My next level 100 (currently at 73) is a Death Knight, because I wanted to play a 2H reaping strike build. I have lots of 100 melee characters already though (Warlord, Spellbreaker, Templar), so I wanted a ranged character. My only other ranged heroes are a Spellbinder and an 83 Purifier dual wield. This was my first character using a 2H ranged. I did start with 2H melee, but I didn’t care for how it felt.
Cadence (with Reaping Strike, Necrotic Edge, Markovian’s Advantage, and Zolhan’s Technique), and Bone Harvest. My passives are Spectral Binding and Field Command. I’m not sure what my Exclusive will be. I want Harbinger of Souls for the attack to health and attack speed, but I do piercing and cold damage. My current weapon is Silverbolt, which has 100% Armor Piercing. Bone Harvest does mostly Piercing as well, but some Cold and Vitality damage as well.
Looking ahead to equipment at 100… my options seem pretty small. There are two sets I can use: Warborn and Krieg. Krieg though is for melee builds focused on Blitz and War Cry and it provides a melee ability. Warborn is awesome… except one of its four pieces is a one-handed mace. You can still use the 3 piece, but you lose out on +3 to Cadence and Warborn ability, which is a great ability.
One of the only belts to use is Gladiator’s Distinction, which is pretty nice, its skill even benefits from two-handed ranged weapons. However… the item converts Vitality Damage to Physical Damage. And I don’t want to do that. I’m already converting all my physical to piercing with Silverbolt (one of the only ranged weapons that benefits Soldier AND Necromancer and provides great attack speed). But if I take Harbinger of Souls for the Attack damage converted to health and the attack speed, its +Vitality damage is wasted.
Unfortunately, Oleron’s Rage only increases movement speed, not attack speed. Although the offensive ability increase is nice.
Ultimately, what I’m looking for is equipment that has Pierce Damage, Cold Damage, or Attack Speed. But some item slots are severely lacking. Pants, Relic (Plunderer’s Talisman is probably the best and it’s a level 60 relic), and rings are pretty bad.