a couple hours ago I killed inferno diablo solo. I've been soloing the entire way, except for some difficult parts of act 3 that me and a friend ran through together.
I thought I'd share some of my experiences and what I've learned on my journey through inferno in hopes of it being of help for you all who are struggling or slowly progressing.
I've used 1h+shield since nightmare, and have gone for what I believe is a bit more dps heavy style than what the general norm for sword and boarders are (mostly due to kripparian and various other barbs saying resist all > vitality > armor > strength, which I believe is not necessarily straight out wrong, but less than optimal due to various reasons which I'll briefly touch on later).
I'll start by going through how I dealt with each act, my stats at the time and how much I was looking to spend on each piece of gear etc. Please note that all numbers are only approximate, and they are not benchmarks where if you have these stats you'll be able to do it, or that you won't be able to do it with less stats. All stats are also including both armor passives, the warcry (impunity 50% resist) buff, the enchantress 15% armor buff and the 3% haste buff.
Buying some cheap gear from the AH was enough to get through the first act quickly.
Stats at the time: 400 resist all, 8k armor, 8k dps, 35-40k hp.
Price range per piece of gear: 100k - 200k
This was a pretty huge wall. Got my !@# handed to me by wasps and normal white mobs, so I went back to farm act 1 for 4 days, sold anything of value and checked the AH often for good deals. Saved 1,75 million for a 900 dps weapon, and that was the last upgrade I needed to get through act 2 with 5 NV stacks including belial.
Stats at the time: 550 resist all, 9k armor, 15k dps, 42k hp.
Price range per piece of gear: 200k - 1 mill
Once again a huge wall. I was really discouraged at one point here, and heavily considered rerolling a wizard, but when I tried leveling one I realized glasscannon kiting just ain't as fun as jumping in and smashing things. I 5 stack farmed magdha a bit, continued scanning the AH for good deals. Then I was given my current weapon (thanks a million bunch to that guy) which brought my dps up while I could sacrifice a bit strength for better defensive stats, and that was enough to let me 5 stack farm siegebreaker.
Stats at the time: 800 resist all, 10k armor, 18k dps, 55k hp, 39% block.
Price range per piece of gear: 500k - 2mill
This isn't that much worse than act 3 (I'd say it's comparable to the last part of act 3 which is a pain in the butt, still, not much worse), but I didn't want to rush through it so I went back and farmed siegebreaker more and continued searching for upgrades. When I felt ready gearwise and prepared to die a bunch I went through act 4. Had 3 stacks at most but didn't really care too much about the stacks.
Today I killed diablo after buying a few upgrades (not sure if they were necessary but they helped).
Price per piece of gear shown on the picture:
Shoulders 1 mill
Neck 4 mill
Chest 2 mill
Gloves 1 mill
Ring1 (legendary) 1,6 mill
Feet 1 mill
I also used a justice lantern for 1 mill and helm of command for 500k for most of the time in act 3.
Total: 14 mill
General build I'd recommend (adjustments for individual bosses may be necessary):
Build I used for diablo:
Why I think resist all > vitality > armor > strength is the wrong approach to gearing up:
You need to balance out your stats. As you increase one stat, the others will be more beneficial, so don't just blindly follow someone else's advice and stack 1-2 stats and think that'll work. Take a look at your own gear and stats and decide for yourself which stats you need to increase and what you can sacrifice to achieve it. Balance is key!
OH, and DPS helps a lot more than what most people give credit for. What made me get over the act 2 and 3 wall were both weapon upgrades. A lot of people neglect their strength/dps stats way too much. Not only is it inefficient for farming and can be a limiting factor for progress, but it is also boring as f*ck to do 10k dps in act 4 inferno. You want to smash things right?
Thoughts on secondary stats (life on hit, life regen, attack speed, crit, crit dmg, block etc):
I'll start off by saying I was really lucky to pick up the +10% movement speed boots yesterday for just a mill. Movement speed is suprisingly awesome and really helped a lot on diablo for moving out of things, so if you find some good boots with +movement speed for a fair price, definitely hit the buyout button!
Regarding life on hit/attack speed, I've had 0 life on hit all the way up until diablo when I figured I'd buy a blackthorne's medal. The 400 life on hit was noticable and quite helpful on a fight such as this, but I honestly don't think it was necessary. If you can get a decent amount of life on hit, sure, go ahead, but I would still prioritize the core stats over it (resist all, str/vit/armor, dps and hp). Spending 5-10 million on a really good life on hit weapon is not be the first thing I'd buy.
You don't need a lot of HP, 40-50k is usually enough if you have a good amount of resist and armor, although it isn't bad to have more, don't neglect other stats for more hp. Another norwegian barb friend of mine is easily tanking act 4 elites with only 45k hp (and 29% block). This only applies to sword and board though, as if you're going 2 hander I believe you'll need a bit more (60-80k).
Getting some good +block items (socketed helm of command and justice lantern) is helpful, but not strictly necessary. Once again, don't prioritize it above your core stats, but if you're having a hard time finding a good ring or helm, consider getting one of these.
Thoughts on using the auction house:
I know a lot of people dislike having to use the AH, but using it effectively is probably the most important factor in getting through inferno quickly. Check the AH often and scan for good deals. Don't buy overpriced gear, but be patient. I spent probably half my time farming and the other half on the AH. 1 farm run > 1 AH session > repeat. Buying low and selling high has also been a huge part of my income.
The other barb friend of mine also farmed most of his gear himself, he made heavy use of magic find gear (swapped to it when killing stuff) as well as threatening shout with the 15% increased drop rate rune. So it is possible to farm most of your stuff yourself as well if you really really hate using the AH.
In the end I'd like to thank the person who gave me the weapon I currently use, as well as every other barb who have shown me it is possible to clear inferno with this class (among others; psystarcraft, zrave, kripparian, pharmosh, zauly, rrowland, my norwegian friend and so on), although yes, it does take a lot more time and gold than with certain other classes, but that just makes it that much more rewarding, doesn't it.
Questions, comments, trolls, shoot!