As most of you know, the "green" set items in Diablo III are supposedly the best you can get, thus, needed to progress properly in Inferno mode. However, I have done a fair amount of Auction House research, and found that most of this gear is only slightly better than my level 57-60 rare items. As I am currently getting 1 shotted (as Demon Hunter) on Act II Inferno mode, I realize that any blue poster would tell me to "gear up" before attempting further progress. Okay, so lets look at the items required to gear up.
- Danetta's Rage / Danetta's Fury, these are a set of 1h crossbows with a pretty amazing setbonus of 130 Dexterity, and 3% increased damage against elites. Great! However, the best one I have been able to find on Ah has 470 DPS. Comparing that to my current 950 DPS crossbow, its utterly and completely useless. I wouldn't even bother placing it on AH as no level 60 could ever make any progress with this.
- Natalya's Green Set - The "best" Demon Hunter set in-game. If I equip the entire set with the correct random stats, I would maybe have around 50-60k health and 60 damage reduction (currently have 48%). Seeing as regular beasts in Act II hit me for 83k, I'm fairly certain that with the best available gear in the game, I would still be getting my behind handed to me on a silver platter.
Now, I'm wondering what blue posters mean when they tell us to gear up before attempting to progress in Inferno difficulty. Obviously, not even considering the most recent nerfs, most players will be forced to skip nearly all champion packs, as they will die to a few attacks with no real means of survival. As a demon hunter I am forced to use slows, and kite over a large area while dealing as much damage as possible. Unfortunately, there are many instances where there is simply not enough space to kite, or I play against vortex / teleporting / fast champions that reach me and 1-hit-kill me before I have a chance to vault or smokescreen. Additionally, if I am fortunate with a slow moving champion pack that has large amounts of health but are easily kite-able, I will still hit the enrage timer before being able to down them.
Personally, I don't approve of skipping champion packs unless they are particularly nasty, but when attempting Act II it seems that there is no possibility to kill any champs even with the best possible gear in the game. If blizzard is really asking us to gear up, there should at least be amazing gear that would help us survive these champs, especially for fragile classes that are currently getting instakilled.
I would be immensely grateful for any explanation on how to obtain gear that would allow me to survive at least 1-2 hits from enemy champions, or give me the damage to kill them before they have the chance to reach me (obviously impossible). Thanks!