Diablo 3 Inferno beaten as Monk

 05 Jul 2012

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So I’ve been working my way through Diablo 3’s Inferno. I got INSANELY lucky during Act 2 of Inferno when I found… well I found the best bow I’ve ever seen in game period. It sold for 500 mil on the AH and I was able to gear out myself and my wife with some pretty great gear.

Clearly I was making my way through Act2 already but it would have taken a lot of farm without the amazing bow sale. That being said I also probably over paid on some of the gear I bought due tohaving enough money to do so.

The whole time I used this effective health calculator to tune my gear: http://rubensayshi.github.com/d3-ehp-calculator/#intro

In Act 1 I largely used a standard combination strike build. Once I got to act 2 I got way more defensive.

Basically during Act 2 and Act 3 I got a small amount of life per spirit spent on a helm and with that I was able to use Transcendance to heal myself up by spamming the mantra during combat. It worked really really well. Unfortunately enemies started out dpsing my healing soon after (and I started getting more VIT which doesn’t help). After Act 3 and Act 4 the “keep your health pool low so that your LoH, heals and LoSS are more effective” didn’t work for me anymore so I had to switch it up.

That’s when I found Cyclone! This is the build I used in Act 3 and 4.

Cyclone works by making sweeping wind even better. I always liked sweeping wind as free damage that I didn’t have to think about while worrying about other stuff from mobs. Cyclone just improves this by a ton. This build (leaving the DPS to Cyclone and improving my LoH with thunder strikes) got me through Diablo.

There are packs in Act 4 that I had to skip… stupid Oppressors and Subjegators, and I need to go back and beat it solo (did it with my wife) but I’m very happy with where my monk is now.

There are two things on the monk todo list now:

2H: I want to try out some 2h builds. I love the look of the Diabo’s and I want to buy one while they are still cheap (if some of our damage abilities get buffed they might not be cheap for long).

Clear ALL THE THINGS: I want to improve life and spirit regen so that I have a good chance of beating these Act 4 packs.