This 20m gold Barbarian Set was built in around 30 minutes for the Whirlwind/Hammer
of the Ancients build. I made a few modifications to the weapons after some testing, but most of the items were bought in one sitting. You should be able to replicate each item I purchased without too much difficulty. Take your time when building any set and try to find the best deals, don't rush any purchase as new deals are always coming up on the auction house. With a 20m barbarian set I am aiming for at least 100k dps, 40k life, 5k armor, and 500 all resist with the 2.5 attacks per second sprint (run like the wind) tornado breakpoint.
I was surprised that I was able to find a strength socket echoing fury with over 1100 dps at this budget. Ideally you will want a low fear chance (ef rolls 10-20%) and at least .23 attacks per second. You should filter 150 strength to eliminate random low strength rolls. From here search for 60 critical damage OR
a socket, do not search for both as the damage range will be too low. I would not recommend spending more than 4m gold on your Echoing Fury, preferably less. You can get a high fear chance if you find one with significantly higher dps than the rest (like the one I purchased)..
Originally I purchased the Combat Carnage Mace (Always use an axe or mace in your main hand for the 10% critical chance bonus from Weapon Master
). We generally recommend getting a high damage range rare Axe/Mace with strength or vitality (both if possible) and 60+Cd OR
a Socket. However the prices of these items seem to have gone up significantly during the past month.
After some experimenting I settled on the Death Thrust spear for my offhand (using the Echoing Fury in as my Main Hand). This set up outperformed the Combat Carnage (Echoing Fury offhand) by a large margin in every dps test I tried out on stream (and it was significantly cheaper at only 900k gold). It even performed better than a 70 crit damage 1200 dps 100 strength axe which I tested for comparison's sake. I prefer the Spear over a similar stat sword or dagger offhand as it will offer better Hammer of the Ancients performance due to the higher damage range. Run like the Wind tornado ticks are based only off main hand damage range and will "tick" based on your attack speed with the active weapon when the tornado is spawned. With this set up a fast dagger offhand will not hit the next break point so it will offer no advantage over the spear.
Double strength rolled Mempo of Twilights are priced far too highly for a 20m set so I went with an armor roll. 40+ Physical or Lightning Resist will also work if you want to save even more gold (these two damage types are the most threatening to a Barbarian).
Filter 200 armor (a lower roll isn't worth the price) and try to find the best stat Mempo which has 9% attack speed. Don't spend more than 2m, try to spend even less if possible.
You need the two piece Immortal King's set bonus for the free 60 all resist. I went with the boots and belt since a decent IK Chest is out of this sets price range and I prefer the Mempo of Twilight over the IK helm.
I wanted to spend a little less on the Immortal King's Tribal Bindings so I went with a mere 230 strength filter. Generally you can get a 240 strenght IK belt for less than 1m gold, but they were extremely overpriced when I built this set. Paying close to a million gold for 10 strength will not worth it at this budget. IK belts come with 70+ all resist and 2.8%+ life steal which are necessary stats on belts.
Try to get over 150 vitality on your IK boots, but stay under 2m gold. Going for over 100 strength will be too expensive for a 20m set.
Ideally I would have liked to get the two piece Blackthorne's Set (chest and legs), but they seem to have gone up in price. If you can find Blackthorne's Jousting Mail (Pants) with over 300 total stats (150+ str, 150+ vit) and at least a 200 armor roll for less than 3m you should buy it, I could find nothing for less than 10m when I was searching the Auction House. If you get the pants then get a Blackthorn's Surcoat (chest) with 70+ strength and 170+ vitality, get armor or a useful single resist as well (armor>physical>lightning>fire=poison).
As I could not find a decent pair of Blackthorne's Pants I went for a rare instead. There are a couple of advantages to rare pants:
- They are easier to upgrade since you won't be "crutching" on them as much for the huge life bonus.
- You will get an all resist roll on them, which makes getting at least 500 all resist significantly easier (you will not be forced to get all resist on a jewelry piece).
- The 2 sockets will generally add more strength (damage and armor) than BT pants.
I filtered 150 vitality, 50 strength (would have liked more), 63 all resist, 2 sockets, and armor. You can drop the armor filter if nothing comes up and try to get more stats, but the pants I purchased were easily the best deal on the Auction House at the time. Don't filter a high strength roll as anything over 100 strength with good vitality will be extremely expensive.
With the chest I filtered 70 strength, 170 vitality, 200 armor, 63 all resist, and 3 sockets. You will not be able to find a chest like this with over 100 strength without spending significantly more than the budget allows. If there are no chests like this on the auction house within your price range you should drop the armor roll and attempt to filter a higher vitality roll. Any useful resist is also an added bonus.
When I initially built this set I was using the Combat Carnage mace with has a vitality roll. Because of this I thought I had enough vitality so I went with higher strength shoulders. I did a 260 strength, 70 vitality, and 63 all resist filter. I was hoping to find armor or a useful resist as well, which the shoulders I purchased had. When building your set I would recommend that you drop the strength to 230 or 240 and try to search for over 140 vitality. Keep the all resist filter and try to get armor or a good single resist.
I ended up grabbing a cheap pair of Lacuni Prowler's as the selection was pitiful. Generally I recommend filtering 70 strength and 4% critical hit chance then finding a pair with either armor or a decent single resist. You can also purchase a vitality pair if you are lacking life. Always go for 9% attack speed to make your purchase of gloves and jewelry a little easier.
I wanted 9% attack speed on my gloves since I only got a 0.23 attacks per second Echoing Fury. Despite this I still filtered 8% attack speed, 7.5% critical chance, 30% critical damage, and 50 strength. You will not get over 100 strength with a decent trifecta (as, chc, cd) roll at this budget, so aim for around 70. Find a good balance of stats, obviously you can get lower strength if it comes with a high trifecta roll or good defensive stats. I sacrificed a small amount of damage to get the 9% attack speed on these gloves, but it allowed more flexibility on the attack speed ring I needed to get for the 2.5 aps breakpoint.
Because I got 9% attack speed on the gloves I was able to filter 8% on the ring. My filter ended up being average damage (any amount), strength (any amount), 4% critical hit chance, and 8% attack speed. Generally I would want 70+ strength, but this ring had a ridiculously high vitality roll and 30 average damage so I was able to overlook the low strength roll.
I had a little trouble with the amulet as the Auction House seemed to be running dry on budget strengths amulets at this particular time. This Worthy Locket I purchased would actually be better for a Zombie Bears Witch Doctor than a Barbarian, but it's still a solid amulet. The high intelligence adds nearly 20 all resist. Filter 40 average damage, 100 strength, 7.5 chc, and 50 critical damage. Wait on this purchase if there is not a decent amulet available with these stats, new amulets are always being listed that will fall within your budget.
You may want to consider getting some vitality on your ring or amulet as it may be difficult get break 40k HP on this budget without the Blackthorne's two piece.
The last ring spot will belong to a unity at this budget. Filter 50 average damage and 150 strength (to weed out int/dex rolls) then find the best value, the one I purchased had 62 average damage. If two unity's have similar stats and price, then pick the one with a higher elite damage bonus.
This is the total amount spent on the Barbarian Set. I replaced Combat Carnage with Death Thrust, so do not include it in the calculation.
These are the total stats for this 20m Barbarian set. You should be able to replicate or exceed these stats if you follow along with this guide!