Thanks, that's precisely my aim, to have fun and be able to slowly rise mp level :)
I'd love to get some more IAS (or a faster weapon) but it was simply not possible with my budget to find a decent DPS 1h with cdamage, LS, socket, intelligence on it apart from that sickle (and thought the intellect on it will make out for it's lowish 959 dps). I got the weapon with a 500k bid (placed the bid when there was 1h left on auction and surprisingly none else bided on it) so am very happy with it (plus the hook is an insane fun factor pulling stuff with my beam of awesomeness).
I just realized that getting AS on gloves / weapon would simply be out of my range (while keeping the CC / cdamage and other attributes I was aiming for according to d3up template), and I don't think AS is that vital for mid range MP hybrid archon (if you need to reset archon, frost nova + big mobs does it very well), the only part where I struggle a bit is few targets (less than 5) like popping a skeleton from a barrel etc as it can take couple seconds to kill it.
What I wanted from you - if is not too much to ask and you have some time on your hands - was given my setup (3 zuni pieces for bonus AR / int), what path would you advice me to try to pursue in the near future regarding the upgrades. I feel that breaking the 3 set piece bonus (by replacing legs or chest for example with others suggested in the guide) would be a bit too much of a stretch for me to recover the lost bonuses as it would force me into replacing / upgrading several pieces at once. The way I see it (and this is where I'm a bit unsure), the weapon and triumvirate should be fine for now, as I probably can't get noticeable upgrades without big gold sunks (while keeping similar stats and just improving instead of completely ditching some, ie: I could prolly find a better dps wise weapon but without LS, or w/o a socket etc), was thinking to try and aim for a Tal Amy with CC, so I can get into a ~45% CC without scoundrel buff (and switch him to hysteria), as well as working on upgrading my gems and generally leveling paragon (as you said, those free stats can't be made up from gear, and gives me a bit more of a leeway when juggling upgrades, as for example losing some hp from gear, will balance itself out as I get more paragon levels, I feel quite ok ~40k hp mark, I can take a charge from elite / rare charging bulls in act 1 on mp4-5 without flopping.
Thanks again :)