Here's a log of a conversation I had with someone else, regarding VP HP melee building. This is way before 1.0.0, my PM logs say it was in mid-August. My questions in italics, his answers in plaintext. I feel it's still valid.
I noticed a comment in one of your posts from a few days back, and I am wondering, how do you do it?
to play a vp hp melee? It's good when the damage you receive exceeds
20% of your health per second, or rather 30% per second counting regen
nodes+pot and quality life leach gem. It's viable, but you have to avoid
small objects on the ground - they make you desync. You always keep a
granite flask up in fights, so desync does not kill you that fast. When
you desync you jump into the monsters with leap slam - use little hp
bars on them, so you know when you hit. Vaal pact is necessary for maps
74+ if you facetank without a shield like lionseye or aegis aurora - I
go 2h. It works, but you need a strong physical weapon. It's easier to
go facebreaker and shield. Also vp goes better with evasion - it's easy
to get 40-50% evasion - much easier than armor - just use dex and grace +
evasion chest. Reach like 8-10k armor with rest of your gear - that
protects well against normal monsters, when you get close to 30k armor
with granite up its really good. Also use blind and enfeeble + 3,5-4k hp
- i use bringer of rain for that and all physical hits don't harm me at
all. If you fight some serious hitting monsters use 6 endurance charges
and immortal call with increased duration. You can get like 7 seconds
immunity to physical damage.
kinda figured about the evasion thing, yeah, didn't know if it would
work well enough to take VP as evasion character. I assume you don't use
Always been just telling people, don't do VP HP it's not worth it.
Mostly speaking from experience, as I play a pseudo-VP HP with
Bloodseeker. Usually as primary facetank.
What would you say is the absolute minimum required to get away with
using VP HP? What is your main attack skill, does that affect your
answer and how?
need a solid aoe for VP, since it minimizes the downside of desync. You
need to leach. I use cyclone 2h. Facebreaker is obviously better. I
have 4k hp, but I guess a bit over 3 k would be fine with vaal pact too.
You need to go with physical damage. Elemental does not leach enough,
perhaps if you have crazy with life leach gem it might work.