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Any particular reason why diamonds are recommended for gear socketing as opposed to rubies for an intelligence based class?

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well, #1, rubies are for Str. hehe, obviously you meant topaz, of course.

since it's a zero-dps "support" build, it doesn't need the +int to improve dps, so the diamonds are taken for Resist All to improve survival.

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Actually, I meant rubies. For high end content, armor is very valuable to Necromancers, and I've seen other intelligence based classes socket them as well. 

Resists for int classes are already very high, which is why non resist affixes are desired on their gear (barring certain exceptions)

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On 18/12/2017 at 1:34 AM, Guest Vanguard said:

Actually, I meant rubies. For high end content, armor is very valuable to Necromancers, and I've seen other intelligence based classes socket them as well. 

Resists for int classes are already very high, which is why non resist affixes are desired on their gear (barring certain exceptions)

You can run Rubies or Diamonds depending on your armour level and what secondaries you have. If you go for globe secondaries to help your barb, run Diamonds. If you go for normal secondaries, run Rubies and make sure you run Stand Alone, since it buffs the ruby contribution too.

It's also worth noting that Diamonds are worth more the faster your group is. If you can reliably beat your rift with your group in sub 3-minutes, run Diamonds. If you're slower than that, run a lower rift or run with Rubies. This is because the value of the armor falls as your %-uptime per mob of the LoTD freeze increases. If your group has high enough DPS, you'll basically never take melee damage, but affixes/ranged elemental damage can still hit you, meaning diamonds become more useful.

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As usual, thanks for the build guide!  Was planning on using a 2 man team (both necros) with one being the zDPS...can we substitute nemesis bracer instead of strong arm?

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10 hours ago, Guest Lurker said:

As usual, thanks for the build guide!  Was planning on using a 2 man team (both necros) with one being the zDPS...can we substitute nemesis bracer instead of strong arm?

You can but if you do, remember that you render the Halcyon's AscentHalcyon's Ascent useless so pick something else in it's place like a bonus passive perhaps from a Hellfire Amulet of IntelligenceHellfire Amulet of Intelligence

Most items are interchangable but you swap damage for speed obviously. 25% damage vs. more elitepacks so I would say the Nemesis BracersNemesis Bracers route is no problem at all for farming and medium GRs but for the 100+GRs you'll want to swap back for the extra 25% damage.

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8 hours ago, Arkpit said:

You can but if you do, remember that you render the Halcyon's AscentHalcyon's Ascent useless so pick something else in it's place like a bonus passive perhaps from a Hellfire Amulet of IntelligenceHellfire Amulet of Intelligence

Most items are interchangable but you swap damage for speed obviously. 25% damage vs. more elitepacks so I would say the Nemesis BracersNemesis Bracers route is no problem at all for farming and medium GRs but for the 100+GRs you'll want to swap back for the extra 25% damage.

 

OK thank you for the quick reply and advice...very much appreciated! :)

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