So after an 8 year D2 vacation, I've started playing again, with a couple of my sons playing along with me, which makes for a lot of fun. I decided to try some different builds, starting with a holy trinity ranger and possibly a bow using enchantress. My ranger is at lvl 18 now, and does well for damage, but is quite fragile. So I thought I would add some life steal to help. But i do not seem to gain any life on my hits.
So my question is in regards to how damage is applied in the game. Is elemental damage applied first then physical damage? Right now I'm running Holy Fire aura with a socketed bow with a ruby/sapphire/topaz in it. Is my elemental damage killing the mob before my physical hit is counted so there is no life steal? Any insight someone can throw at me I would appreciate.