You can do some nasty sh*t with Chain Snare if you combine it with things like Shadowbind and Red Wolf. Been there, done that. Also with a weapon that conveyed silence each hit. I always wanted to run around and pull sh*t like dolls with Spawn chains
My build wasn't very well planned and I ended up ditching the character, but Chain Snare turned out better than expected.
I'm currently field-testing new builds, trying to make something really weird. Here's one:http://torchlight2armory.com/skill-calc ... 71bbJJS0i8
Stats: mostly STR, like a shotgun outlander.
Weapon: Shotgun or cannon. I think I'll opt for a shotgun fro the range. I know I'm dropping many melee passives for this, but I think this one will work. The cannons have a stun, and the shotguns have more range. Both have cone damage, so it will be good for health/mana steal. Ice-type weapons/enchants preferred.
Armor: Sh*tloads of HP and elemental armor/reduction (you get phys%reduction from BR). Just need to survive a shot here and there, health will come from stealing (FB or auto attacks) and Shade. That's why no other healing spells.
Convey effects: Health/mana steal (%steal from armor sets is cool), stuns and/or silence, -armor or dots (not sure, we'll see what's better).
Gameplay: run like a crazy motherf*cker, roar and breathe right and left, drag helpless enemies around like dolls and shoot them with huge guns in the face point-blank.
Mobility? Check. -- 9m Wolfstrike, increased frenzy time, can drag enemies with you.
Control? Check. -- Chain Snare/Wolfstrike stuns, pulls and knockback, stun/silence/knockback from weapons (very easy to proc with CS, especially Tier2), Frost Breath and Howl slow things down or root in place, 50% Shatter Storm also takes care of 'splosions.
Survivability? Check. -- Ice Shield, Battle Rage.
Resource management? Check. -- Wolf Shade, Frost Breath, conal auto attacks = health and mana
Damage? Not sure. I'm kinda worried about single-target damage, but maybe collateral damage from trash mobs can help with boss damage if done correctly.
Now you can wonder... Why the hell would I pick a shotgun with that kit? Simple - for survivability. Wolfstrike away, aim, bang, full health and mana. That's what I think it will look like.
Welp... I'm brainf*cked. Tell me what you guys think, feel free to try and modify the build now that you get the idea. I'll go test a bit now and come back when I gathered some experience