So here's what I'm starting with: Arreats, Duress (not quite rich enough to buy a Fort on NL), and: an ebotd Thunder Maul. If I'm looking at this thing correctly, there is no dexterity requirement. Now ... what this sounds like to me is: an opportunity to not put any points into dex. Like as if I were building a caster. I'm working on maxing out my mace mastery (I JUST started this guy, something like half an hour ago) and I am more than happy to wear the Angelics jewelry in order to get that AR bonus, which is of course substantial.
I am not interested in PvP so much as PvM ... this will be a hybrid WW/Conc barb. (I intend to max WW, mace mastery, Conc, BO, then maybe something like Shout, with a point in all the miracle skills etc.)
So the question is, can I seriously get away with this no dexterity thing? I don't have a shield to worry about, so blocking isn't an issue as such. If I get to putting points into Shout, my defense rating will go way up anyway, along with whatever that skill is on the masteries tab that gives a defense bonus as well (is it Iron Skin?) ... will I be able to hit things? There'll be dex from items, not the least of which will be 30 from that thunder maul. Of course that's later in the game... so... what do you all think? I've heard of IKbarbs pulling this off. Can I do it with the gear that I've got lined up? Is there something with "Ignore Target's Defense" which would make it go from impossible to way to go? (Maybe a rune I could stick in my helm?) Thoughts?
Sorry, fellas. This is really my first barb. Prior to this guy, I did assassins and paladins. So I'm lost. The fact that I got four life for every one vitality point, at first sight, made me get up, walk into the bathroom, look in the mirror and punch myself in the face. I couldn't believe it.
So what's the word? Given the above information, am I doomed to failure?
Oooh. Got some Gore Riders as well.