Okay I was thinking of starting out with a summoner again for this ladder season, and wondered what would be my strongest (as in most efficient and quickest at doing mf runs) choice. I prefer planning for endgame gear here, as I think for this ladder I'm going to deck him all out, even though that will take forever.
Televangelist - Thorns aura (maybe stacked with bramble) combined with amp for nasty damage return.
Skelliemancer - Classic summoner with maxed SM, RS, and CE (rest into possibly G. mastery, mages, IG, amp, w/e). Pride/Infinity and Fortitude on a might merc, while I carry a faith (higher fana lvl) with prebuff gear on switch.
Skelliemancer 2 - Same as above, but with mages maxed, and merc carrying infinity.
Poison/Summon Hybrid - Same as the skelliemancer, but points are shifted from CE to building up nova. No need to go ask pindle for a starter army, and I'd be able to able to do some damage while my skellies beat on things. CE should be at a decent lvl with +skills gear.
Mage Warden - Maxed SM, mages, nova, p. dagger, and rest into p. explosion after synergies & 1 pt skills. Merc would carry infinity & necro has death's web.