OW/CB & the bashing-stun barb (theory) Hi all! I am thinking of making a bash-stun barb just to see how well it would do in Hell PvM and i want opinions Also i was thinking of going either Open Wounds or Crushing Blow route with some Deadly Strike. Skills : 20 Bash 20 Stun 20 BO 20 Weapon Mastery 10++ Shout Bash Receives Bonuses From Stun: +5% Damage Per Level, while Stun Receives Bonuses From Bash: +8% Damage Per Level So a fully synergised bash @lvl 20: 245%dmg/115%ar, and fully synergised stun @ lvl 20: 160%dmg/110ar, all w/o factoring in weapon mastery/str/charms yet. @lvl 20 Stun gives a stun length against single targets up to 4.5secs - is this dependent on the mode of the game? Does it work vs all monsters i.e superuniqs/bosses? If it does a typical battle sequence would be as follows: 1) Leap to knockback crowds/breathing space 2) Switch to dual echoing weapons and cast Battle Command 3) Cast Battle Cry for melee or Taunt for ranged monsters 4) cast warcry to stun (no additional pts for dmg, only for stun) 5) Attack monsters with Stun - get them stunned for 4.5secs 6) Finish off with Bash non PI/Zerk for PI Basically its like a Shockwave-Bear style of combat relying on hoardes being in constant stun animation hehe.Merc of choice : Might or Holy Freeze I think pts into Shout is ok for its defense bonus and synergy to Berserk for PIs? Also i had looked at many weapons in order to hit 9FPA bash/stun and have narrowed down to 5 considering i could manage to eek out max 90ias from gear: 1) Shael Death Cleaver Berserker Axe (66% DS) 2) Shael Stormlash Scourge (33%CB, static) 3) Eth 'Oath' Champion Sword (easily had,fast and decent dmg) 4) Shael Upped Butcher's Pupil Small Crescent (35%DS, 25%OW) 5) Eth 'Death' Warspike (50%CB, 0.5%DS per clvl) Now suppose i go all out OW and use a upgraded Swordback Hold Blade Barrier (upped = 65% blocking for barb, 50%OW) and use Duress (33%OW) and goreriders (10%OW) and hit 93%OW off weapon - is this useful/good for PvM..or going CB better? I could get 100% if i use crafted blood belt In the CB route i'd go with Stormlash as it has 33%CB and if i use Duress+gores+crafted gloves i could hit 73%CB and lvl 10 static. Lastly i found a Demonhorn's Edge Destroyer Helm just now and just to be different i shall try not to be tempted to use Arreats and stick an ias jewel there and that with Swordback Hold shield means up to +87 dmg to attacker - which seems interesting to me in PvM with the effects of amp/deceprify too hehe.What u guys think?