We are a group of three, playing for fun in LAN, one is a Zealot, the other a pure Blizz Sorc, and I would like to build an As to complement.
However, I would like a melee as. as much as possible, so I need your help what to choose for I never played an assassin before. A trap, like Death Sentry, is ok, but I want to be able to melee.
I have pretty much all equipment except the very rarest sets/uniques in high TC's, and I don't have access to any rare runes. So, please, I need a recommendation that doesn't include unobtainable runewords.
I looked into the guides, but couldn't find my way around for the life of me, I simply don't understand what the skills do. If you could provide me with just endgame items and skill progression, it would be great, Thanks in advance.
1+ Shadow Master (enough to get lvl 18 with +skills) -> Summonable minion
1 in all other 1-point wonders and prereqs (1 point wonders you should learn to use are Fade, Burst of Speed, Dragon Flight, Mind Blast and Cloak of Shadows)
Stat distribution should be enough str for gear, dex for max block, rest vit.
The equipment setup he recommends is:
Weapon - Crescent Moon / Fleshripper (upgrade to Stormlash)
Shield - Stormshield
Helm - Guillaume's Face
Armor - Duress
Gloves - Draculs Grasp
Belt - Thundergod's Vigor or Verdungo's / String of Ears
Boots - Upgraded Goreriders
Amulet - Maras (or another resistance amulet)
Ring1 - Ravenfrost
Ring2 - Mana Leech/Resists
There is a lot of room for customization as that is just a very basic setup.
Gameplay is a bit more involved than your typical melee char, keep your buff of choice (Burst of Speed or Fade) and summon up, use Mind Blast to knock back and stun dangerous packs and drop Death Sentry whenever a corpse falls. Learn to use Cloak of Shadows to stop dangerous archer packs and keep monsters from swarming. You're not as buff as a Paladin/Weredruid/Barbarian so learn to use your crowd control skills.
If you're going to run the character though I would strongly recommend you take the time to read the entire guide. It's laid out simply and is very useful. If anything is still unclear you can ask about it afterwards.