So I started dabbling in D3 again after several months of not touching it. Deleted everything and started a monk. What passives do you think work well for hard core? Near Death Experience is probably a given. Then I want one flexible passive I can mess around with (put in exalted soul if I want to mess with bells one day, or something else otherwise, or whatever seems best). For the third one I currently have the passive that boosts armor by 50% of dex. That's a good defensive passive, obviously. My main question is this - would anyone replace that passive with the one that gives a flat 75% damage reduction when you're crowd controlled? That's a huge amount of damage reduction and, while it wouldn't kick in frequently, it would probably kick in for about 2/3 of the "dangerous" instances that might kill me. Maybe a bit less than that. Would it be worth giving up all the extra "always on" armor for this? The other solution is to make all three of my passives completely defensive I guess... but I was hoping to keep at least one spot free to play with. Edit: Two other questions that are probably more applicable to the monk forum specifically than here since they're not hc exclusive, but in the interest of avoiding multi-posts... How do skills that add + damage work with sweeping wind (Breath of Heaven with Blazing Wrath for example, or the damage rune on Blind). Does their damage still apply to sweeping wind, and is it still kept up constantly even after the initial buff wears off (so long as sweeping wind doesn't fall off)? Or did they change/fix/meddle with this while I was away?