09/02/2013 02:42 AMand i have one specific question. i have 2 skorn, one with lower damage and 5.7%ls, another one with approx. 6.7k more dps but 4.4% ls. which is better in mp 10?
Posted by sodox
During my tests, I had 7 skorns in my stash. Unbuffed DPS ranging from 167k to 211k at that time of research.
How much lifesteal, frankly it doesn't matter. The lowest LS on a Skorn is still way higher than the max LS from a 1Hander. Red or Green gem? I do prefer Green gem, because my priority in gearing from Inferno-entry is on CHC (Intel and %IAS comes later). I do not want to cause a misunderstanding where the worst Skorn with the worst LS is good enough (although I can prove it).
What I hope to emphasize is the objective of getting at least one critical tick every second. This can be done with 50% CHC, or you can have lower CHC with a bit of %IAS (1.17 APS and 1.31 APS are excellent for Skorn CoB). However, you prefer to mix and match, as long as you get at least 1 critical tick every second, chances are you'll survive very well in MP10. If you already know that you're going to crit every second, then a Green gem is always better, you'll hit harder and steal more life.
The traditional thinking is that Ruby raises up the average damage for steady life returns. The CHC thinking is that getting 1 critical tick every second refills your health bubble, ignoring all non-critical tick lifesteal and brushing aside all non-critical tick damage as negligible. We focus only on the yellow numbers, and make sure they appear very frequently. The default mechanics of CoB (1 "cast" = 2 "ticks") really helps to ensure that you get critical ticks very often. When other classes are proud of the lifesteal from 500k-800k DPS, we are regarding all those small numbers as trivial, we only concern ourselves with the big multimillion yellow numbers.
When comparing Skorn vs Skorn, the more the merrier in every stat. Lifesteal is the lowest of my priorities. I'd say weapon damage and CHD are what I focus on, followed by Intel. My Skorn has to do its part to provide the big yellow crit numbers. I don't want a low weapon roll, and have my huge CHD multiply off a tiny base number.
As for reflect damage, let the 1Handers worry about that. Skorn WDs have the exact skill combo to use, and at least 1.5x the lifesteal to help in all situations. It's definitely the lazy way to play.
EDIT: I just looked at your profile. You're lacking in some chunks of CHC, need to pay attention to that stat. As for DPS, you're without gem, so I estimate you're around 170k-180k DPS region. That's not bad, and 6.7k DPS won't impact your performance that much. Each CHC is probably worth nearly 2k DPS for you, that will make your DPS shoot up, as well as make you very tanky.