No, I don't want no scrubs, a scrub is a barb who don't get no love from me, hanging out the passenger side of your best friends ride, tryin to holla at me.
lol exactly what was running through my head when I saw this thread.
Bloodthirst is okay IMHO. I'm militantly opposed to war cry in any and all circumstances, but bloodthirst is a little more forgivable.
The problem is that zerker rage and brawler are unreliable in uptime, and both take a lot of care to maximize. I used to play with my character tab open, but since have just stopped caring. I like having the slot open for unforgiving/superstition/animosity at times too.
You still have to be very careful about using a witching hour belt. I'd say 95% of the time or higher its probably not worth it, even if you pretend brawler and berserker rage don't exist. And if I were you, I probably wouldn't. Less than 500 AR despite having a stormshield is on the low side, and your witching hour itself is so low on strength that an IK belt will probably be pretty competitive DPS-wise, not to mention that it'd give you nearly 140 AR more, which is a tremendous amount.
If you try to match the same level of resistance with a witching hour, you have to spend billions on top-tier trifecta IK irons (which will probably still lose to your rare gloves in DPS anyways), and on a witching hour with strength, vit, and AR.
It's for this reason that I clung onto an IK belt even with my LS skorn for the longest time. I ended up having to spend around a billion overhauling my gear to accommodate a witching hour while still keeping the same EHP that I had with the IK. I ended up with around 15k DPS unbuffed higher, and lost my rend bonus, +15 fury, and 3% LS. I still don't feel like it was worth it, but my wizard needs my inna's, and seeing 2.5m crits is nice.
If I were a dual wielder or a shield user, I'd then also have to make up 3% LS somehow. Maybe it'd be as simple as switching to bloodthirst, but the worse possibility is the one that you're in- having to stack LS on your weapon. Not only is this gimping your current weapon DPS tremendously versus what you could have gotten for the same price had the weapon not had LS, it also locks your upgrade path into only searching for weapons with LS.
If you look narrowly at the sheet DPS gains you get from blindly switching an IK belt to a witching hour, and disregard the defenses that you're losing, sure, it gives you a bigger number.
But if you look at the big picture and consider what you can get with a given amount of gold, assuming you want the same amount of lifesteal and AR with both, the IK belt is going to win out decisively in terms of DPS, particularly because it enables you to use much better gloves and weapons, not to mention the significantly higher strength and vit it gives you, putting less pressure on the rest of your gear.
This applies less to the high rollers with the godly gear. When you're at the ceiling, witching hour is the only way to break it, but for the rest of us, it's usually a bad idea that doesn't deliver nearly as much as it looks like it would.