Just wanna say for those of you who have followed my thread, it's been a good several years playing with necros and their minions. Unfortunately, it just seems that the entire concept of defensive stats in PvE has been outdated for a while. As such, I wouldn't really advocate this build or any minion build for that matter as a build as any kind of optimal setup, but only optimal if your sole goal is to run a minion build for the sake of maintaining minions. Anyway, I've sort of updated this thought process in the philosophy section to reflect my current thoughts.
Guild Wars 2 has changed a lot, or at least the theory behind everything has. No matter what profession you run or what weapon you use, the common story is that berserker gear with max DPS traits is the best thing to use in PvE. As such, I feel as if my iteration of the build has sort of been eclipsed in practical usage, not just because it is defensive, but because minions in general are largely eclipsed and inadequate in PvE.
That being said, I still stand by what I said before: play to the strengths of the build. If you're running 6/6/0/0/2, slapping in minions on all your utilities will simply make you a less effective version of the same build. To run minions, it has to be a dedicated build for more or less fun purposes, and in that way I would still advocate running healing to keeping your minions up. Is that the most effective way to run minions? Perhaps not, perhaps it is just to run a zerker 6/6/0/0/2 or 6/2/0/0/6 build and put minions on bar, but although they might be better builds that use minions, they are just worse versions of the build they are originally derived from.
So in a way, this build is guided more by ideas and novelty than effectiveness now, but if you still want to feel like a mobile and tanky army, you might yet still find some usefulness here.
It's been a hard two and a half years for necromancers, but hopefully there are still those who enjoy them.
Edited by OChunx, 03 March 2015 - 08:18 PM.