First off, there's no reason your dps should suffer. I have spent maybe an average of 50k gold on each piece of my gear, and I have a very similar build but with 100k dps.
Also, the fact that you are taking Maximus over Gidbinn drastically affects the rate at which your fetish sycophants spawn because they spawn based on number of attacks, i.e. attack speed. Of course, the Maximus demon is likely worth it because of the damage output and tankability compared to the little fetishes you get from the Gidbinn, but if you are running with a Maximus I highly suggest spamming attack speed on all of your gear. I currently have about 2.65 attacks per second and fetish sycophants spawn like crazy.
Additionally, My skills include Hex, Fetish Army, and Wall of Zombies, which all allow me to manipulate the battlefield with ease. And instead of Addling Toads (trust me, I tried them out) I use Corpse Spiders. The reason is that the Addling Toads are very close range and put you in a lot of danger. I know it may not be a big problem for you now, but if you want to keep using that build you should consider a change. Seeing as Corpse Spiders have a very long range in comparison and automatically attack enemies they are great for not wasting damage. This is especially important considering you'll have to spam your primary attack in order to keep your fetishes out. I swear, I get as many as a dozen or more fetishes out at a time using this technique.
I get what you're saying and I REALLY wanted a 1 hand summoning weapon so I could use lidless for the shielding quirk, but the chained demon is up almost 100% of the time, tanks like crazy, has fire chains and has higher damage than the gargantuan. The purpose of my toads is to make enemies attack each other, which has saved me a few times when the gargantuan was on cooldown. The build isn't giving me the low dps, I just have random gear from 1.04 when I last played. At the moment, I can comfortably stand in the edge casting addling toads while 2-3 skeleton rangers and 4-6 fetishes protect me while the horror mimics run around like morons and the chained demon, dogs and gargantuan do some damage.
05/27/2013 09:41 AM
Posted by Brock
Hopefully blizzard will see this combination of gear and keep the low dps in mind when other summoning equipment gets made. It definitely fixes the witchdoctor being the WORST summoning class. The monk and wizard have much better summons... but this helps a little. I'll give mp1 through mp4 a try now.
You know, they're planning on releasing a Barbarian set that makes their triple summon pets become permanent. I even power leveled a Barb to 60 just to try it out when they do it.
Also, can you link your character? I'd like to examine the quality of your items.
Wonderful lol, a BARBARIAN will be able to outsummon a summoner class. I'd link my character but it really does suck ^-^ I also have no idea how to do that but I know if you click my name or whatever you can see me characters.
And to both of you, I love quirky gear with random effects. My dps has suffered because I couldn't resist getting legendaries with special effects... I'd go for skycutter so I could have the lidless shield, but right now the maximus has a better summon with a fire chain between it and myself. I also am using firewalkers so I can be molten. I'll be replacing that gear only when summoning boots and daggers are released :D Until then, I'll work on other parts of my equipment to make up some dps. I'll grab the gidbinn and see if it suits my style... Maybe the numbers will be more fun. Thanks for the recommendation.