 :( )
Was 280m lol. No idea why I pulled the trigger.
The price is right for what it is. I personally feel that cold is grossly overvalued for builds not using an echoing fury. Since you're using one, it's probably worthwhile if you want the quality of life.
Very good thread, been hoping for FAQ for HOTA and not able to find one till this came. Nice initiative silverfire :)
For me I swap bash out for warcry. I don't use fury generator but I have -HOTA on my SOJ. Before I use warcry I have survival issues on mp10 becos my Vit is not high enough to sustain it seems. Although I will love to be able to drop it one day.
Any suggestions to improve my barb please share with me. Thanks!
Use superstition instead of animosity and you should be able to drop war cry.
On a sidenote, I did try a -3 hota/29% Hota SoJ last week and timed my Ghom run to test its effectiveness. For what the SoJ is worth, I have to say that it didn't improve my time by much vs a standard 29% SoJ.
HotA reduction will make next to no difference on Ghom if you're using superstition.