Hey guys, there are some great suggestions here. Keep them coming! I'll address each post below, but first I'll just give a brief outline of the gearing I think we'll need. One rule which is critical to understand with gearing relates to gear swapping. The rules state that no gear can be swapped once a challenge begins. The challenges are ubers(+Warriors Rest and CotA), Belial, Azmodan(+Core), and Diablo. We can switch items between these challenges, but we can not switch during them. I would like to confirm that gear can't be swapped between uber fights, but at the moment I am working on the assumption that this is not allowed.
In terms of ehp, our greatest challenge lies with Belial. His poison-pool attack does more damage than any of the other fights we'll face. Nubtro was kind enough to test this, and found that the highest single hit was 674k. It's easy to predict when this is coming, so it's possible to work off a minimum base of 450k ehp assuming FA is in the skill slot. I think we should aim for about 500k ehp (on wd) with a litany, or lower with a soj.
In terms of dps, we need to avoid any attack speed on items for wds, other than for a WH and possibly pants. The group will add over 50% ias to the witch doctors, so maintaining low attack speed is important for mana management. Obviously wiz and monk will both need ias. For this very reason, with the added bonus of life steal, I think the primary weapon should probably be a Skorn. In terms of stats, it doesn't really matter what we get as long as it increases paper dps without increasing attack speed. Intel will not provide an additional bonus when buffed unless GF is active. So we need to determine where the best value lies. Critical chance is known to be an expensive stat, but in this contest it won't help any more than intel or cd. A 4 piece Zuni is a good base to start with. What stats are important for boss fights, but not important for farming? That second part is critical because it will mean it's cheap :)
Also, the wizard must be able to permafreeze. This is critical to the group setup. This will come at the cost of dps, but it's worth it!
We've been testing ubers for a few days now. Tbh most of the testing has focused on testing builds and stategies, but for the next week we'll be testing different gear setups. If you have gear which costs ~50m and you can spare it for a few days, we'd love to borrow it for testing!
@Skitz: Thx for the very thorough post with a ton of information! The gear for the monk looks very cheap for high ehp. I have already bought gear for a monk for testing. The build cost about 10m gold and only does 30k damage, but it is able to tank through all the battles. As we continue testing on ubers I will try replacing some of these items with more dps and less ehp. Once I've found a good balance I'll post here. I really like the firewalkers/cinder combo! The wd setup is great too, but we need to start talking about exactly which stat we want on these pieces. For example, it is possible to get a lot of ehp on the Zuni chest for almost nothing if you also get a low intel roll. I would suggest looking for high ehp (armor, high vit, physical resist, life%, etc) and low intel. It's also possible to stack massive ehp on pants (+70AR, +300armor, +200vit) for less than 10m with a low intel roll. For the wiz I definitely think a BT combo with a SC is our best bet. Attack speed can go on the chantotodo, and APOC can be on the helm and mojo.
@Necksnapper: I believe it is possible to restart recording for the challenge, however I have no intention of spending a week recording the perfect run. The occasional death is ok, but the recording process should focus on killing efficiently and through skill, rather than gearing like a glass cannon and recording until there are no deaths. I do agree with you that intel gems are probably going to be most cost effective, simply because we can buy items that have lower innate intel rolls for a lot cheaper.
@thegrave: You have some great suggestions there! If possible, I think the idea of pooling items for testing purposes is great. I think, when using FA, the witch doctors can get away with less than 500k ehp in all battles. To answer a few questions in your post: the cm wiz does need to permafreeze, we are not allowed to swap gear to abuse snapshotting, a life steal skorn will be needed (CoB wds will take too much dmg on ground effects), and all players except the wiz will be p100. I really like these suggestions though - keep thinking outside the box! Mind adding me in-game?
@Surijak: You have a point, and this is where we'll need the help of the community. Magefirst and Maximus both add a massive bonus to fire skills, but also a massive drop in paper dps. It is rare to see either of these items used in actual gameplay. But this also means these items are really cheap. We need some help with theorycrafters here...it's probably not worth using these fringe items, but there may be some pretty inventive gear combos that are effective but cost almost nothing.
@PaulNG and Skitz: Exactly. Gear swapping is not allowed during a challenge. My understanding is that this means weapons can't be changed for the ubers challenge, so a LS Skorn is required to deal with Siege. Paul, if you have time I'd really like to get your thoughts on gearing the monk. Would you be able to join the group for a few test runs/ah sessions?
@Ragnar: Thanks for the tips for gearing monk! I agree with everything in your post, and I really like the idea of using BT. I have set up a super cheap monk with +1m ehp and +3500 loh just to test team builds against ubers. As you say, without high dps life steal isn't worth it. In terms of the wiz, at the moment I think using Timewarp is best. but I'm undecided on Conflag. What are your thoughts? Keep in mind that the group will also be adding over 100% to monster damage already, so conflag will add a further 20% to this figure. In other words, there are diminishing returns for stacking this bonus. Is it worth including? I don't know, so we've been testing it. If anyone has strong ideas on this I'd love to hear them!