Pre-1.13 levelling was anal (if you didn't have someone rush you) because your main spells (Tornado/Hurricane) are teh suxx0r until synergies get pumped. With the re-spec potion, you can now go Fire Shaman or Werewolf or Werebear until Nightmare and then re-spec.
And to aim Tornados: never click on the target itself, click beside it, behind it, and re-position your character if it doesn't hit.
Well as omgwtfbbqpwned said about the helmet it will be hard to get that even when ladder just came about 2 months ago. Jalal's ral will work out well for a starter build. I could go on with more gear but I might post that tomorrow or something like that.