Hello errbody. This weekend I decided to wander back into Diablo 3 and see what this Paragon level nonsense is all about. Apparently I stopped playing after killing the Butcher in act 1. The first thing I did was a few clears of Act 1 inferno to get some money and get my bearings for my toon.
I found Act 1 to be quite easy enough and figured, what the hell, may as well go for Act 2. I remember getting wtfraped really quickly in Act 2 before I had stopped playing but figured, what the hell else am I going to do, run Act 1 some more? No, I was going to chug the fuck along and progress further.
I upgraded a few pieces for more Str, Vit, All Resists and was on my way. I had occasional problems with an elite pack here or there but for the most part my simple yet effective system was working. Here is a link to my character’s current setup. I believe I was still using Frenzy with Maniac as my primary attack at this time (as well as a different hat, gloves, and weapon) as well as the armor/vitality passives. I wasn’t really having too much trouble and if I did die a few times to the same thing I usually just kept my nose down and eventually plowed through.
In my attempts to google builds similar to my own I come up with pretty much nothing. No one thinks it is a good idea or the best idea and everyone is “forced” into these other templates involving War Cry, Sprint, keeping Wrath of the Berserker (which to me already seems amazingly overpowered) up all the time, and using knockbacks. Personally, that is not a Barbarian imo. A Barbarian is supposed to be a big badass who can take shit and give it back on a grand melee level.
I was determined to stay in my preferred setup, that is, until I got to Belial. Belial is the boss in Act 2 and has always been trouble for me as a dps blinders wearing barbarian. It seemed as though my Frenzy wasn’t really increasing my melee speed as much as it should have and the damage was only getting up to 140% weapon damage with 5 stacks. So, I opted for Cleave with the rune increasing damage to 175% weapon damage. Did that alone help me defeat Belial, oh hell no, shit I probably could have stayed the same and beat him. The trick to winning was dodging the bullshit and getting a few swings in here or there with the occasional “go to fucking town” moment brought to you by the Wrath of the Berserker and Ignore Pain combo.
So, I beat Act 2, figured may as well go to Act 3 and see how it is. Immediately run into an elite pack and die, over and over, there seemed to be no hope. So, I went back and did some more Act 2, beat Belial again, and once more ventured into Act 3. I played more cautiously this time and managed to only die a lot instead of enough to make me go back to Act 2. I made it all the way to the Larder, which has your first big fight against, I think it is Grom, a giant slug like piece of shit with a mouth on it’s belly. Grom would be my progression block for the rest of the weekend.
I have since begun experimenting with things like Life on Hit, Life leach, crit chance as well as crit dmg increase, and so far have gotten absolutely nowhere. I refuse to change my skills, I just fucking can’t do it, I don’t want to HAVE to do x, y, z in order to progress further in this game – and I will not.
So, that is where I am, stuck in Act 3 on goddamn Grom – fiddling around with stats I’ve never invested in while teetering on the welfare line gold wise. I really want to beat this game on Inferno and I really don’t want to have to conform to some cookie cutter build to do it. So that is my goal and my plan. Slowly upgrade my equipment, try out new stats, and stick to my “skill guns” – as I’d like to think a “true Barbarian” would.