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I'm stuck on Nightmare Izual as a 52 Barb - I would upgrade through the AH but am blowing my gold on pots. Going to re-roll to a caster after I beat NM with my Barb.

Really? I have no issues on bosses on my barb.

But maybe it's my spec. I suppose I have sort of a tank build. I use a 1h/shield. 1h has decent dps/str/vitality and also % life steal. Shield has good block % and also +block %. Gear is str/vitality/resists. Resists are huge if you can get those on your gear. Gem for vitality if you need it, str when you feel OK.

I use cleave (exploding bodies) on trash/packs with rend (% of rend heals you). On bosses/single targets I change up cleave to Frenzy (the stormbolt is nifty, the rune that is). Otherwise, I use Revenge (with the rune that increases the change to 30%), war cry (increase armor to 40%) and keep it up, ignore pain (ignorance is bliss rune), and Earthquake (at work but I think I have rune that increases damage of it etc). Passive skills: Pound of Flesh/Nerves of Steel/Tough as Nails (I "believe" gotta check at home). I use the enchantress, and have her do the armor buff and the attack speed buff, forgot what the other stuff I have her doing is, but those are the 2 biggies. I just beat nightmare mode using this spec.

Anyway, on bosses just frenzy attack (cleave with exploding bodies rune for trash/packs), rend every 3 secs, keep war cry up, and use revenge when it comes up. Ignore pain is a nice "oh crap" thing to activate, reduces your dmg taken and converts some of it to life) and the cooldown isn't too bad. Earthquake early when you think the boss will be standing there for a bit, so you can use it again later. Keep rend up for sure. Don't stand in stuff, grab health globes etc. I can stand in a lot of junk but eventually you should move.

I have around 33k health at lvl 52. If you have to, you can kite mobs, rend and kite, rend and kite, etc. This build isn't a lot of burst damage, but I hardly drop 50% life and can stand there and go toe-to-toe with most things so far. Just beat Skelly King on Hell, just stood with him and took him down. Only complaint is sometime the treasure goblins get away before I can get them down.

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Really? I have no issues on bosses on my barb.

But maybe it's my spec. I suppose I have sort of a tank build. I use a 1h/shield. 1h has decent dps/str/vitality and also % life steal. Shield has good block % and also +block %. Gear is str/vitality/resists. Resists are huge if you can get those on your gear. Gem for vitality if you need it, str when you feel OK.

I use cleave (exploding bodies) on trash/packs with rend (% of rend heals you). On bosses/single targets I change up cleave to Frenzy (the stormbolt is nifty, the rune that is). Otherwise, I use Revenge (with the rune that increases the change to 30%), war cry (increase armor to 40%) and keep it up, ignore pain (ignorance is bliss rune), and Earthquake (at work but I think I have rune that increases damage of it etc). Passive skills: Pound of Flesh/Nerves of Steel/Tough as Nails (I "believe" gotta check at home). I use the enchantress, and have her do the armor buff and the attack speed buff, forgot what the other stuff I have her doing is, but those are the 2 biggies. I just beat nightmare mode using this spec.

Anyway, on bosses just frenzy attack (cleave with exploding bodies rune for trash/packs), rend every 3 secs, keep war cry up, and use revenge when it comes up. Ignore pain is a nice "oh crap" thing to activate, reduces your dmg taken and converts some of it to life) and the cooldown isn't too bad. Earthquake early when you think the boss will be standing there for a bit, so you can use it again later. Keep rend up for sure. Don't stand in stuff, grab health globes etc. I can stand in a lot of junk but eventually you should move.

I have around 33k health at lvl 52. If you have to, you can kite mobs, rend and kite, rend and kite, etc. This build isn't a lot of burst damage, but I hardly drop 50% life and can stand there and go toe-to-toe with most things so far. Just beat Skelly King on Hell, just stood with him and took him down. Only complaint is sometime the treasure goblins get away before I can get them down.

Well, my plight comes with an asterisk b/c I got hacked a few days ago and lost all of my gold and secondary tank gear. Right now I am severely undergeared for Izzy so I might have to go back and pile up on gems/gold for the AH =/

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I like the Barb earthquake, its my fav... 2000% I think? damage while its active. 120 second cool down though :/

About halfway through Act I in Nightmare with meh Barb. Build is basically stacking VIT and STR, no resistances as of yet. I hit anything cold and turn into a fuging statue for 5 seconds.

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I don't think resists get HUGE till inferno anyway. Once we hit 60 war cry gets a rune to increase resists by 50%, huge.

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I probably have 40-50% MF at this point. Probably more. I can't check at the moment. I sacrifice a lot of good gear to keep up MF because in the long run it has given me even better gear.

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I think I would rather just handpick gear from the AH then stack MF....just my .02 of course...

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I probably have 40-50% MF at this point. Probably more. I can't check at the moment. I sacrifice a lot of good gear to keep up MF because in the long run it has given me even better gear.

So you actually can tell a difference? I beleive I have zero MF, and still find blues pretty commonly... yellows are pretty hard to come by, usually only boss fights, and maybe a few times I've fought rares/champions. I did get a yellow from a dead body laying on the ground yesterday though. And I did get a couple of legendarys towards the end of Normal.

I'd love to be able to go out and come back with a pack full of yellows.

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I changed my spec again for Hell, I think it's better.

Using frenzy with the stormbolt rune (I may switch to the 15% increased speed though eventually) and siesmic slam with str of earth rune (knocking them back is super helpful when you get trapped by those fire/poison on the ground types), still using ignore pain/war cray/revenge, but I dropped earthquake for the berzerker thing and the 100% damage increase rune. EQ is nice but it's stationary, and wrath also has a ton of defensive abilities, combine it with ignore pain and frenzy you're almost in God mode to be honest.

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I'm in Hell with both my monk and wizard....monk I'm constantly having to watch my life, its always dipping pretty low but thanks to the transcendence ability I don't die too often. Wizard is pretty much eazy mode. Just throw down a Hydra, then sit back and shoot frost at mobs forever (have the rune that uses less mana), and every now and then use electricity when I run out of mana. If things get really hairy I pop Archon and destroy everything....

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So you actually can tell a difference? I beleive I have zero MF, and still find blues pretty commonly... yellows are pretty hard to come by, usually only boss fights, and maybe a few times I've fought rares/champions. I did get a yellow from a dead body laying on the ground yesterday though. And I did get a couple of legendarys towards the end of Normal.

I'd love to be able to go out and come back with a pack full of yellows.

I can't really quantify it but I can barely go through a dungeon without filling up my inventory with magic items. I get a fair number of rares as well.

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i'm somewhere around 30-50 mf. i haven't tried to build it up, the best gear i come across just happens to have the mf affix.

what class is everyone playing? i'm playing DH

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LVL 36 barb at the moment, still in act 1 nightmare

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