This is a well written guide, but there are a few things I disagree strongly with.
Peace is a good choice for armor, and when using peace, sojs are obviously the best choice despite the mdr bug. However, you mentioned using a 4 socket Ancient Armor with 4 PRubies. This seems like a terrible choice - maxers would be much more beneficial than PRubies. Also, an artisans armor of the squid would be a better choice than a 4os armor.
I think the obvious helm choice would be a 3os +3maul helm socketed with maxers. The ideal helm would be +2ss/+3maul 2os, but this would be very hard to find. By the way, lycan and werebear can't spawn on such a helm as they are tier 1 skills.
The best shield without a doubt is an ATSoD. I don't know why you say this locks you into using deaths sash. Very few LLDs have a source of cold damage, and for those that do, you'll probably be using your Grim Scythe anyway, and therefore having no shield. Besides, even when your ATSoD does lock you into using Death's, 3 sockets are much better than the stats you would lose on a belt.