Quote from ArenaceusMaga
I just don't understand the mentality here! You want to solo inferno. Cool! You want to do it on a wizard. OK! You want to do this because you need good drops to do it on a monk. You want to be able to do it with little to no drops or something? All classes need items to be viable in inferno. Thats been clearly stated for a while.
Not flaming. Just don't understand. You'll need good items regardless of your class. If you don't you can count on blizzard doing some reworking. Like force armor or smokescreen. To solo you'll need a good selection of survivability and DPS abilities and items. Regardless of your class this will always be true. You're not going to beat Hell and walk into inferno and 3 shot everything. My wizard friend never used force armor and has plenty of trouble with the game. My other friend used the force armor method and now is emo about the class and rerolling a DH. Just have fun with the game where you can getting the items necessary to play the class the way you want.
It's kind of a generally accepted fact that monks and barbarians are more item intensive in inferno right now, particularly for soloplay. I think the difference is that DH and wizards, while they still need survivability stats, don't need them to the same degree that monks and barbs do. Obviously melee classes are going to have to tank more hits. Wizards and DH can avoid a lot of affixes and base mobs by simply kiting this means they can afford to stack damage higher and aren't essentially forced into building tanky. Yes, youneed vit and some other defensive stats, I understand, but the fact is that as a monk or barb you really get forced into building almost 100% defensive and trying to tank for a dh or wizard. Thats just the best way to do it because unlike the wizard and DH, you can't afford to forego and survivability at all. If you try to mix and match and maybe go 50% vit 50% dex, you're going to get obliterated. The DPS you gain from that doesn't compensate for the lack of survivability and you end up unable to solo elite packs or much of the content at all. If you go full tank you can't solo it either because you have no DPS, but you can at least get carried by a ranged DPS and be of some use to them.
So the reason why I think monk and barbarian are more gear intensive for soloplay and probably for group play as well is because you can't really even think about DPS. DPS needs to be an afterthought on your gear which means you need really good gear with 6 affixes per slot to start being the hybrid tank/dps that is capable of soling anything in infero. That is to say, you need to stack the vit, life%, resists, armor, etc just like a tank, and you need to get your DPS stacks from addtiional affixes. You just need really high end gear that has both high tanky stats and high DPS stats. Naturally this gear is expensive as **** or rare, so you need good drops to afford it, thus you need to build tanky and group up to even think about farming anything for drops, thus you end up the tanky monk that my main is... Don't enjoy tanking at all, find it incredibly boring, never had any intention of building a pure tank monk... Yet here I am with 40k hp 5.5k armor and 700 all resists... 3k dps. living the dream.
Am I leveling a wizard only to farm gear for my monk? No, I'll probably enjoy wizard as well and play/gear out both as much as I can. I'm not a tank though, never played one before and I don't enjoy the play style so yes I am going to try to gear my monk out via my wizard so I can stop feeling sorry for myself that I rolled the gimp tank bitch class and being bored out of my mind.