This is my first post in WD sub forums and I wanted to make it special for my fellow nephalem. I had the opportunity to play RoS beta and I came up with a fast farming WD build that works without any special gear set but deals extraordinary amounts of damage in quick succession.
Here is a complete video guide to the build that explains everything you need to know:
However, if you desire to read the post instead, here is the build explained in full detail. First of all, let's look at the gear set. Please remember that once you get into RoS, you will not have access to all the great legendaries and set items from the beginning so a build that lets you farm fast on high torments is something everyone will be seeking. This build is one such build as it requires nothing special in terms of legendaries. However, if you wish to give the build that extra edge, here is what you need.
WD mask with mana regen of +10 or higher
WD dagger with mana regen of +10 or higher
WD offhand with mana regen of +10 of higher
Cold damage bonus on braces and wherever else its possible ( I am looking at you Mr Frostburns)
You see where this is going right. Goal is to increase the mana regen so that channeling your spells becomes much easier. Two special notes on these items, firsty they are very easy to find thanks to smart drops and re-rolls from enchantress and secondly, the build still is very much viable if you choose to play without these.
For my torment 3 farming, I reached 680k dps, 950 all res, 2.0 attacks per second,51% crit chance, 320% cd, 87.5 mana regen with +15% to cold damage from bracers.
Build: Here is a link to all the skills: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/witch-doctor#bRlUgQ!bUTS!YbcZbZ
As you may have already guessed, goal is to slow enemies consistently and damage them over time with your dps skills. This means every time you see a group of enemies, slow them down with frozen piranhas, put three stacks of phantasms and kill what remains by using your acid cloud. If enemies try to rush you or if you run out of mana, throw a jar of spiders and you are back in the hunting game.
Even though every skill you have deals tons of dps, you main damage source is the three stacks of phantasm that deal a total of +2000% weapon damage over time along with your 720% burn from acid cloud.
You achieve this by using slow from piranhas and phantasm. Medusa spiders also help you in the same way. Everything around you is slowed and thanks to the ranged nature of this build, you can nuke enemies from a distance whether they are elites or not.
30% increased mana regen from vision quest and kill regen from grave injustice is great. You can swap out spiritual atonement if you have a nice chunk of mana regen from your gear. The choice is yours but the simple point is, enemies will die long before you ever run out of mana.
Feel free to change frozen piranhas to pirahnado (ah that reference to the movie!) and you can even run zombie bears cold bears if you wish to not play with acid cloud. Creeping death could also be swapped for blood ritual if you are building a life regen build or lack channeling mana.
I hope I was able to convey my idea behind this build. Slowing enemies and nuking them from a distance, it cant get more simpler than that. Thanks to your off-sheet dps, you kill monsters extremely fast and this build. I would recommend you to watch the video as I explain everything there in much more detail and I wish you all the very best with loot in RoS