How do you survive as a WD in higher level grifts? While my WD has far superior dps to every other class that I have, I start to notice I take massive damage above grift 25. Unfortunately, as I play HC, I don't want to be one shot going into a 40.
What build are you? I've seen poison dart WD's easily surviving in 60+ (a heck of a lot easier than my DH anyway). It just takes the right gems and knowing when to use. I was in a 62 just yesterday with my DH where this poison dart WD kept living through apocalyptic affix combos. I still need to see how he did it.
Personally, I've noticed my dart WD survives best in parties that have a monk and barb in them. Make sure you get some damage reduction gems, and with their buffs you can survive easier. I mean with a monk my dart WD was facetanking mobs in like a 55, iirc, even with affixes. Our party left us behind and I ended up DPSing down a yellow elite and a blue one. And my gear's not that amazing, really. The only ancient piece I have on is my Dagger of Darts, so I'm missing a lot of vitality. But either way with the CC "fixes", some combinations of affixes are just darn near impossible. Like good god, I pray for your safety if a group of blue winged assassins with Jailer, frost, lightning, etc etc... come your way. With the way this patch has reworked CC, I just really would not play any HC character in a higher level group grift. Solo, you're not necessarily any worse off than you were before. You know what to expect. But builds that were made for group play (ie having a tank) are really getting shafted hard. Don't take them into any grifts where you can't facetank literally anything that comes your way.
Anyway yesterday I managed to get an ancient Yang's Recurve on my DH:
I also reworked the rest of my items to fit it. I think the bow ended up turning out decently. It's probably not the best one possible, but it works.
The best WD builds are using SuWong Diviner or the Zombie Charger spear, the first being better. So no, that staff isn't really useful right now.
How does it compare to Dagger of Darts builds? From what I read, both of them seem to be able to go up pretty high.