As the title suggests, i haven't played D3 since July. Like many, i was playing a dual wield WW/tornado Barb at the time i quit. I've been reading through the 1.04 and 1.05 patch notes attempting to figure out how the changes have affected my barb.
The main thing i noticed was that the proc coefficient on Run Like the Wind was lowered from .2 to .08. I believe that means our LoH and fury regeneration from the tornadoes were nerfed by 60%. When playing, the effects were very noticeable, but didn't seem crippling. It was a little harder to maintain fury, but still manageable. The biggest hits seem to be on LoH and WotB with Thrive on Chaos rune.
My main questions at the moment:
1) Is life steal now comparable or even better than LoH?
2) Is Thrive on Chaos still worth using? I didn't do any testing yesterday, but it seemed difficult to even get a 30 second WotB, much less the near-permanent state of WotB that used to be possible.
3) Is gearing pretty much the same? I assume crit is more important than ever to maintain fury with the lower proc coefficient. Is anything else different? Are there any new or buffed set/legendary items that i should look at? (I picked up Nat boots and ring cheap yesterday for the 7% crit 2pc bonus).
4) Any new, fun builds as a result of the changes? I saw Rend got a huge damage boost, and many of the other skills were buffed as well.