I've been giving some thought to doing some sidegrades/downgrades in gear and/or skills in order to disconnect proof my HC barb. However, my DPS would suffer horribly in exchange. At first, I gave some thought to changing passives. At the moment, I'm running with Tough as Nails, Nerves of Steel, and my third is Ruthless when doing tough content, or Unforgiving to sprint when farming the easier stuff. Looking at the passives, Relentless and Inspiring Presence pop out at me as the big disconnect saviors. Relentless, though supremely powerful, is of zero use 99.99% of the time in Hardcore. Inspiring Presence is more generally applicable. Since I expect that swapping one of the defensive passives for Inspiring Presence would be a net loss in survivability, the logical choice to swap would be Ruthless. That is a significant DPS loss. Next, I started looking at gear changes to further disconnect proof my character. Mainly I'm aiming to achieve that by maintaining or improving my armor/all ress/block, while gaining health through vitality and %life, to get more mileage out of Inspiring Presence, and stacking additional life regen on top of that. A quick calculation says that if I reach 90k HPs and swap out every piece of gear for life regen, I'll be hitting nearly 6000 life regen. With a more balanced approach, I figure I could reach a more attainable 3000 life regen without too much trouble at the cost of replacing chest+amulet+one random piece and adding vitality/%life elsewhere to reach 80k HPs. Still, even with these minimal changes, I expect to easily loose about 25% of my dps. Combined with the loss of the Ruthless passive, that's a very large dps drop. I did some very simplistic testing in Act 1 MP1. I put on Inspiring Presence and walked out to tank the first champion pack I could find. I found a rather tame Extra Fast, Extra Health, Nightmarish, Molten pack of Grotesques. With about 1850 life regen, 900ish all ress, 34% block, 11k armor, I was able to tank them indefinitely while only renewing the shout. I'm eager to do some further testing once some of my auctions move and I have some gold to spend on this. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Has anyone made disconnect proof characters that ended up being tested in an actual D/C? Was it worth the large DPS loss?