I began my D3 as a Monk but switched to wizard at some point. I'm close to paragon 100 for my wizard, so I was considering returning once I hit it, and I have lots of questions from someone who sort of used to know how monk worked.
Is the only build in town still Thunderclap/Sweeping Wind with a bunch of skills that buff the damage? Does sweeping wind still have the funky mechanic of locking in the damage at the time you cast it?
My favorite monk skills were always Cyclone Strike and 7-Sided Strike once it got a solid buff. Since I play with friends, I almost always dropped something to put in Cyclone because it was so handy, so I plan to do that again, so any builds/skills that use those two would be great (I also like the bell a decent amount.)
Is LOH still the main source of healing? At the end game, do you guys typically have a LS (or 2) weapon to either accompany it or replace it? I know at the very top of the item food chain, LS always hurts the dps by a decent margin, so I was curious if you just stacked dps and got enough from LOH on other things to avoid LS altogether.
Speaking of items, are the top monks using mostly legendaries? If you just want to link a couple huge dps monks, then I can take a look and look for a few trends. Off the top of my head, I would guess folks use mempo, witching hour, innas pants, rare gloves/amulets, nats two piece, maybe a SOJ. Am I far off base? I plan to dual wield unless there is a really compelling reason to use a skorn (I hate, hate, hate attacking slow.) I have no clue which weapons folks use - Echoing Fury I'd assume in one hand, the other...?
Is One with Everything still the go to passive? Is there an advantage in gearing by NOT using it? I have about 3 billion from my wizard, so I should be able to get at least decent end game gear, but I'm in no rush. I don't mind getting a few hundred million set while I work on getting end gear items. If so, is there any advantage to which resist I pick?
I know tempest rush got a big buff or something at one point, and I think that's the main leveling skill monks are using no? I was never a big fan but I suppose I could use it sometimes. Does that skill change anything with how you gear? Is it even as viable any more since 1.08? I think I read at some point it was a great trash cleaner, so people would run low level mp runs with it and get a lot of experience, but now that 1.08 gives such massive xp for high mp levels, I'd probably just rather do that.
Sorry for the massive list of questions, I did check the sticky at the top, but it sort of lacked the overview of the current state of monk that I was looking for.