Barbarian almost halfway through Act 3 inferno and I'm wondering why, despite following just about every cookie cutter guide I can think of I cannot for the life of me figure out why I am suddenly so squishy. Don't get me wrong, my gear and stats are far from perfect, but this is a huge discrepancy for minor flaws in gear level to account for. I can barely get 2 or 3 swings off on Plagued or Molten mobs; and all it takes it about 5 or 6 Skeletal Axe Cleavers to reduce me to nothing in less than 5 or 6 seconds. Gorgors/Tremors can pretty much 3 or 4 shot me. Either my dps is low enough to make me unable to support myself with defensive abilities throughout the time it takes to kill things, or I am missing something.
After hours browsing everything, trying every possible build and stat alternatives I could (Spending almost 2 million gold on gear with differing stat priorities), I find myself still unbelievably squishy to rare packs with even the most basic elemental attacks and even white mobs with heavy melee attacks (Such as Axe Cleavers, Colossal Gorgors, Demonic Tremors,etc).
Trying to stack resistances any higher than they currently are is said to fall subject to massive DR, and isn't going to help my problem much. I know my LoH is low, but even after sacrificing vit/str for about 400 additional LoH (bringing me to about 690 LoH); the issue wasn't resolved. I still got creamed if I took on too many Axe Cleavers and/or Gorgors at once. I can't fathom that, even if i got my LoH a little above 690 that it'd suddenly vastly impact my ability to survive in ways that 690 couldn't do either. I'm aware my block/dodge is extremely low, but I do not have anywhere near the funds needed to really increase my block chance enough to make any significant change to that; so that is out of the question. Another way besides block/dodge will have to do.
I find myself using almost twice the healing utility as most guides recommend, and being unable to last very long as all without said healing utility. I've tried every obvious casual ability switching I can think of to keep the same basic build style (swapping Leap for Ignore Pain; swapping Overpower for ignore pain; swapping charge for ignore pain; swapping berserker rage for tough as nails; swapping superstition for tough as nails) and it either doesn't do much to help at all or just lowers my dps so much I run out of survival resources before everything can die. Even the 30 second cooldown of ignore pain seems to make me a flailing fish for the period of time its on cooldown, so trying to add Earthquake or WotB to my build is almost completely out of the question.
I'm almost completely out of ideas. The countless videos of others running this content with gear just a little bit above mine makes me think there is some fundamental thing I'm missing, but after spending much resources trying to decipher it; I just can't see why the pieces don't connect.