I'm about to cap a 3rd life barb after returning to the game about a month ago after 1.5 years off, and I'm noticing almost 0 barbs played in epics. I know range and monks are all the rage right now, but I'm looking to avoid this. As much as 19-20 x8 greataxe crits sound, it's probably not enough in a survivability sense.
I have a couple ideas I'd like to bounce off you guys, and others are welcomed. These are going to be fairly plain and vanilla builds, I'm looking more for the class/level/playstyle aspect then getting down to specifics.
As far as races - Horc for extra str, Dwarf if thinking about picks/Daxes, or Human if enough enhancements for heal amp.
Weaps - I'm leaning towards Bswords for early and end game viability, but also looking into Daxe for a decent crit multiplier from LD.
1. 11/8/1 ranger/fighter/monk
Basically a tempest, centered kensai for monk stance. Able to range decently, but primarily dual wielding.
2. 20 ranger
Full blown tempest with either AA splash, or gabbing some extra dmg/executes through deep wood just looks fun but not sure about survivability. Remember I'm looking primarily to be in melee form.
3. 12/8 fighter/monk
Skipping ranger/range, grabbing the +8 str from kensai core and more monk. Unlimited feats basically. There's also a possibility of staying two handed with this build since I still have ESoS and Lit2 GS. Aslo, I only have 1 box on this guy, staying thf would make things more simple. But I feel like you lose a lot of durability going thf.
I like the sounds of 1 and 2 but I'd like to hear some thoughts, or if I should give up in current meta lol
Basically I'm looking for epic viability out of a dual wield other then rogue/monk.
EDIT: I may have worded my title wrong. I'm TRing out of a barbaian. I'm looking for some ranger/fighter builds most of all, but again, I'm open.