What is this all about?
Ever had those all confusing moments when you just sit and stare at your gear going "well what the hell should I change?" I have many many times, the thing I will say is that there seems to be not clear route to take when it comes to items due to the different builds, I know a lot of build guides explain briefly what items are good for it, I haven't seen one going into full detail as of yet.
For this end I will be going through the basics (and some not so basics) of what items are, how they work out for us, where to lean on DPS and where to lean for EHP, this obviously changes slightly from build to build but an overall balance is always good.
Firstly the questions I think gets asked the most is "how much All Resist do I need?" well this depends really on your play style, that being said between 800-900 is a good place to be, the reason being that beyond the 900 mark the DR are so high that from 900-1100 you gain about 1% from ilvl63 enemies.
This is usually followed by "So how much armour?" this is obviously difficult, I want to say 4k is where you want to be, under 3k is bad just plain bad, 3.5k is pretty good. So 4k is the aim really.
The other bits often missed are Reduced Damage from Elites (RDfE) Reduced Damage from Ranged (RDfR) and Reduced Damage from Melee (RDfM), these are flat numbers and work as the %, now whether it's a bug or not RDfE seems to be capped at 29% (trust me I tested it a lot) now I tested what I called the "Immortal Build" which was very good against elites but white mobs hurt like hell. I don't see much point in having more that 7% in each of these, if you can get 7% reduction from all of them it will really help but do not sacrifice other stats for them, use them on top of other stats.
How much Mana Regen do I need? Is another question that gets asked a lot, the simple answer is as much as you can, however that being said it is dependant on the build you are playing, what I mean is if you're playing ZD you wont need any mana regen, if you're playing ZB you want a lot of mana regen, if you're playing a spirit build with RoE you wont need a lot of mana regen, so this is dependant on the build, max mana regen without passives is 105 I believe.
Now some of this will come under heavy debate and people have different ideas about which item is better where, I will run through the items that are open to us in the legendary and set and why we use or don't really use them.
I have never seen a WD using this, although it isn't a bad weapon it also isn't a good one, the problem which is the problem with most of the CK is that is only rolls 1 property which means it can have either LS, CD, Socket OR MR which means it's about as much use as a soggy handkerchief, I did try a Monster control build using it and Toads of Confusion with Tribal Rites and MC however it just wasn't anywhere near good enough.
Same as above with the 1 property, as the summoned fetishes like all fetishes actually do not get force armour and do sod all damage this is more of a gimmick than and actual item to use.
Probably the lower budget ZB WDs best friend, if you can get one with Int and LS and pop a Emerald into it you have one high hitting weapon which due to the slow attack speed doesn't use as much mana (which is good cause you lose 2 MR items to use it)
Probably the current best Knife (sort of) for a WD however like the others it can only roll 1 property, luckily it already has LS, Int and CD on it, some people argue MR some go Socket this is up to how good the rest of your gear is, if you can handle losing the MR and you have the money for the Socket get the Socket.
The overlooked under made item, this could be great, this could roll the perfect WD CK of any we could use, have I seen one? Nope. It has the high damage and can roll 5 other properties meaning it can roll, CD, Socket, LS, MR and Int making it the BEST CK we could get, if you by some stroke of luck stumble onto one of these do yourself a favour and get it and don't let go.
This is my preference for a helm, the one property rolling ChC and good stats already on the helm mean it's a great item, however if it could roll just 1 or 2 more properties I would have been very happy.
This is a pain of an item, with just 2 properties instead of one it would be the best helm hands down, as it stands for DPS (other than going into something silly like Mempo) it is the best we have with a crit roll, as the Int can go up to 300! You also get the life% and max mana which are very useful, also being a set piece for Zunis can get you that extra MR and the Mana on kill.
I almost didn't bother as they are clearly the best shoulder for every class in the game, they can roll over 250 Int and you can get them with Vit / Life %, they come with AR and are a fantastic item.
Arguable the best chest piece for a WD, high Int, high Vit, pray for or pay for a +Armour roll and this is a fantastic piece of armour.
Often overlooked, +% elite damage and +% Demon damage, MS, AR can't break high Int and that one property can roll 3 sockets, it's very good DPS wise but I do not believe it has a place over the Zuni chest unless maybe for a Sac or RoE build, MR is too important.
Ok they're a good item, to roll how you'd want them they would need a high Int roll, a good ChC roll and a Vit or AR roll. The only problem is the IAS which means you burn more mana per second with things like ZB, DPS wise they're brilliant especially for a WoS RoE build ZD also benefit from them.
I struggle to like these, they are good but I see Rares that are easily better, you would want that one property to roll 50+ AR really and that's where they get expensive much more expensive that a rare rolled with better stats and better DPS and EHP, however if you don't have alot of money they are an amazing item.
I can not with a straight face tell you that any legendary gloves are better than rares that you can buy, however a decent one are.
The properties CAN roll high Int, high CD and IAS OR AR which means they CAN be extremely good, they have +armour and ChC AND Vit already so you are 50% of the way to a bloody good pair of gloves, possibly the only gloves to consider other than rares.
What can I say, it's very good, a good rolled one will be very expensive, the one I'm currently wearing I got at a decent 34mil, there isn't much to say it's the best we can wear, I tried fight it and lost it is brilliant.
This can be a good item but you want the 3 properties to be AR, possibly some Armour maybe some Life % or more Int or more Vit, it isn't tWH but it also isn't as expensive and the +% bonus damage to elites always helps.
I will go as far as saying I believe these to be the best in the game, can have 2 properties, you really want naturally high Int (180-200) with a HIGH Vit roll and 2 sockets, this would allow over 300 Int while keeping some EHP from the item, some people just got for the high Int with Sockets for max DPS but I always like balance.
Because these need a mention, 2 rolls now these are personal preference I would always want AR and either high Int or socket rolls, the EHP you can get from these leggings along with the LoH are pretty damn awesome especially if you're a procdoc.
I try to like these, I know some people swear by them but I like balance and the legs are a defensive item that you try get as much DPS out of as possible, they sacrifice too much EHP for me but some people really love them for the DPS.
They need a mention, they can have 3 properties and they have a socket (up to 58 main stat) the 3 properties really you will be wanting MS for a start, then it's +Armour and Int or Vit and the boots are awesome, the only problem again is the set bonus for Zunis boots, MR is just too important (and our resources have been badly managed by the Devs).
How can you say no to these? A perfect roll on these to me would be Int 175-200, Vit 75-100 with AR 50+ and +Armour, they are just amazing boots, so good quite a few other classes use them.
Obviously I start with Tals, +% elemental damage, high Int, has Vit comes with CD and comes with 2 properties, ChC and IAS would be the most awesome thing since well awesome, it's limit? Can not go over 65% CD very good very expensive.