Not at all I know I prefer my builds to be minion-lighter. More self-reliance, less AI tomfoolery.
But the class does have a hard time making up for lost minions.
You probably could. I couldn’t get Swarm to be anywhere near, say, Hellfire, so that I treated as an sfx source. But VS can deal respectable damage, the annoying Fear effect aside, so that can work with a crit build. You could even go for DF, since they mix rather well.
That’s a good question. I delved into gun options before, but there have been many changes since. Aladinf’s Gunvoker build would be a better point of reference now. So probably Infernous, Chaos Pistols, and Leech Launchers for damage, and Spikers for survivability.
With crit, of course.
Safe to say, I think. The Gunvoker does get CDam and SC, but the Summoner gets, well, summons.
I particularly like using Bloodshards as guns, since their autoattack poisons incredibly well. Then the offhand can be an igniting Pyrocaster or some such, and there’s still access to spells.
Im actually testing my version of Sumi that is actually Evo Spirits as main attack, Swarm second, ele nova as area cleanser and Darkform for HP boost. Will give more feedback in future but right now works.