Patch 1.0.3 is incoming. In contrast to the Legendary item changes to come (later) the increased attack speed (iAS) nerf will be retroactive. This is a blow to Monks (life on hit and iAS), to a lesser extent Barbarians and Demon Hunters (glass cannons) progressing through Inferno:
As a reminder, we will be nerfing “Increases Attack Speed” (IAS) effects on all items except quivers with the 1.0.3 patch. Please note that this change does affect unidentified items as well, as item affixes and ranges are determined at the time of an item being dropped, and not when identified.
Characters with IAS on their items will see a drop in their character sheet damage, as character sheet damage takes into account attack speed (among other factors).
This change should not be confused with the Legendary buffs coming in a future patch (not 1.0.3), and those buffs, as previously mentioned, will not be retroactive.
You can read more about these and other upcoming changes in the 1.0.3 Design Preview blog.
It’s time to find a new ‘best stat’ for progression. It may even be time to change playstyle. After great progress with a survival geared barb I found my glass cannon Demon Hunter too punishing so invested in some resist all gear. A great improvement! Though ranged will never be as durable as melee – quite so, given the other advantages you get as ranged.