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    IncGamers Member Asmodeous's Avatar
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    Re: Two hand or one hand weapons? which is better and why? and is sword/shield doable

    Sword and Board here and darn proud of it.

    SnB is very under rated. I've played my barb with both Dual wield and Skorn and I much prefer SnB. Most players think that a shield is for better survivability at the cost of DPS. Wrong. SnB has lots of DPS as well.

    The build I play is called the revenger, revenge, rend and overpower. The primary killing skill is revenge. You might think that revenge is weak compared to HotA or WW/sprint. revenge boasts only 220% damage versus HotA's 325% for a start. But the secret is in the buffs.
    The revenger does not need constant fury generation to run. revenge and over power are free to cast so you only need fury to use rend and WotB.
    As you don't need to generate huge amounts of fury, you can choose the better buffs. battle rage/marauders rage (30% instead of 15%) and Brawler as an example.
    As you can't run permaWotB, you use WotB/insanity which boosts your DPS to massive levels for 10 seconds which is usually long enough to melt any elite pack.

    SnB can run WW and HotA as well and does it very well. If you have a shield with critical hit chance then fury generation can be very easy. I run 59% cc on my barb with a Sword, plus another 3% from rage and 10% from overpower.

    The bottom line is that my SnB barb can solo MP10 game play either in HotA or revenger mode. Killing speed is a bit slower in WW mode but it's still doable. He buffs to about 340k dps in game (not counting WotB) and is highly survivable.

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    Re: Two hand or one hand weapons? which is better and why? and is sword/shield doable

    Quote Originally Posted by Asmodeous View Post
    Sword and Board here and darn proud of it.

    SnB is very under rated. I've played my barb with both Dual wield and Skorn and I much prefer SnB. Most players think that a shield is for better survivability at the cost of DPS. Wrong. SnB has lots of DPS as well.

    The build I play is called the revenger, revenge, rend and overpower. The primary killing skill is revenge. You might think that revenge is weak compared to HotA or WW/sprint. revenge boasts only 220% damage versus HotA's 325% for a start. But the secret is in the buffs.
    The revenger does not need constant fury generation to run. revenge and over power are free to cast so you only need fury to use rend and WotB.
    As you don't need to generate huge amounts of fury, you can choose the better buffs. battle rage/marauders rage (30% instead of 15%) and Brawler as an example.
    As you can't run permaWotB, you use WotB/insanity which boosts your DPS to massive levels for 10 seconds which is usually long enough to melt any elite pack.

    SnB can run WW and HotA as well and does it very well. If you have a shield with critical hit chance then fury generation can be very easy. I run 59% cc on my barb with a Sword, plus another 3% from rage and 10% from overpower.

    The bottom line is that my SnB barb can solo MP10 game play either in HotA or revenger mode. Killing speed is a bit slower in WW mode but it's still doable. He buffs to about 340k dps in game (not counting WotB) and is highly survivable.

    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/A...9/hero/3662432
    I have to admit I have always fallen into the 'No SnB' camp in D3. I tried it very early on and just couldn't see how it was comparable to dual wielding. Your build is impressive though, and the fact that it IS SnB and thus relatively unique just from that standpoint is great! Cheers!

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    Re: Two hand or one hand weapons? which is better and why? and is sword/shield doable

    For the lulz, I tried it out with one of my old dual wield weapons and a SS I keep in case MP 10 wrecks my face too badly.

    Surprisingly, my DPS only dropped 20% compared to a Skorn (my one hander also did about 20% less DPS). Naturally EHP goes way up with a shield. I still like HotA, but that was much better than I was expecting for sure. With a better one hander (with some LS) I could see this working.

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    Re: Two hand or one hand weapons? which is better and why? and is sword/shield doable

    I play mostly a Trashfarm Build. I use the ww / sprint build with rend as primary skill and a Skorn for high crit rends.
    With this build I can play mp10 very fast, by killing most of the trash with one Rend.
    For farming demonic essences, I use two onehand weapons (mace with high average damage as main and EF as offhand) and hota instead of rend at mp6.

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